Angels and demons were never meant to involve themselves with humanity so much. We know this from God having banned everyone from going to Earth after the Eden Experiment. You see, there was a reason for this other than the stunting of human growth. Celestial interference on the corporeal plane is just not good for it. It can't handle the constant beatings, and the Symphony, despite being everything, can still get worn down and abused. Angels are just as bad as demons are when it comes to this.
So no one saw it coming. Come the turn of the century, everyone could start to hear a gentle groaning in the Symphony... so soft that only the most attentive could hear, and they couldn't even guess as to what it was. Then, the final straw comes. Maybe Legion returns for another go. Maybe a Demon Prince and Archangel die battling each other on Earth. Or maybe a million small events accumulate and "break the camel's back". Either way, one day the PCs will be on Earth duty, far from any major Tethers, when they hear the Symphony SCREAM and then... dead silence. Then, if they listen very closely, the PCs will hear an odd noise that can be compared to a vacuum filling with air rapidly. Suddenly, the PCs will feel a major PULLING on their very souls, and as if someone turned on a massive vacuum cleaner, they will start flying uncontrollably to the nearest Tether there is, in celestial form. Just as they get there though, the pulling stops and they drop down, and hear utter and complete SILENCE all around them. They will find that they cannot Ascend/Descend, use Tethers, call Superiors, or anything of the sort. The PCs have become effectively earthbound, and are of the very very few celestials that managed to avoid the Purging.
What in the Nine Hells happened?
You see, the Earth got sick everyone. Sick of the disturbance, sick of the interference, sick of anything and everything celestial. So it decided to heal itself. Through means unknown, every celestial and ethereal Tether became a sudden celestial vacuum, sucking up every celestial nearby into Heaven for angels, Hell for demons, Marches for ethereal, and then sealed up. Totally. About 3% of the celestials that were earth at the time remain now, and it is utterly quiet. No one can get to Heaven, Hell, or the Marches from Earth, and vice versa. The planet has decided to take (X) years to heal itself, and now the PCs are stranded with whoever else got stuck down there also... throw a Superior or two in the mix to make it more interesting. The Tethers will open again someday, but nothing anyone can do until then can get them back or forth. (or maybe you can go one way... but not back until they open again).
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