Start your review of Infernalism: The Path of Screams Write a review Shelves: mage-the-ascension , gaming The book opens with a very strong piece of short fiction, a testament by one of the Fallen in a dungeon about to be executed. They gloat over their crimes and then escape, to go commit new ones. Chapter I includes a general overview of the beliefs of Infernalists and how they relate to the more mainstream beliefs of the time. The creation story is strong, and, as intended, tempting to go The book opens with a very strong piece of short fiction, a testament by one of the Fallen in a dungeon about to be executed. The creation story is strong, and, as intended, tempting to go along with before you think it through, as such a thing must be to make those who DO go along with it compelling.
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I found that the cover material for The Path of Screams did the book some disservice. After the obligatory introduction, with extensive warnings about not being an evil jerk in real life, The Path of Screams leads with Better to Reign in Hell, a chapter of philosophical content.
There is also, however, some differing religious perspectives, which are more useful for purposes of fleshing out an NPC or cult that the PCs will encounter. Awareness of the infernal introduction , the Tapestry of Lies instruction , the Howl of Freedom conflict , Communion with the Absolute resolution.
At each step are presented several sub-steps and options. For example, during the instruction step, the budding infernalist might begin to indulge in their darker desires, learn dark magic, identify a patron demon, and finally enter into a pact.
These more abstracted concepts are followed by over twenty templates of more concrete archetypes half-page flavor write-ups, not multi-page spreads with character sheets — an academic, bloody and satanic pagans, nobles who just want to have fun, corrupted priests, torturers, cthonic madfolk, and tempters of several sorts. There are also several specific infernalists, although the term might be taken loosely here, as Heylel Teomim has not been and was not here really pegged as an infernalist.
With that flavor out of the way, The Path of Screams moves on to more mechanistic content. Note that, despite the continued emphasis on NPC infernalists, the mechanical content here is knowingly cast is a form that could be used by a player character. Of course, an infernalist wants to get something out of their literal deal with the devil, and so there are benefits of pacts that they might enter into, along with a mechanical level for each.
These range from just adding up background dots to physical transformation armor, claws, wings, goat feet, etc. Accompanying these are infernally-tinged merits and flaws only here is an eternal swarm of flies a merit. Most of the demonic toys, on the other hand, are just bad news.
The final chapter, The Devil Sends the Beast, is a bestiary. Demonic hounds, skeletons, servant demons, incubi, malebranche, named war-demons and demons of temptation — they and more are all here.
The remainder of the art is most often character sketches or creature illustrations, which has the effect of making the art in The Path of Screams more tied to the text than was often the case in White Wolf books of this era. Religion can be an omnipresent or at least common force in Dark Ages or Sorcerers Crusade chronicles, and infernalism is the flip side of that or not as far from the religious as they would like to think, depending on how cynical one chooses to play it.
Infernalism: The Path of Screams
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