"The Bazaar's conveniently located for Hell, and Hell's envoys keep stalls and warehouses here. Which is great if you want to buy brass, obsidian, sulphur, hydrogen, devilbone or any of Hell's other well-known exports. Or if you want to sell souls. But you shouldn't do that."Courteous, rapacious, merciless, beguiling: devils, the emissaries of Hell (now just west of London), are in London for one purpose: souls. And perhaps the company, the sights, and a little chamber-music. They run and patronize several establishments in the vicinity of Ladybones Road; for example, Dante's Grill, the Long Spoon, Abbadon and Bael Trading Co., and of course, the Brass Embassy.
|What exactly are they?|
|Devils once lived in space, where they were attendants to the stars. Then they rebelled against the Judgements and fled to Parabola, where they camped out in a giant beehive. Why yes, they're still bees. Just wrapped up in all sorts of disguises. This is why Prisoner's Honey is a thing - devils hold the key to Parabola, in a sense.
After leaving Parabola for Hell, the devils began to be ruled by princes, but these were all overthrown in one "season of revolutions." Most of the princes now live in exile in the crater of Mount Palmerston. The Brass Embassy will now pay a fortune for the whereabouts of just one of them.
More recently, London attempted to invade Hell; see The Campaign of '68. This infernal region has also gained a colony: the Iron Republic, south of London. It seems to be a sort of experiment in chaos run by devils, whose subjects are humans.
By 1906, there is a group of devils in Eleutheria known as the Brazen Brigade, who worship the Neath's deposed devil-royalty as saints. The group's ultimate goal is to kill the Judgements, replacing the stars with members of the faction somehow.
Devils tend to have golden or brassy eyes, and fangs. They do not, to the surprise of many, have horns. They appear to have a rather strange relationship with time - Fallen London is set in the 1890s, but they seem to have become well acquainted with 1920s fashion and technology. Devils also hate Seekers of the Name - stained souls make them vomit. In fact, if an unfortunate Seeker runs into a demonic hunt in the Forgotten Quarter, it will end in absolute carnage.
Notable Devils Edit
- (Un?)Lucky Londoners may have romantic dealings with the Affectionate Devil (aka Berthus) and/or the Quiet Deviless.
- Virginia is a high-ranking deviless who seeks the souls of the learned and well-known. She is also something of a history buff, so in her pursuit of Fourth City artifacts, she tends to be a nuisance to London's archaeologists.