While Hope and Delight have given up their experiments on the Door, that doesn't mean the effects are entirely over. Unfortunately, along with the visitors who have been stranded here, a few other things have as well. Yes, the Door pulled a number of Fade rifts into Hadriel. These wouldn't be such a terribly big deal, except that occasionally demons can wander through. So they better get closed, right? Wouldn't want anyone to get hurt!
Luckily for Hadriel, the Inquisitor has the ability to close these rifts and is currently in the city. Unluckily, these Fade rifts work just a touch differently than the ones back in Thedas - namely, when Cecily attempts to close one, it'll start a chain reaction that opens every other rift in Hadriel. Whoops! Who could anticipate that, right? On November 15th this will begin, as all the rifts are forced open at once.
With the rifts open, demons will pour into Hadriel, bringing along chaos, destruction, and temptation. Along with the demons will come a few other less obviously dangerous things, and even a few downright nice ones, but does that make up for the demons? Yeah, not so much. Not to worry, though! On November 22nd, the last rift will finally be closed. Unfortunately, there'll still be demons running around... at least until Hope uses some of his power to force the remaining ones into the tunnels on November 25th, leaving the city safe and sound again. For now.
There'll be quite a few different things coming through the rifts - enough to keep anyone busy! But the biggest danger will, of course, be the demons. There are a number of different kinds of demons that'll be terrorizing Hadriel, and your character could encounter any of them, or if they're unlucky, many of them. These demons come in differing strengths and with differing powers and ways of hurting people.
- Rage demons are perhaps the most straightforward of demons. Fueled by anger, they aren't particularly intelligent and tend to favor direct attack until their target is dead. They use fire to attack, and while they are frightening, unlike other demons they generally don't use deceit or attempt to possess people.
- Fear demons are pretty much what they sound like - demons that delight in inflicting fear on people and terrorizing them, with little higher goal than that. They will do their best to terrify characters, with the weaker ones resorting to jumpscares and loud noises and the more intelligent ones playing on deeper, less obvious fears.
- Despair demons try to destroy people's hope, playing on the difficulties of life in order to tear people down further and further. They've even been known to cause those difficulties themselves in order to pull someone further into despair.
- Desire demons are intelligent and deadly. Their powers can make people see what they want them to see, and they zero in on what someone wants most and offer it to them. They are very good at this, and even when confronted with a fight will often try to bargain instead.
- Pride demons, much like Desire demons, are both powerful and intelligent. They also manipulate people's inner selves, but they focus less on bribery and more on basic human nature. Clever men outwit themselves. Strong men crush themselves. Humble men forget themselves. Jealous men fear themselves. They turn corruption and ruin into an art.
There are many other kinds of demons, and if you want your character to encounter one, feel free! These five will be the most common, however. They're happy to fight you, to kill you, but what they want most of all is to possess you. When possessed, a character loses themselves and their body becomes the property of the demon, who will use it to cause chaos in whichever way suits them. Demons are particularly interested in people with magical abilities. If possessed, someone with magical abilities will become an abomination. Abominations use their power in destructive ways the magician might never dream of, and while sometimes they remain intelligent, often they're driven mad by the twisting of their power, lose control, and go on a rampage.
So that's fun! Fight demons, be tempted, be terrified, fall into despair, turn into a horrifying abomination and make your friends kill you. Good times all around! But what's that you say? You're staying way the hell away from demons?
Well, first of all, that doesn't mean demons will stay the hell away from you. But if you happen to get lucky and stay safe, there's a few other things that'll fall through those rifts. While wandering around the city, you might stumble on a potion of some kind. It could be a healing potion, something that makes you stronger, or a fiery grenade! Maybe try to figure out what it is before you drink it. You know. Just in case.
But demons aren't the only creatures to wander through! Have you been wanting a cute pet to tame and cuddle and feed expired food? You're in luck! During this week, you can also find nugs wandering around. These adorable critters are totally harmless and make great pets, as long as their creepy little hands don't bother you. They are also apparently delicious! Or if that's not your style, you might be able to catch a fennec instead. Also cute and cuddly(-looking), these will be a bit harder to tame and a little more likely to nip your fingers, but still not particularly dangerous. Also, less delicious.
So find a demon to fight, turn into a horrific demon-possessed being, drink a mysterious potion, or adopt a new pet! These are just some of the exciting things you can do while the Fade rifts are open! Or hey, just hide in your house and hope the demons will leave you alone. We won't judge.
► November 15th: The Fade rifts burst open, unleashing demons on the city
► November 22nd: The last rift is closed, but stuff's still around
► November 25th: Hope pushes any remaining creatures into the tunnels