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Aahhh, Gehenna. Don't you just love the sulfuric smell in the air, the scorching hellfire, and the sweet sweet cries of innocent children being burned and tortured for eternity, It's good to be back home!
Moloch.

Gehenna is a large sector within Hell that is fully controlled by Satan or Moloch and Malphas if Satan is currently preoccupied. It is sometimes mistaken as the Greek Underworld, Hades.

Overview

Gehenna, also called Tophet, or the Valley of Dead Bones, is a place filled with misery and cruelty as a punishment meant for the truly wicked and greedy after being judged by Satan himself. An eternal realm filled with both fire and ice, it is completely unlivable for most beings even including some gods. Hel herself had said that she does not want to be even near that sector as she can feel both elements damaging her divine body.

The structure is also broken, anyone losing their footing could tumble for miles/kilometers before finding enough purchase on the slope to halt their fall. Nearly all terrain that was not a river of ice cold water or lava was slightly slippery to quite slick. Earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occurred often, tearing the land apart. On the hotter layers, unprotected flammable items and creatures would catch fire from the glowing ground or heated gases being ejected.

While Demons and Devils are the main beings that reside in Gehenna, other species also live in there. These are Barghests, Imps, Manes, Mephits, Achaierai and even some dragons.

Appearance

Four Layers of Gehenna

There are four separate layers in Gehenna.

Khalas

The uppermost layer, Khalas, was the most livable of the four layers with many waterfalls cascading down the slopes, the largest being the river Styx. The Styx followed a rough path down the slope, fell for thousands of feet/meters, ran through twisty rapids before finally disappearing into underground passages. Steam rose into the infinite and empty black sky making the horizon glow a dull red. The portals looked like black chasms in the floor of deep underground passages. This is the only way to enter Gehenna for the rest of Hell.

Chamada

The second layer, Chamada, was the most violently active layer with lava cascades thousands of miles/kilometers wide and city-sized volcanoes yawning open on the slopes. The air was foul with acrid smoke for ten miles above the surface and would cause blindness to unprotected eyes and had the effect of a stinking cloud on the lungs. Below ground the air was fresher but stank of burning flesh and hair.

Mungoth

The third layer, Mungoth, was a land of falling ash and burning snow. The furnaces of this layer were fewer and farther apart, allowing ice and snow to build up in the darker places between active areas. Travelers had to brave the never-ending avalanches of wet snow and fiery rock. Underground passages were relatively safe.

Krangath

The fourth layer, Krangath, is devoid of any volcanic activity, even underground. All was dark and freezing cold. The name of this layer means literally "dead furnaces". This is where Satan, Malphas and Moloch rule from in their own separate palaces (castle for Satan).

Connection to Earth

Tombs in the Valley of Hinnom.

It is connected with a small valley in Jerusalem. It was a place of idolatry, injustice, and spiritual infidelity. The valley became the dumping ground for the sewage and refuse of the city. It was a place of crawling worms and maggots. By defiling this place with refuse, Josiah stopped the child sacrifices. Fires burned continually to destroy the garbage and impurities. The valley of Gehenna was not only filled with garbage, refuse, and sewage, but also with dead bodies that people were trying to dispose of (due to crime, sickness, poverty, or shame).

Gehenna, more commonly known as the Valley of Hinnom, Valley of the Son of Hinnom or Valley of the Children, is an actual valley in the city of Jerusalem. In Israel's past, it was used as a place of child sacrifice. From the reign of Josiah onward, it was used as a garbage dump where the fires burned the refuse continuously. Jesus Christ used it as an illustration of the final judgment of the wicked. Gehenna is the permanent place where both the body and the soul are reunited to spend eternity apart from God. It is located outside the new Jerusalem, the place where believers will be with the Lord.

When 185,000 Assyrian soldiers died during their siege in the days of King Hezekiah, the bodies were piled in the valley of Hinnom and set on fire. Jeremiah built on this history and said that if the Israelites did not turn and follow God, something similar would happen to them. And indeed, after the slaughter of the Israelite people by the Roman military in 69-70 AD, this is what occurred.

History

Myths and Legends

Gehenna /ɡɪˈhɛnə/; from Ancient Greek: Γέεννα, Geenna from Hebrew: גֵּי בֶן־הִנֹּם‎, Modern: gei ben-Hinnom, Tiberian: gē ben-Hinnṓm, also Hebrew: גֵי־הִנֹּם‎, Modern: gei-Hinnom, Tiberian: gē-Hinnṓm; Mishnaic Hebrew: גהנום‎/גהנם‎, Gehinnam/Gehinnom

English "Gehenna" represents the Greek Geenna (Γέεννα) found in the New Testament, a phonetic transcription of Aramaic Gēhannā (ܓܝܗܢܐ), equivalent to the Hebrew Ge Hinnom, literally "Valley of Hinnom".

This is known in the Hebrew Bible as Gei Ben-Hinnom, literally the "Valley of the son of Hinnom", and in the Talmud as גיהנם‎ or גהנום‎ Gehinnom.

Quotes

This fire is my home. This planet is my kingdom. This body is my church. Your screams are my music.
Moloch.

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Trivia

  • Gehenna is not Hades. Hades is a temporary place of the dead where only their souls exist. In Gehenna, wicked dead exist in both body and soul. The suffering in Gehenna is eternal while the suffering in Hades is temporal.
  • It is somewhat similar to the Lake of Fire though it is not permanent.
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