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Purgatory is like the waiting room between heaven and hell. Those in Purgatory are on a... test, so to speak, to see if they deserve a second chance to enter heaven or not. Because of that, unless you're a soul, there no one or nothing there for you to do.
Matt Wright.

Purgatory is a realm that is said to exist midway between the eternal punishment of Hell and the unending paradise of Heaven. It exists to purify the souls of those who are deemed too sinful to be admitted directly into Heaven but not evil enough to be condemned to Hell.

Overview

Purgatory consists of temporary punishment for those involved, but unlike many versions of Hell the ultimate result of Purgatory is to be set free and enter the Kingdom of Heaven (or a similar concept). This realm is also said to be governed by Il Separatio, who is the separation of the light and dark when God created the universe out of the darkness. This is due to the fact that Il Separatio is entirely neutral in the endeavors of the Natural Order.

Description

Purgatory is concept found in various religions around the world. It is revealed that across the far reaches of Purgatory, which is said to be uninhabitable by any known monster no matter how strong, lies the Great Old Ones whom were the very beings that predated or existed during the formation of the universe.

History

Myths and Legends

The word "purgatory" has come to refer to a wide range of historical and modern conceptions of postmortem suffering short of everlasting damnation. English-speakers also use the word in a non-specific sense to mean any place or condition of suffering or torment, especially one that is temporary.

While originally a concept mostly found in Catholicism the idea of Purgatory has grown more over time, especially since it seems more in-line with a seemingly all-loving God, who would not wish to condemn his own creations to a fiery state of endless suffering, Purgatory being temporary punishment, seems a preferable option by which such a God could keep order.

In other faiths (such as some in the Far East) there are no permanent realms of suffering and thus their "Hells" are more akin to Purgatory and souls will eventually be set free - however many of these realms are still horrendous and souls may spend unfathomable amounts of time within them (though still not eternal).

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  • Some concepts of Gehenna in Judaism resemble those of purgatory.
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