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Dark Shadows' Rise

By KimC All Rights Reserved ©

Action / Fantasy

Book of New Revelation

The Book of New Revelation

Book 1, Verses 1-4


It came to be in the year 2020 that the apocalypse came. The warnings went ignored, so unseeing were we. And so the gates of Hell broke open and the demons sprang forth to bring destruction to all demon kind. Satan came with his crown of death, creating destruction and chaos wherever he walked. Lucifer rose on black wings to command the armies of the damned.

The humans were ill prepared for such assault and many lay slain the first day. Their spirits, unable to find rest, sought to rejoin the living through the possession of the dead. Corpses rose but could not think on their own. Their feral nature commanded them eat and they devoured any living being too unfortunate to get near.

When the situation seemed at its most dire, God sent the humans aid. Angels and Archangels rained from the sky, bringing death upon the demons of Hell. Human and angel fought side by side but they could never gain sufficient ground against the demons. A bloody and terrible war ensued that killed much of humanity and left the Earth a wasting desert.


Hell’s War raged for a single year. It came to pass that one day many of the angels who had come to fight suddenly flew toward the sky and vanished in a great show of light and thunder. The thunder rattled the Earth. It was a final decree: The Gates of Heaven are closed.

When the light faded, any remaining angel was changed. Those left were cursed with silver wings. Outcast. Those who couldn’t handle the weight of their new burden, fell. Most angels lost their minds after losing their connection to God. These angels became just as dangerous as the demons still lurking on Earth.

It came to be known that Lucifer, the fallen angel, and Satan, the leader of Hell, had both been killed. Some of the demons who remained on Earth began to live as if human. Others remained animalistic, feral, chaotic. They hunted any person, angel or corpse. The spirits of the dead were unable to go to Heaven or Hell and so reanimated corpses wandered in what were once highly populated areas.


Humans were left forever changed ny the events of Hell’s War. The population of the Earth fell sharply. Those who survived were often afraid to bare children. For many, it became too difficult. Those children who were born were cherished.

Humans soon learned the dangers of their own reflections. Spirits who could not find dead bodies to inhabit began to target the living, using mirrors to jump into the living. Some of these humansfought off their possessors and gained magical, almost demonic, abilities from possession attempt. Witches were named for their fairy tale counterparts and came to be an integral part of human survival. This was to be called The Lilith Effect.

Those who did not survive spirit possession became known as The Possessed. These undead, yet thinking, creatures controlled the mindless hordes of the undead. In the days shortly after the war, such groupings of Possessed and corpses were called zombie hordes and such hordes were nearly as dangerous as the demons. The term zombie soon faded into the past but the hordes of The Wastelands forever remained a threat.

Humans survived, adapted, learned to live in this world. Many established homes, called colonies, and gathered angels or witches to create barriers around these colonies. Most are small and struggle for resources. Some have power, running water and abundant food. The latter are very often attacked.

1:4 (Additions by Father Joshua Mayer)

The Wastelands have come to been seen as Hell on Earth. Demons of varying sizes, breeds and ferocities lie in wait in The Wastelands. Fallen angels who lost their sanity wander alone, stalking humans who look at them wrong. Some Outcasts formed bandit groups and took to attacking any caravan crossing The Wastelands. These angels hover above survival and falling. Humans who are brave enough have their own bandit groups, who usually hide in ruins to attack people looking for a place to hide at night.

Fifty years have passed since the end of the war without much change. Cults to various demons have risen, been cut down or fallen. Old religions have cropped up in small circles, fostered by the few remaining priests and holy men, like myself, who protected burned and tattered holy books. Angels continue to with their humanity and hope for the day that God would return.
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