The Ruinous Vault
Not every monster can be killed.The Ruinous Vault is a prison for creatures beyond death and artifacts beyond destruction. Within its twisting halls, magi have locked away the end of the world a dozen times over, next to relics of great despair, magical secrets of potent destruction, and more than a few inconvenient truths.
Somethings should never be released, like that last MegaDeth album.A place beyond the known worlds, the Ruinous Vault isn't quite part of the Shadow nor part of the Beyond, but is another, private domain. Within, a thousand smaller realms form in the dark lik bubbles, each housing its own prisoners.
The fact that the Vault even exists in the way it does gives magical theorists headaches all over. If that works, then their neat 3-world model falls apart.
The makers of the Vault are as much as a mystery as the rest of it. It is ancient beyond reckoning, made with powers few can come close to matching in the modern world.Even with guides, traveling the Vault is dangerous. Not all of its prisoners are content to stay shackled and quiet, and the things trapped here exert a pull that calls the weak to free them. Even the wardens of the vault struggle and members of the cult sometimes disappear without trace when they venture inside.
The Ruinous Cult
We're the links in a chain.The Vault is guarded by the Ruinous Cult, a ragtag group of magi and the occasional monster pledged to defend the Vault and keep it sealed. Most cultists come from those who have survived encounters with things now locked away in the Vault and seen the results up close. They tend to be an obsessive lot, concerned with the Vault and nothing more.
Of course, not everyone believes their line about good intentions.
Or escaped inmates, as with the imprisoned Alexander Sheridan after his latest scheme.The fact that there are thieves at all is a closely guarded secret. The Vault, though one of the most secure places in the world right next to the gate to the moon, is not impenetrable. Magi are a greedy, inventive bunch. Such failures by members aren't punished by the Cult; dedicating one's life to the Vault is already more punishment than any soul can shoulder.
The BeyondThe Beyond is a realm of monsters and magic, of wonder and horror, far from the mortal world. Here, spirits, gods, and demons dwell among impossible, myth-shrouded lands. Getting there is difficult, and getting out can be even worse. The Ruinous Vault occupies an uncertain space in the universe. At times, it seem to be equally part of the Beyond and The Shadow, or perhaps another, unique sphere of existence.
The world beyond all other worlds, a place of wonder and horror in equal measure.
SigilariumAmong the many rumored things to dwell within the Vault is the book of words, a lexicon of Sigilarium. A language of arcane power in its purest form, Sigilarium evokes the essence of a word just by being spoken aloud. In the Vault, runes glow with world-ending potency, holding words that the world can never be allowed to suffer.
Sigilarium - Words of Power
An ancient language of forgotten power, with words that burn their way into the human mind and leave smoldering embers when they go out.
True Names are the essence of a being. It is an embodiment of all they are, their essence distilled to a name... Or in some cases, several.