Baator is the classical hell
of the AD&D Planescape universe
. The plane of utter Lawful Evil
, its politics resemble those of George Orwell
, and its ruler is Asmodeus
, the king of hell
. Also known as the Nine Hells
, Baator is home to the baatezu
, and takes its descriptions from Dante's Inferno
. The layers are:
: This is a blasted wasteland, ruled by the devil Bel
, and scorched by fire from the sky. The description resembles Circle VII, ring I, from Inferno
: The Iron City of Hell
, this city
is ruled by Dispater
, and takes its imagery from Inferno
, Circle V.
: This is a realm of filth, murk, and iron chains. Inferno
, Circle III, provides the images, as I recall.
: A realm of fire, influenced by popular ideas of Hell.
: The icy waters of the River Styx
: A realm of chasms and rocky slopes, this layer is influenced by, though not copied from, Inferno
, Circle VIII.
: 'The ill-ruled'. This is a barren wasteland of red rock. It is said that something ancient and yet more evil sleeps below the earth here.
: From Dante
, which is Circle IX, ring II. This is a frozen desert, cold and hard and bitter.
: The heart of hell, containing the citadel of the arch-fiend
See also: Outer Planes