In the shadow of Hell’s very gate, where the infernal armies march forth with a relentless hunger for conquest, lies the Circle of Sloth. A place so consumed by apathy and decay, it no longer serves as a barrier to the hordes of the damned but stands as a grotesque testament to negligence and abandonment. What once could have been a bastion against evil has become a festering quagmire of rubble, filth, and rot.
Here, structures that once rivaled the beauty found in the Circle of Lust stand defeated, their elegance replaced by the oppressive weight of despair. Collapsed edifices, choked by creepers, spotted with the sickly green of mold, and stained with the dark residue of time’s merciless touch, speak of a once grandeur that has been forsaken. The air itself is thick with the stench of decay, and every step in this vile realm is a trespass on forgotten dreams.
Presiding over this decayed kingdom is the mysterious exarch known as Viasta, “the Broken Promise.” His name echoes through the ages, but no living soul has laid eyes on him for nearly a thousand years. A being once believed to be old and powerful, Viasta’s abandonment of his dominion is a legend that chills the heart. Some say he reclines in a hidden subterranean chamber, moldering away in torpor as he awaits the end of all things. Others whisper that he has become a part of the decay itself, his apathy mirroring the slow disintegration of his realm.
Most intriguing of all are the heretical scholars who proclaim Viasta to be none other than the Creator himself. A being so vast and powerful that he could fix every flaw in the world, heal every wound, and achieve boundless good. But they claim that he grew weary and disgusted by the failures of his creations and has simply given up. The thought that the Creator of all things lurks within this realm, consumed by his own despair, is a concept too terrifying to contemplate.
This land of Sloth has become a graveyard for lost hopes and broken dreams. Many of its inhabitants were once celestial beings, angels who, wearied by endless duties, surrendered and fell into despair. They now lie in a fugue state, heedless of the wretched filth that surrounds them, their once brilliant forms reduced to shadows of apathy. Even the daemons who dwell here find it difficult to muster the energy to act, so pervasive is the malaise that infests this place. Only the promise of fresh souls, the lazy and indolent who tumble into their grasp, can stir them to momentary action.
The Circle of Sloth is a chilling reminder of what can become of potential when it is squandered, of beauty when it is neglected, of power when it is forsaken. It is a reflection of the darkest aspects of despair and failure, a place where even the very essence of existence seems to have given up. Here, in the shadows of the broken promises and forgotten dreams, lurks a terror far more profound than any nightmare, a silence more haunting than any scream. It is a place where hope dies, and in its place grows a rot that can consume even the mightiest of souls.