Nine Keys to Hell: The Qlippoth
(Infernalism: Path of Screams)
to mention, the malignant secrets of the Qlippoth reflect a deeper, metaphysical root of
Black Magick. Sometimes called the Nine Keys to Hell or the Nine Breaths of the Absolute,
these dark essences literally tap into primordial chaos, reshaping Creation to twisted
Each of the Nine Spheres of Creation has a Qlippothic opposite, a
chaotic counterpart swirling with dark resonance. Very few Infernalists understand their
magick on so deep a level, but the screaming chaos of most Black Arts is said to arise
from this primal disintegration. Perhaps the Void calls like to like, and sends its
essence as a harbinger of the Reckoning to come. Infernalists may be seen as agents of
that Reckoning, and their Arts flow from the well of chaos at the beginning and end of
Those who understand the Qlippoth see the Nine Spheres like this:
- Connection: All things in this world are woven of metaphysical
threads; tug one, and other things follow. Qlippothic Connection exploits this effect and
yanks those threads until everything unravels.
- Entropy: All things exist in a constant state of flux tending
toward disintegration. Qlippothic Entropy encourages the breaking-down and guides the
cycle toward annihilation.
- Forces: Creation is a vortex of raging elements, kept in check by
slender threads and principles. Qlippothic Forces bend or snap those binders, unleashing
- Life: Living matter is a corrupt reflection of spiritual purity.
Since the flesh is decaying from the moment of its birth, Qlippothic Life Arts merely
redirect that decay, resculpting or degrading the flesh until it returns to its primal
- Matter: Again, inert materials are mere shadows of the Absolute.
Qlippothic Matter drives that point home by breaking down and redirecting these malleable
forms until chaos is achieved.
- Mind: Eternities ago, the Void broke apart into warring
emanations. Through their struggles, the Absolute sought to know itself Qlippothic Mind
returns that knowledge to the Void, shares those impressions between other aspects of
the Absolute, and shatters human illusions by exposing Creation for the hoax it is.
- Prime: Life-force is really death-force. All things expend their
energies in an endless well of power, but that well eventually leads back to the Void
(and, in fact, may originate there, as well). Infernalists who have seen the Maelstrom at
the heart of the Underworld know the true source of Quintessence - the dark spin of a
Wheel that grinds all things into Primal pulp, then sends them back again.
- Spirit: All things originate in the Void, and it's always close to
the surface. Hell and its denizens are merely agents of that Void, angry remnants of
worlds that have not yet completely broken down. By sundering the Gauntlet and inviting
demons into this world, a Qlippothic sorcerer hastens this world's disintegration and lets
the shades of old worlds enjoy this one for a while.
- Time: In the center of the universe, time does not exist. All
things hang in an infinite suspension, compressed by the weight of eternity. Qlippothic
Time brings a bit of that suspension to this world, speeding or slowing the illusion of
time until that illusion falls apart.
The deepest secret of Qlippothic magick, however, is this: In its way,
chaos and devastation are essential parts of Creation's weird dance. As any Infernalist
can tell you (and will, given half a chance), there can be no Light without Darkness. It
is said that one who understands the true nature of the Qlippoth sees the hand of God
guiding even this maelstrom. Thus, this primal, Infernal chaos is just one more facet of
greater Divinity. From such paradoxes, souls wither and great minds crack.