Ba'al / Mahabali
What Ba'al looked like



Nature: Tuatha/Danava/Ïrïn/Grigori
Path: Mastigos
Order: Claws of the Dragon
Legacy: Tamer of Iron
Archetype: Warrior / General / Soldier / Hunter
Current Reincarnation: Skaði Jarnseiðsdottir
First Appearance: 6.9 "Amor Fati"
Soundtrack: I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That) - Meat Loaf

A name mentioned on page 131 of the Book:

Among the ranks of the Asuras there walked those who called themselves Danava, who had once been îrîn before they came here to dwell. Amesha Spenta were their inner council called, 'Those Who Cleave to Aša', and they it was who made that final refuge place.
In matters of war was Ba'al their leader, whom the locals called Mahabali, and under his guidance was it that they revolted against the Gods.


Player Theories

● One of the reigning current theories is that this person was one of the Children of Danu, suspected creators of the Kalakin Engine.

xx○ Presuming this is true, various PC's and players have speculated about who among them would be/is the current reincarnation of Ba'al, and which of the figures shown in the Ananke's illustration this person corresponds to, which piece(s) of the Engine they fled with.

● Current assumption seems to be that of all the cabal-members, Skadi is definitely the one most likely to have been Ba'al.

Page 35 is believed by Skadi to be a journal entry of 'Mahaba'ali' describing some of the events experienced by the Watchers/Grigori/Tuatha as covered on Page 107, in the hidden mountain valley sanctuary of Asgartha, with the illustration provided by the Ananke showing what was about to happen shortly thereafter.

● A related theory is that Ba'al didn't flee, but stayed behind to fight with his last breath, and that this is how a ''spoke'' of the Kalakin Engine fell into the hands of the ''Daevas'' (proto-seers) and so ended up in the Eclipse Temple.

And I would do anything for love
I'd run right into hell and back
I would do anything for love
I'll never lie to you and that's a fact

And some nights you're breathing fire
And some nights you're carved in ice
Some nights you're like nothing
I've ever seen before or will again

And maybe I'm crazy
Oh, it's crazy and it's true
I know you can save me
No one else can save me now but you

As long as the planets are turning
As long as the stars are burning
As long as your dreams are coming true
You better believe it

That I would do anything for love
And I'll be there 'til the final act
And I would do anything for love
And I'll take the vow and seal a pact

But I'll never forgive myself
If we don't go all the way tonight

And I would do anything for love
Oh, I would do anything for love

But I won't do that
● When the cabal explored the Astral realm of Coleridge's poem ''Kubla Khan'' they tracked down the ''woman wailing for her demon lover'', who seemed to recognize and react to the name ''Mahaba'ali''. Though she seemingly responded to Skadi as if she were this ''demon lover'' when she tried to fill that role, it's unclear whether this would have happened for anyone who claimed to be Mahaba'ali, or if this was because Skadi was the one who did it.

● One theory suggests that everyone believed Per(k/q)unos / þunaraz / Adar / Donar to be the father of Shemyaza, when in reality it was Mahaba'ali, and that this might have been part of why "Adar" betrayed them.

Other Information

The Book, page 35
It is too late now. They know our position, the heavens above know how, and they are coming. Our wards could hold them for a long time, but they would eventually fail, and in the meanwhile the Devas would have ample time to surround us, cutting off all escape routes.

I have therefore opted for another course of action: We'll take the power crystals from the wards and use them for weaponry powering instead. This way, the protections should fall within minutes of their arrival, and when they are taken aback by the surprising turn of events we can hit them with all our might. By overwhelming their front line fighters like this I hope that the rest will have a good chance to flee, so that our legacy does not die with us.

My one regret is that I did not train more of them, but they seemed to believe that such a thing as this could never happen. Fool as I was, I believed them. I helped to hide this place, erasing our every trace. How, then, is it that their shining chariots of fire are soaring across the sky as I write this, aiming for our refuge as unerringly as a hawk diving after its prey? It is terrible to consider it, for I know and trust every soul here, but I can only imagine one reason: Treachery.

But who? And why? We all know why we fight, why there is no hope in surrender or pacifism. We fight for the truth, we know this to a man. We are brethren, kin by blood and by spirit, joined in bonds of love and mutual respect. What could bring one of us to ignore all this, and make contact with the outside world? For that matter: How? The valley is well protected. There are only a handful of places where one can reach the surrounding lands, or the ones beyond. Yet none seem to have noticed anyone sneaking off to make contact.

It matters not. They are nearly here. I must prepare my troops.
This is most likely my last entry.
Between the lines: Translation:
Kyrie eleison
mea culpa
mea maxima culpa
Kyrie eleison
Lord have mercy
my sins
my great sins
Lord have mercy


Page 204

It lists the "nine Atlantises" from the 'Agra Revelations' of India, and of these number 4 happens to be "The City of Seven Pagodas under the Bay of Bengal off Mahabalipuram", where Mahabalipuram itself was the sacred city of Mahaba'ali, supposedly made in memory of his "City of Seven Pagodas", which was taken away/destroyed by the Devas as punishment for some sin or violation performed by the "Asuras".


From "The Atlantis Encyclopedia", by Frank Joseph, The Career Press Inc., 2005, page 175-176

In ancient Indian scriptures Mahabalipuram, “City of the Great Ba'ali”, was copied after the palace of the gods, which its architect and ruler, Ba'ali, visited. For this impropriety, Mahabalipuram was entirely swallowed by the sea in a terrible flood. The cataclysm was commanded by Indra. Like Zeus in Plato’s account of the Atlantean destruction, he was a sky-god, who convened all the other deities of heaven to call down a watery judgement on the blasphemous inhabitants. Bali was described as a “giant,” just as the first ruler of Atlantis, Atlas, was a Titan.

(ST's notes: Seriously, I am not making this stuff up, this is copy-pasted directly from the pdf of a real-world book)


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