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The companion is organized in alphabetical sections for convenience. In each section, the entries are organized like a dictionary along with original artwork and excerpts from the Trailokya Friday blog posts. In the coming weeks and months the blog will feature specific entries, to give you a taste of what is available in the companion.
Domdaniel. (n.) The waters and sub-ocean caverns ruled by Prince Leviathan.
Readers first encounter the Domdaniel in the first book of the trilogy. It is the waterway that Gediel crosses to Sheol, the coastal province that wraps the southerly border of Jahannam. Not much is mentioned about the midnight waters, other than its ruler is Prince Leviathan, one of the fallen. Although readers will meet this frightening entity, not much is mentioned of him, either.
The only ocean in all of Jahannam is the Domdaniel. The word was used by Earthly sailors to describe hell’s ocean, as well. It is a dark place, as is all of Jahannam. No waves stir the waters. It is deep and those depths hide caverns in which the prince stores atman on which to feed. Few have ever returned from the caverns and those who have share harrowing tales of an endless watery prison. Darkness eternal.
For souls taken to this place, it is a terrible fate. Imagine drowning, only to wake and drown again. As the atman wears out, so does the sattva. One other prince makes his home in these waters, and that is the Prince Kharon–the landless one. He maneuvers his corpse-skiff between the water and Sheol, taking souls that float upon the surface to build and strengthen his vessel. Kharon was a Power when he fell, and was not strong enough to compete with the greater princes for a piece of Jahannam.
To avoid becoming their food, he has stuck to his grotesque ship, and taken only what is needed to sustain him. His power has grown over the centuries since the conflict. Yet, Kharon has no intention of vying for a throne. He is content to live out his punishment and feed. He serves no prince, but it is believed that he is masterfully loyal to Leviathan, thus allowing him to sail on the Domdaniel.
The dark waters have other secrets, as well. Marked by neither taste nor smell, the water is filled with corpses. The figures are the decayed, bloated sattva of the fallen who failed to reach Sheol. Ironically, the later is an ancient term for the grave. The atman, corrupted by their ill lived lives pose a danger to any vessels that sail on these waters. In order to escape the cycle of drowning, they will take over a boat. Due to their numbers, this inevitably sinks the ship.
Thus, sailing in the Domdaniel takes a skilled crew with a strong ship built in Zion. Although such factors help, they are no guarantee to get any ship to the shore the Old Man of Crete. The power of Watcher Yahweh keeps these beings at bay. Thus anchoring there is safe, unless one has already made it aboard.
Should a corrupt survivor of the Domdaniel make it aboard the ship, it will proceed to try and feed off any beings it finds unlike itself or danava. This means that duta or soul are at risk of becoming supper, equally. To dispatch the creature, it is easy enough to shove them back in the waters, or behead them and throw the crystal that remains into the waters. Atman found cannot pass the Khajala.
Lore connects the Domdaniel of Jahannam with the oceans of other worlds, suggesting that the water serves as a gateway between worlds. This may explain the appearance of Leviathan on Earth in the first book of the trilogy. If you’d like to learn more about the Domdaniel, start with Book 1, The Shadow Soul.