On the Table of Fate
River of Souls
Travel along the River of Souls is the final journey which all beings on Annwn must eventually undertake. Upon their death, a being’s soul rises from his body and is drawn into the plane of shadow. The soul then feels an irresistable pull to the River of Souls, a congruence of life energy which the soul must eventually join, flowing through the shadow plane to the Pool of Judgement. From this pool, the deceased soul will eventually flow into one of the twelve tributaries of the River of Souls: the Tiberinus, Condatis, Tethys, Nantosvelta, Oceanus, Abnoba, Syrinx, Iving, Sambation, Aeron, Lethe, Acheron, Styx, Phlegethon, Cocytus, or the Acis. Each tributary flows from the realm of shadow into one of the twelve outer planes, carrying souls along according to their alignment. Eventually, after lingering in the outer planes for a time, souls rejoin the tributaries as they flow from the outer planes back to the plane of shadow, before being reborn into Annwn. In this way, the plane of shadows can be seen as the portal between the prime material plane and the outer planes through which Annwn’s souls move in an endless cycle.