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I heard a rumor that there is a published reference to a layer of the Abyss that is controlled/populated by celestials. Is this true? If so, what source mentions this?

I'm really just curious about such an oddity on the planes.

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It's from a 2e Planescape supplement called Faces of Evil: The Fiends, and while it doesn't appear to be a whole layer, it is all data I can find on official stuff existing on that layer.

In short, on the 403rd layer of the Abyss, a Fallen Archon rules the City of Confusion, and several other Fallen Archons are her minions. They try to cure the mortals that come across the city, purify their souls, so they can go to Celestia. They fail at it, however, because these Fallen Archons have become as Chaotic Evil as the plane they live on. They are just in denial about this.

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So, just to be 100% clear, the Fallen Archons are not actually Good, correct? –  Dane Apr 9 at 17:18
    
@Dane That is correct; as Draupadi states, they are Chaotic Evil but in denial about it. –  Dakeyras Apr 9 at 18:26
    
My previous comment here is clearly answered by @Draupadi. What I was really trying to ask is whether a Chaotic Evil Fallen Archon is still a Celestial. In my mind, "celestial" is pretty much defined as a "Good Outsider" from the outer planes. As such, a Chaotic Evil outsider ceases to be a celestial. But I might have my definition wrong. –  Dane Apr 9 at 19:01
    
@Dane: Does a lawful good Drow cease to be a Drow? Although, yes, a devil or a celestial seems like it should be a special case. –  Zan Lynx Apr 9 at 20:13
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They're not good-aligned anymore, but they probably still have their [Good] subtypes (at least in more recent versions, those don't change if an individual has an alignment that doesn't match up.), and those subtypes seem more to do with the "celestial" status than the current alignment of the individual. –  Matthew Najmon Apr 9 at 21:34

After hints from @Lord_Gareth and a fair bit of searching, I found what I was looking for: Androlynne, Abyssal Layer 471. It is detailed on page 148 of the D&D 3.5 Fiendish Codex I - Hordes of the Abyss.

It is ruled by an Obyrith, Pale Night, so it isn't really controlled by Celestials. Eladrin children are bound here, and Good creatures wage a never-ending war on this Layer in order to rescue and/or defend them. The Good creatures have maintained such a presence on this layer that it has been transformed from a nightmare landscape to a bright rainbow-hued battleground.

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