- "Black Spiral" redirects here. For other uses of the term, see Black Spiral (disambiguation).
Accessible through the Temple Obscura, this horrific Umbral labyrinth is the most sacred place to the fallen werewolves known as the Black Spiral Dancers for the act of walking through the Labyrinth and facing its mysteries is often called "dancing", hence, this Black Spiral is not only the place from which they draw their names, but all their madness as well, since every single one of the Dancers have once traveled deep into the Labyrinth and became tainted beyond recognition.
Within the Black Spiral Labyrinth, the victim communicates with various Wyrm-spirits, commonly known as the Urge-Wyrms, emanations of the Wyrm himself, that can grant blessings and knowledge to the who are brave enough (or mad enough), to dare enter its grounds. Some Nephandi who call themselves Malfeans also walk the Black Spiral during their Caul. Normally, dancing the Spiral usually breaks and twists your mind and grants you various derangements. Many Black Spiral Dancers see these mental scars as marks of the Urge-Wyrms and pursue them in order to further their service.
There are some who believe that there is a connection between the Malfean labyrinth and the dark Labyrinth beneath the Tempest in the Underworld. These levels of reality would be the last step before reaching the eternal jail of the demons, the infamous Abyss.
Theurges speak of nine thresholds of wisdom in the Spiral Labyrinth, nine concentric circles of unspeakable ordeals. Each circle offers a test that a dancer must overcome before she can advance in Rank. If she is particularly ingenious, she may even learn a deviant gift from the servitors of the labyrinth. The experience often resembles a little story; a surreal vignette set within endless corridors and presented by a host of treacherous Umbral spirits.
- Circle One: Dance of Insight
- Circle Two: Dance of Rage
- Circle Three: Dance of Endurance
- Circle Four: Dance of Cunning
- Circle Five: Dance of Combat
- Circle Six: Dance of Corruption
- Circle Seven: Dance of Loyalty
- Circle Eight: Dance of Paradox
- Circle Nine: Dance of Deceit