The Soul Society

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Ep60Gotei13InsigniaTo be honest, Bleach and In Nomine are incompatible. The power creep is entirely too steep within Soul Society and Hueco Mundo – especially given how static both locations supposedly are.

However, crossovers are fun.

So here’s my take on the Soul Society based on the earlier seasons (where a handful of exceptional children fresh from the mortal world are able to challenge the status quo). Continue reading

Healing Revisited

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All is Vanity, C Allan Gilbert

As much as I love In Nomine, Healing is one of the places where the system falls flat on it face. Not only is the Medicine Skill an idiosyncratic mess, but it is also rendered almost entirely redundant by the Song of Healing which can heal more faster with a minimum of symphonic disruption.

That said, laying on hands is an iconic part of both role playing games and christian mythology. Removing the Song of Healing is out of the question. There is also some good ideas in the existing rules that I want to make sure I preserve. Continue reading

Demons of the Hazbin Hotel

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Okay, so the Hazbin Hotel pilot is finally out – and more or less exactly the mass of infernal humor, Heavy Metal, and Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends that I was hoping it would be.

Honestly, if you haven’t watched it yet, do so and come back. This show is right up there with Good Omens as one of those things you really should watch if you want to play In Nomine.

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Hamuel, Edler Angel of Oversight, Nightmare Kyriotate (Beleth Ascendant)

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Denizens of the Nightmare Symphony frequently feel like they are being watched. Often because they are. Hamuel is said to have an eye in every shadow.

While this is likely an overstatement, no one can ever quite be sure. Hamuel is responsible for observing the state of the symphony, offering recommendations and if necessary direction to the other elders, ensuring the productivity and effectiveness of heaven, and disciplining wayward angels whose activities are at cross purposes to that of the council of elders.

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Hamuel is an Elder from the Nightmare Symphony, they’re not from the core setting, though you are certainly welcome to add them.

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Aeneth, Elder Angel of Blood, Nightmare Cherub (Beleth Ascendant)

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Warrior, guardian, healer, witch, all of these terms have been used to describe Elder Aeneth. She is a dangerous and primal celestial who expects passion and commitment from those under her command.

notesAeneth is an Elder from the Nightmare Symphony, she’s not from the core setting, though you are certainly welcome to add her.

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The Nightmare Symphony (Beleth Ascendant)

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beleth2Imagine if the world was nothing but horror and betrayal; if creatures from your darkest dreams could make their way freely into the margins of the world; if angels were so cold an alien that they could not dispel the shadows, just throw them into stark relief.

This is the Nightmare Sympony. It can exist as either an independent setting or as an ethereal domain. For simplicity sake, I will focus on primarily on the variation where the Nightmare Symphony is a greedy domain so deep withing Beleth’s Marches and so steeped in her personal symphony that it may as well be an extension of her own imagination. Continue reading

Aside: Castle Falkenstein Tarot

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Today we’re leaving the usual fields we travel to discuss Castle Falkenstein, a different neglected system.

Much like the original Deadlands, Castle Falkenstein uses a card drawing mechanic to resolve the outcome of actions. Among the many variations introduced was a spellcasting approach that replaced the deafault poker deck with a tarot deck. Continue reading

Dickcissel, Ofanite of Spiza Americana

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dickcisselServitor of Jordi in service to Sandalphon 

Before the dawn of time, Dickcissel was once one of the angels to hold a portion of god’s tremendous demiurgic power. With the birth of the true Symphony he released that energy into the new creation. Spent, he chose to join Jordi’s ranks rather than stay with Eli. Continue reading

In Noirmine

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One of my friends recently asked the In Nomine Facebook Fans groups for ideas to help them craft their game into an antiestablishment cosmic noir.

For this to be worth pursuing, the establishment has to be worth overthrowing, here are some of my thoughts on how to reduce or invert the contrast in a manner that keeps with the noir aesthetic. Continue reading