Adventure Hook: Murder by Numbers

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A serial killer is loose in the party’s town. The local police have not noticed the pattern yet, but the party has: all the victims are Soldiers in The War.

The specifics are left to the GM. While it could certainly be a Shedite or Malakite at play, it’s also entirely possible that it’s a normal (if exceptional) human who has chosen to take matters into their own hands.

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Surprise Artifacts

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Generally speaking, artifacts need to have a form related to their function. Keys for Songs of Opening, zip drives for Computer Use skill, that sort of thing. However, The Marches are a land of imagination, so sometimes forms and function may be just a wee bit different from what you expect. Continue reading

Ethereal Elements Expanded: Astronomical Concepts

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kepler 16bAccording to the Ethereal Player’s Guide spirits containing Astronomical Concepts as elements tend to be exalted, above the world, and abstract – those who awaken the element often consider themselves royalty, and may not be wrong.

That book only introduces three of the Astrological concepts: Sun, Moon, and Stars. It’s high time to introduce a few more. Continue reading

One: The Loneliest Number

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One is a particularly cruel Ethereal spirit, convincing mortals they are alone and cut off from the world while using one’s ability to hide things to keep any friends and allies their target might have from coming to their defense.

One isn’t even a nightmare, though one is certainly comfortable moving around through Beleth’s Marches. No, one is just a bastard.

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The Blues Devil

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Sigil of Lilith - Provenance UnknownAgbekoja started as one of Kronos’ talent scouts, haunting crossroads in his immaculate three piece suits. When one of the living lost passed his way, Agbekoja would tempt them away from any potential salvation.

Agbekoja’s fortunes changed when he formed a pact with Robert Johnson. Shortly thereafter a traveling Archangel made a deal with the will dressed lilin, buying out the remainder of the demon’s (indefinite) contract to the Prince of Fate. Continue reading

Lilith’s Secretarian Godardship

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Sigil of Lilith - Provenance UnknownIn preparing for a new game, I was forced to confront some of my own ideas about the hierarchy of hell. While I love the idea of the Lilim using the same Dogedom model as a number of renascence merchant cities, my execution has left something to be desired.

Regional rulers with Ducal levels of power within Shal-Mari might style themselves as Doges, but the system basically relies upon rival merchant houses to work. Without first building those houses, Doge just becomes a fancy word for Duke. Continue reading

Jaami, Archangel of Unity

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087 al jaamiBefore time was time, Jaami was the chief administrator of Heaven. Then Yves convinced the venerable angel to make way for the Metatron, During their tenure, Jaami helped heaven work as one, after sealing their own power and joining David’s ranks dissent was able to creep into heaven. This ultimately resulted in the betrayals of Lucifer, Ophis, and the Grigori. Recently Lawrence learned Jaami’s true identity, and after a particularly humiliating defeat he sought out the venerable Kyriotate and restored it’s full power.

The two have been thick as thieves since. They agree on everything, and slowly more of the Archangels are falling into line, assisting Jaami in gathering everything and everyone back together.

Note: This is a non-canon interpretation designed to allow for an Angelic antagonist – the cannonical version is a simple wordbound servitor of David.

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Adventure Hook: He’ll Ride a Pale Tweet

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If you have not heard, a patriarch of the Russian Orthodox church has warned that smart phone owners should be wary of the internet of things because the two in conjunction could create an avenue to gain control of mankind and thus usher in the Antichrist.

We’ll Take it From Here

If you pick the ‘right’ definition of antichrist, there are some sound theological arguments to be made here, but that’s not the purpose of this blog. We’re going to take this opportunity to present an Apocalypse of the Week. Continue reading

Keyblade Master Eraqus

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Master_Eraqus_KHBBSLater this year Square Enix will be releasing Kingdom Hearts III, the next and possibly final chapter of the Kingdom Hearts series. While you might not be looking forward to that game quite as much as I am, it is easy to say that the world-hopping Keyblade Masters are ideal Ethereal Spirits to leave their home domain in search of Light and Adventure.

By the time we meet Master Eraqus in Birth by Sleep, he has already settled down to act as tutor to Aqua and Terra in the Land of Departure (an Ethereal Realm that has since gone missing). However, there are some hints that Keyblade masters are not bound to linear time and there’s no telling what sort of trouble Eraqus got into prior to settling into his role as trainer. Continue reading