Celestial Forms in Variation: Cherubim

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In their celestial forms, the Cherubim resemble hybrids of different animals. This has been one of the harder lists of forms for me to come up with because there are just so many possibilities. I could easily have come up with three or more options for each Superior, but as I have mentioned elsewhere, I’m trying to limit my list posts.

So here are a couple of Cherub descriptions for each Archangel. I’ve endeavored to include on that is more anthropomorphic and one which is more beastly for each Superior.

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Adventure Hook: Team

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This hook should be introduced slowly, a glimpse of a street kid here, a fantastic joust there – some of the PCs may even use the “team” as messengers or couriers from time to time, possibly without realizing it.

Sometimes, when an angel finds the rules of heaven too constraining but is not prepared to fall, they find what they find “noble” ways to end themselves.

One such angel has adopted a drew of youth from broken or missing homes. They have no illusions about the world they live in, but are able to find magic within it that others overlook. [Personally, I would pick an elohite outcast, but any choir would do]

As for the angel, zie is dying a slow death; slowly divesting zir forces one at a time to those who make the best leaders and healers in the crew. Eventually the angel will be no more, but zie will have left in zir wake a band of soldiers dedicated to survival and mutual support who owe fealty to neither heaven nor hell.

No 3290 Magistrate Abersumi

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Countex of Final Judgement, Demon of Pardons

A couple months back I shared a link to the Lesser Bot on the Liber Neglecta Facebook page. Some of the demons it churns out are quite fun, and with a bit of work could make for some fantastic NPCs.

Take Abersumi, the Demon of Pardons. Pardons is such an interesting Word. It implies both guilt and release, an end to formal punishment, a second chance, and a certain degree of favoritism. In many ways it is a perfect for The Game. Continue reading

Adventure Hook: Technologic

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Vapula is at it again. A number of dreamers, especially those working with computers and AI have been having dreams of demonic computers acting independently to create a dystopian technofuture.

Given the target and recurring nature of the dreams, angels of Blandine and Jean are particularly likely to take note, though others may have an interest as well. Continue reading

Some Ignorant Antagonist

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There are some things that can beat smartness and foresight? Awkwardness and stupidity can. The best swordsman in the world doesn’t need to fear the second best swordsman in the world; no, the person for him to be afraid of is some ignorant antagonist who has never had a sword in his hand before; he doesn’t do the thing he ought to do, and so the expert isn’t prepared for him; he does the thing he ought not to do; and often it catches the expert out and ends him on the spot.

– Mark Twain

One of the notable characteristics of the d666 system is that outcomes are mostly divorced from skill. A neophyte really does have a chance to best an expert. Continue reading

King Gessar of Ling

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GessarKing Gessar is an Buddhist culture hero (much like Arthur is for Christianity) with a living tradition of recitation. Dedicated storytellers, singers, and dancers have been revising and retelling his epics throughout central Asia. The fabled king has been slaying demons and monsters since he was 3 days old and dispatching their souls to the Buddhist spirit realms from which they will eventually be reborn to try and better their state of existence. Continue reading

Adventure Hook: Ride of the Valkyries

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Something has shifted in Asgard. Odin is now on the move, and his Valkyries are riding and breakneck speed to lay claim to the souls of those lost in battle. Is the twilight of the gods at hand, or is there some other offensive that Odin requires the additional troops for? Is it even Odin, or has his blood brother Loki played some trick upon the Valkyries?

In any case, few angels are comfortable with pagan gods moving about the mortal real so freely and in such numbers.

Michael “Crazy 8s” Demas

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kobalMost Shedim try to cultivate their hosts over time, stretching out the human’s moral degradation over weeks or months if possible. That’s not Michael’s style (at least, not when he can be seen).

“Crazy 8s” Demas prefers to come in hard, ruin someone’s life, and move on before anyone has even realized that the demon’s host is behaving differently. It’s a kind of performance art, something to make other demons chuckle at the frailty and malleability of the humans that god would have put over them. Continue reading