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Christian’s Combat with Apollyon (an alternate name for Abaddon)

According to the canon of In Nomine, Abaddon is one of the main regions of Hell. A blasted wasteland, where Saminga has built his bone citadel, but which has otherwise been left untouched by the other Superiors.

That is, in itself, rather significant. If there’s one thing that has been established inside of In Nomine, it’s that the Superiors are constantly jockeying for position, yet one of it’s provinces was left empty for millenia. Saminga was one of the last of the “old Princes” to be named.

But it should also be noted that Saminga has a thing for death and the dead.

According to the Abrahamic traditions, Abaddon is not just a place of perdition, but also an Angel of Destruction (or more recently an Angel of the Pit).

So perhaps Abaddon is not just a place in hell, but the very body of the Fallen Angel Abaddon.

Abaddon as The Destroyer

There’s only one type of demon that could hope to harness word of Destruction, and that’s a Calabite. Just as Lucifer is the first Balseraph, Abaddon would have been the first Calabite. A force of destruction so great that his Fall ripped the Celestial plane creating the original rift down to hell.

With such a destructive, discordant voice in the Symphony Abbadon would not even have needed Lucifer to give him his word. He could have plucked it directly from the frayed strands of the Symphony surrounding him.

Someone so puissant would clearly have been a rival for Lucifer’s throne, and the struggle between them would have been horrible indeed. Rather than run the risk of another attempting a similar feat Lucifer pinned the remains of his rival’s celestial body in place and let the rotting corpse serve as an enduring reminder of what would happen to any Prince that crossed him.

Abaddon as The Imprisoning Angel

Another possibility is that Abaddon is precisely what the Biblical texts say he is: An Angel of Destruction. Perhaps even an Angel of the Higher Heavens who took the Malakite oath before intentionally tearing the celestial hole that would come to be known as Hell.

If this is the case, Abaddon is powerful indeed – but every ounce of that power must constantly be spent maintaining the prison known as hell. As a Malakite, there is no chance of the Imprisoning Angel falling himself – but that doesn’t keep him from growing increasingly discordant every time a Demon manages to slip out of hell and back into the corporeal realms.

Which raises an interesting question – how would the discord of the most powerful Malakite in all creation express itself? Perhaps that is the secret of the Lower Hells which Lucifer is investigating.

Also, if Saminga is slowly siphoning Forces off of Abaddon’s celestial body, what will happen to hell once the Angel no longer has enough forces to maintain the realm as a prison?

Possible Choir Attunements for Abaddon

Regardless of which interpretation you use, any Servitor of Abaddon is inherently a rebel against Lucifer. Only Renegades (or Angels) can have these attunements.

Balseraph – These Celestials specialize in destroying the perceived truths of another. With a successful verbal tirade (Int/Emote) against another beings core beliefs, they can stun him or her into inaction for CD rounds of combat or one non-combat scene. (Seraphim can also learn this attunement)

Djinn – (restricted) – Destruction’s trackers do not suffer any dissonance for destroying the subjects of their resonance. (Cherubs can also learn this attunement)

Calabite – The very heart of destruction. Abaddon’s wreckers may add their Celestial Forces to all damage rolls. However, their very existence tears at the symphony. They must add their Celestial Forces to any disturbance they create, and can always be detected as if they themselves were a disturbance equal to their total forces. (Ofanim can also learn this attunement)

Habbalite – (partially restricted) – Abaddon’s Habbalah are precisely what the Elohim claim to be. Celestials devoid of emotion. They neither feel it nor can they understand it. With a touch and a Will based Resonance roll they may share this “clarity” with another for CD hours. (Elohim can also learn this attunement, but it normally ruins them for service under another Superior).

Lilim – (restricted) – The Prince of Destruction has a very special boon for the Daughters of Freedom. They have the ability to break supernatural bonds, including those made by Songs and Resonance. If this was done at the request of one of the parties involved, the Tempter may impose her own Geas, otherwise she takes backlash same as if someone had resisted one of her own Geas Hooks of equivalent strength.

MalakiteOnly available if using the Imprisoning Angel variation – When descending into hell, these virtues may spend 2 points of essence to drag along any celestial within a number of yards equal to their Forces. Someone wishing to stay on the Corporeal or Ethereal planes may make a Will roll that the Malakite can chose to oppose.

Shedite – Abaddon’s thinkers, these corrupters may add their Ethereal Forces to any attack roll. (Kyriotates can also learn this attunement)

Impudites – The worldliest of Abaddon’s Servitors, the Impudites of Destruction may add their Corporeal Forces to any role made to persuade a mortal to break off one of their relationships. (Mercurians can also learn this attunement)

GrigoriOnly available if using the Imprisoning Angel variation – Grigori in service to Abaddon are immune to the tortures of hell and may tread it’s dark paths without revealing their Celestial nature.