Wind is unpredictable and yet follows certain rules. It can be calming and gentle but is often more notable when it seizes, shapes, or destroys things in its path. Janus’ servants are the winds of change.
There was no call for Janus to be an Archangel during the Symphony’s overture. Everything was new, and good, and there was no call to alter or destroy what was being made.
Janus was elevated some time later, yet even so he is counted as one of the elder Archangels as his elevation predates the birth of man. His very nature was change, and it was also good. He took ideas from knowledge so that words might be crafted for them and light from the stars so that flowers could bloom. In short, Janus was and artist and innovator, painting creation with the brush of theft and making it better in the process. His followers are much the same, larceny is the tool but change and growth is their true gift.
Lately, the ofanite archangel has been putting on weight. Where once he was a lithe running back, now he is more of a linebacker – barreling his way through obstacles (though his fingers remain as light as ever). He is both strong and mercurial. The early welcome he enjoyed from the other Superiors is now more wary. He is a powerful ally, but their will almost always be a cost and it can’t be negotiated before hand. Contracts are not how the wind works.
Most everyone from Gabriel to Dominic agree that Janus is useful, but he is not reliable. For Fire that’s just a fact of life, for Judgement it is a serious character flaw.
War cares little for consistency, so Michael and Janus are fast friends – and David provides stability enough for both.
The only Archangel to despise Janus is Lawrence. An army relies on order and discipline, and Janus embodies its opposite. The two rarely work well together. Typically Michael or Dominic needs to act as an intermediary between the two. A role that neither of those other archangels particularly enjoys.
In the end, no one can really say what motivates Janus, and it is unlikely that he even knows himself. It is his nature to change – but for now he walks heaven and earth (and a few other places besides) making sure that nothing grows stagnant, and his followers do the same with the sort of gleeful recklessness that gives the rest of the host unbearable headaches.
A Project Note
All this month I will be writing on the topic of Janus, Archangel of Wind. My goal is to expand upon existing materials so that players and game masters will have a resource comparable to what they might get from a Superiors book.
However, it is still my goal to minimize any duplication with printed In Nomine material. Because Janus is one of the Superiors to get a write up in the core manual, that means there will be a lot of gaps. For example, I will not be providing Servitor Attunements, I will not provide mechanics for the basic distinctions, I will not be doing a full write up on Janus’ tethers, &c. All these resources already exist. I will give citations to the relevant manuals (and links to Warehouse 23, the online Steve Jackson Games store) where relevant. But this blog will not and cannot be your one stop shot for Janus.
This is my first time doing a write up for a “complete” superior. Usually I work with those that Steve Jackson has given a name, a title, and little else. Please bear with me as I endeavor to give you a new tool while also respecting their intellectual property.
Part of why I started with Janus is that he is closely mirrored by Valefor, the Demon Prince of Theft. Valefor is investigated in detail in Superiors 4: Rogues to Riches. If you do want a “one stop shop,” or if you’re just tired of waiting and want to get a jump start on a more comprehensive Janus now, look there. I will be citing that book often.