“There are many ways to understand the lives and motives of the Archangels. Sometimes the best thing you can do is leave your options open. The inability to know The Truth sits at the core of In Nomine. Settling on any one option, especially one that requires you to restructure the whole universe is not a choice to be taken lightly.” – Benign Neglect
Janus the Magpie
Janus is incapable of focusing on any one thing for more than a couple of minutes. Every conversation is interrupted by the Archangel spotting something that he wants, taking a short break to acquire it, returning and eventually leaving it behind as he loses interest. His servitors have equally little regard for possessions after they acquire them.
This version of Janus tends to work well in bright or light-hearted campaigns, as it downplays the Winds destructive nature and makes Janus more of a genius of sticky fingers than any kind of mastermind.
Janus’s split nature runs deeper than expected. He doesn’t just fluctuate between tempestuous and easy going – he has a whole separate life apart from being the Archangel of Wind and will lash out furiously at anyone trying to connect the two.
It certainly casts another light on the similarities between Janus and Valefor, though it is entirely possible that this is just a coincidence. But it still makes his frequent disappearances all the more sinister. What is an angel that is not being an angel? And of course, as the Archangel of Wind, Janus can get overhear or get into just about anything in creation.
Janus the Oncoming Storm
There are always storm clouds over Janus’s head. No matter how much he tries to explain things or delegate work, he always ends up having to do it himself – or at least that’s how the Archangel views things. He is is blows in too many directions at once for anyone else to possibly keep up with his current desires, not even his servitors, who love him dearly.
The Servitors of Wind endure their archangel, and serve his word, but they rarely bother to Obey the Ofanite himself – his expectations are too unreasonable, and he often forgets or countermands them anyway.
Janus the Lost Olympian
Janus is not a Celestial at, but rather a powerful Ethereal Spirit who bested the original Archangel of Wind towards the end of the Purity Crusade and Assumed his his Image (Ethereal Player Guide pg 133). Having gained the Almighty Element through this exercise, Janus rewrote his own history so that he could move among the hosts of Heaven (and perhaps also of Hell) undetected.
Though he keeps it well hidden, his dread is to be discovered as an Ethereal. As such, he is incapable of telling his brethren that were right about God all along – to do so would be to open the door to his own discovery.
Janus the Alpha & the Omega
The Romans worshiped Janus as the god of Beginnings and Endings (or Alpha and Omega). Every religious festival began with prayers to Janus – placing him before all others, regardless of which member of the pantheon was being recognized.
Most angels assume that this was because even the pagans of Rome could recognize that the divinity of an Archangel outstripped that of their so-called gods – but it is always possible that man was capable of seeing something their Celestial cousins could not. Janus is the almighty, named by Yves to be ever changing so that the Symphony would never become stagnant.
This does not make Janus the first among Angels. If the Most High has chosen to experience his Creation as an Archangel, then for all intents and purposes he is only an Archangel. The ineffability of God is sufficient to keep any other Celestial (Superior or otherwise) from learning the truth… and perhaps this is the joke that has tormented Kobal since before the Fall, one that even Lucifer is incapable of comprehending.