“Hell? Hell is for Children”
The Djinn Prince Phenex considers itself to be a spirit of childhood and rebirth. In Hell (and when it can get away with it on earth) the lord appears as a great bird with human eyes wreathed in red and gold flames, but whatever form it wears the great spirit will speak with the voice of a child.
Unlike much of Hell’s nobility, Phenex still sees itself as a defender of mankind. More specifically it styles itself the protector of childhood. Real childhood; with all the grit, cruelty, and disappointment that brings – not the Hallmark card childhood pitched by heaven.
Perhaps this is because Phenex was once a Servitor of Gabriel, and still considered the Archangel to be an ally (the feeling is not mutual). Conversely, the avian prince considers Belial to be an uncouth boor, and takes great pleasure in upsetting Gehenna in various small and rambunctious ways.
Dissonance and Attunement
Each band feels affinity for a different type of child whom they can recognize at a glance. They must “assist” one of these children in their own demonic way once every Celestial Force days or suffer a point of dissonance.
Balseraph – partially restricted – Children’s Liars have a special place in their dark hearts for bullies. No roll is required for one of these demons to deflect blame away from a child. When a Balseraph uses this ability it is backed by the strength of their resonance, which mean that new evidence will have no impact.
Djinn – partially restricted – The Djinn of Children love a know it all. While engaged in a non-combat opposed skill roll, these demons may sacrifice one reaction level to gain a bonus equal to their Ethereal Forces. Djinn may give their attuned the same option at will.
Calabim – restricted – The Calabim of Children lash out through the play of those around them. This demon causes one less point of disturbance with his resonance for every child within 10′. Their affinity is for tantrum children and troublemakers.
Habbalah – restricted – Children’s Punishers can spot a child who was meant to salvage a relationship or fulfill a dream with only a glance. The parents of such children must reduce their Willpower by the demon’s Corporeal Forces when attempting to resist its resonance.
Lilim – Placing a geas on a child is like stealing candy from a baby, but these Lilim are particularly keen to help runaways. Gain Celestial Forces x2 CP that can only be spent on Escape Artist, Fast Talk, Move Silently, and Urban Survival.
Shedim – restricted – These Corrupters feel a special kinship with children who have special needs. They can satisfy their dissonance condition by corrupting one of the parents of their host.
Impudites – restricted – Children’s Takers have a special affinity for unwanted children. While holding a child they may Drain Essence from its parents same as if they had been Charmed.
This demon may call upon the luck of youth. Once per gaming session the demon may re-roll any d666 that was not an Intervention. Should the new roll be an Intervention, it must be used otherwise the demon may pick between the two results.
Usable once per day at no cost and requiring 1 essence for each additional use, this demon can aggravate one Discord or Disadvantage. If the demon doesn’t know what Discords or Disadvantages their target has, the target can pick which is aggravated. The aggravated Discord or Disadvantage is treated as if it were 1 rank higher for the remainder of the day.
Knight of the Second Star
This distinction gives the demon the ability to gain the complete and total confidence of any child under the age of 11.
Captain of Crimson Feathers
This distinction makes the demon immune to any natural or supernatural flame (other sources of heat can still cause damage).
Baron of Golden Ash
A demon with this distinction no longer suffers Trauma when their mortal vessel is destroyed and does not need to spend CP to replace the role of a child vessel.
- Spend two hours playing with children
- Visit a broken home
Associated: Asmodeus, Nybbas, Gabriel (Gabriel is Hostile to Phenex)
Hostile: Belial, Lilith (Lilith is Neutral to Phenex), Ethereal Phoenix
Base Chance of Invocation: 2
+1 A rumor spread by a child
+2 A burning feather
+3 Proof of truancy
+4 A phoenix feather
+5 A child waiting to be disciplined
+6 A playground full of unsupervised children
Christopher and Phenex
Much like Gabriel and Belial, Christopher and Phenex resonate with each other because they share a Word. Because one is divine and the other infernal, this means that they each drive the other a little crazy.
Christopher finds Phenex loathsome. He considers the demon to be harming children by encouraging their worst instincts. It has made the archangel absurdly distrustful of any Celestial who adopts the form of a child (part of why he treats this particular behavior as if it were patronizing).
Conversely Phenex considers Christopher to be overly controlling and manipulative in his attempts to turn children into ‘perfect little angels.’ To avoid becoming like Christopher, Phenex has opted against growing up. While still intelligent and perceptive beyond human measure, the Demon Prince still views the world as if it were a child.
Odds and Ends
The personal palace of Prince Phenex is located in a remote corner of Gehenna. The animosity between the two fiery princes means that the grounds are often the target of “accidental” incursions by Belial’s servitors. The incursions rarely last long since Phenex is known for personally defending its palace – but even little distractions from its own plans can add up.
The Orphanage (a.k.a. “Heck”)
The real center of Phenex’s power is not its embattled palace, but a gargantuan institutional orphanage operated out of Asmodeus realm of Dis. Children staying in the orphanage are expected to keep a hellish schedule full of demonic chores and infernally difficult classes – but as with most such institutions, supervision is just light enough for the children to create their own hell. As one might expect, there are rules against children leaving The Orphanage, but they are not strongly enforced. On the other hand, the punishments most certainly are enforced. Bad as those punishments are, they still might be better than the trouble a young soul finds elsewhere in hell. Neither adults nor unauthorized demons are allowed to roam The Orphanage freely.
Bureau of Demonling Support
Phenex has been known to strip forces from its most belligerent servitors and merge them with the willing souls of dead children to create new Demonlings. Since these little devils are almost always unwanted by the original demon, Phenex’s Impudites can use them to draw away the essence of the unwilling parent.
Damn the Competition
There are two main reasons why Phenex dislikes Lilith
- Phenex knows that in the past Lilith killed and stole the forces of children and suspects that she still does from time to time.
- Phenex rents out the souls of dead children to the other denizens of hell. It resents that the Lilim cut into its business and that they can collect better fees while doing so.