While Vapula sometimes comes across as one of the older Superiors, he is actually one of the younger ones, which perhaps explains how he is able to keep up with the ever increasing pace of technological innovation. For him the past 25 years have passed more like 4.
Suite of Machines – March of Technology
25 Years Later
Vapula is far an away one of the most productive Demon Princes in Hell. However, while he has done a remarkable job of yoking mankind to his engines, many of his fellow princes sometimes find themselves wondering if he’s truly dedicated to the overthrow of heaven. Many of his demons are so good at arguing the advantages of technology that there are large swaths of hell who legitimately believe that the prince is bettering humanity’s lot.
There are a ton of new technological Words that Vapula and his servitors have snatched up, often because the other powers in Hell didn’t even realize there was power in the Word. These include Bit Rot, Blockchain, Graphene, Intelligent Apps, Lithium-Ion Batteries, Microplastics, Nanobots, Non Fungible Tokens, Perovskite, Smart Homes, Smart Cities, 3D Printing, and 5G.
Upgrades: Updating Technology
Vapula’s upgrades are unique in that they are not intended to adjust for underpowered attunements, rather they are intended to reflect the development of new tools and obsolescence of the old. As a result, I will be doing my best to list all the band attunements that have come up for Vapula, including my suggestions for new options.
Determine the true capabilities of an actual or theoretical device and gain advantage when lying about them (In Nomine p182)
These demons can instinctively find websites that support and expand upon their current position.
Granted infernal chalk that enhanced the capabilities of a marked and attuned object. (Superiors 4 p105)
Granted a palmtop computer that increases the number of people the demon can attune to. (In Nomine p182)
Smartphone that allows the demon to attune to anyone who responds to them in real-time, whether by answering the phone or responding to an IM or text (at GM discretion this may be in addition to the ability to store attunements like the Recent attunement)
I have never been especially happy with the exclusion of the Destroyers from the Court of Technology, and have considered the following as perhaps a reason for their exclusion and a way to eventually integrate them into the court.
Vapula does not use Destroyers of his own, but he does borrowing Calabim from Alaemon, Baal, Belial, and Haagenti upon need and some of those have proven dedicated enough to gain the attunement that the Prince of Technology developed for the band
[10 CP cost].
These demons are given a wrist dynamo that can turn their resonance into Essence when powering a Relic (the amount of Essence equals the CD of the resonance roll). However, if there is not enough Essence to power the Relic, or if there is excess Essence beyond the activation requirement the “free” essence will rebound, damaging and perhaps destroying the Relic.
Although Vapula has not yet ironed out all the bugs (Destroyers remain a low priority for the Prince), he has developed a newer version of the dynamo that targets the demon wearing the device with the rebound rather than the artifact they are powering.
Granted a mood ring that visibly display emotion of nearest other person and can be used to create feedback loop against those experiencing strong emotions to paralyze them (In Nomine p183)
Granted a smartphone with an app that uses biometric data captured by radio wave to determine the emotional state of anyone it is pointed at and overlays the results using a camera filter. (MIT News)
Bonus to tempt those with a technical bent and to use of one (now archaic) technology. (Superiors 4 p105)
Bonus to tempt those with a technical bent and with the Computer Use skill. (In Nomine p183)
When using their own smart phone these demons may “swipe down” to ensure that their profile shows up next on the dating or job placement app of someone else connected to the same wireless hotspot or whose smartphone touches their own. They may add their Celestial Forces to the TN of any resonance roll against such an individual.
Granted one mechanical artifact (by the standards of the age) that the demon can possess at will, while in the object they gain a bonus to possess anyone using the artifact. (Superiors 4 p105)
As above, but the artifact is always a computer (or laptop, or mobile phone) with a limitless power supply and flawless cellular connection. (In Nomine p183)
Contemporary corruptors may bound into a ground station control roughly the size of a briefcase. They may only possess humans while the person in in contact with their ground station, but they may also attempt to possess any drone within their broadcast range of 1 mile + 1 mile per Celestial Force. This operates exactly like Kyriotate possession except for it’s limitation to mechanical drones. That said, if the demon is ever forced out of the ground station control (either by destruction or exorcism), they will be immediately evicted from all drones as well.
Granted an android that can function as either host or servant/3 (non-shedu may take this attunement to be granted a robot vessel). See below for details.
Store twice the normal essence and receive glasses that allow demon to see current essence.
As above, but with addition 1st page google results for the person or place being observed (treat as +1 to Area Knowledge).
Although it is still in the experimental stages, Vapula is working on developing android vessels. Most of the prototypes are being issued to shedu to confirm both their autonomous operations and functionality in hosting a Celestial beings.
Vapula’s current generation of androids require 7 Forces to possess properly. Like Undead, they do not need to eat, drink, or sleep, though they can mimic these functions. Each android also starts with Oozing/3 (to represent processing lags and other aspects of the uncanny valley) and Need/3 (Charge for 1 hour). Shedim possessing one of these robots will temporarily take on these disadvantages (and in the case of the Need, it will remain until sunset, even if the demon abandons the mechanical host). Also like undead, each Android gets 10 CP of infernal abilities: often a numinous corpus, but songs of opening or machines are not unheard of.
As with most Undead, androids are a level 6 servant. A hacker can potentially take one over, but the level 3 loyalty that Vapula’s Corruptors receive when granted such a servant will act as a bonus to their own rolls to retain or re-assert control.