While I was working on the Duchies of Valefor, I realized that I had misread what was written between the lines regarding Belial’s upper court. I saw the absence of Dukes and nobles and said, “here is a gap that must be filled.” However, Belial is one of only two Princes that has no noble NPCs, no information on his Higher Distinctions, and no declaration that he rejects them.
Most celestials are genderless beings of metaphysical energy, who may have bodies of all available sexes.
– GURPs: In Nomine
GURPs: In Nomine was one of the last “core books” to be produced, and the first to officially introduce concepts from of Moriah’s essay “Homocelestiality” into the canon.
Sadly, its approach to celestial gender is not well reflected among the prime exemplars of the celestials: the Superiors. The fog of war grows thicker still when you consider that Steve Jackson Games was using the generic ‘he’ through the entire length of In Nomine‘s publishing run. While this choice was in line with editorial standards of the 1980s and 1990s, it is a singularly poor choice for differentiating between genderqueer, gender fluid, polygender, agender, male, and female entities.
Picking out songs for the Archangel Michael was actually more of a challenge than I expected. Although he is one of the few angels to have songs dedicated to him (and I did include a few), many martial songs are better suited to the drill and regimentation favored by Lawrence. What has remained are a mix of hero songs, warrior dances, songs about warfare and specific battles, and tributes to veterans and casualties.
I hope you enjoy listening, and as always, I am open to further suggestions. Continue reading
Sukhbir is surprisingly martial for one of Zadkiels servitors. Rather that possessing those who need protection, Sukhbir prefers to possess such warriors as come to their aid – granting them increased strength and skill until the rescue has been realized. Continue reading
Viktor Vanetsov was a Russian painter who lived from 1848-1926. He was especially well known for painting historical and mythological figures. It was only towards the end of the 19th century that he added Catholic imagery to his repertoire, but his style was so at odds with existing traditions that notable critics of the day referred to them as sacrilegious. Continue reading
Finding good songs for Marc has been an interesting and enjoyable challenge. As the Archangel of Trade and the angel most associated with prosperity, songs about money and wealth were an easy starting point – but many of them are as much a testament to Mammon (and Greed) as they are to Trade.
The mix that follows lauds workers, peddlers, charity, wealth, and investment. I’ve made it a point to include some Big Band, Jazz, and modern Prosperity Gospel tracks. I suspect each of those genres would appeal to Marc and his servitors even when they are not directly on the topic of trade and exchange.
I hope you enjoy and I look forward to seeing what other suggestions you might have. Continue reading
By day Mr. Kum is a exceptionally competent (but unassuming) middle manager. He support his subordinates, the trust of his superiors, an impeccable sense of professionalism, and will not stay in the office a minute more than is necessary. He cannot afford to. Happy hour is the only time that Jihun has “to himself,” and he likes to spend it catching up with his friends and divine colleagues. Continue reading