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.
They say no demon can serve two masters. However, this is not true of Nara Tokin, nor of anyone else who serves under the Bejeweled Marquis of Shogi. Officially, the March Lord serves Baal, unofficially they serve Asmodeus. Continue reading
Agi is the perfect little girl: a Djinn made of sharps and snails and puppy dogs tails. Like many a teacher, Agi tends to find her way to the classroom, but she prefers to sit behind one of the desks marked with bubblegum and graffiti.
As one of Beleth’s servants, “Maggie” considers fear to be the greatest teacher of them all, and she will use it to teach her chosen students two important lessons:
- God’s love is not universal
- Nobody is in control, least of all those who think they are
Vapula has replaced his Dukes with Department Heads, Counts with Lab Directors, and Marquis with Project Managers. While the more traditional Princes do not see the need for the alternate titles, they do appreciate the ease with which Technology’s hierarchy integrates with the peerage.
However, the change is not just an affectation. Each Department is a full administration in its own right, with it’s own subdivisions and research goals. Not only do the Heads have the power of a Duke, but by encouraging his researchers to self-sort, Vapula has actually hit upon a system which allows demons to work together reasonably well (at least when they’re not engaged in plagiarism or industrial sabotage).
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
“Ven” Love is a hunter and a mechanic. She has a pretty good nose for which of her neighbors are in a militia, but such activities are too political for her taste (unless she needs the extra muscle). Still she’s a good friend and a good fighter, and gets along well with just about everyone. She’s also an assassin. Continue reading
Valefor is one of only two major Demon Princes to have no mention of Higher Distinctions anywhere. No NPCs have one, no mention is made of what they are, nor have they been explicitly ruled out.
A part of me is tempted to impose a court, like I did for Belial, but I think that would be doing Valefor a disservice. Instead I am taking another look at the organizing motif we do have. Valefor styles himself a mobster, which means that his servitors likely do the same. 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
ReZ has only just earned hir horns. Ze does hir best to hide this fact under hir hat. It would never do to let other demons know how new ze is to all of this. As an imp, ReZ was little more than a sentient song manual, and ze would hate to be treated the same way now that ze has fledged. Continue reading