Novalis is heaven’s peacenik. In every conflict, she is the one advocating non-violence; a position which tends to put her more martial choirs in somewhat of a bind. Here are some of the vows that her Malakim use to balance their impulses and obligations:
- I will never pass up the opportunity to dance
when it is my choice.
- I will not engage in violence until all other paths have been exhausted.
- I will oppose any violence that does not exclusively target demons.
- I will not step on the grass/wildflowers.
- I will always weed out evil at its root.
- I will only use weapons of wood, leaf, and flower.
- I will always use the least violence necessary for my objectives.
- I will not allow <named grove or garden> to come to harm.
- I will plant a new seed every day.
The world is defined by want. Heaven and man both want it but neither can have it, for there is not enough.
During the war in heaven Thamiel did not fight beside Lucifer, nor did he fight beside Michael. He sat out the war and used the chaos to visit parts of Yves‘ and Eli’s Cathedrals that had previously been barred to him. Like many angels, Thamiel was interested in God’s Grace – but his passion was its excess and absence.
While the other angels were locked in mortal combat, Thamiel was studying the various sights furthest from god’s sight. As the war in heaven drew to a close, Thamiel bought himself amnesty by presenting his findings to Raphael (who was looking for a place to put the rebels).
AD&D has its own hierarchy of angels, starting with Daevas (and occasionally Archons) and moving up to Planetars and Solars. The Solars of D&D are roughly equivalent to the Archangels of In Nomine, powerful Word-bound generals of good.
But the idea of Solars and Planetars predates Gary Gygax. Planetars also exist in the C. S. Lewis Space Trilogy as the Oyeresu; powerful eldila (angels) that serve as planetary intelligences and protectors. Lewis in turn took the idea from Bernard Silvestris, who proposed them as governors of the Celestial Spheres (planetary orbits). Continue reading
Marc’s Virtues tend to be idealists who believe that there are always terms under which an agreement can be reached and the only real question is whether or not someone is willing to meet or honor those terms. For example, a Malakite of Trade really will spare a demon’s life… if it’s willing to redeem.
- I will neither offer nor accept a bribe/gift.
- I will offer fair compensation for the lives I take.
- I will attempt to resolve all conflicts with negotiation first.
- I will not tolerate greed or usury.
- I will not purchase stolen goods.
- I will always acknowledge and if possible reward diligent work.
- I will attempt to redeem any demon who deals fairly with me.
- I will leave fair exchange for items requisitioned in the line of my duties.
- I will always repay a debt.
What is fair compensation for a life?
Different cultures place different values on human life. A 2008 Stanford study claimed that each year year of quality was worth approximately $129k (about $148k/yr in today’s dollars) – but other measures or other forms of compensation might possibly be used instead.
There is a strange story that circulates among those who have seen either the Book of Names or the Book of Death. They claim that Lucifer never survived the War in Heaven; instead he was struck down by Metatron who was so stricken with grief that he perjured himself before all creation to claim that it was he who died. Unfortunately, his saying it “made it so” and “made it good,” and from that point forward Metatron “became” Lucifer, Prince of Lies. Continue reading
Officially, Jordi’s Virtues are associated with canines such as dogs, wolves, jackals, and coyotes. I tend to take a more expanded view, allowing them to primarily associate with any “beasts of the earth.”
Either way, the following vows would be fairly common:
- I will not leave my pack/pride/fight behind.
- I will not hunt or kill with human weapons.
- I will not eat anything that I did not hunt/gather/scavenge myself.
- I will not let an animal come to harm by human hands.
- I will not let an animal come to harm by celestial hands.
- I will live as an animal from sunrise to sunrise at least once each week.
- I will not allow animal abuse to go unpunished
- I will confront any creature that encroaches on my territory.
- I will not allow human development to encroach on animal habitats when it is my choice.
Content Note: As the title implies, the following post deals with the topic of slavery.
One of the tricks to running a low-contrast In Nomine game is to pick a lens through which the actions of heaven are not much better than those of hell. For a lark, I decided to take a look at slavery – once widely accepted, it is now acknowledged as one of the great evils of the world, and yet it still is practiced on a regular basis all over the world.
Jean is the Archangel of Lightning, while he encourages responsible scientific advancement, he is ardently opposed to what he views as a reckless pursuit of newer, more controlling and more dangerous technologies (which are typically favored by the Demon Prince Vapula).
- I will never take shelter from the storm.
- I will not strike the same place twice.
- I will spend at least 4 hours each day engaged in research.
- I will remove all uncleared celestial technology from the mortal realm.
- I will never allow my tools to fall into mortal hands.
- I will encourage researchers to proceed ethically and responsibly.
- I will sabotage all unholy research.
- I will flawlessly execute any order given by Jean.
- I will not be controlled by mankind.