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.
In Lilith‘s section of Liber Castellorum, there’s a comment how her children are likely looking for new tethers among the former socialist republics since the fall of the USSR. But if you look at the map of official tethers, you’ll see that communist nations have very few tethers of any superior.
The Heresy of Godless Communism posits that this due to a third power, strong as Heaven or Hell, that prevents either of the great powers from interfering in countries that have embraced state communism. Like all Liber Neglecta’s heresies, it represents a rather significant break from the canonical In Nomine setting. Continue reading
Traditionally, In Nomine is a role playing game where Angels and Demons face off against each other in matters large and small. So what would happen if you removed the Demons?
Utopia is one possible result, but it would be a rather uninteresting environment for an RPG.
No, a game needs conflict if it’s to be interesting, which means that even in the absence of Hell something must be seeking to thwart or influence heaven:
GURPs: In Nomine introduced new mechanics for two groups of Celestials: the engigmatic Watchers (Grigori) and their demonic counterparts the Skulkers (Deilos). Because the Deilos were not actually consigned to Hell – most will try to hide from both sides of the war rather than sign up with the Infernal Demon Princes.
As with the Grigori, the GURPs rules for the Deilos are a perfect fit for that system, but are inconsistent with the d666 Band Resonances.
This week I was thinking about the Words of Archangels. In Nomine presents them as overwhelmingly positive, but even with the Words selected for heaven’s greatest agents are not entirely beneficent. This can be most easily seen in War, but Creation, Wind, Judgement, and so many of the others also have a dark side.
In fact, one of the easiest ways to make In Nomine darker (and lower contrast) is to make the Archangels incapable of seeing any aspect of their word as malevolent. The logic would go something like this: “I am a manifestation of G-d’s will. My Word is X. Therefore X is also a manifestation of G-d’s will. Since G-d is good, X must also be good.” Questioning this logic would effectively be seen as questioning the Archangel’s faith with G-d.
Officially, Magog has no Senior Court. In fact, if you go by canon he doesn’t even have any Barons when he emerges from captivity.
As you might imagine, this means that I rarely go by canon.
When left to my own devices, I assume that Magog has four Dukes (putting him on par with Fleurity, Kobal, and my own take on Lilith). These four are:
- The Warden
- The Torturer
- The Bully
- The Partisan (aka The Anethema)
A couple years ago I pointed out how the devices granted by the Archangel of Lightning and Demon of Technology were now outdated. However, they are not the only Princes whose official material has not kept up with the time.
IRC Channels and BBSes were all the rage when In Nomine came out. They were good hubs for techies and nerds, but hardly powerhouses of media. That changed with Facebook and Twitter (and Redit and Pinterest and…).
Dumah is one of the Symphony’s great enigmas. He is silence in a cosmos defined by harmony and discord. He is an embodiment of truths (or of lies) yet never speaks. He hosts and consults with angels and demons alike. In Nomine canon provides no insights into this Celestial so everything that follows is my own creation.
Like all Seraphim and Balseraphs, Dumah appears like a majestic serpent wreathed in wings – but there is a stillness about him, as if the Symphony were far away. The louder someone tries to speak, the softer their voice comes out. Resonance does not work in his presence unless he allows it. Songs and attunements also tend to fail. Yet even amid this stillness, his calm silence speaks more eloquently than most people’s words.
Regardless of whatever else he may be, Dumah can also be considered a lesser Superior.
Demons and Angels who have become jaded with the incessant back and forth between Hell and Heaven have begun to tell a new story of the first war. Or perhaps it is an old story that that you are just hearing for the first time because you are beginning to realize that The War is not what it seems.
Basis for the Heresy
The Heresy of the Faithless Angels relies on three things
- After completing creation the angels were ordered to not interfere with man
- Without angelic intervention, faith in the divine would eventually dry up
- Without faith (and the essence it provides) the angels would die
Most In Nomine modules are presented as challenge for either a group of Angels or a Group of demons to overcome. Since Angels and Demons typically respond to each other in a hostile manner, this is an understandable decision if you want to ensure that your players are at least nominally working together (though demons do have a tendency to backstab their colleagues).
However, a far more common cultural image that of the guardian angel and tempting devil who fight each other over the disposition of an individual’s soul. Enter Cynthia Bland.