Medicine vs. the Songs of Healing

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While it easy to come up with theoretical circumstances when the Healing skill would be more useful than the Song of Healing – they don’t generally come up in the course of play.

This is not a unique problem to In Nomine – just about any game with both mundane and mystical healing needs to confront the power imbalance between the two. I personally tend to be a fan of system where the mystical healing enhances mundane healing as this allows the two abilities to stack. Continue reading

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The Demons of Adulteration

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Sigil of Belzebuth - Grand GrimoireThe first Demon of Adulteration was a Shedite of Beelzebub who had thought to join with Kobal after it’s first Superior died. Baal had other ideas, and conscripted the Demon of Adulteration to assist in The War effort. Few demons had as much direct experience with Purity’s mindset as one of Corruption’s wordbound servitors. Continue reading

Virtues of the Eightfold Path

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Dharma_wheel,_China,_Qing_dynasty,_Qianlong_period,_1736-1795_AD,_famille_rose_with_golden_glaze_-_Sichuan_Provincial_Museum_-_Chengdu,_China_-_DSC04134I have previously suggested that since Malakim are Virtues, anything viewed as virtuous would be a good candidate for a Malakite Word. This is not just limited to western systems of morality.

The Noble Eightfold Path is such a system. It is observed by several Buddhist sects as a guide towards proper living and mindfulness. Because I am not a Buddhist, my treatment of these principles is inherently imprecise and runs the danger of being overly simplistic and appropriative. Unfortunately, I am unaware of any Buddhists who have written on the Malakim of In Nomine, nor do I currently have the reach to enlist one.

As such, I am making my best approximation – but I would encourage anyone thinking of including these Virtues into one of their games to conduct additional research of their own, and if any of you know of a Buddhist gamer with a penchant for Abrahamic RPGs, I would love the chance to defer to their greater experience. Continue reading

Adventure Hook: Policy of Truth

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A Demon has emerged who speaks only the truth. He considers himself cursed and does not believe Hell will help him. With no other options, he has turned to the agents of Heaven. But is he a candidate for redemption, a reprobate only as good as the information he can divulge, or a trick sent to Earth by Kronos for that demon’s own inscrutable ends?

And why is he so reticent to talk about hell? Is it fear? Loyalty? Or is there something he is hiding by omission?

Abstemious, The Diner’s Judgement

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AbstemiousAbstemious is a Virtue of Judgment, one with a special commission to track down Angels who have succumbed to the sin of Gluttony. They are cold, dour, and without vice. The black-winged angel prefers to avoid human interaction – but when it becomes inevitable, they present themself as process server (a position they actually hold in several states).

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Choriel, Angel of Labor Strikes

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DavidChoriel began as an Elohite of Trade but petitioned for a change in Superior during the fight for the 8-hour day (in which they sided with workers). Servitors of Marc have a hard time understanding how Choriel could chose to obstruct trade while Servitors of Stone tend to wonder how Choriel has managed to stay in tune while seeming to initiate conflicts.

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Celestial Forms in Variation: Lilim

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Sigil of Lilith - Provenance UnknownSo far I’ve discussed the Celestial Forms of grossly inhuman choirs of angels. The Lilim are quite different. They are described as looking like their corporeal vessels, only with green skin and tiny horns. This will work for most characters, but it’s worth noting that such a description will be inherently inadequate for Lilim with two (or more) grossly dimorphic vessels – or one which has lost its original vessel for one reason or another.

While the similarity between vessel and Celestial form is a good default, I would not force a player to stick with it. However, if there are gross differences between the two, that is certainly grounds to ask for a bit of background (or possibly even a work of short fiction)
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The Dominations are Overpowered

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While I doubt it was intentional, Kyriotates ended up being easily one of the most powerful and versatile choirs.

  • They can take multiple actions in the same round
  • They can be multiple places simultaneously
  • They are exceptionally hard to kill
  • They do not need to purchase vessels or roles

They are effectively faster than Ofanim, more capable in combat than Calabim, more tenacious than Malakim, and arguably better guardians than Cherubim. With a high Agility and enough vessels, a single Kyriotate can typically end a fight in the first round. This would be fine if combat was their intended role, but it’s not. If anything, they are supposed to be one of the choirs least inclined towards combat because any damage they leave on their vessels causes dissonance. Continue reading

The Black Bloc (“Key”)

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“Key” is one of several dozen spirits of The Black Bloc. They have been proliferating since the strategy was first introduced in 1970’s Germany. Each spirit of the Black Bloc tends to incorporate an Element of Struggle, an Element of Society, and the Element of Darkness, though the exact mix varies from spirit to spirit.

Unfortunately, something has changed recently and The Black Bloc has started to be seen as singular body rather than a tactic adopted by diverse groups of individuals. The end effect is that the gestalt Spirits have been forced into an Assumption war.

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