Labrys was once one of Michael’s favorite servitors. At the close of the War in Heaven, she was one of the warriors responsible for ensuring that none of the fallen could escape their new home before it could be sealed. Asmodeans in particular loathe her and her signature double-axe. Unfortunately, Labrys herself came close to falling in the late 1930’s, and has been working to rehabilitate herself since. Continue reading
“Kind people find that they are cruel, brave men discover that they are really cowards. Confronted with their true selves most men run away screaming!” – The Neverending Story
Bifrons was a Roman god of duality said to have had power over both portals and beginnings and endings. The god is most commonly depicted as having two heads facing in opposite directions.
The Bifrons Mirror appears to hold something of his magic. Continue reading
The Major Arcana of the Tarot are neither singular enough nor powerful enough to form a Pantheon, but in spite of their multiplicity they do still find a way work in concert.
On the border between the near and far Marches there stands a massive parliament building. Every spirit of the Tarot is welcome, though tradition and synchronicity dictate that no more than three representatives from each Trump will have a seat in the Grand Spread.
Through a process of chance, debate, and inspired interpretation, these 66 representatives determine the course of policy among the Upper House of Cards.
The Vapula Ascendant setting is based upon “The Machine” variation proposed for Vapula in Superiors 4.
Hell may once have existed as Dante imagined it, but no longer. With the rise of the machine and power of the internet revealed, hell is fast becoming a nightmare ripped from the mind of William Gibson. Continue reading
Abaddon, Asmodeus, Balseraph, Bands, Beelzebub, Beleth, Calabite, Camael, Djinn, Genubath, Habbalite, Ibdis, Impudite, In Nomine, Lilim, Lilith, Lucifer, Mammon, Oeillet, Ohaobel, Playlist, Shedite, Valefor, World Building
According to Heaven, there were no demons before The Fall. If true, that means that each Band began somewhere. In some cases there is canonical guidance, in others we are left to our own devices, and in a few there are even some competing signals.
By teasing out these hints and differences, we can get an idea of what some of the earliest factions of hell might have been. Whether this is used as deep background, an alternate setting for games set near the dawn of time, or as a way to pick out new “hidden” powers seeking to emerge I leave as an exercise to the GMs in the audience. Continue reading
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
Pazuzu was once a general under Baal and one of the “false gods” who attempted to rule earth beside him. After some crippling attacks by Uriel, the djinn needed to restore his power base. Eventually one of his opponents leveraged him into the Word Reeves in the hope that his power would diminish with the word. Instead, the semi-autonomous noble expanded his influence into policing, insurance, and his old favorite of warding. This made him a ready ally for Asmodeus.
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
Last week I posted a BBC story titled “Indonesia police confiscate sex toy mistaken for angel.”
My goal was not to titillate, mock, or condemn, but to highlight a story from the real world that can be used as inspiration for an adventure seed. What I didn’t have was the time to write it up.