Earlier this month The Sun ran an article about a Philippine exorcist who had reported that fake crucifixes with satanic symbols were being given out in that country, and that they were causing nightmares and bad luck.
The songs that follow are powerful. If In Nomine were a more balanced system, I would probably want to conduct play testing before proposing them. Instead these can be though of as draft ideas, please feel free to modify them as you see fit.
Elemental Numinous Corpus don’t just change one aspect of the body, they transform the entire body, bringing multiple advantages and disadvantages. Liber Canticorum includes two versions of this type of song; Numinous Corpus (Flame) and Numinous Corpus (Stone). Both were Secret Songs.
With this in mind, I have decided that all Elemental Numinous Corpus will be Secret or Forgotten, depending on which Superior(s) know it. Continue reading
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
If you grew up in the ’80’s, then there’s a good chance you saw Legend – a movie typically remembered for its two male leads.
- Tom Cruise prancing about in a scale mail leotard &
- Tim Curry as the demon, Darkness
Cruise’s character is of little interest to an In Nomine game (even as a fantasy protagonist, he falls rather flat), but Curry’s does a wonderful job embodying a demon of nightmares and regrets who is alternately obsessive and contemptuous. In short, the very model of a Djinn of Nightmares. Continue reading
Themes linking the mechanical and the divine go back to at least the Greek classics.
Givens how Vapula pursues his word, and the increasing progress that humans have made towards integrating the mechanical into themselves and their world, the Prince of Technology would almost certainly be researching ways for his demons to do the same.
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
Ahkash Meinkilla is the manic pixie dream girl‘s cousin from hell. She prowls the marches for souls fed up with their unimpressive lives. She then uses their nightmares to magnify their misery before revealing herself as a dark, bubbly and dangerous wonder who can pass through the mediocrity of their dream without getting mired in it.
Cue the real world meeting. Ahkash is just as intense and intriguing as she appeared in the dream – and she has an idea. It’s a little dangerous, a little illegal, but it’s different, and that’s what really matters. The Demoness never really seems impressed with her target (she’s not), but she keeps inviting him along, so that must mean something, right?
“Have you seen the world? No one god could have made this mess”
Shortly after the fall there was not one but many demon lords who turned to the exploration of the Marches. While Beleth was far and away the strongest, Leonard was one of the most clever. While the rest of Hell was embroiled in its civil war, the fallen Elohite Marquis of Beelzebub led a company of knights from the Order of the Fly into the far realms in an effort to corrupt the gods who lived there and convince them to steal human faith.
If God would not stand by his angels, Leonard would punish him by getting others to take his worship. If humans did not stand by god, they deserved all the hardships the lesser gods of the Marches would impose upon them. It was an equitable and poetic solution to the Habbalite who hoped the lord of heaven would recognize the loss of the essence and thus see the error of His ways.
The first Christmas adventure any In Nomine player should know about is the one that Steve Jackson published themselves. A Very Nybbas Christmas will remain relevant so long as we continue to discuss “the war on Christmas.” Considering the durability of that particular debate, the adventure will likely remain usable for a very long time.
By way of contrast – the suggestions that follow will likely have a very limited shelf life (or at least I hope they will). I have offered up a scenario for Hell and one for Heaven, though with a little bit of creativity each could be used in a campaign dominated by the other.