Apocalypse, Baal, Beelzebub, Calabite, Distinctions, Djinn, Fairy, Four Horsemen, Genubath, Haagenti, Habbalite, In Nomine, Khalid, Lawrence, Legion, Makatiel, Mammon, Mixed Party, Numinous Corpus, Nybbas, Olympians, Renegade, Saminga, Songs, Valefor
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse may not have shown up as part of In Nomine’s Revelations cycle, but that does not mean that they need to be absent from the setting. After all, In Nomine is the sort of the game that encourages an Apocalypse of the Week.
There are a few different ways of handling the Horsemen.
One is that the Horsemen are Demon Princes:
- The White Horseman: Makatiel originally, but now Nybbas
- The Red Horseman: Baal
- The Black Horseman: Haagenti (with Mammon in reserve)
- The Pale Horseman: Saminga
While this is a fairly simple and easy to implement approach, it adds nothing to the setting. Another possibility is that the Horsemen are all Wordbound Servitors of particular note – but this is also somewhat limiting, as it locks a specific demon into each role.
Juno is a both a cat and an otaku. Whenever she’s not leading her band of “Magical Soldiers” into battle against the “evil forces that threaten to invade Earth,” she can be found lounging around on one of their sofas watching anime re-runs.
Contrary to popular opinion, Juno really is fond of her Servants – she’s just more fond of the destruction they wreak while “saving the Earth.”
Her infernal form also has the form of a cat, albeit one with spiky pitch black fur, three crimson LED eyes, matching ebony horns, a trio of snake-headed tails, and a palpable cloak of entropy. 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
Once upon a time Esther was a mortal. Or at least, that’s what her memories tell her. Her lover had earned a boon from Andrealphus and spent it to have her soul re-forged into a demon upon her death. It was agony. It was ecstasy. With more than a century in hell and several hours of her Prince’s personal attention, and she has never again felt anything like it.
It was supposed to have been a favor. Worst. Favor. Ever. Whomever Esther had been was tortured into oblivion and infused with a piece of her Prince’s sense of loss, betrayal, and unholy, unquenchable lust.
It’s a funny thing. Everyone seems to think that the conflict between Heaven and Hell is about winning the war – but it’s not. It’s about perpetuating it. So long as the war continues, the children of heaven will continue to have a role in shaping the will and fate of mankind; the very thing that Lucifer and Baal argued for at the outset of all this madness.
Bound by their own warped perceptions, many of the other Princes have pushed for a “conclusion” to the war. That is not the point. The point is to prolong Lucifer’s victory. That is why Parek serves.
Before Saminga realized how closely medicine was related to his own Word, Kobal slipped in with one of his longer lasting jokes: the Four Humors.
Though they are much diminished (with the exception of Rubido, Demon of Blood), Kobal has continued to use these demons as liaisons with other superiors. They are not Kobal’s only Marquis, but they are some of the better known ones.
Several months ago I added Benign Neglect to this blog to provide something of a commentary track. I have not used the persona much, but I still think it plays an important role. However, as I’m currently taking a hiatus from my regular posting, it seems another voice is in order.
Meet the Demon of Neglect.
Itrasbiel has seen humanity and he is convinced they will find their own way to Hell if the agents of heaven would just let them make their own decisions. Others can tempt, or punish, or cajole, Itrasbiel has no interest in any of that. His job is to track down the sad excuses for angels trying to sneak on to earth to fight their losing battles, and to kick their sorry asses all the way back to Heaven.