Masirinaesau, Champion of Edom and Guardian of the line of Esau, fell from grace not long after he “betrayed” his ward to Jacob. Discontent with following the dictates of the Seraphim Council, Masirinaesau declared that he would find a way to place himself above that august council and fell of his own accord. He has spent the centuries since cultivating his calm and learning to supplement his own considerable might with Samael’s poisonous ways. Continue reading
[CW: References to mass murders]
The Yellow Boy doesn’t make a habit of sharing “his” name. “He” is a jaundiced demon in both appearance and outlook. As a nightmare of the gun dead, The Yellow Boy was drawn to the Winchester household and particularly the dreams of one Sarah Lockwood Winchester. “His” name was drawn from the Winchester arsenal, and in the years after Mr. Winchester’s death, “he” and the widow formed an almost symbiotic relationship.
Together, they birthed a most monstrous child: the Winchester Mystery House. Sarah managed the corporeal construction, while The Yellow Boy took charge of the Ethereal. Sarah’s fear was eventually enough to cause the sprawling manor’s dreams to become a Domain in its own right; one that sprawls and twists in such impossible geometries, even H.P. Lovecraft would be envious. Continue reading
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.
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
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
ReZ has only just earned hir horns. Ze does hir best to hide this fact under hir hat. It would never do to let other demons know how new ze is to all of this. As an imp, ReZ was little more than a sentient song manual, and ze would hate to be treated the same way now that ze has fledged. Continue reading
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.
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.