Turns out it’s really hard to find demons that are associated with the canonical hours. It’s almost like there are centuries of lore built up that presuppose that demons dislike periods of intense prayer (who would have guessed). Conversely, there are lots of demons associated with the “Italian” hours. Continue reading
Some years back, an audacious sorcerer attempted to commune with Bonoham, the Duchess of Phosphor. Intrigued by someone with the power and temerity to reach out to her, she opened a hellmouth and extended a portion of her undying felfire into the mortal realms. However, his rituals and her attunement interacted in an unexpected way causing the portal to snap shut and severing a portion of her forces from her.
Rather than dissipating, the forces took on a life of their own, immolating the sorcerer on the spot and possessing what remained of his ruined flesh. When the Duchess re-established the hellmouth, her forces had already fled – no longer wishing to be reunited with their infernal whole. Continue reading
While I was working on the Duchies of Valefor, I realized that I had misread what was written between the lines regarding Belial’s upper court. I saw the absence of Dukes and nobles and said, “here is a gap that must be filled.” However, Belial is one of only two Princes that has no noble NPCs, no information on his Higher Distinctions, and no declaration that he rejects them.
Vapula has replaced his Dukes with Department Heads, Counts with Lab Directors, and Marquis with Project Managers. While the more traditional Princes do not see the need for the alternate titles, they do appreciate the ease with which Technology’s hierarchy integrates with the peerage.
However, the change is not just an affectation. Each Department is a full administration in its own right, with it’s own subdivisions and research goals. Not only do the Heads have the power of a Duke, but by encouraging his researchers to self-sort, Vapula has actually hit upon a system which allows demons to work together reasonably well (at least when they’re not engaged in plagiarism or industrial sabotage).
Valefor is one of only two major Demon Princes to have no mention of Higher Distinctions anywhere. No NPCs have one, no mention is made of what they are, nor have they been explicitly ruled out.
A part of me is tempted to impose a court, like I did for Belial, but I think that would be doing Valefor a disservice. Instead I am taking another look at the organizing motif we do have. Valefor styles himself a mobster, which means that his servitors likely do the same. Continue reading
Saminga is a specialist. He has no time for political theory or administrative restructuring. The rest of hell used a peerage system when he came to power, so that’s the system he uses. As with the more traditional Princes, his Dukes are all major landholders (and most are also powerful Wordbound). As long as they can keep his realm running and do not challenge him for power, the Prince of Death doesn’t much care what they do. Continue reading
Nybbas has forsaken the antiquated system of Dukes, Counts, and Marquis in favor of a single greater distinction of Mogul. In theory this means they’re all equal and shouldn’t need to jockey for position. In practice it means that they have no indicator of which are most powerful and most favored, so all of them are jockeying for positions as Media’s influencers. Continue reading
According to Canon, Mammon sells his greater distinctions. In practice this probably works more like a permanent silent auction. In order to ‘displace’ one of his higher ranking nobles you need to promise greater annual returns of gifts and essence and offer a “one time” blood-price sufficient to handle any possible costs incurred by ‘removing’ a great lord of hell (the upstart’s take-over plans, the higher the price).
Official materials do not offer much insight into Malphas upper court, but we do get two very interesting tidbits.
- Malphas does not grant Higher Distinctions to his Wordbound
- The Demon Prince delights in the resulting rancor.
This means that Malphas has probably established a system that puts his landholders and wordholders into direct opposition. Continue reading