If you are unfamiliar with Texts from the Avengers (and you’re comfortable with R rated content), I suggest you check it out. It consists of pages upon pages of Texts from Last Night set to pictures from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“Hell? Hell is for Children”
The Djinn Prince Phenex considers itself to be a spirit of childhood and rebirth. In Hell (and when it can get away with it on earth) the lord appears as a great bird with human eyes wreathed in red and gold flames, but whatever form it wears the great spirit will speak with the voice of a child.
Once upon a time Sinetway was one of Gabriel‘s Mercurians, doing his part to help self-destructive humans get their shit together. He honestly thought it was his calling and maybe it even was, but it’s hard for him to imagine now.
Humans are chumps and idiots. Sure, he’ll listen to their problems over his award winning barbecue, but only because he gets a charge out of hearing their misfortunes. For the most part the demon is now in it for himself.
Sinetway is a balanced starting character… but you might not want to let your players get their hands on him.
Sinetway the Pitmaster
Bhati prefers to spend her time absorbed in the fires of the kiln, often possessing and assisting those whose focus has put them into a trance state. However, like all servitors of fire she also feels a burning desire to punish the wicked.
Neither subtle nor generous, Bhati will take advantage of the tools and people at hand to beat physical abusers to within an inch of their lives. The quicker and more brutal her methods, the more quickly she can return to the fires of the Kiln where she feels at home.
Gabriel holds an interesting place within In Nomine. She is fire and pain; vengeance and healing; transformation and prophecy. I have done my best to incorporate all of these themes into her playlist while still collecting music from a variety of genres.
The end result contains much more anguish than was present for any of the other Superiors, but I think it fits Gabriel well.
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
Legion is a great movie for an In Nomine game master to watch. An absentee god, angels fighting angels, outcasts fighting the host, prophesies, possession, sawed off shotguns. The number of ideas that can be raided from this film is staggering, which makes it all the more unfortunate that it’s not a good film.
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.
The world is constrained by chains of rage
In the beginning Kezef was an Elohite of Gabriel assigned to work with Dominic and Asmodeus in developing the concept of justice. He was fair minded and played a major part in balancing the twin impulses of retribution and rehabilitation.
Kezef was too absorbed in his work to pay much attention to the Eden experiment, and the rebellion caught him completely off guard. As an angel of fire and judgement the betrayal felt like a personal, physical attack. Before the armies of heaven had even taken the field, Kezef was losing himself out in the front lines striking a blow against the traitors.
It came as something of a shock to him when it was Lucifer’s army that pulled him from the fray and tended to his wounds. Somewhere in the battle he had lost all sense of objectivity and unintentionally embraced existence as one of the Habbalah.