One of the biggest changes between the 1st and 2nd printing of In Nomine was the introduction of “restricted” Band and Choir Attunements.
But what does this mean?
The Major Arcana of the Tarot are neither singular enough nor powerful enough to form a Pantheon, but in spite of their multiplicity they do still find a way work in concert.
On the border between the near and far Marches there stands a massive parliament building. Every spirit of the Tarot is welcome, though tradition and synchronicity dictate that no more than three representatives from each Trump will have a seat in the Grand Spread.
Through a process of chance, debate, and inspired interpretation, these 66 representatives determine the course of policy among the Upper House of Cards.
As I have previously discussed on this blog, Angels and Demons are not necessarily male or female. In fact, the official In Nomine line is that they are neither. This decision by the developers is complicated by the fact that Steve Jackson Games uses some very gendered language when discussing Celestials in general and Superiors in particular.
So how can you do better?
Turns out, a lot of thought has been given to gender neutral equivalents for lots of terms that we use in everyday speech.
[Content Warning – this post deals with substance abuse]
It wasn’t that long ago that Sniq could count themselves among the host of heaven. They were a Dominion, a linked multitude with a single purpose and charged with protecting mankind from the depredations of hell.
But that was then – when Sniq was someone else.
Now that there are pages up for each of the Canonical Superiors (except Vephar – I’ll add his once I’ve made a write-up for him), the next natural step is to do something similar for each of the Bands and Choirs.
When I started this blog I committed myself to not duplicating official source material from Steve Jackson Games. This is their IP, and even though they’ve left it to wither on the proverbial vine, I have no desire to do anything that might reduce their sales. Continue reading
Some of my other tethers projects are taking longer than expected, so I figured it was time for this romp beyond the firmament.
Since most mortal forms can’t survive full vacuum (and since there are no mortals to witness them), it’s safe to assume that any Angel or Demon manifesting at an interplanetary tether will be in celestial form. Continue reading
Mercurian of Fire
Zachariel is a master of ceremonies who specializes in wakes, memorials, and vigils. The Mercurian angel’s duty is twofold:
Gerrak was a Balseraph who found redemption through heroism. In his final battle for the Morningstar, Gerrak laid such waste to the forces of heaven that even in a heavenly mien he draws the ire of other angels. Such antagonism suits Gerrak just fine. Not only does he deserve such animosity, but it also helps him to train and improve – he is much diminished from where he started that destined fight.
Although Gerrak’s current focus is on battle, he does hope to eventually gain some insight into what motivates other demons and maybe help a few more follow him back into the light. Continue reading
The existence of Ethereals (and the “sandbox” nature of their creation rules) means that other intellectual properties can cross over into the In Nomine setting. The question one needs to answer is this: do you scale these new additions based on their power within their source literature, or do you base it on the psychic impact they’ve had on the real world. Continue reading
Elves are a mainstay of fantasy literature and role-playing. It is not unreasonable to expect that someone would eventually want to play one in an In Nomine game. Since elves are not a part of the real world, nor part of heaven and hell, there is only one place to look: Ethereals.
While this allows Elves to be customized to the needs and wants of the player and GM, I thought I might offer some guidance. Continue reading