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.
Themes linking the mechanical and the divine go back to at least the Greek classics.
Givens how Vapula pursues his word, and the increasing progress that humans have made towards integrating the mechanical into themselves and their world, the Prince of Technology would almost certainly be researching ways for his demons to do the same.
They say no demon can serve two masters. However, this is not true of Nara Tokin, nor of anyone else who serves under the Bejeweled Marquis of Shogi. Officially, the March Lord serves Baal, unofficially they serve Asmodeus. Continue reading
Most celestials are genderless beings of metaphysical energy, who may have bodies of all available sexes.
– GURPs: In Nomine
GURPs: In Nomine was one of the last “core books” to be produced, and the first to officially introduce concepts from of Moriah’s essay “Homocelestiality” into the canon.
Sadly, its approach to celestial gender is not well reflected among the prime exemplars of the celestials: the Superiors. The fog of war grows thicker still when you consider that Steve Jackson Games was using the generic ‘he’ through the entire length of In Nomine‘s publishing run. While this choice was in line with editorial standards of the 1980s and 1990s, it is a singularly poor choice for differentiating between genderqueer, gender fluid, polygender, agender, male, and female entities.
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
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).
This month’s batch of Numinous Corpus deal with sex and reproduction. Some of the sections are fun and silly, others deal with themes of rape, assault, pregnancy, and body horror. Consider this a content warning for the post – and I would advise having a content discussion with your players before introducing this material.
It should go without saying that what follows the cut is NSFW. Continue reading
In Lilith‘s section of Liber Castellorum, there’s a comment how her children are likely looking for new tethers among the former socialist republics since the fall of the USSR. But if you look at the map of official tethers, you’ll see that communist nations have very few tethers of any superior.
The Heresy of Godless Communism posits that this due to a third power, strong as Heaven or Hell, that prevents either of the great powers from interfering in countries that have embraced state communism. Like all Liber Neglecta’s heresies, it represents a rather significant break from the canonical In Nomine setting. Continue reading
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