The Vapula Ascendant setting is based upon “The Machine” variation proposed for Vapula in Superiors 4.
Hell may once have existed as Dante imagined it, but no longer. With the rise of the machine and power of the internet revealed, hell is fast becoming a nightmare ripped from the mind of William Gibson. Continue reading
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
The Orloj is a massive astronomical clock built in the city of Prague more than 600 years ago, and one of the oldest still functioning. The clock measures European time, old Czech time, sunrise, sunset, variable hour time, sidereal year (including equinoxes and astrological sun and moon signs), lunar phase. In addition to the clock face, there are four animated statues representing the great evils of vanity, gluttony, lust and death – and every hour doors above the clock face open to reveal a procession of the apostles. Continue reading
Itrasbiel has seen humanity and he is convinced they will find their own way to Hell if the agents of heaven would just let them make their own decisions. Others can tempt, or punish, or cajole, Itrasbiel has no interest in any of that. His job is to track down the sad excuses for angels trying to sneak on to earth to fight their losing battles, and to kick their sorry asses all the way back to Heaven.
Not much is written on Kronos hierarchy (at least not outside his own archives). What is available can be found in Revelations III.
Kronos uses titles of nobility for his higher distinctions. Officially each title matches the Word of the Servitor that holds it (Kronos only considers Wordbound demons for his highest distinctions). However, a powerful word is not enough for promotion within the Archives. A demon must also know their own motivations and know that they can best serve those motivations by serving Kronos (actual loyalty is too much to expect, and Kronos probably would not trust someone who showed it).
And as far as outside duties go, that is entirely accurate.
You may remember the Terrible Trivium from The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. He’s a demon from the Mountains of Ignorance and nearly manages to derail Milo’s quest for the sisters Rhyme and Reason. He operates by burdening his victims with menial and repetitive tasks as a way to distract them from being productive.
I’ve been under his influence lately, so the matter is rather on my mind. Escaping his influence is rather like leaving the Doldrums, you just have to think. In this case I have decided to think about how he might be introduced into an In Nomine game, and I invite you to make that journey with me.
The pages for the following infernal courts are now live:
This concludes my initial pass a hierarchical listing of the various demon courts. I will make minor edits in an ongoing basis (not the least of which will be reviewing Revelations II and the Ethereal Player’s Guide to see if there are any Ethereals who are officially a part of Beleth’s court).
Now that this is done, you will probably start to see some more posts suggesting variations to the various infernal courts and/or guidelines on how to populate them in a consistent manner.
The play stops on Walpurgisnacht,
and the Earth does not turn even once more.
The story will not change.
Walpurgisnacht, or the eve of St. Walpurga’s day is one of the many names for the night of April 30. It is a powerful night for the forces of Heaven and Hell, as well as for some of the more powerful Ethereals. As such, it would be quite reasonable to tie some of the night’s traditions into your campaign.
In addition to describing some of the players in the night’s festivities, I have also proposed a trio of adventure hooks – one for heaven, one for hell, and one that’s just a little bit more up for grabs.