Yves‘ Ivory Council is arguably the most influential deliberative body in heaven after the Seraphim Council itself. The Council is typically divided into three parts: The Division of Corporeal Affairs, The Division of Ethereal Affairs, and The Division of Celestial Affairs. However, plenary sessions are not unheard of.
While the Ivory Council has no direct authority, their debates inform Destiny and the Chair of each Division is an ex-officio member of the Seraphim Council.
While I doubt it was intentional, Kyriotates ended up being easily one of the most powerful and versatile choirs.
- They can take multiple actions in the same round
- They can be multiple places simultaneously
- They are exceptionally hard to kill
- They do not need to purchase vessels or roles
They are effectively faster than Ofanim, more capable in combat than Calabim, more tenacious than Malakim, and arguably better guardians than Cherubim. With a high Agility and enough vessels, a single Kyriotate can typically end a fight in the first round. This would be fine if combat was their intended role, but it’s not. If anything, they are supposed to be one of the choirs least inclined towards combat because any damage they leave on their vessels causes dissonance. Continue reading
Andrealphus, Baal, Cherub, David, Dominic, Duchies, Eli, Elohite, Furfur, Jordi, Khalid, Kyriotate, Lawrence, Magog, Malakite, Malphas, Mammon, Marc, Metatron, Michael, Ofanite, Ohr, Seraph, Seraphim Council, Shedite, Tsayadim, Uriel
I have been trying to figure out what I can write for heaven that could serve as the counterpart to the Duchies of Hell series. And the truth is that nothing will quite be the same. In Nomine has made it quite clear that Heaven does not observe the same feudal system as hell, nor are the Archangels expected to adhere to a uniform structure the way the Princes of Hell are.
But this really just means that I need to look at each Archangel individually. Lawrence openly embraces hierarchy. Dominic embraces it somewhat more covertly. Jordi seems to let his masters make and rearrange their own hierarchies spontaneously so long as it is never formalized.
Duorktael is a powerful but subtle angel who maintains the Symphony’s underlying tempo at 94 beats per minute. By aligning the Symphony with humanity’s indifference point, she has been able to ensure that the minor acts of creation and correction that occur every day feel right and natural to the world at large. Continue reading
Common wisdom holds that Ethereals who look like angels either vanish or become angels. The Erotes are the Symphony’s most notable exception. These Greek deities are tied to feelings of love and romance and resemble nothing so much as winged youths. Continue reading
[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.
Asirah has a duty to find Discordant angels and deport them back to Heaven. Since a surprising number of angels attempt to circumvent Judgement, Asirah has determined that the best way she can serve her Archangel is to go undercover. Whenever possible, the Kyriotate will pose as a servitor of Fire. Not only does this put her in a better position to learn about angels in danger of falling, but she can pursue earthly justice without breaking cover.
Asirah is very much aware that things may not go well for her if the Flames ever realize what she is really doing. Continue reading
Sukhbir is surprisingly martial for one of Zadkiels servitors. Rather that possessing those who need protection, Sukhbir prefers to possess such warriors as come to their aid – granting them increased strength and skill until the rescue has been realized. Continue reading
Kedosha is one of Yves wayward Kyriotates. Not content to allow humans to find their own way to their Destiny, Kedosha takes it upon himself to create tests and play the role of allies and enemies for his chosen few. Unfortunately, suborning the will of this “supporting cast” has sometimes led them further from their own Destinies – especially when Kedosha drives them to acts of contempt or cruelty to increase the stakes of his hero’s trial.
More alarming, some of Kedosha’s forces have been resonating in unknown but strangely familiar ways. It has occurred to the Kyriotate that he should probably throw himself upon Yves mercy, but he knows the Archangel does not approve of his methods and is afraid that he might get barred from helping humans achieve their personal greatness.