I’ll be the first to tell you that nothing is more boring than a +1 longsword or that humor based artifacts are a bad idea in anything other than a humor driven campaign. And yet I’m a sucker for puns. Here are three new Artifacts that are all in the mind. Feel free to use them (or not) as suits your campaign. Continue reading
Before time was time, Jaami was the chief administrator of Heaven. Then Yves convinced the venerable angel to make way for the Metatron, During their tenure, Jaami helped heaven work as one, after sealing their own power and joining David’s ranks dissent was able to creep into heaven. This ultimately resulted in the betrayals of Lucifer, Ophis, and the Grigori. Recently Lawrence learned Jaami’s true identity, and after a particularly humiliating defeat he sought out the venerable Kyriotate and restored it’s full power.
The two have been thick as thieves since. They agree on everything, and slowly more of the Archangels are falling into line, assisting Jaami in gathering everything and everyone back together.
Note: This is a non-canon interpretation designed to allow for an Angelic antagonist – the cannonical version is a simple wordbound servitor of David.
Glaive is an old soldier in Heaven’s Army. Although she serves Lawrence now, she came up through Michael’s ranks, not Uriel’s. Her tactics are a bit antiquated, but still sound. Much like her original Superior, Glaive favors individual acts of heroism over regimented formations.
She knows her duty and she will execute it, but she has a soft spot for loose canons (read PCs) especially if they can get results. Continue reading
I have previously suggested that since Malakim are Virtues, anything viewed as virtuous would be a good candidate for a Malakite Word. This is not just limited to western systems of morality.
The Noble Eightfold Path is such a system. It is observed by several Buddhist sects as a guide towards proper living and mindfulness. Because I am not a Buddhist, my treatment of these principles is inherently imprecise and runs the danger of being overly simplistic and appropriative. Unfortunately, I am unaware of any Buddhists who have written on the Malakim of In Nomine, nor do I currently have the reach to enlist one.
As such, I am making my best approximation – but I would encourage anyone thinking of including these Virtues into one of their games to conduct additional research of their own, and if any of you know of a Buddhist gamer with a penchant for Abrahamic RPGs, I would love the chance to defer to their greater experience. 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.
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
Mercurian Wordbound of a Missing Word
Bitigedilu is the Angel of …. Just one problem, he doesn’t know what … means – and neither does anyone else. Bitigedilu received confirmation from both Jean and Yves that he is indeed Wordbound, but neither of them is sure what his Word is or what it means either.
Apocalypse, Baal, Beelzebub, Calabite, Distinctions, Djinn, Fairy, Four Horsemen, Genubath, Haagenti, Habbalite, In Nomine, Khalid, Lawrence, Legion, Makatiel, Mammon, Mixed Party, Numinous Corpus, Nybbas, Olympians, Renegade, Saminga, Songs, Valefor
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse may not have shown up as part of In Nomine’s Revelations cycle, but that does not mean that they need to be absent from the setting. After all, In Nomine is the sort of the game that encourages an Apocalypse of the Week.
There are a few different ways of handling the Horsemen.
One is that the Horsemen are Demon Princes:
- The White Horseman: Makatiel originally, but now Nybbas
- The Red Horseman: Baal
- The Black Horseman: Haagenti (with Mammon in reserve)
- The Pale Horseman: Saminga
While this is a fairly simple and easy to implement approach, it adds nothing to the setting. Another possibility is that the Horsemen are all Wordbound Servitors of particular note – but this is also somewhat limiting, as it locks a specific demon into each role.
In light of the recent string of fascist rallies and counter demonstrations that have been taking place in the USA, this seems like a good time to take a break from my “no politics” rule. Sometimes not saying anything at all is itself an act of evil.
However, since this is still an In Nomine blog, I have decided to put together a list of possible anti-fascist actions someone could get involved and the Superior who I think would embrace that approach. If you just want to use this list in game, that’s fine – but I would rather you look through it and pick out a strategy or two that you are willing to use to combat fascism directly in the real world.