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.
Once upon a time Esther was a mortal. Or at least, that’s what her memories tell her. Her lover had earned a boon from Andrealphus and spent it to have her soul re-forged into a demon upon her death. It was agony. It was ecstasy. With more than a century in hell and several hours of her Prince’s personal attention, and she has never again felt anything like it.
It was supposed to have been a favor. Worst. Favor. Ever. Whomever Esther had been was tortured into oblivion and infused with a piece of her Prince’s sense of loss, betrayal, and unholy, unquenchable lust.
Husband, father, demon. Hans spends his days cooking, volunteering, and occasionally raising a little hell. His nights are for family and making sure everything goes “just so” at the PTA. For the most part, Mr. Cutler does his best to keep his infernal activities from interfering with his home life.
Hans is positive that his husband wouldn’t like Hell, so the Lilin has been doing what he can to ensure his husband a more earth-like afterlife. For the past few years the demon has been putting in overtime and taking on more risky assignments. Of course, what Hansard would really like to do is defect. Either way, Hans does not want his demonic colleagues anywhere near his family – and he’s not above using force or geas to get his way.
Every demon prince has a few resources they like to keep on the down low. Vashni is one of Lilith’s.
For centuries Vashni was one of Mammon’s demons of deceptive contracts – until she got caught (or was framed for) letting some of her targets go free and lying about it. Not many people know the specifics and Vashni has absolutely no desire to talk about what she did or who she was at the time.
Datura is known by many names. As a man he styles himself as Jim Weed, as a woman she’s Ms. Thornapple, while off duty they prefer Moonflower. Regardless of context demons will use “Devil’s Snare.” By any name, Datura looks like a figure from Haight Ashbury who arrived by way of Alfons Mucha’s art. Their cream and lavender draping is simultaneously plain and elegant.
Last week Analog Game Studios posted a brief history of LGBTQ themes in table top role playing games. In Nomine didn’t make the list (which isn’t surprising given how little explicit engagement the system has with queer sexuality and gender identities), but it is definitely an informative read and both IN and its avoidance of queer themes fits into the trends described.
I suggest you give it a read –
Out of the Dungeons: Representations of Queer Sexuality in RPG Source Books
Even though In Nomine features a Demon of Lust as one of the main luminaries of hell, it had a tendency to soft-pedal around topics of sex and sexuality. It has been 45 years since the first Gay Pride march in US history (a march that itself marked the 1 year anniversary of the Stonewall riots), and so I figured today would be a good day to introduce some Angels and Demons you can include into your In Nomine games if you want to deal with LGBT issues (or really any issues centering around gender and sexuality).
In this post
- Stenen Muur, Seneschal of the Stonewall Inn (Mercurian of David)
- Peor, Seneschal of Sodom and Demon of Sodomy (Djinn of Andrealphus)
- Aba, Angel of Human Sexuality (Elohite of Gabriel)
- Ahriman, Demon of the Fear of Lost Virility, Patron of Homophobia (Balseraph of Beleth)
Though I won’t be going into any sort of graphic detail, this post should probably be considered NSFW and does include references to coerced and other non-consensual sexual activity. Continue reading