Elerial is one of Yves most ancient and timeless servitors. ~She worked with Eli in designing creation and consults with David, Marc, and Jean on matters of timing regarding their respective projects. Originally ~she was one of the impassive Elohim, but once Meserach emerged as the Prince of Sloth, ~she acquiesced to Dominic and Uriel‘s requests that ~she take the Malakim vows. Continue reading
A Soldier of Heaven was recently captured by the forces of hell and a blackwing of The War has landed in town and is insisting that a group of local angels (most likely the party) join them in a raid on a local demon tether.
Demons who get in the way, they kill, angels who refuse to help they maim.
Hispid is a Malakite of Animals who specializes in punishing overaggressive predators, including such apex predators as humans, demons, and ethereals. Her preferred vessel is a large porcupine, but a stocky hirsute human will do when circumstances demand it.
Although Hispid’s celestial form has the signature black wings of her Choir, the animalistic qualities of her previous Cherubic duties are still visible.
Hispid is a playable starting character! Continue reading
One of Jordi’s Malakim is running wild through the city. Their soul has been tattered and warped. They are currently bound to their vessel and trying to hunt down the Servitor of Haagenti that bested them. Unfortunately their instincts are so distorted by Discord that they’ve become a maneater.
Then again, explaining that to a distraught Archangel of Animals might not be the easiest of tasks.
I feel like I’ve done a rather poor job of introducing new magical items. Liber Reliquarum really does do a fantastic job of explaining how to go about creating and balancing new items. But, of course, knowing which items to introduce can itself be a bit of a challenge.
I figured the best way to break my fast on this topic was with, well, you know… 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
Abstemious is a Virtue of Judgment, one with a special commission to track down Angels who have succumbed to the sin of Gluttony. They are cold, dour, and without vice. The black-winged angel prefers to avoid human interaction – but when it becomes inevitable, they present themself as process server (a position they actually hold in several states).
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.
Novalis is heaven’s peacenik. In every conflict, she is the one advocating non-violence; a position which tends to put her more martial choirs in somewhat of a bind. Here are some of the vows that her Malakim use to balance their impulses and obligations:
- I will never pass up the opportunity to dance
when it is my choice.
- I will not engage in violence until all other paths have been exhausted.
- I will oppose any violence that does not exclusively target demons.
- I will not step on the grass/wildflowers.
- I will always weed out evil at its root.
- I will only use weapons of wood, leaf, and flower.
- I will always use the least violence necessary for my objectives.
- I will not allow <named grove or garden> to come to harm.
- I will plant a new seed every day.