Viktor Vanetsov was a Russian painter who lived from 1848-1926. He was especially well known for painting historical and mythological figures. It was only towards the end of the 19th century that he added Catholic imagery to his repertoire, but his style was so at odds with existing traditions that notable critics of the day referred to them as sacrilegious. Continue reading
By day Mr. Kum is a exceptionally competent (but unassuming) middle manager. He support his subordinates, the trust of his superiors, an impeccable sense of professionalism, and will not stay in the office a minute more than is necessary. He cannot afford to. Happy hour is the only time that Jihun has “to himself,” and he likes to spend it catching up with his friends and divine colleagues. Continue reading
Flattery may not get you everywhere, but it has yet to fail for Honeyfuggle. The angel has a talent for making compliments out of anyone’s virtues (even a demon’s) and a reputation for honesty dating back to their life as one of the Seraphim.
Even now Honeyfuggle will not lie, but that doesn’t necessarily make the angle honest. The angel’s modus operandi is to butter folks up so much they will never think to ask the awkward questions. Continue reading
The Angel of Prosperity is first among Marc’s virtues. He is a firm believer in the value of hard work, fair exchange, and trust in God. No matter where he appears, Gamaliel will take on the appearance of a successful businessman with impeccable tailoring. He tries to avoid gaudy ostentation, but he is in no danger of running out of funds and it shows.
Before I started working on my NPC reserve – I took quick stock of the existing NPCs for each superior. I should have done so a long time ago. It’s fascinating to see what bands and choirs are popular and unpopular for each of the Superiors.
This week I am focusing on the Choir distribution in Heaven. Next week I will focus on the Band distribution in Hell.
Janus can be dangerously unpredictable, even for his own servitors. Most of the time life in his service is clear skies. His punishments are light, his manner genial, and his servitors skilled at getting away with almost anything.
Even so the Winds need to stay on their toes. Janus is known for some truly tempestuous mood swings. At those times he’ll strike out violently at any disturbance, even minor ones. There is some concern that he may be on the verge of a Fall, though his own servitors are loathe to believe it. Instead they do their best to keep mum and clean up their own messes.
No reason to make the big man worry.
In 2013 I postulated that the Malakim of the In Nomine universe could join the armies of hell. They would not fall, the choir is still resistant to that particular fate. However, should a Malakite decide that heaven is the true evil, they would have no choice but to abandon it. The only real challenge would be finding a new Superior willing to craft a heart so that they could still act on earth.
The seven deadly sins would hold a particular appeal to the Dark Virtues, seeing as their Words run directly counter to the false morality of heaven (or at least what the apostate angel would see as heaven’s false morality). Similarly, each of the lords of sin sees a kind of virtue within their own domain, and so would be more likely to accept one of the Dark Malakim than their peers.
Catholic catechism indicates that the Deadly Sins are opposed by the Heavenly Virtues. In the world of In Nomine, that means the Malakim. If you chose to implement this philosophy in your game, a large portion of the opposition to each Prince of Sin will be coordinated by one of the Virtues.
I say a large portion because Demon Princes are Superiors. No matter how competent Wordbound Servitors are, they cannot successfully oppose the Lords of Hell by themselves. Even so, introducing such dedicated opponents will afford your players more opportunities for guidance and coordination (if angelic) or a less invulnerable antagonist (if demonic).