These are secret songs known to Marc and Mammon (and by now possibly a few others). They do a few things that In Nomine frequently restricts access to, so it is worth making sure they won’t disrupt your game before you introduce them. They are primarily concerned with discerning the value or quality of some thing.
Bonus: Greed, Trade Essence Cost: 1 Disturbance: 1 (does not dissipate until end of duration) Duration: Hours = to CD
Mammon has actually played his age pretty close to the vest, so it’s hard to gauge how short they past 25 years have seemed to him. However, to the Principality of Greed 25 years are roughly equivalent to 9 or 10 months, which is to say they haven’t even rounded out a fiscal “year.”
Suite of Appraisals | Suite of Greed | Suite of Hunger
When I decided to rebuild Haagenti’s Duchies, I mentioned that a lot of his senior nobles would be allies and turncoats. When that comes to words, that’ll mostly be ones that tend to fall in the borderland between Haagenti and either one of his allies or one of the demon’s he’s eaten.
Since this is pretty much the same test as what I personally use for identifying Marquis, it’s a good bet that most of these demons will make senior nobility.
Last month I decided to delve into the 42 Duchies of Shal-Mari. Because the Province is one big infernal city, I ended up styling the Duchies as Wards, Marches as major roads, Counties as city blocks, and Baronies as houses and storefronts. It’s not a perfect division, but for the sake of metaphor it works.
I have done my best to locate each destination from today’s post either in one of the 42 Wards, on their borders, or along the River Acheron (which flows through Shal-Mari by canon).
If you’re looking to change up your infernal politics, it might be worth considering whether any of the Principalities have changed over to parliamentary systems in their millennia of existence, and why.
Most Princes would clearly view the existence of a parliament as a sign of weakness. After all, a parliament can theoretically oppose, constrain, or even remove their monarch. Therefore the only Princes likely to let a parliament develop are those whose words are enhanced by its existence, those who prioritize their personal liberty to do as they please, and those who truly are (or were) weak and faced worse consequences if they did not accept a parliament.
Of course, if you’ve ever compared parliaments to strict monarchies the decision making process is much, much messier. If you’re looking for advice on how to run parliamentary politics in a role playing game, I would suggest Dynasties & Demagogues by Chris Aylott. It was designed for D&D 3rd ed, but many of the principles can be ported to other systems, including In Nomine.
Shal-Mari is a massive red-light district in the heart of hell. It is shared by no less than 7 Princes and has a population greater than several small countries. The idea of effective governance is ludicrous, and yet the region continues to grow and thrive.
Here are some of my thoughts on one way to make this happen.
Alflas was once an Angel of Marc crafted by Dominic, Eli, David, and a then minor angel known as Zadkiel. She was the first Angel of Money and tasked with both facilitating Marc’s trades and warning him against potential excess. Unfortunately, you will not find of that Angel in Alflas anymore.
Her new Celestial form resembles an almost reptilian woman with pale gold skin, and several irregularly spaced piercings from brow to toe filled with rings, studs, pins, and brooches that are weighed down with strings of coins and gems that double as reliquaries. In short, Alflas is a showcase of her master‘s wealth.
Fraterneus is a bit of an oddity in hell – a Demon who focuses on collaboration. He works hard, parties harder, and pranks aspiring servitors hardest of all.
He is also one of Alaemon‘s most vocal servitors in Shal-Mari. Demonstrating by example the powerful allies, wonderful pleasures, and undeserved esteem a promising young demon could find by joining one of Hell’s innumerable frat houses.
The Great Bull of Wall Street is a powerful force in the US and around the world. His fortunes are intimately tied to those of the great and the good and he accepts their worship (and the worship of economists and stock brokers) as his just due. His ethereal form matches his name, though he also will move about as a minotaur or a human economics, banker, or investor.
The Bull is not interested in the fate of any one individual or company, but in the wellbeing of the market in agregate. He becomes useless in a bear market when he gives way to his opposite number. Continue reading →