By canon, Michael was tried by Seraphim Council and found guilty. He remained an angel because of Divine Intervention, but what would have happened if G-d stayed its awesome and ineffable hand?
Themes linking the mechanical and the divine go back to at least the Greek classics.
Givens how Vapula pursues his word, and the increasing progress that humans have made towards integrating the mechanical into themselves and their world, the Prince of Technology would almost certainly be researching ways for his demons to do the same.
Picking out songs for the Archangel Michael was actually more of a challenge than I expected. Although he is one of the few angels to have songs dedicated to him (and I did include a few), many martial songs are better suited to the drill and regimentation favored by Lawrence. What has remained are a mix of hero songs, warrior dances, songs about warfare and specific battles, and tributes to veterans and casualties.
I hope you enjoy listening, and as always, I am open to further suggestions. Continue reading
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
Besso & Gemelo are one of Michael’s “battle twins” – a Kyriotate that resides in two identical vessels rather than possessing any hosts. Since both are really the same angel, it is not uncommon for each body to respond to either name. For the past several hundred years Besso & Gemelo have favored a southern European or Mediterranean look.
Demons and Angels who have become jaded with the incessant back and forth between Hell and Heaven have begun to tell a new story of the first war. Or perhaps it is an old story that that you are just hearing for the first time because you are beginning to realize that The War is not what it seems.
Basis for the Heresy
The Heresy of the Faithless Angels relies on three things
- After completing creation the angels were ordered to not interfere with man
- Without angelic intervention, faith in the divine would eventually dry up
- Without faith (and the essence it provides) the angels would die
Legion is a great movie for an In Nomine game master to watch. An absentee god, angels fighting angels, outcasts fighting the host, prophesies, possession, sawed off shotguns. The number of ideas that can be raided from this film is staggering, which makes it all the more unfortunate that it’s not a good film.
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This concludes my initial attempt to sort all In Nomine angels by superior and distinction. I will likely make updates on an ongoing basis.
One of the things I love about In Nomine is that there is no reliable narrator. Every book has doubt baked right into its pages and GMs are granted free license to make as many sweeping changes as they like.
This makes it very easy to hand wave away inconsistencies as just being different options that a game master can chose to employ.
However, it can be a lot of fun to try and reconcile the differences as we can see by looking at The Light of Heaven.
Before the rebellion in heaven neither Michael nor Baal had any association with War, and in truth there was barely any war to be associated with.
Part of what makes Michael a particularly exceptional Archangel is that he was able to change his word without being torn apart in the process. Of course, this may have something to do with the fact that he expanded his word to encompass that of his former friend (much like a lesser angel can have their word expended to cover related concepts as they grow more powerful), but there had been no precedent for this kind of a change.
What follows are my thoughts regarding the Choir Attunements for both of these Archangels from before the fall.