Labrys was once one of Michael’s favorite servitors. At the close of the War in Heaven, she was one of the warriors responsible for ensuring that none of the fallen could escape their new home before it could be sealed. Asmodeans in particular loathe her and her signature double-axe. Unfortunately, Labrys herself came close to falling in the late 1930’s, and has been working to rehabilitate herself since. Continue reading
The Archangels of Heaven do not organize their servitors into feudal fiefdoms like their Infernal counterparts. As such, Michael doesn’t have duchies to speak of.
What he does have are Heroes and Champions.
This decorated warriors do not have additional administrative obligations like their infernal counterparts. In fact, a Champion of Michael could spend the rest of eternity in idle luxury and Angels of War would still show them the utmost respect. These Distinctions are granted for deeds done. Continue reading
“Kind people find that they are cruel, brave men discover that they are really cowards. Confronted with their true selves most men run away screaming!” – The Neverending Story
Bifrons was a Roman god of duality said to have had power over both portals and beginnings and endings. The god is most commonly depicted as having two heads facing in opposite directions.
The Bifrons Mirror appears to hold something of his magic. Continue reading
Gerrak was a Balseraph who found redemption through heroism. In his final battle for the Morningstar, Gerrak laid such waste to the forces of heaven that even in a heavenly mien he draws the ire of other angels. Such antagonism suits Gerrak just fine. Not only does he deserve such animosity, but it also helps him to train and improve – he is much diminished from where he started that destined fight.
Although Gerrak’s current focus is on battle, he does hope to eventually gain some insight into what motivates other demons and maybe help a few more follow him back into the light. Continue reading
In light of the recent string of fascist rallies and counter demonstrations that have been taking place in the USA, this seems like a good time to take a break from my “no politics” rule. Sometimes not saying anything at all is itself an act of evil.
However, since this is still an In Nomine blog, I have decided to put together a list of possible anti-fascist actions someone could get involved and the Superior who I think would embrace that approach. If you just want to use this list in game, that’s fine – but I would rather you look through it and pick out a strategy or two that you are willing to use to combat fascism directly in the real world.
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.