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
Lithroy is the In Nomine archangel of Revelation. His domain includes truth, honesty, news, research, and of course the end of times and the glory of heaven. There is a whole genre of revelation songs within Christian music.
It is grand, schmaltzy, uncritical, and indubitably uplifting to those who already believe. Given some of my thoughts on Litherites, it crossed my mind to make a full song set of the stuff. But since I’ve got to listen to this playlist too, I’ve opted for an assortment of songs I can tolerate.
If there are songs you care to share dealing with either the Book of Revelation, or “Revelation” the Word – please suggest them in the comments below.
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
Hamid should never have been sent to earth. They see that now. Perhaps the lesser orders can find a place here, but for a noble Seraph it is nothing but a gigantic torture chamber. One can hardly set one foot in front of another without an another assault of deceit.
When the pain first began Hamid demanded Marc return them to heaven. The Archangel refused, stating that it would be good for Hamid to learn some humility. Humble. That’s a joke. As if Marc had ever been humble before anyone but god. Hamid told him so. It did not go over well.
Raqib takes Blandine’s commandment of non-interference very seriously. Not only does he avoid meddling with mortals on the Corporeal plane, but he will not interfere with them (or those who visit them) in the Ethereal plane either. His job is to observe and report.
Since Raqib can render himself invisible while traveling the Ethereal realm, most characters will only ever spot him when they have rolled an Intervention inside a dreamscape and Raqib wants them to know that their activities have been observed.
Dumah is one of the Symphony’s great enigmas. He is silence in a cosmos defined by harmony and discord. He is an embodiment of truths (or of lies) yet never speaks. He hosts and consults with angels and demons alike. In Nomine canon provides no insights into this Celestial so everything that follows is my own creation.
Like all Seraphim and Balseraphs, Dumah appears like a majestic serpent wreathed in wings – but there is a stillness about him, as if the Symphony were far away. The louder someone tries to speak, the softer their voice comes out. Resonance does not work in his presence unless he allows it. Songs and attunements also tend to fail. Yet even amid this stillness, his calm silence speaks more eloquently than most people’s words.
Regardless of whatever else he may be, Dumah can also be considered a lesser Superior.
Datura is known by many names. As a man he styles himself as Jim Weed, as a woman she’s Ms. Thornapple, while off duty they prefer Moonflower. Regardless of context demons will use “Devil’s Snare.” By any name, Datura looks like a figure from Haight Ashbury who arrived by way of Alfons Mucha’s art. Their cream and lavender draping is simultaneously plain and elegant.
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.
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.