Psi is a newly fledged Demon of Lust, but due to his inability to get laid, he already considers himself a renegade. Whether or not he has been granted a Word I leave as an exercise for the GM, but if he has I would suggest Nybbas (not Andrealphus) as his sponsor. Continue reading
Most Shedim try to cultivate their hosts over time, stretching out the human’s moral degradation over weeks or months if possible. That’s not Michael’s style (at least, not when he can be seen).
“Crazy 8s” Demas prefers to come in hard, ruin someone’s life, and move on before anyone has even realized that the demon’s host is behaving differently. It’s a kind of performance art, something to make other demons chuckle at the frailty and malleability of the humans that god would have put over them. Continue reading
The first Demon of Adulteration was a Shedite of Beelzebub who had thought to join with Kobal after it’s first Superior died. Baal had other ideas, and conscripted the Demon of Adulteration to assist in The War effort. Few demons had as much direct experience with Purity’s mindset as one of Corruption’s wordbound servitors. Continue reading
Andrealphus, Baal, Cherub, David, Dominic, Duchies, Eli, Elohite, Furfur, Jordi, Khalid, Kyriotate, Lawrence, Magog, Malakite, Malphas, Mammon, Marc, Metatron, Michael, Ofanite, Ohr, Seraph, Seraphim Council, Shedite, Tsayadim, Uriel
I have been trying to figure out what I can write for heaven that could serve as the counterpart to the Duchies of Hell series. And the truth is that nothing will quite be the same. In Nomine has made it quite clear that Heaven does not observe the same feudal system as hell, nor are the Archangels expected to adhere to a uniform structure the way the Princes of Hell are.
But this really just means that I need to look at each Archangel individually. Lawrence openly embraces hierarchy. Dominic embraces it somewhat more covertly. Jordi seems to let his masters make and rearrange their own hierarchies spontaneously so long as it is never formalized.
[Content Warning – this post deals with substance abuse]
It wasn’t that long ago that Sniq could count themselves among the host of heaven. They were a Dominion, a linked multitude with a single purpose and charged with protecting mankind from the depredations of hell.
But that was then – when Sniq was someone else.
The Game Master’s Guide briefly floats the idea of Jordi as the Demon Prince of Beasts. While this keeps his association with animals, it has very little bearing on the modern world. Animals are not “out to get” humanity, and are singularly ill equipped to do so. While the simple flip is appealing, it would only work in a much earlier setting where animal attacks are a legitimate threat.
But Jordi is an Archangel at risk. He’s an open misanthrope – the only Superior aside from Malphas who regularly shuns contact with humans (and even Malphas is more likely to make exceptions). Jordi’s perspective is thoroughly alien to most humans, and therefore to the constructs of their faith. Just a little twist and he could snap into something else entirely. Continue reading
The Vapula Ascendant setting is based upon “The Machine” variation proposed for Vapula in Superiors 4.
Hell may once have existed as Dante imagined it, but no longer. With the rise of the machine and power of the internet revealed, hell is fast becoming a nightmare ripped from the mind of William Gibson. Continue reading
Abaddon, Asmodeus, Balseraph, Bands, Beelzebub, Beleth, Calabite, Camael, Djinn, Genubath, Habbalite, Ibdis, Impudite, In Nomine, Lilim, Lilith, Lucifer, Mammon, Oeillet, Ohaobel, Playlist, Shedite, Valefor, World Building
According to Heaven, there were no demons before The Fall. If true, that means that each Band began somewhere. In some cases there is canonical guidance, in others we are left to our own devices, and in a few there are even some competing signals.
By teasing out these hints and differences, we can get an idea of what some of the earliest factions of hell might have been. Whether this is used as deep background, an alternate setting for games set near the dawn of time, or as a way to pick out new “hidden” powers seeking to emerge I leave as an exercise to the GMs in the audience. Continue reading
Some years back, an audacious sorcerer attempted to commune with Bonoham, the Duchess of Phosphor. Intrigued by someone with the power and temerity to reach out to her, she opened a hellmouth and extended a portion of her undying felfire into the mortal realms. However, his rituals and her attunement interacted in an unexpected way causing the portal to snap shut and severing a portion of her forces from her.
Rather than dissipating, the forces took on a life of their own, immolating the sorcerer on the spot and possessing what remained of his ruined flesh. When the Duchess re-established the hellmouth, her forces had already fled – no longer wishing to be reunited with their infernal whole. Continue reading