Kedosha is one of Yves wayward Kyriotates. Not content to allow humans to find their own way to their Destiny, Kedosha takes it upon himself to create tests and play the role of allies and enemies for his chosen few. Unfortunately, suborning the will of this “supporting cast” has sometimes led them further from their own Destinies – especially when Kedosha drives them to acts of contempt or cruelty to increase the stakes of his hero’s trial.
More alarming, some of Kedosha’s forces have been resonating in unknown but strangely familiar ways. It has occurred to the Kyriotate that he should probably throw himself upon Yves mercy, but he knows the Archangel does not approve of his methods and is afraid that he might get barred from helping humans achieve their personal greatness.
Once there were hundreds of archivists scattered throughout the Hall of Creation. Now there are just a handful, and they tend to be the most traditional of the bunch. Zizuph is a Cherub. While in heaven the angel manages a small squad of Ofanite gofers and answers to a Seraph chief curator. Beneath them are a few loyal Kyriotate pages who ensure that all the blueprints and artifacts are shelved and stored appropriately.
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.
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
The first Christmas adventure any In Nomine player should know about is the one that Steve Jackson published themselves. A Very Nybbas Christmas will remain relevant so long as we continue to discuss “the war on Christmas.” Considering the durability of that particular debate, the adventure will likely remain usable for a very long time.
By way of contrast – the suggestions that follow will likely have a very limited shelf life (or at least I hope they will). I have offered up a scenario for Hell and one for Heaven, though with a little bit of creativity each could be used in a campaign dominated by the other.
The Archangel Yves is an invention of Croc for their game In Nomine Satanas / Magna Veritas on which Steve Jackson’s In Nomine is based. He has no direct analogue in any Abrahamic angel lore.
However, there is a figure in the old testament who is very similar to Yves. If you are familiar with French pronunciation you probably noticed the parallel right away. It took me several years (and more than a couple jokes from George Takai) to catch the reference.
Yves is both Adam and Eve.
In some ways I’m cheating by using Yves to kick off my Angelic Ascendancy series because I tend to think that the default setting is an Yves ascendant setting. Only Michael is hostile to Yves, and even he respects Yves command to avoid interfering with free will where possible.
And it’s not just men who have free will and whom heaven nudges towards their Destiny, Celestials also enjoy that privilege (if they did not, there would be no fallen).