Troglodyte, Balseraph Knight of Social Media [In Nomine]

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Balseraph Knight of Social Media

Corporeal Forces: 3 Strength: 4 Agility: 8

Ethereal Forces: 5 Intelligence: 12 Precision: 8

Celestial Forces: 6 Will: 12 Perception: 12

Word-Forces: 10

Attunements: Balseraph of Fate (Mercurian), Impudite of Fate, Fated Future, Bad Company, Knight of the Winged Chariot, Demon of Social Media

Demon of Social Media: Troglodyte gets 2 extra Essence from helping someone meet his Fate, provided that it was done via social media.

Skills: Computer Operation/6, Detect Lies/3, Dodge/6, Emote/3, Fast-Talk/6, Fighting/3, Knowledge (Social Media/6, Psychology/6), Lying/3, Ranged Weapon/3, Savoir Faire/3

Songs: Charm (Ethereal/3, Celestial/3), Harmony (Ethereal/3), Motion (Celestial/3), Possession/3, Shields (All/4)

Role: Internet troll/6, Status 1

Troglodyte would be a higher-ranked demon if he wasn’t quite so much of a coward. And this isn’t a case of the Cowardly Discord, either: Troglodyte doesn’t have that excuse. He’s just intrinsically not very brave.

Which made him an excellent candidate for the Word of Social Media, of course. Kronos (Demon Prince of Fate) wrested this particular word away from Dark Humor and The Media primarily because he wanted to make sure that it was used as widely as possible.  Both Kobal and Nybbas would be far too tempted to turn Social Media into a demonic Word that concentrated on individual misery and degradation; Kronos wanted something more retail. Or possibly industrialized. And for that, you want a coward, because cowards are good at hiding their tracks.

Troglodyte has certainly performed down to expectations.  His ability to duplicate the Mercurian resonance for relationships, combined with various Attunements, allows the demon to more or less look at somebody and instantly know just what thing that person could write or say on social media that would utterly mess up his or her life.  At that point, it’s just a matter of encouraging that to happen. Troglodyte is remarkably good at encouraging, as well as insinuating, instigating, and provoking. Sometimes he doesn’t even have to do anything supernatural at all.

Unfortunately for him, Troglodyte’s general personality, plus of course his generally unpleasant Word, has made it difficult for the Balseraph to climb the ranks.  He really should be at least a Captain, but Troglodyte made a few too many enemies along the way to ever get past a Knighthood. And he certainly doesn’t have much in the way of a support staff.  In fact, there are days when Troglodyte is glumly certain that his Prince is not so much suspicious that the Balseraph will doom himself utterly as Kronos is simply waiting for that to happen. This does nothing to soothe Troglodyte’s existing fears.  Quite the opposite, really.

Fortunately for him, there’s always somebody online to take these fears out on.

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1 Comment

  • Rockphed says:

    This makes far too much sense. I shall have to perform an exorcism on the internet now. Don’t be too alarmed if ectoplasm starts leaking.

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