Jul
03
2018
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In Nomine Revisited: Rocket’s Red Glaring.

I wrote this decades ago, and I flatter myself that it is not entirely wretched. For those wondering, ‘Nybbas’ is the Demon Prince of the Media in the In Nomine RPG, and he’s everything that you would expect of a Demon Prince whose specialty is popular entertainment.  Fun to write, too. You’ll figure out who the good guy is, of course.

Rocket’s Red Glaring – Google Docs

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Jun
25
2018
2

In Nomine Revisited: Mimeurgy.

I dunno. Like so many other things I’ve written, it seemed a good idea at the time.

Mimeurgy – Google Docs

Mimeurgy

 

The practitioners of this Sorcery claim that its history stretches all the way back to the early Roman Empire.  This is, broadly speaking, true. They also claim that the secrets of Mimeurgy have been passed down to the present day in an unbroken line of esoteric wisdom, teacher to student, since that time.  This is unambiguously false: the modern incarnations of the Mimerugic Circles owe their origins to the members of a dubious Metuchen, New Jersey social club and part-time illegal casino that operated during the 1950s.  Hell likes to reactivate Mimeurgy every so often; they find it fairly simple to fake an appropriate historical record. (more…)

Jun
02
2018
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The Man-Factory [In Nomine]

Man-Factory (Domain) – Google Docs

The Man-Factory (Domain)

Aspected (Society)

 

Appearance: the Man-Factory started off looking like a wide mountain valley with plenty of shade trees, babbling brooks, and various educational buildings and workshops.  That was back then; these days the mountains have been carved into an endless series of contradictory propaganda slogans and symbols, the trees were all cut down years ago to allow clear fields of fire for the guard towers, and the buildings have been extensively retrofitted with barred windows and general oppression. The worst part is that the weather is still always pleasant and the brooks still babble, even when there’s another wave of corpses floating down them.  And if there are any of the original ethereals around from when Mark Twain inadvertently created the concept of the Man-Factory, they’re extremely good at hiding.

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May
24
2018
4

OK, quick gaming story.

I ran a convention game once (In Nomine) for some of the old-school In Nomine folks; people who knew the game world, because they helped write parts of it. So I told them to bring fortune cookies, and one of each basic land from Magic: The Gathering. They asked me why. I told them to guess. (more…)

May
11
2018
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In Nomine Revisited: Aballem, Shedite Prince of Madness.

Aballem – Google Docs

Found this old one of mine in the SJG forums.  Polished it up a bit.

Aballem
Shedite Prince of Madness

The world is whatever you want it to be.

They say that Aballem is an urban myth, a Lie, a fable told to demonlings in order to make them behave. They say that claiming to believe in Aballem is just an excuse for one’s own shortcomings and failures of Will. They say that the supposed existence of Aballem is just a convenient justification for your superiors to oppress, and your inferiors to disappoint, you. They, in fact, say everything except Aballem is real, functional, and holds its own sort of power.

They say all these things rather loudly, and with a certain amount of bravado. (more…)

Apr
30
2018
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In Nomine Revisited: The Super-Soldier Serum.

OK, I’ll admit it: I’m kind of wiped. Long day and it’s the end of the month, which means revisions and whatnot. And since superhero movies are topical right now…

 

Super-Soldier Serum – Google Docs

The Super-Soldier Serum

The name is, of course, highly derivative of a classic comic book concept. So is the idea of the serum itself, which suggests that someone in the military bureaucracy of the time either had a sense of humor, or else no creativity whatsoever. Or possibly both; while odd to contemplate, there’s no reason why a person might not demonstrate both traits.

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Apr
22
2018
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In Nomine Revisited: Columbia & Genevieve, Angel/Demon of Revolution/Revolutions.

These two went up to the limit of In Nomine canon, but they were fun to write. (more…)

Mar
19
2018
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In Nomine Revisited: Special Crimes Division (The Stakhanovites).

Special Crimes Division – Google Docs

Special Crimes Division

(“The Stakhanovites”)

In theory, being assigned to Asmodeus’s (Demon Prince of the Game) Special Crimes Division should be equivalent to a slow death sentence. It is well known that Asmodeus reserves membership in it to those of his Gamesters who are credibly suspected of dissatisfaction, altruism, piety, angelic-deviationism, thoughtcrime, excess Revolutionary zeal, equivocalism, accommodationism, Peacemongering, not enough Revolutionary zeal, humanocentrism, unsanctioned rebellion, and punning. Worse, the Prince uses the SCD to investigate ideologically inconvenient crimes, delicate political scandals — and, shockingly, outrages committed against damned souls. Unreliable personnel assigned to situations ready to explode; clearly, those trapped in the SCD are doomed demons walking.

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Mar
19
2018
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In Nomine Revisited: Celestials Unchained.

Celestials Unchained

For a secret society that recruits equally (and pretty much exclusively) from Outcasts and Renegades, Celestials Unchained (CU) is surprisingly active; and for a group deemed by both Heaven and Hell to be both collectively and profoundly insane, it is surprisingly effective. It is generally assumed that the latter is despite of the society’s core beliefs, not because of them; The CU worldview draws equally from conspiracy theory, clinical paranoia, and profound nihilism, and it shows. It’s very difficult for a non-Remnant celestial to degrade to the level of a homeless human ranting about mind control rays, but the members of CU are up to the challenge. Indeed, they often surpass it.

And yet, the group persists. (more…)

Mar
19
2018
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In Nomine Revisited: The Golden Heart of Quetzalcoatl.

Golden Heart of Quetzalcoatl – Google Docs

The Golden Heart of Quetzalcoatl

Well, not really. It is golden, it is shaped like a human heart, and it is Aztec in origin, but Quetzalcoatl didn’t make this particular reliquary/3. It’s not a particularly fancy reliquary/3, either; the gold is of fairly impure quality and the workmanship is mildly crude. The Golden Heart of Quetzalcoatl is an only mildly useful item: it can only be recharged while smeared with the blood of a willing donor, and offers no particular benefits otherwise. And yet, Heaven and Hell have been fighting over it for the last thousand years.
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