Nov
07
2017
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Hypezokos, Impudite of Fate [GURPS IN NOMINE]

Ah, I remember this one. To explain the joke: the Archangel of Flowers for In Nomine is called Novalis, and she is a happy-shiny, sweet, hippie kind of Archangel. Her angels, are in fact, required to avoid committing any acts of unnecessary violence.

But there are so many complexities inherent in the term ‘unnecessary.’ I regret that the line effectively stopped being supported before it was her turn for a full write up; I had such plans for that Archangel.  Especially the part where I wrote up Novalis to be the most avowedly anti-Communist Archangel in Heaven. It would have been a glorious battle in playtest.

Alas.

Hypezokos (Impudite of Fate) – Google Docs

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Nov
06
2017
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In Nomine Revisited: Daisy, Habbalite Archangel of Cheerfulness.

Once upon a time, there was a contest on the In Nomine List to come up with the single most horrifying and horrible Demon Prince that we could possibly think of.  Something… foul, and squicky. Something thoroughly vile.

This was my entry.

Daisy – Google Docs

 

Daisy

Habbalite Archangel of Cheerfulness

The world is just so sweet and lovely that I could just hug it and hug it forever! It’s full of puppies, and pretty flowers, and fuzzy sweaters, and oh, all sorts of fun-fun things! Of course, there’s a lot of icky nasty-poo things too, like bugs and frowns, and smelly old people, but we’ll get rid of them all, and then we can all get together and sing happy songs for the rest of eternity!

Don’t you think that’s just swell?!?

I knew you would…

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Nov
05
2017
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In Nomine Revisited: The Epimetheus Group

Epimetheus Group – Google Docs

The Epimetheus Group

No, actually, being forgotten is precisely how Epimetheus, brother of Prometheus, likes it.  His organization does not want to be known, which is why they’re camped out in the Far Marches of the ethereal plane, mostly safe behind multiple layers of obscurity.  There will be plenty of time for fame and renown once the celestial invaders are sent back to where they belong.

Purpose and Goals

To find some way to break the stranglehold that the inhabitants of the celestial plane have upon the ethereal.

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Nov
05
2017
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In Nomine Revisited: The Innsmouth Look.

Since I haven’t been putting up any creative work, because of NaNoWriMo, I thought that I’d pull some of my old In Nomine stuff and put it up.  Terrifyingly, some of it’s almost twenty years old. Yikes.

Innsmouth Look (Celestial) (3_level) – Google Docs

The Innsmouth Look (Celestial) (3/level)

Well, to begin with, don’t ever use that name in front of Lilith, Human Princess of Freedom. Or anyone who owes Lilith a favor. Or anybody who’d like to be owed a favor from Lilith. You get the idea.

The condition is unique to Lilim: it’d be normally considered to be a less severe form of the Ugly Discord (-1 to reaction rolls per level), except for two things.  First, it’s a Celestial Discord, which means that it both manifests on all three planes and interferes with Essence gathering.  The act of spreading rumors that Lilim afflicted with this Discord can circumvent the latter problem with somewhat disturbing activities is, of course, frowned upon by the Game.  Bright Lilim never manifest this Discord, by the way. Obviously, neither has Lilith.

The second distinguishing factor is that this Discord always manifests in the same way. The symptoms are  differently greenish (and later on, scaly) skin, protuberant eyes, webbed and/or splayed extremities, and a gradually accelerating loss of hair. There’s also a definite personality change as well.  Lilim with higher levels of The Innsmouth Look tend to be distant, emotionless, absently ruthless and fond of swimming.  It’s hard to say: once the Discord reaches a certain level, Lilim suffering from it tend to fade from the public eye, unless of course they happen to serve Lust (Andrealphus apparently is fond of the look — or at least doesn’t seem to care).

This particular Discord is not encountered much. It’s very rare, and apparently untreatable except via Redemption.  It’s also not publicly talked about, either, as the Princess of Freedom has her little ways of demonstrating her disapproval of certain conversational topics.  For that matter, so does the Archangel of Judgement: Dominic hasn’t exactly forbidden that the topic be ever brought up, but the Inquisition will take an interest in anybody taking an interest.

Note to GMs: Springing this Discord on players really does depend on somebody in the party being familiar with the Cthulhu Mythos. If you’re really lucky, said person is also playing a Lilim (which could be good for a bit of existential horror-fun).  I suggest that you just casually describe the physical effects without emphasizing them or making them seem particularly noteworthy.  Eventually somebody will put two and two together and come up with SAN loss…

 

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Nov
05
2017
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In Nomine Revisited: Oddities in the Lightning Organization Chart.

Jean’s Odder Groups – Google Docs

I make no apologies for stealing that one joke. I never have, and I never will.

Oddities in the Lightning Organization Chart

 

Lightning’s Lunatics

Well, in official correspondence this group is merely called the Creation Trusteeship, but nobody calls them that except Jean, Archangel of Lightning, and his stuffier peers. Aside from everything else, the name is no longer completely accurate: certain angels serving Lightning have become not-quite-official members of this not-quite-official group — usually with a not-quite-inaudible sigh of relief by everyone involved. Mavericks can be a bit of a problem in a properly-organized laboratory, after all. Letting them go to where their eccentricities are not only tolerated, but cherished makes for a serene organizational chart and cuts down on the Falling rate.

Lightning’s Lunatics are where the odd theorists (to orthodox Servitors of Jean, anyway) hang out; savants working with obscure and arcane scientific theories, engineers specializing in unusual technological pathways, and roughly half of Jean’s social scientists. They also tend to have a good number of angels who simply have difficulty fitting into Lightning’s traditional categories. Anyone who can make a successful career at thinking outside the box will find him or herself being gently but irresistibly guided to this group. Most tend not to complain, as the funding remains constant and the company congenial.

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Oct
30
2017
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In Nomine Revisited: The Necronomicon, v2.3.

I’d apologize for all the puns in this one, except that I don’t like lying to you fine folks.  There may be a few people out there who still haven’t forgiven me for this, a decade later.

Necronomicon, v23

The Necronomicon, v2.3

It’s interesting (if not particularly surprising) that Jean, Archangel of Lightning, is absolutely personally prosaic about naming his creations. If it’s a gun, he calls it a gun. If it’s a particle accelerator, he calls it a particle accelerator. If it’s a computerized mechanical tool designed to resemble a corporeal life form, he calls it a computerized mechanical tool designed to resemble a corporeal life form. Jean prefers things to be clear. However, the Archangel does recognize that his non-Elohim servants tend to favor more ‘colorful’ names, so he lets them indulge themselves. It may not add anything to a particular device’s utility, but it doesn’t take anything away, either, and the boost to morale is slight but measurable.

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Oct
29
2017
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In Nomine Revisited: The Bone Smiths.

Bone Smiths – Google Docs

The Bone Smiths

People are always surprised when they discover that Saminga, the Demon Prince of Death, has quite a few competent artificers working for him.  They probably shouldn’t be: the practice of necromancy is Death’s major operational priority, so it’s not unreasonable to expect his Servitors to be good at it.  That implies a certain institutional knowledge and acceptance of Enchantment among Samingans.  As necromancy is not the only thing that uses the Enchantment skill, it follows then that various Servitors of Death would have branched out into other fields of artifact creation.

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Oct
26
2017
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In Nomine Revisited: Project SHIVA.

Been thinking about this one lately.

Project SHIVA – Google Docs

Project SHIVA

 

This secret governmental group is a notable example of why Dominic allows Asmodeus to conduct Renegade hunts without real interference. Simply put, it’s a cult of genocidal nihilists — and the brainchild of two Renegade demons: one of Death, and one of Infernal Fire.  And yes, that’s meant to be alarming.

 

Project SHIVA was, at the start, just another deniable black project started in the middle of the 1950s. Its purpose was macabre, but legitimate enough, in a horrid sort of way: as both the USA and USSR had begun stockpiling nuclear weapons, with the intent to use them if pushed to the brink, it would be advisable to work out how to use them best. After all, if one were forced to destroy the planet, the entire point of the exercise would be moot if said attempted destruction was incomplete. The project members were thus charged to analyze intelligence reports, geographical studies, statistical analyses — in short, look through all the data on Russia (and later, China), the better to find an optimal way to blow the two countries to Hell.

 

Unfortunately, this sort of job is fairly rough on the average person’s long-term sanity. Trying to find people who wouldn’t crack under the strain was difficult, but eventually the government was able to refine their selection procedure. Alas, they ended up looking for well-adjusted but callous entities, and they succeeded beyond their wildest dreams: one of their analysts turned out to be Gregory, Renegade Balseraph of Death.

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Oct
24
2017
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In Nomine Revisited: Dunkirk, Tether to Trade.

Dunkirk, Tether to Trade – Google Docs

I actually wrote this one up long before the movie (which was excellent). It also needed a little more revision work than usual. A little In Nomine context: battlefields are not usually considered to be prime candidates for generating direct links between Earth and that part of Heaven that typically deals with economics.  Which is, of course, precisely why I had to write this one up this way.

And I’m right, too. …Sorry.  God, but do I miss this game.

 

Dunkirk, Tether to Trade

 

Yes, Trade, damn your eyes.

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Oct
23
2017
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In Nomine Revisited: Calcified Oracles of Demagogic Sagacity.

I was reminded of this one by this. Such a shame, really. It was an amazingly bizarre roadside attraction.

 

Calcified Oracles of Demagogic Sagacity – Google Docs

Calcified Oracles of Demagogic Sagacity

Down by the border of — never mind the state, just for the moment — there is what claims to be a historical park. It is unusual, even by the somewhat jaundiced standards of American roadside attractions: the centerpieces of the park are 12 to 18 foot high concrete heads of each President of the United States, arranged in chronological order (with a special note regarding Grover Cleveland). There is, of course, also a gift shop, a fountain and a banquet hall that intriguingly overlooks the park — but the obvious tourist draw is the heads, for a given value of ‘obvious.’ The park is not renowned, in any sense of the term. Its location near a much more mainstream tourist attraction powerhouse obscures it from even those interested in Americana; the site does not appear in the standard guidebooks, and is not widely advertised. The visitors at any given time are few, and seem mostly from the adjacent hotel.

And yet, the building is well-appointed, the parking lot a good deal larger than necessary, there is that banquet hall — and the site remains in business. Clearly, someone is visiting the park.

Someone is. (more…)

Oct
19
2017
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In Nomine Revisited: The Book of Recalling One’s Love.

I swear to God, not everything I wrote for In Nomine was grimdark.  It’s just October Country right now, OK?

Book of Recalling One’s Love – Google Docs

The Book of Recalling One’s Love

 

This charming tome was first crafted by Hastur, a now-deceased Calabite Captain of the Infernal Hourglass and lieutenant of Hatiphas (Demoness of Sorcery). Designed to ease individuals into Sorcery, these relics can lead someone down the path of Fate subtly — and for the best of motives. After all, what could be more selfless than to attempt to bring someone back to life?

 

Needless to say, there are catches.

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Oct
16
2017
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In Nomine Revisited: Horse.

I almost put this up last night, but the Hecate writeup intervened. I like to put things like Horse in games;  sometimes it’s nice to look the players in the eye and go “I don’t know how it happened, either.” Not everything can be explained, hey?

Horse – Google Docs

Horse

Ghost

 

Corporeal Forces: 2 Strength: 4 Agility: 4

Ethereal Forces: 1 Intelligence: 1 Precision: 3

Celestial Forces: 3 Will: 8 Perception: 4

Skills: Dodge/6, Fighting/6, Running/6, Tactics/6

Focus: A stone torch-holder

Horse is, frankly, impossible. Horses don’t become ghosts. They also don’t have 7 Forces in life. Unfortunately, nobody seemed to explain this to Horse.

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