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…)

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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Mar
16
2018
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In Nomine Revisited: Panthalassa.

There’s a sourcebook in here, I swear. Not that we’re getting official In Nomine content again any time soon. But there’s something here.

Panthalassa – Google Docs

Panthalassa

It startles people when they notice: Heaven has no oceans.

There’s a space for one, sort of.  To one side of Jordi’s Savannah is an area best described as “not defined.”   It isn’t empty, because “empty” is a definition, as is “blank,” “vacant,” and “formless.”  There should be something there, and there isn’t, but nothing else can take up the space.  And it’s definitely supposed to be an ocean. It’s obvious by looking, although “looking” is the worst word — except for all possible others — to use to describe the action.  

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Feb
14
2018
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In Nomine Revisited: THE DEVOLVO RAY!!!!!

THE DEVOLVO RAY!!!!! – Google Docs

THE DEVOLVO RAY!!!!!

Sorry about that: Vapula, Habbalite Prince of Technology, always shouts out the name when he refers to this weapon. His researchers have gotten into the habit as well. That sort of thing is just an occupational hazard when you work for Vapula.

Physically, THE DEVOLVO RAY!!!!! screams Vaputech: the ‘handheld’ version resembles a cross between a jet pack, the hose and spout from a gas tank and a set of rapidly blinking Christmas lights. The large version looked like it came direct from the set of a bad 1950s science fiction film, down to the pipe organ that was apparently an integral part of the design. Anyone who sees either version, and knows about Vapula, will instinctively either dive for cover or lob a grenade at it: it simply looks like bad news.

It is.

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