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.

(more…)

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.
(more…)

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.

(more…)

Feb
14
2018
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In Nomine Revisited: Elahinoor.

Elahinoor – Google Docs

Elahinoor

There is no one ‘official’ material used by the Host for its arms and armor.  Every Archangel has his, her, or its own personal opinion on what would be suitable; and the essentially feudal nature of Heaven precludes any sort of universal standard.  That being said, weapons and armor constructed of Elahinoor are popular.  Not too popular — the manner of their construction has awkward resonances to the angelic mindset — but not rare, either.

Elahinoor is solidified and shaped light, in much the same way that diamond is a crystalline form of carbon; the description is accurate enough, but neither descriptive nor evocative.  To make Elahinoor one needs an authentic artificer (i.e., one with the Enchant skill) and several specialized pieces of equipment, including a ‘Phial of Galadriel’ (see below).  The ‘raw’ light is teased out and induced to adhere to a grid of very thin glass threads.  Once fixed, the grid of glass and light is beaten, folded and re-folded in a manner similar to the forging of Damascus steel, with the same general result; a material that is both supple and strong.  Elahinoor is also considerably less massive than its equivalent in steel. (more…)

Feb
08
2018
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In Nomine Revisited: The School.

Zadkiel’s School – Google Docs

 

The School

The concept of “Special Forces” is a somewhat fuzzy one when considering the Host — or, for that matter, the Horde.  Most individuals formally involved in the War are either literally supernatural entities, or mortals who have been imbued with supernatural powers; also, the realities of a millennia-long secret war to the knife favor a certain emphasis of precise, covert strikes over overt, mass conflicts.  In a very real sense, every combat-focused member of the Host partakes of the Special Forces mindset.

This does not mean that the Host does not have specialists, of course — and Zadkiel, Cherub Archangel of Protection, trains the best of them, both angelic and human.  Those who graduate of the School have a certain reputation about them. One that is completely deserved. (more…)

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