Word-Bound Celestials, be they angelic or demonic, are everywhere in In Nomine. If a celestial doesn't HAVE a Word, chances are they're working to get one. You get a pretty good range of Words in there, but we here at jnm(MNJ) couldn't help but notice that you probably couldn't write a basic sentence by lining six Angels in a row. This terrible lack comes from whole segments of the language that's been cruelly neglected, always in favor of flashier Words like Shiny Things or Not-Eating-Cabbage.
Well, ever obsessed with providing services the gaming community never even knew it was lacking, we have, after much thought and too much caffeine, come up with the usual pair - one Good and one Evil - to fill in at least part of this lack. Hopefully, this humble offering will inspire others from this much-ignored category. Of. An. If. What. Whee!
Corporeal Forces 3 (Strength 6 Agility 6) Ethereal Forces 5 (Intelligence 8 Precision 12) Celestial Forces 5 (Will 10 Perception 10) Vessel: Human/1 +3 Charisma [24 Body Hits] Skills: Emote/4, Savoir-Fair/5 Songs: Attraction (Corporeal/2, Ethereal/3) Charm (Corporeal/3, Ethereal/4, Celestial/3) Light (Corporeal/2) Numinous Corpus (Wings/2, Halo/5) Attunements: Cherub of Destiny Artifact: Flaming Sword/1
If The Angel has a name beyond that, no one seems to know what it is. He's just...The Angel. The Angel has been around for a very long time, and almost everyone in Heaven seems to know him. Even the ones who've never met him.
Yves granted him the word of The quite some time ago. The only known effect is that when The Angel uses his Cherubim Resonance to attune to something, that thing becomes somehow distinct from all others of its type. Anyone can spot the difference. That's not just a chair...it's The Chair. That's not just a Zaphod Beeblebrox...well, you get the point. It's said that not even his beer comes in six packs.
All in all, no one's quite sure what he does. When asked, he just smiles, with that particular twinkle in his eyes, and explains that The Angel doesn't do. He just is. Yves seems to have backed this up, taking it a step further once and commenting that, in fact, he "has to be."
He uses his songs liberally, and has never seemed terribly concerned with Disturbance when he's on the Corporeal realm. He has an arguably bad habit of ACTING like an Angel. Indeed, the only reason he has a Flaming Sword at all is because "it's the sort of thing The Angel really ought to have." Of course, though it's only a level 1 Artifact, that's not just any Flaming Sword...it's (chorus) THE Flaming Sword.
The Halo Numinus Corpus is, like Wings, a non-combat oriented Song. When invoked, it grants a bonus equal to its Level to the PC's Charisma, but it only lasts for a number of minutes equal to the check digit.
Corporeal Forces: 2 (Strength 3 Agility 5) Ethereal Forces: 5 (Intelligence 12 Precision 8) Celestial Forces: 4 (Will 10 Perception 6) Vessel: Human/2 (Role: Surfer 1/6) Charisma+1 [12 Body Hits] Skills: Dodge/6, Escape/5, Fast-Talk/5, Move Silently/3, Running/6, Survival/3 Songs: Entropy (Corporeal/2, Celestial/4) Form (Ethereal/5, Celestial/4) Harmony (Ethereal/3) Motion (Corporeal/3, Celestial/2) Attunements: Balseraph of the Game, Humanity, Passage
Bartholomew is at least in the running for the Least Liked Demon in Hell. (The Least Liked Demon in Heaven is, of course, Dominic.) He's cultivated a permanent smug smile and a kind of sneering chuckle that could drive Novalis to violence. It's not uncommon for those who know him to accidentally mispronounce his Word as, "Being a pain in the But."
He has one powerful similarity to The Angel: He doesn't do anything. It's not his fault, of course. It's only that things are always cropping up at the last minute. See, he would have stolen the Crown Jewels of England, But on the way he saw an opportunity to rob a young girl of her innocence, But before he could do that someone he's quite sure was a Malakim stepped in front of her, so he decided to destroy the Angel, But...
Moreover, his Word isn't simply Excuses. The Demon of Excuses (a servitor of Nightmares) has enough rivalry with him, to be sure, but Bartholomew also cheerfully conflicts with Factions' Demon of Nitpicking. Oh, he tried to patch that up, But she was being so unreasonable. Even when he complimented her, saying she was quite good at her job, But she just had to get over that little problem of being a delusional Habbalah, But, oh, that's impossible, isn't it?
Apart from that, his only real overlap seems to be with Dark Humor's Demon of Conceptual Conflict. They actually get along fine, But then, they've never met.
He's managed to cultivate a long-running feud with the Angel of Butlers. He once complimented Andrealphus on her lovely Buttocks. He's been demoted twice for sniggering about Valefor's Butterfingered attempt to steal Yves's Heart. And he claims Kronos won't let him in the library because of his talent for reading Butween the lines.
He has a definite knack for avoiding work. Whenever there's a major project, he's simply nowhere to be found. But then, who would want to go looking very hard...?
j n m ( m n j
"It is always well to accept your own shortcomings with candor
but to regard those of your friends with polite incredulity."
-- anonymous sig file