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Blandine, Cherub Archangel of Dreams
The world is a dream, nothing more.

The love of Beleth and Blandine has triggered many things over the millenia. It made Andrealphus, Mercurian of Fire, become Archangel of Love. It led to the creation of Gebbeleth, Seraph Archangel of Truth; Lissah, Cherub Angel of Dreams of Children; and a number of other angels. And, after Raphael's Outcasting, it has resulted in a remarkably effective partnership controlling the Vale, where human dreamscapes reside.

Blandine is Beleth's brighter, more outgoing half. She and her Servitors protect humans from their more foolish dreams, and teach humans to aspire to appropriate things. In Council, Blandine reminds her fellows not to lose hope in their wayward siblings or in humanity: sooner or later, things will fall into place, she's sure of it, and that and Beleth keep her in Heaven no matter what.

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Beleth, Cherub Archangel of Fear
The world is frightening. Remember this.

The love of Beleth and Blandine has triggered many things over the millenia. It made Andrealphus, Mercurian of Fire, become Archangel of Love. It led to the creation of Gebbeleth, Seraph Archangel of Truth; Lissah, Cherub Angel of Dreams of Children; and a number of other angels. And, after Raphael's Outcasting, it has resulted in a remarkably effective partnership controlling the Vale, where human dreamscapes reside.

Beleth is Blandine's quieter, more serious half. She and her Servitors remind humanity to be properly awed of Heaven, and angels to be properly wary of Purgatory. She rarely speaks up in Council, but when she does, it's frequently to remind the other Archangels that they are not omnipotent. Despite her role as devil's advocate, though, Beleth would never leave Heaven without Blandine at her side -- and Blandine would never leave without Beleth, and between them they manage to keep each other's loyalty from flagging.

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Kronos, Minister for Necessity
The world is possessed of the capability to choose. Therefore, there must be something for it to choose between.

As far as anyone can tell, Kronos' nature seems to be the same as Metatron's and Yves'. Some people believe he is a facet of God, or living manifestation of the concept of Necessity in the Symphony; others think he is an angel who has transcended Choirs, or a being who is as far beyond angels as angels are beyond humans; still others -- mostly in Heaven -- suspect that he is a Word-bound human, like Lilith. Kronos himself does not elaborate when asked, and claims no official title save Minister.

He appeared in Purgatory not too long after Raphael and her followers, and after being closeted with Raphael for several days, was announced to the rest of Purgatory.

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Zacharael, Grigori Archangel of Death
The world is an endless cycle of life and death; it is our task to keep the cycle spinning evenly.

Zacharael is the youngest Archangel on either side, both in "duration of reign as Superior" and in lifespan: he was created by Raphael some time after Khalid's arrival in Purgatory. It is rumored that he, like the Angels of Vision and Enlightenment, is a child of Jean as well, the Forces given to Raphael at her behest shortly before Zacharael's creation; Nybbas vehemently denies the possibility, Sophia calls it illogical, and the three Archangels typically decline to comment. (Zacharael has never called Jean "Father" or "Parent," however, which is enough for most angels. Then again, Nybbas refuses to address Raphael as "Mother" or "Parent" any more, either, so it's not necessarily indicative . . .)

His celestial domain is in the border-city of Hades, and stretches to both sides of the Gates guarded by Daniel, Elohite Master of the Book, and Hutriel, Cherub Master of Justice; it is officially referred to as the Glade, but more cynically called the Graveyard or the Soul Yards. (Even Zacharaelites occasionally use the term "Graveyard;" its connotations are not as dark to them as they are to others.) With assistance from Lilith, special patron of Purgatory's dark souls, and Kronos, whose Word is intimately twined with the reason the souls are there, he and his Servitors oversee the judgment and placement of the souls, and counsel those most traumatized by their death.

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Valefor, second Ofanite Archangel of the Wind
The world is not what you think.
Isn't it great?


The first great tragedy to strike Heaven was the Outcasting, when half its angels chose to ignore the clear will of God and abandon their home. The second great tragedy was the apparent soul-death of two of Heaven's brightest Archangels: Janus, Ofanite Archangel of the Wind, and Oannes, Ofanite Archangel of the Waters.

Nobody is quite sure what happened to Janus and Oannes, but it's clear that they must have been soul-killed: the Hearts of their Servitors went dim, their Rites ceased working, and for all intents and purposes the Words were vacant. Not even Gebbeleth and Asmodeus working in tandem could figure out what had happened, and after a period of mourning, the Wind and Waters put forth angels to take up their lost Superiors' roles.

Valefor was a Master of the Wind before his ascent, who had been seeking the Word of Legerdemain for a few centuries before Janus' death. He'd successfully knocked down every barrier in his way -- proving competence, talent, lack of competition, and so on -- save one: the deceptiveness innate to the Word that made the Seraph-run Council object to granting it. Still, Janus had supported him unquestioningly, and he was the only high-ranking not-yet-Word-bound angel of the Wind who had proven his competence to Council and was willing to take up his Archangel's Word, at the time.

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Baal, Seraph Archangel of Valor
Minister for Defense

The world is a challenge; make the most of it

Baal always looked up to his older brothers, really he did. Michael and Lucifer were powerfully charismatic, intelligent, wise, perceptive, honest, selfless... But neither one was Valor, and there was no Valor in a "victory" that boiled down to the opponent withdrawing, or a childish fear that one's Father liked his youngest children more than his oldest. There was Valor in Raphael, though, and in her willingness to support her beliefs by leaving Heaven even if it cost her family and friends and mentor.

Really, it was no question at all where Baal would go. He just wishes his brothers understood that.

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[MISC] Icons!

Because I'm STILL AWAKE WTF, and I've been meaning to do this anyway. Note that none of the below are new yet; this is me compiling a post that I can go back and update later.

(Standard disclaimer: All base credit to http://www.gettyimages.com, except for those from helgisstock @ devart (Stone II) and those from resurgere @ devart (Freedom III). Also, icons based on canon Superiors were first posted here, which is death and doom to dialuppers.)

(ETA, 12/24/05: Light, Healing, Fire, Valor, Destiny, Lightning, Dreams, Judgment, Flowers, and Vision icons added.

ETA, 12/26/05: Negotiation, Truth, Humanity, Laughter, the Book, Diversity, Justice, and Necessity icons added.)

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Michael, Seraph Archangel of Negotiation
Firstborn; second Voice of God

The world is God's, given into our trust.

The Symphony has no need for War, and Heaven has no need for a Champion. So when Raphael walked out, God made Michael the Archangel of Negotiation, which Heaven interprets as a sign that God thinks they can bring their wayward fellows home again.

Of course, Michael announced his new Word in the Voice of God, which made everything more interesting . . .

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Jean, Elohite Archangel of Lightning
The world is lightning, the spark of life and flash of insight.

Jean and Raphael were the first two Elohim created, made Lightning and Knowledge in that same instant. They gravitated to each other and to Destiny's Library, and were nearly as inseperable as Blandine and Beleth, even to the point of creating Force-children to express their love: Nybbas, a Mercurian who found himself drawn to Light's service, and Sophia, an Elohite who bounced between both parents.

Except that Jean agreed with Lucifer's arguments about the state of humanity, and agreed that Metatron's withdrawal was a sign of God's concession, where Raphael vehemently disagreed. He and Raphael were unable to change each other's minds -- and so Raphael walked out of Heaven, with half the host at her back, and Jean stayed, with their children.

Lucifer knew better than to pit Jean against Raphael personally, but Jean's still picked up some of the things Raphael used to cover, particularly in the area of the hard sciences. In the modern era, Lightning is more Science than Wrath in its foci, although Jean has not made the changeover entirely. He micromanages his Servitors ruthlessly -- and some of the older ones wonder if it's because he doubts his reliability, without Raphael as checkpoint and balance.

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Jordi, Kyriotate Archangel of Animals
The world is not only celestial. Be respectful.

Jordi is the inventor of vessels, the first Kyriotate to discover what its resonance meant on the corporeal, and the closest thing humanity has to a personal angelic patron in Heaven. It ignored the entire Eden Experiment fiasco save to be sure the animals in the Garden were well-provided for, and would have continued to ignore humans -- save that Lucifer came to it, and convinced it that clearly humans were nothing more than animals with an extra Ethereal Force or two, and animals weren't superior to angels, right?

This . . . backfired slightly. Animals are not superior to angels, no, but animals are Jordi's special interest and wards, and Jordi takes its responsibility as seriously as a Cherub. Putting humans on par with any other animal just means that humans are Jordi's, and while Jordi may see most of them as children in need of proper care and guidance, Jordi will never allow anyone to abuse them.

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[HEAVEN] Eve, Councillor for Humanity

Eve, Councillor for Humanity
The world is the angels' creation; we hold it at their sufferance.

Millenia ago, Lucifer persuaded God to set up the Eden Experiment to reveal a bit of what God hoped to eventually see in humanity, and see if it was really superior to angels. When Lilith, the female created for the experiment, exercised her free will and walked out of Eden, Eve was hastily created to replace her with. When the experiment was scrapped, Eve and her partner Adam were sent from Eden to live among the rest of humanity. Upon their deaths, they returned to Heaven. Adam ascended the Ladder, and Eve, after speaking with Lucifer, chose to stay.

Eve is the only human member of the Seraphim Council. She is occasionally granted the courtesy titles of Archangel or Superior by other humans, but never by angels, even those in her own service; they address her as Councillor if as anything. She has proven capable of creating vessels, among other things, and Eve revealed sorcery to the Seraphim Council at roughly the same time as Lilith's revelation of it to Purgatory, but her powers appear to be nothing more than those of a 15-Force, exceptionally skilled sorceress and Songmistress. She does exercise a little influence in Council, though, if mostly because Lucifer is indulgent of her -- and her Servitors are drawn from every other Word in Heaven.

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Kobal, Mercurian Archangel of Laughter
The world is a joke, but a blessed good one.

Kobal was the Angel of Laughter under Eli before the Outcasting. His Wordmates were not especially surprised (if also not pleased) when he chose not to follow his Archangel: less because Kobal had shown much distaste for humans, and more because Kobal had always been close to the Archangel of Light. Lucifer supported Kobal's ascent to Archangel with the argument that Heaven needed some comfort in the absence of so many of its angels, and Kobal has been a good ally to Light ever since.

While Lucifer may trust Kobal, many other angels do not. Kobal is the only Archangel to frequently manifest pure-human seeming even in Heaven, and Kobal's jokes have become darker and more pointed over the millenia. More, while few Kobalites abandon Heaven for Purgatory, a disturbing percentage have become dissonant or Discordant or Outcast in recent centuries. Kobal himself laughs off their concerns, and it helps that he's "just" a Minor Archangel under the eye of Light, but the concerns are still there.

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Asmodeus, Cherub Archangel of the Book
The world requires order. Without Rules, all is cacophony and madness.

Asmodeus was once Dominique's closest friend and aide, as familiar with the Word of Judgment as its bearer. It was only logical for him to take up the mantle Dominique abandoned: Asmodeus was the first angel Word-bound and made Superior by the Seraphim Council, soon after the Outcasting, and has served Lucifer loyally ever since.

All of Asmodeus' Servitors are capable of filling Judgment's traditional roles: investigator, inquisitor, and confessor. Some favor the more literal interpretations of the Word, frequenting Destiny's Library more than Asmodeus' Tribunal, but even they receive training in the Book's metaphorical duties, and are expected to fulfil them as much as any other angel. Asmodeus' highest-ranking Servitors are Seraphiel, the Seraph Angel of the Inquisition, whose efforts with Uriel and Gebbeleth to stamp out heresy on Earth are well-known and admired in Heaven; and Beth-haran, the Elohite Angel of the Rules, Asmodeus' first Word-bound and the angel in charge of the Book's triads.

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[META] Completion poll, and commentary.

I'm starting this community for a few reasons. One, it gives a nice centralized place to post INP stuff and share it with people; two, I'm a community addict (and a comm is easier to post to than a seperate journal); three, I'm bored and also zoned, and comm-making is fairly mindless. [laughs] I don't promise to update here regularly, but I do promise to try.

Both posting and membership are currently open to anyone, but I'd appreciate if, for now, posts are kept to a minimum (barring something coming out of left field that's clearly INP-related, like someone wanting to start an INP game or something). Feel free to join and/or friend the comm, or comment to any post here, though. Everything I post is to be considered a draft unless explicitly labeled otherwise: it may cover the gist of what I want to get across, but suggestions for tightening up the writing, better-phrasing the mechanics (or a completely different but more playable mechanic), etc are all welcome.

As a side note, since I'm making the default INP character higher-powered than the default IN character -- everyone starts at +1 to the normal Force template for their "class" -- and combat is supposed to be kept to the minimum necessary (if for more generous values of "necessary" in the Marches), I'm also erring more toward "this is cool and thematic" than "this is balanced and useful-but-not-overly-so". [laughs] When the assumption is higher-powered games anyway...yeah. So if an attunement is clearly the sort of thing that'd be better as a Master Distinction than a Choir Attunement, that's one thing, but I'm not necessarily sticking to much hierarchy here.

...meanwhile, poll! This will be up indefinitely, or until I make a new one; feel free to fill it out even if you don't plan on following the comm much.




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