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* AngelicAbomination: The [[CannotTellALie Seraphim]] (serpents with six eyes and six feathered wings), [[DrivesLikeCrazy Ofanim]] (constantly spinning wheels of flame), and [[HiveMind Kyriotates]] (a whirling cloud of limbs and body parts) all fit the bill.

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* AngelicAbomination: AngelicAbomination:
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The [[CannotTellALie Seraphim]] (serpents with six eyes and six feathered wings), [[DrivesLikeCrazy Ofanim]] (constantly spinning wheels of flame), and [[HiveMind Kyriotates]] (a whirling cloud of limbs and body parts) all fit the bill.bill.
** As already stated, Malakim DO NOT FALL. Which means that they can take so much Discord that they become "Dark Malakim", warped ''things'' that distort the Symphony around themselves and steal the Essence of others.



* EldritchAbomination:
** As already stated, Malakim DO NOT FALL. Which means that they can take so much Discord that they become "Dark Malakim", warped ''things'' that distort the Symphony around themselves and steal the Essence of others.
** Hell once tried to make a Shedim that could occupy multiple bodies at once. The result was [[IAmLegion Legion]], the Prince of Corruption, a HiveMind so powerful and terrifying that it threatened to absorb the entire world. It was only stopped by an alliance between Heaven and Hell, and the sacrifice of the Archangel Raphael.
** The true appearances of most angels and demons also qualify.

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* EldritchAbomination:
** As already stated, Malakim DO NOT FALL. Which means that they can take so much Discord that they become "Dark Malakim", warped ''things'' that distort the Symphony around themselves and steal the Essence of others.
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EldritchAbomination: Hell once tried to make a Shedim that could occupy multiple bodies at once. The result was [[IAmLegion Legion]], the Prince of Corruption, a HiveMind so powerful and terrifying that it threatened to absorb the entire world. It was only stopped by an alliance between Heaven and Hell, and the sacrifice of the Archangel Raphael.
** The true appearances of [[AngelicAbomination most angels angels]] and demons also qualify.

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* AngelicAbomination: The [[CannotTellALie Seraphim]] (serpents with six eyes and six feathered wings), [[DrivesLikeCrazy Ofanim]] (constantly spinning wheels of flame), and [[HiveMind Kyriotates]] (a whirling cloud of limbs and body parts) all fit the bill.


* EnsignNewbie: Laurence, Archangel of the Sword, is the youngest of the Archangels (this is relative; he was about 750 years old when he was elevated), and is the Commander of the Host. He's in way over his head, and Michael is getting tired of playing SergeantRock for him.

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* EnsignNewbie: Laurence, Archangel of the Sword, is the youngest of the major Archangels (this is relative; he was about 750 years old when he was elevated), and is the Commander of the Host. He's in way over his head, and Michael is getting tired of playing SergeantRock for him.


* ChristianityIsCatholic: Laurence considers this true by definition. He considers all of Christendom to be part of the Catholic Church, though he believes that the Roman Catholic Church is the truest and best form of Christianity.



** There's also Outcasts, who are still angels and not demons, but are currently barred from Heaven. This either happens as a last-chance lesson from their boss (or, once, Dominic), the angel's Heart being corroded by dissonance, or rarely, an angel flipping off the Heavenly hierarchy. Except for a very few established situations, anyone in the latter two categories is also going to be targeted by angels of Judgment.

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** There's also Outcasts, who are still angels and not demons, but are currently barred from Heaven. This either happens as a last-chance lesson from their boss (or, once, very rarely, Dominic), the angel's Heart being corroded by dissonance, or rarely, an angel flipping off the Heavenly hierarchy. Except for a very few established situations, anyone in the latter two categories is also going to be targeted by angels of Judgment.

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* ScaryBlackMan: The human shape of David, Archangel of Stone, is normally a big, bald black guy. He's one of Heaven's strongest warrior angels and extremely lethal to any demon who attacks him.

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* DreamsVsNightmares: Beleth is the Demon Princess of Nightmares. She and her demon underlings try to get humans to choose the path of evil by sending them terrifying dreams. Blandine is the Archangel of Dreams. She and her angelic servitors send pleasant dreams to inspire hope and ease stress, thus encouraging people to act in a positive manner.


Steve Jackson has said he'd like to bring ''In Nomine'' back, but it's not presently on SJG's schedule.

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Steve Jackson has said he'd like to bring ''In Nomine'' back, but it's not presently currently on SJG's schedule.
schedule; the big issue in the way is that SJG need to know if there's enough of an audience, and with the absence of an ongoing line, the fandom's mostly drifted away, which creates a self-perpetuating loop: SJG don't know if there's an audience, so don't put out anything, meaning there's nothing to draw in fans, meaning... (which is not to say there aren't potential ways to break the loop, however).



* TheArmiesOfHeaven: All of the angels of Heaven oppose the demons of Hell in their own way, but the hosts of angels led by the Archangels Lawrence, Michael and David are the closest to being a heavenly army. Of the various types of angels, Malakites (regardless of which Archangel they serve) are most often involved in anti-demonic combat.

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* TheArmiesOfHeaven: All of the angels of Heaven oppose the demons of Hell in their own way, but the hosts of angels led by the Archangels Lawrence, Laurence, Michael and David are the closest to being a heavenly army. Of the various types of angels, Malakites (regardless of which Archangel they serve) are most often involved in anti-demonic combat.



* AscendedFanon: Elements of this (such as the popularity of Bright Lilim) are common in later works in the line.



** Paranoid celestials also note this possibility between Yves (Destiny) and Kronos (Fate), whose words are virtually indistinguishable and, while in opposition, are pointedly not mutually exclusive. [[DependingOnTheWriter Depending on the GM]], they may be the same entity, as some Powers suspect, or even [[spoiler: aspects of God.]]

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** Paranoid celestials also note this possibility between Yves (Destiny) and Kronos (Fate), whose words are virtually indistinguishable and, while in opposition, are pointedly not mutually exclusive. [[DependingOnTheWriter Depending on the GM]], they may be the same entity, as some Powers Superiors suspect, or even [[spoiler: aspects of God.]]



** Asmodeus' archive in Hell is similar, but about legal contracts and laws, but is byzantine and difficult to find anything without approval. [[ThePunishmentIsTheCrime Trying to find something without approval is likely to get a demon sentenced to indexing until the sought item is found.]]

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** Asmodeus' archive in Hell is similar, but about legal contracts and laws, but and is byzantine and difficult to find anything without approval. [[ThePunishmentIsTheCrime Trying to find something without approval is likely to get a demon sentenced to indexing until the sought item is found.]]



* NumberOfTheBeast: The games uses d666.

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* NumberOfTheBeast: The games game uses d666.



** Also, roughly 80 percent of Zadkiel's angels of Protection choose to manifest as [[MamaBear female]]. Which is interesting since her Splat Book says she is a Muslim, a faith which specifically says that angels do not appear as female. The said book notes that this is a bone of contention between her and Khalid, who hews more strictly to the dogma of Islam then Zadkiel does; Zadkiel believes that bit of the Koran to have been a misinterpretation on Mohammad's part.

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** Also, roughly 80 percent of Zadkiel's angels of Protection choose to manifest as [[MamaBear female]]. Which is interesting since her Splat Book splatbook says she is a Muslim, a faith which specifically says that angels do not appear as female. The said book notes that this is a bone of contention between her and Khalid, who hews more strictly to the dogma of Islam then Zadkiel does; Zadkiel believes that bit of the Koran to have been a misinterpretation on Mohammad's part.



** Most of the Powers do little or nothing to directly intervene in the existence of their subordinates. In most cases, the exceptions are terrifying.

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** Most of the Powers Superiors do little or nothing to directly intervene in the existence of their subordinates. In most cases, the exceptions are terrifying.



* ShrugOfGod: "Canon Doubt and Uncertainty" is a phrase that players of the game know very, very well. As per the Line Editor's policy, some big questions will ''always'' be left for individual [=GMs=] to make up their own answers to.



* SpecialSnowflakeSyndrome: There are probably more Bright Lilim in an average group of PC angels than there are in all of (canonical) Heaven. This generally happens because there is no angelic equivalent for the (admittedly unique) powers lilim have, and most groups will probably be playing angels rather than demons. Game writers eventually got the hint and started creating canon Bright Lilim powers for different angelic Words in the expansions.

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* SpecialSnowflakeSyndrome: There are probably more Bright Lilim in an average group of PC angels than there are in all of (canonical) Heaven. This generally happens because there is no angelic equivalent for the (admittedly unique) powers lilim Lilim have, and most groups will probably be playing angels rather than demons. Game writers eventually got the hint and started creating canon Bright Lilim powers for different angelic Words in the expansions.



* WeDidntStartTheFuhrer: Played with. Hitler was largely responsible for his own success, but there was a lot of plotting going around on both sides that got completely out of hand.



* WeDidntStartTheFuhrer: Played with. Hitler was largely responsible for his own success, but there was a lot of plotting going around on both sides that got completely out of hand.



* WordOfGod: Beth [=McCoy=], aka "The Archangel of Archives/The Demon Princess of Nitpicking", Line Editor for the game, is a constant presence on the In Nomine mailing list.

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* LogicBomb: It's dissonant for Servitors of Laurence to disobey his orders. Sometimes he issues contradictory orders, or orders that (because of incomplete information) make the mission impossible to complete. Fortunately, he's usually a ReasonableAuthorityFigure, and he'll fix dissonance if it's his fault.


* HeavensDevils: the Habbalah claim to be this; they live in Hell and are demons, but they believe that they're angels working where God needs them most, and that God has given them free license to punish sinners (and every human's a sinner, of course). Canonically, they're even more deluded than most demons.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: It happens, but it doesn't work out well. If an AscendedDemon falls again (referred to as a "yo-yo"), they had better hope that they have something ''extremely'' valuable to trade in exchange for the lowest, dirtiest position in Asmodeus' hierarchy, and they'd better get the deal in writing. Otherwise, they'll be terminated with extreme prejudice to discourage any other would-be defectors.

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* HeavensDevils: the The Habbalah claim to be this; they live in Hell and are demons, but they believe that they're angels working where God needs them most, and that God has given them free license to punish sinners (and every human's a sinner, of course). Canonically, they're even more deluded than most demons.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: HeelFaceRevolvingDoor:
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It happens, but it doesn't work out well. If an AscendedDemon falls again (referred to as a "yo-yo"), they had better hope that they have something ''extremely'' valuable to trade in exchange for the lowest, dirtiest position in Asmodeus' hierarchy, and they'd better get the deal in writing. Otherwise, they'll be terminated with extreme prejudice to discourage any other would-be defectors.


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* MetaphoricallyTrue: Khalid, Archangel of Faith, is Muslim. He expects all of his angels to be Muslim as well, but he has a personal definition of what "Muslim" means. Angels must believe that there is one God, and that Muhammad is a prophet - but both statements are demonstrably true to angels, and adhering to any tenets but the ''shahada'' isn't required (though it certainly doesn't hurt). Many of his angels are Christian or Jewish, or take a more ecumenical view of individual religions.


* CrapsackWorld: While the degree of crapsackiness depends on the GM, it's made clear in several places that Lucifer is currently having a hell of a time with the world. Morality is dying with a whimper, not a bang, as Princes like Lust, Gluttony and the Media lead humanity toward its fate.



* ObviousRulePatch: After a fanmade adventure allowed for someone to arrange for Geasa traded away by a Lilim to break (causing her massive Dissonance), the designers clarified that the only being with the power to trade Geasa directly was Lilith herself.

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* ObviousRulePatch: ObviousRulePatch:
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After a fanmade adventure allowed for someone to arrange for Geasa traded away by a Lilim to break (causing her massive Dissonance), the designers clarified that the only being with the power to trade Geasa directly was Lilith herself.herself.
** In-universe, Malakim are forbidden to retreat without orders. All Malakim have standing orders to retreat from any Demon Prince unless they think their deaths will accomplish something - though, being Malakim, they often decide that they ''can''.


* BadassPacifist: This is Novalis' and her angels' preferred methodology when they cross paths with demons and evil humans; they want to redeem them, not kill them. Some can be [[MartialPacifist Martial Pacifists]], but even then and even towards demons, their first weapon is words and kindness. Most other angels don't really get this, even her fellows in the peace faction. (And while David ''does'' appreciate Novalis' strength and courage, he still thinks that the time for her methods has passed.)



* EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor: Kobal is the Prince of Dark Humor - just so we're clear, his favorite joke was [[KickTheDog the Children's Crusade]]. Lucifer often laughs at Kobal, and Haagenti is in charge of gross-out humor and sight gags. (The other Demon Princes mostly fall under NoSenseOfHumor, especially Baal.)

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* EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor: Kobal is the Prince of Dark Humor - just so we're clear, his favorite joke was [[KickTheDog the Children's Crusade]].Crusade]], and thinks that [[FriendToAllChildren Christopher, Archangel of Children]] can't take a joke. Lucifer often laughs at Kobal, and Haagenti is in charge of gross-out humor and sight gags. (The other Demon Princes mostly fall under NoSenseOfHumor, especially Baal.)



* FriendToAllChildren: Christopher, Archangel of Children.

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* FriendToAllChildren: Christopher, Archangel of Children.Children, has it in his job description - he's there to protect and nurture all children on Earth. Eli, Archangel of Creation, is also extremely fond of children.


* FallenAngel: Possible. Not difficult at all. [[spoiler: Not that you want a Malakite to fall.]]

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* FallenAngel: Possible.FallenAngel:
** Possible, unless you're a Malakite.
Not difficult at all. [[spoiler: Not that you want ''want'' a Malakite to fall.]]]]
** There's also Outcasts, who are still angels and not demons, but are currently barred from Heaven. This either happens as a last-chance lesson from their boss (or, once, Dominic), the angel's Heart being corroded by dissonance, or rarely, an angel flipping off the Heavenly hierarchy. Except for a very few established situations, anyone in the latter two categories is also going to be targeted by angels of Judgment.

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* MartialPacifist: David, the Archangel of Stone, refuses to strike the first blow as a matter of principle, and his angels follow his example. When he strikes the second blow, there's no third; he is one of the mightiest warriors of the Host, and nearly as formidable as Michael.

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* HeavensDevils: the Habbalah claim to be this; they live in Hell and are demons, but they believe that they're angels working where God needs them most, and that God has given them free license to punish sinners (and every human's a sinner, of course). Canonically, they're even more deluded than most demons.

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* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Most Archangels, and even more Demon Princes, see Andrealphus, Prince of Lust, as a weakling. He likes it that way; under the radar, he's been responsible for far more than his share of corrupted mortals and Fallen angels, and the sexual revolution and his alliance with the Media have been reaping a substantial harvest.

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