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In Nomine Satanis / Magna Veritas is a French Tabletop RPG, or more accurately pair thereof: The first half, In Nomine Satanis, is for evil campaigns, where the players play a group of demons on some nefarious plot to corrupt humans and/or kill angels; the second half, Magna Veritas, is the opposite.

The game is extremely tongue-in-cheek, and full of pop culture references.

The game, currently in its fourth edition, is no longer sold since 2006. The American In Nomine is derived from this game, but very different.

This game provides examples of:

  • Aerith and Bob: While most of the Demon Princes have suitably evil-sounding names, the majority of the Archangels have perfectly mundane French names. Justified for the ones based on actual saints and biblical characters, less so for the ones original to the game.
  • Angelic Transformation: Many angels and demons are former mortals who were "promoted" in the afterlife. Most notably, Eve, Archangel of women, is the biblical Eve.
  • Celestial Paragons and Archangels and Demon Lords And Arch Devils: Plenty of them. Every Archangel (and Demon Prince) has a specific earthly concept assigned to them, and their servants get a lesser amount of the same powers.
  • Character Class System: Player abilities are greatly influenced by the Archangel or Demon Prince they serve.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: God himself in the third edition backstory. He's technically omniscient, but only actually knows stuff he cares about, and often doesn't bother thinking. Is currently in a french rest home to recover from all the stress of trying to run the universe. Fourth edition implies that this was actually Obfuscating Stupidity to help the continuing implementation of his constantly running Xanatos Gambit.
  • Creator Provincialism: An awful lot of characters and important events of the metaplot are in France, unsurprisingly.
  • Double-Sided Book: The third edition features In Nomine Satanis on one side of the book and Magna Veritas on the other.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Andréalphus, demon prince of Sex would be seen as such, if he wasn't actually into Anything That Moves (and a few things that don't).
  • Divine Conflict: Lucifer's rebellion against God is a key event.
  • Double-Sided Book: The third and fourth edition rulebooks.
  • Dumb Muscle: Bifrons, Demon Prince of the dead, is this for The Legions of Hell — one of the most personally powerful and brutal of the lot, and commands legions of The Undead to bolster Hell in addition to his demonic host, but incredibly stupid and easy to manipulate. On the angelic side, Archangel Michael, Archangel of war, has very little skill in anything not related to kicking ass and taking names.
  • Foreign Remake: The American game In Nomine, which is largely a less satirical take on this one's premise.
  • Gambit Pileup: The entire setting comes off as a massive competition between bickering Heavenly and Hellish forces, all of them being played for chumps by God.
  • Good is Not Nice: The mellowest of the militant Archangels come off as this; the more hardcore ones fall straight into Light Is Not Good and Pure Is Not Good instead, often being intolerant, sexist or fascistic (or any combination) assholes.
  • Have You Seen My God?: In the third edition, God is off on a thermal cure. The fourth edition is explained by him coming back and changing the rules of the Big Game.
  • Here There Were Dragons: Dragons, fairy peoples and lots of other supernaturals were wiped out (or almost so), mostly by George (yes, that George), Archangel of Purity, shortly after Christianity began, and not exactly for altruistic reasons. Most of the less militant (and even a few militant but more tolerant) Archangels hate his guts as a result.
  • Jesus Was Way Cool: And still is one of the nicest guys in the setting. It's been noted though that he's no more or less "son of God" than any other Archangel.
  • Knight Templar: A very common disposition among the Archangels, unfortunately. Their subordinates can be even worse, as even mostly reasonable Archangels often have less-than-reasonable factions among them.
  • Number of the Beast: The games uses d666. 111 is the best outcome possible for angels; 666 for demons.
  • Painting the Fourth Wall: The best possible performance for the angels of Diplomacy are "Sustaining a Conversation with Croc (the game's authors)" and "Making Croc change his mind".
  • Psychic Powers: Possessed by humans with enough of Adam and Eve's genes (they weren't really the first humans, see, just two picked from the lot and put in a controlled environment by God for a pet project to see if Rousseau Was Right).
  • Rubber Orifice: One particular kind of demon (Gluttony ones, natch) has the power to essentially ingest anything, any time, with no ill effects. Grenades, aircraft carriers, British cuisine, you name it.
  • Satan: Lucifer rules Hell and the Demon Princes, of course. His original angelic name was Samael.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: There's a massive selection of possible powers, some of which are less impressive than others. Some demons get to be the ones who summon hellfire or control minds, others get to be the ones who control molluscs. Angels are the same- powers range from flaming holy swords and petrification to speeding up crop growth.