Balseraph Baron of the Media

The Demon of Misspelling

Adapted by: "Carmen Clemons" <carmenc@dfwmm.net>

Corporeal Forces 4 (Strength 8, Agility 8)
Ethereal Forces 5 (Intelligence 8, Precision 12)
Celestial Forces 5 (Will 10, Perception 10)




Charm(Celestial)/6, Form(Ethereal)/4, Possession/5, Tongues(Corporeal)/4


Artistry(Calligraphy)/6, Computer Operation/5, Fast-Talk/5, Knowledge(Church)/6


Balseraph of the Media, Baron of the Fourth Estate,

Special Rite:

Titivillus gains 1 Essence whenever he participates in an exchange where another person misspells something. In the case of print media, this could be a letter. In the case of an online discussion, he must remain online for at least an hour.

"Psst, you spelled 'grammer' properly," said the Demun of Mispellings; it is disonnant to correctt someone who mispels a werd.

(Hm. I see an idea there, believe it or not!)

Actually, he already exists. *grin* According to my copy of _Medieval Calligraphy: Its History and Technique_ by Marc Drogin (ISBN 0-486-26142-5 if anyone really cares), his name is Titivillus.

Apparently, he started out collecting verbal mistakes made by monks during services, then started collecting mistakes they made in the scriptorium. He takes these mistakes to Lucifer, who has them all recorded in a big book so he can bring it out and let God know about it on the Day of Judgement.

Well, after this story got around, the monks were a lot more careful about their copying, so he had trouble finding enough mistakes to fill his bag for a while. But in the fifteenth century, he apparently got a bright idea - he might not have been able to find mistakes in the first editions of some texts, but he could entice the scribes who made copies for the universities to make hundreds of them. This worked beautifully. The scribes made hordes of mistakes, and denied all responsibility, claiming Titivillus made them goof. So the demon became their patron instead of their pest, because he took the blame.

After the invention of the printing press, he really had a field day. In 1561, _Anatomy of the Mass_, a 172 page document, had 15 pages of errata. The monk who edited it said the enormous number of errors said the devil caused the printer to make the mistakes after somehow getting the manuscript soaked in a kennel. (I don't even want to know how that happened.) However, that was a mere pittance. His masterpiece was a printing of the Vulgate Bible ordered by Pope Sixtus V. The pope issued a papal bull automatically excommunicating any printer who altered the text, and he inspected each sheet as it came off the press.

However, the finished product was so bad that corrections had to be printed, cut out, and pasted over mistakes in every single copy. Sixtus V had to have all the copies returned and destroyed, but according to my book, "at least one, though, reportedly has been preserved as a testament to Titivillus' handiwork."

For In Nomine, I'd say Titivillus has had a hand in the recent popularity of internet communications. Although not responsible for the creation of the internet, he immediately saw the potential to further his Word. Titivillus has spawned newsgroups, mailing lists, IRC discussions, and MU*'s. In the past few years, his records (which have long since been transferred to computer) have swelled at an incredible rate. His chief enemy is Leorel, the Angel of Spellcheckers. Although he originally worked for Vapula, he switched loyalties when Nybbas was promoted.

Titivillus's vessel is a man in his late thirties of middling appearance, although he often employs the Song of Possession.

Quote: [online] "Oops, s0rry abouy the t7pos."

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