Even before his renewed faith and return to the good graces of the Host,
Khalid always had a small percentage of his angels placed in the Western
lands, working deep inside the cultures which most needed his Word. It was
almost three years ago that al-Batin'Nur, one of Khalid's Friends of Man,
mentioned something about the Western tradition of "New Year's
Resolutions" to his Archangel, at a time when Khalid was feeling quite
open to inspiration.
Some find it ironic that the only angels who must take a New Year's Resolution are those who serve in a part of the world that does not believe in them. But Khalid is quite aware of the differences between angels and humans, and of the different paths each must take. Upon sunrise on the first day of the Islamic New Year, as each angel of Faith receives his Essence, he must swear a Resolution. It can be any one thing that will be quite difficult to accomplish, or one somewhat-difficult thing to avoid doing. Malakim treat this as an Oath, but it will *always* be limited to a year in scope. When the year is over, Khalid's angels must swear a new Resolution. Khalid frowns on angels repeating Resolutions (though, after a century or so, he'll more than likely begin permitting it).
If it is a feat to be accomplished, the angel will receive three Essence upon its completion (as a Rite); but the angel will receive one point of Dissonance for every four months which go by without the feat being completed. If it is something to be avoided, the angel will receive one extra Essence every Sunday (unless he broke his Resolution); but the angel will receive a note of Dissonance every time he breaks his Resolution!
In G:IN, this modifies the Servitor Cost of Khalid by -9 points.
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