And I Feel Fine - Part 3: The First Horseman
"Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with
writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals. And I saw a mighty
angel proclaiming in a loud voice, "Who is worthy to break the seals and
open the scroll?" But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth
could open the scroll or even look inside it. I wept and wept because
no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. Then
one of the elders said to me, "Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe
of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the
scroll and its seven seals." -- Revelation 5:1-5
Roleplaying seed: Conversion Experiences
It rapidly becomes obvious to everyone in Heaven that Christianity is
true. But *how* true? And what *kind* of Christianity? The returnees
from the Upper Heavens include plenty of humans and angels who used to
be of other faiths, but none of them have useful information on these
questions. What, then, should angels do concerning their human Soldiers
and servants? Almost everyone on Earth is having a rough time, right
now. Theological debate doesn't attract a lot of interest. But looking
for spiritual strength is another matter. Look for it *where*?
"And the dragon stood on the shore of the sea. And I saw a beast coming
out of the sea. He had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on his
horns, and on each head a blasphemous name. The beast I saw resembled a
leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a
lion. The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great
-- Revelation 13:1-2
Even Lucifer is taken in, at least briefly, by Michael's ruse. He
decides the time is right to move one of his pawns forward on the
world's chessboard. This is an extraordinary man, a Soldier of Lucifer
who started with seven Forces, and to whom Lucifer has added three more
for a total of ten: The Soldier, one Cezar Therrian, was given the
Forces and Resonances of a Balseraph, a Lilim, and an Impudite. All
these resonances are very useful in his career as a UN diplomat.
The UN is in ruins. The UN building in New York City is simply gone,
along with most of the rest of New York, and a large chunk of its
bureaucracy is dead, in various catastrophes around the world. This
includes the Secretary General.
Therrian moves from diplomatic background to foreground with supernal
speed and becomes the new UN Secretary General, saving the UN from
oblivion and re-convening the Security Council in Rome, which is
relatively untouched, just beyond the general disaster area that is the
eastern Mediterranean. He declares that world-wide disaster relief has
to be the UN's sole concern and publically begs for the help of the
member nations. Privately, he pulls in geases. He begins laying the
foundations for his future empire.
Therrian is, of course, the Antichrist. Lucifer has read Revelation,
too, and he knows full well that the Antichrist only comes into play in
the End Times. And he wasn't going to start the End Times when it
looked like he could lose. But now, with Michael apparently out of the
way, it looks like the crucial prophecies cannot be fulfilled for
Even so, Lucifer is being cautious. Therrian is under orders to found
his empire slowly. It isn't like there's a hurry. Heaven looks like it
is in disarray, Michael looks gone, and Therrian has plenty of personal
time, already being over 170 years old, thanks to his command of various
"I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals. Then I heard
one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, "Come!" I
looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and
he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest."
-- Revelation 6:1-2
Lucifer's caution is wise. That's why it can't be allowed to continue.
Gabriel was always the spark of divine inspiration. Of course, *divine*
inspiration is not a good thing for Hell. From her place by the Throne,
she fans the flame of Therrian's ambition.
There is an elegant office in the Vatican. Here, the turmoil of the
aching world does not show. This office has been put at the disposal of
the UN Secretary General, while he reorganizes that world body. He
writes on a laptop, placed on a baroque desk two hundred times older
than it is. Suddenly, there is another man in the room, in severe
formal dress, looking young, fair, and human, though he is none of those
Lucifer: "My son, what are you doing? That order you are composing is
the founding of a world empire, no matter how you couch it in terms of
humble service to suffering humanity."
Therrian (concealing the dread he always feels at these meetings, and
the additional shock of realizing -- again -- how closely he is
watched): "My Father, is this not your plan for us?"
Lucifer: "Yes, but not yet. We must verify the reports from the
Therrian: "Have you not personally interrogated Belial's own surviving
captains? (All of them spirits more intelligent than their late
master.) Father, the world is ripe. With every day we wait, the
nations recover another step from Gabriel's death-throes. They become
that much harder to subdue."
The debate goes back and forth, but in the end the Tempter is tempted.
He decides that, even if all his old foes are not dead, some must be,
and the rest must be much weakened. Then best to strike quickly. He
agrees to Therrian's plan.
The next morning, Therrian announces the creation of myriads of
"recovery zones" in the world's remaining population centers. There,
food, shelter, and medical care will be supplied to all who come. And
there, UN troops and other armed forces under UN control will maintain
order. All in a spirit of humanitarian aid.
At his side, in the background as he makes the announcement, stands a
bald, hatchet-faced figure in dark, vaguely clerical garb. It is
Kronos, in the Role of Therrian's "spiritual advisor."
Roleplaying seed: The Beast at His Best
Angelic PCs *know* who Therrian is, and what he's doing. What do they
do about it? Do they tell their human servants and friends? Start
organizing resistance? So far, there is no Archangelic direction, and
*so* *far*, Therrian is doing little but good in the world. How do they
react to human street-theologians denouncing Therrian as the
Antichrist? (This is bound to happen, without any celestial assistance
at all. It has happened many times before with far less provocation.
They just happen to be right this time.)
Angels who decide to cooperate with the UN recovery effort, for the time
being, may be discomfitted to find themselves working along side
demons. Angels who decide to resist immediately will be looked at
askance by perfectly benign humans who wonder what their problem with
Roleplaying seed: Flower Arrangements
What are angels of Flowers to do, come Armageddon? It becomes more
important than ever that they foster peace, so long as it is between
those who do not serve Therrian. But, along with the angels of
Protection, many of them are put to work healing. Angels of Flowers and
Protections are likely to find themselves sent to one of the many
disaster areas, in hastily arranged medical Roles, trying to help the
hurting while they are still taking cram courses in the Song of Healing
and mundane medical skills.
Roleplaying seed: Deserting
At almost any time during the Tribulation, PCs of either side can be
engaged in helping mortals defect from one side to the other. For
politicians, diplomats, spies, and soldiers, these will be for-real
defections into or out of Therrian's rule. For more ordinary folk, it
may be a matter of sneaking into or out of the "recovery zones,"
acquiring or losing a paper trail. These adventures can, of course,
happen with or without celestials or Soldiers involved.
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