Minor Choir: Sasquatches
(The Idealists, the Rangers)
The two men looked up from their digging without quite
realizing why they were suddenly anxious. After an
endless moment, they laughed self-consciously and bent
over to their work. "The wind", said one of them.
Wrong Word, I thought as my nose wrinkled at the
stink of machines. I looked over at the drums of
corrosive chemicals, already beginning to rust and
Good thing that the lids are loose, though... and
even better that they brought two drums with them.
We wouldn't want that stuff spilled on the soil.
Actually, the name _is_ Celestial. Cross-cultural
contamination between certain Native American tribes
and Servitors of Animals, you understand. Jordi began
creating them after the Grigori were exiled: he wanted
a minor Choir capable of riding herd over humanity.
Unfortunately, his disdain for all things human made
him reluctant to create Sasquatches in any kind of
numbers - until quite recently. The shellacking that
the environment's gotten over the last few centuries
has convinced the Archangel of Animals that desperate
times call for desperate measures.
Hopefully, these guys will do the trick.
A Sasquatch's resonance is for ecosystems: they can
look at an area and determine whether or not it's
flourishing. If it isn't, they can figure out why -
and, more importantly, who's at fault. Once they
determine the source of the problem, they go remove
it. Polluters are well advised to never go on a
camping trip for the rest of their lives.
Sasquatches were made in the image of What Man Would
Have Looked Like If Jordi Had Headed The Design Team:
his active dislike of modern trends shows up in his
creations. It is dissonant for a Sasquatch to use or
benefit from any technology more advanced than a stone
axe - and many don't even like to use _that_. They
can smash it all they like, and even make sure that
wrecking one bit of technology will just happen to
wreck a lot of other technology in the area, but they
can't use it at all for themselves.
To give you an idea, a Sasquatch wouldn't go _near_ a
soda machine. He'd be too busy tossing a rock into a
turbine at the dam upriver, just before tossing a
torch into the dynamite cache to set it off. This
would, coincidentally, blow up the dam, which would
cause the pent-up waters to then rush down river and
sweep the soda machine out to sea. Besides, even if
you were to hand him a soda, he wouldn't be able to
drink it, unless you poured it into a gourd or
something. These guys aren't allowed cups.
This means that gadgetry can be a temptation to a
Sasquatch: they learn many Songs to compensate for the
lack of technological assistance, but the lure of an
easy way out is always there. Those that succumb may
Fall... and become something whose Celestial name has
_also_ passed into Native American tongues.
They might become Wendigoes.
Manner and Appearance
Sasquatches can't pass for humans under normal
circumstances: Jordi gives them large, looming, hairy
humanoid vessels that blend in well with the
wilderness but clash horribly on your average city
street. Their celestial forms are pretty much the
same, plus haloes (prompting the latest generation of
Soldiers to nickname them 'Woookies'. The
investigation of possible Diabolic influences over
George Lucas has not yet been satisfactorily
completed, as of this writing). Sasquatches tend to
be quiet, friendly types, really: they know that they
loom, and so try not to increase anyone else's level
of discomfort. Unless, of course, you happen to be a
criminal type, such as a polluter, strip miner, real
Generally, the resonance of a Sasquatch for
determining the health of an area is instantaneous.
The area sampled usually has a radius of about an
acre: the angel may double the area for each -3 to the
Check Digit Resonance Table
More Advanced Uses of Resonance
- You can tell whether an area is thriving.
- As above, and if it isn't, you know about how bad
the problem is.
- As above, and you know what the problem is.
- As above, and you can see a possible way to
resolve the problem, should one exist.
- All of the above, and you know the name of the
person responsible for any local ecological disaster.
- ...And you'll recognize him or her on sight.
Being in tune with nature, Sasquatches may add their
(appropriate) Forces to any non-combat roll dedicated
to helping out an ecosystem, or stopping those who
would despoil the earth. This will mean, among other
things, that a Sasquatch can usually count on bonuses
to their Move Silently and Survival rolls.
Sasquatches in the Host
For the most part, Sasquatches stay with Jordi. They
get assigned to wilderness areas (before you ask, yes,
they're also behind the Yeti legend), and are starting
to become proactive in making sure that they stay
wilderness areas. It should be noted that Sasquatches
of Animals don't disdain humans, unlike many of their
fellow-Servitors: they just hate humanity's toys. As
long as you aren't dumping toxic waste into a river,
you're perfectly safe around them. They'll even sit
still long enough for you to take a picture or two:
Sasquatches tend towards a little mild vanity.
Other Superiors have a few Sasquatches, but only as
curiosities, really. Novalis gets the ones that don't
like killing anybody, and Michael can always make room
for a eight foot tracker who can move like a ghost
through woods, but really, the technology problem is a
Sasquatch of Animals
The vessels of Sasquatches, like that of all Servitors
of Animals, do not cause disturbance except through
Essence use. Also, they automatically know the
location of every human within 200 yards of them.
Sasquatch of Flowers
Novalis likes using these gentlest of giants as
guardians of her gardens. Jordi freely lets his
Servitors seek her service, so they keep their vessel
and Attunement (the latter paid for normally). She
gives them her Nothing but Flowers Attunement.
Sasquatch of War
Michael used these angels more in the past than he
does today. All Sasquatches of War start with 10
Forces (at least 4 of which are to be Corporeal).
Michael uses them as scouts in wilderness campaigns,
and lets them wander where they would at other times.
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