The Equinox

By Moe Lane (


The equinoxes are special times for celestials.

Now, normally a celestial will recover Essence at sunrise or sunset, depending on whether they're an angel or a demon. However, on those two days per year when day and night are of equal length, this rule is somewhat changed: instead of at the beginning or the end of a day, celestials will regenerate at the exact midpoint - and will regenerate two Essence, instead of one. This is true for everybody: Outcasts, the Celestially Discordant, Renegades, Remnants - even those in Limbo.

Naturally, traditions have sprung up around this twice-yearly phenomenon. Angels usually try to spend that 'special Essence' to do someone a favor, or just give it away to the less fortunate: demons are permitted by their Prince to use it on anything they damned well please (even the ones in Hell). It can get pretty noisy on those two days.

There's also, of course, a massive blowout at the Glades. Novalis and her Servitors throw a party that everybody who's anybody shows up for - even Archangels that normally wouldn't be caught dead in the place. The rule is, if you can stand the Light of Heaven, you've got an automatic invitation: ethereals have calmly walked in, hung out, then left without being molested, and there's been more than one Redemption that's taken place there. It's also about the only time that anyone's ever seen Dominic sit down and have a drink. He keeps the hood up, though, which usually clashes horribly with the garland of roses that somehow manages to accumulate around him.

Hell's bashes are a lot more diverse (every Prince tries to outdo the other, except for Mammon and Kronos: the former's a skinflint and the latter's just not a partying type), but about as safe a place to be as one can find in the Infernal regions. Obviously, they have themes, which should probably be left to the imagination. The prize is to have Lucifer show up, of course: the maneuverings and plotting can be intense (and invariably fatal to some Servitors) in the weeks before the Day. Of course, the Lightbringer merely picks a spot to go at random each time. Still, it's quite the coup, and the other Princes will be a little more wary around you for the next six months, so who cares?


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