Kenshiel, Malakite of the Sword IST Judgment, Angel of the Assassin
By Josh Moger
The Habbalite was focused completely on his task, his laser scope trained on
his target, his entire concentration within his Word and rifle. His
Impudite watcher was
easy to dispatch. A simple sword blow to the head, and he fell. I quieted
his fall and made sure to direct the wound away from so as not to be
splattered. The Habbalite, consumed with his assignment and his target,
never heard me approach. He heard the slight whistle through the air, but
I'm sure he
thought his pet Impudite would have taken care of any possible danger. This
one was so sure of himself. So prideful. He had long been lost because his
inability to reconcile his Word with his Superior's, but that he would take
another of God's angels into the Pit with him when he Fell...
"Suffer not an evil to live, if it is my choice."
"Never surrender, or allow myself to be captured by the forces of Lucifer."
"Never strike at an opponent with power unwarranted."
"If there is to be a kill, it shall be swift and clean."
"Never allow my opponent to use an innocent as a shield."
"Never allow myself to inflict a punishment greater than the crime."
He never even felt the blade enter or exit.
The latter because of the blade, the former because of his Trauma.
Sometimes it can be far more difficult to be Just.
Corporeal Forces: 4
Ethereal Forces: 4
Celestial Forces: 4
Vessel: Male (just below avg. height, Japanese)/4
Skills: Acrobatics/3, Climbing/2, Detect Lies/1, Dodge/3, Escape/2,
Fighting/6, Knowledge (Various sword arts of Eastern origin)/6, Language
(Japanese)/4, Large weapon (Katana)/6, Move Silently/5, Running/3, Small
Weapon (Wazikashi)/6, Tactics/4, Throwing/3, Tracking/3
Songs: Attraction (Cel/4), Form (Eth/3, Cel/3), Healing (All/3), Nemesis
(Cel/3), Opening (Cor/1), Shadows (Cor/3), Silence (Cor/6), Tongues (Cel/3)
Artifacts: Katana (Reliquary/5) Wazikashi (Reliquary/3)
Attunements: Malakite of Judgment, Malakite of the Sword, Ofanite of the
Sword, Hunt, Blade Blessing
Angel of the Assassin: When facing a target he has been ordered against by
an Archangel, Kenshiel has one chance to turn down the assignment after he
has examined the evidence. If he ultimately accepts the assignment he gains
the ability to perform a variant of Laurence's Blade Blessing attunement-
this allows him, after a willpower roll, to spend 5 essence and gift any
weapon with a +10 power for [check digit] rounds. This, however, can only
be done in the presence of the target and if used against anyone but the
target will cause Kenshiel to gain at three notes of dissonance, one for his
own oath (see below), and one each for Dominic and Laurence's dissonance
conditions. Suffice to say, Kenshiel usually prefers working in a situation
where he only has to concentrate on his opponent.
Discord: While usually neither Dominic nor Laurence would allow a Servitor,
especially a Malakite, to go long with Discord, Kenshiel has been allowed to
carry this as a constant reminder of his fifth oath.
Stigmata/1 - appearing as an x-shaped cut on his left cheek, the wound is almost always dry, unless Kenshiel has recently finished an assigment. When the target has been killed - either soul dead or simply his vessel killed - Kenshiel's scar will begin bleeding until he is able to make
it to a tether and back to Heaven. Going Celestial will stop the bleeding, but only until he has returned to his vessel.
Kenshiel took to Laurence fairly early in his existence as a Reliever. He
watched Laurence every day, drinking in the swordplay. He loved his
Archangel, the graceful movements, the blade becoming a piece of art in
Laurence's hands. He idolized his Archangel and though he was of simply
forces, he knew that one day he would be a Malakite as his Superior, a
gleaming blade to be used in the service of Heaven. Kenshiel practiced
constantly, allowing himself to ask his Superior for a new force only after
he had mastered a sword or a form of swordplay. He took to the katana early
in his training, and added to his knowledge of Asian fighting arts as he
grew up. Once he fledged to a Malakite, he asked Laurence for a time of
service on the Corporeal. Laurence agreed and the new Malakite began his
tours of duty upon Earth, each time again studying the craft of the sword
and using his skills increasingly effectively upon the infernal.
His skills even allowed him to create a minor legacy - "He who makes it rain
blood," a title given to him while he held the Role of an assassin in
Japan. Kenshiel actually suffered a great deal from that particular time,
including allowing a woman to come between him and those he was employed to
fight. It would be her death that sealed within Kenshiel's mind the dark
destiny his path had brought him to.
He went to Laurence, Discordant and injured, and asked his Superior for two
One- the recently vacated Word of the Assassin.
Two- Transfer to the service of Judgment.
Kenshiel felt that his dishonored state was no longer pure enough to serve
his beloved Archangel, but that he could possibly atone while serving under
Dominic's ever watching eye. However, Kenshiel did understand that he had
been forged into the instrument of God's wrath that he had sought after for
so long. For Kenshiel, it wasn't hubris, but simple reasoning that as the
most qualified angel for the Word, he should be given it so as to most
effectively strike against the demons. Laurence knew that pride had never
been a failing of his servitor and agreed to both requests - with a
Whenever Kenshiel felt as though he had earned Salvation, the Sword would be
there to be taken up again.
Kenshiel thanked his former Superior and left the Halls of Worship to seek
an audience with Dominic.
Dominic knew not what to make of this paradoxical former servitor of the
Sword, but after a demonstration of his abilities, he understood what an
instrument he had been presented with.
Kenshiel was given his Word a short time later. Michael knew of Kenshiel
from the latter's service to Laurence, and knew that he was the proper
servitor, even serving the Hyena as he now would.
Kenshiel's attitude toward the War is simple - the Symphony is perfect. The
demons and infernal influence are discordant jarring notes upon that
perfection. Though others seek to loudly and blindly destroy demons or work
with them, Kenshiel quiets them.
He is there to lay a light finger upon the discordant string until it is
Now, whether that string is a demon and that light finger is his essence-charged katana...
Kenshiel has a special hatred for Habbalah. That they would Fall is
one thing. That they would in their delusion seek to punish humanity for
simply existing is bad enough. But that they should continue to blaspheme
God's name by saying that they continue to serve the Lord...
That can not be. For Kenshiel that shall not be. Kenshiel has turned down
assignments in the past, he has mercy and he refuses to kill any human but
the worst Hellsworn, he has never refused to take one of the Habbalah as a
The Habbalah who hear of this find it ironic that the Malakite who is
physically scarred and carries his pain so visibly, as all Habbalah do, is
one who is so devoted to their destruction.
Well, they find it ironic for the 1.5 seconds they can realize it before
Kenshiel's blade has finished it's work.
He's very quiet.
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