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Chapter 1: The Secret History (Unrecorded History: Voice of the Angel) of the new World of Darkness core book tells a story about a god-machine, angels, ancients, their children and whatnot.

How does this part relate to the "core themes" (mages, vampires, werewolves, etc) of nWoD? Is it just flavor text, "mysterious/mad rambling", or is this a "backbone" for the whole game world, with clues to be found here and there? If so, what are these clues and which books contain them?

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The God-Machine, its angels, and the elements you mention are slated to play an important role in the nWoD setting, starting with the God Machine Chronicles, a fiction anthology soon to be followed up by an adventure sourcebook that will include revisions to the Storytelling System that could be considered a stealth "second edition." (These rules changes will be released as a free download.) This entity will also play a key role in the upcoming Demon game.

Other authors have spun off ideas from that section. To wit:

Danse Macabre, a sourcebook for Vampire: The Requiem, details a mini-Covenant called the Holy Engineers, who receive transmissions from the God Machine that they strive to interpret. The intended effect is "oracles in reverse" — they'll receive answers and missions to undertake with the goal of figuring out the question or inciting incidents.

Imperial Mysteries, the archmastery book for Mage: The Awakening, says this:

It might also be possible to secretly change the world into an occult engine for a Fallen god: a Mystery Play that returns it to power. The ententes believe at least one such "God Machine" already exists.

The following contains spoilers for "These Mortal Engines" in the Promethean: the Created sourcebook, Saturnine Night.

The God Machine, or an aspect of it, makes an appearance at the climax of this adventure, "offering" the player characters a chance to become human. The choice to activate or destroy the machine is crucial to the final act.

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@Jadasc I'm sure you're aware of this, but WW seems to have started an official chronicle detailing the God Machine etc. I haven't had the chance to read it yet... except for the excerpt whose "The Truth" section confirms that it all was just mysterious, mad rambling... until now. Do you think it would be worth updating the Q and your A somehow? Or start a new one and reference that one here in an edit? –  OpaCitiZen Feb 11 '13 at 9:50
@Jadasc Thought you might want to see this (if you haven't already): paintagram.deviantart.com/art/Teloch-Vovin-370234555 :) –  OpaCitiZen May 8 '13 at 22:27
@Jadasc Thanks! Should you perhaps write a review of it all someplace outside rpg.SE, let me/us know. :) –  OpaCitiZen May 9 '13 at 6:00
The God Machine also shows up in the Appendix (Mini adventure) at the end of Promethean:Saturnine Night. (If you would like to edit that into your answer @Jadasc) –  Oxinabox Jun 26 '14 at 6:09

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