The God Machine corebook implies that in the absence of Concealment Infrastructure, the gears and cogs of the God-Machine are visible. Concealment Infrastructure has two main effects - mundane camouflage such as a storefront or warehouse shell, and a supernatural cloaking effect which renders the gears invisible to mortals. The two-dot merit Unseen Sense: ...
These powers have built-in limitations that can be used to help you. Change how run things to take this into greater account. Let your players know in advance that this is happening, so they don't feel like the rug is getting pulled out from under them.
Dominate fails when the subject would clearly be endangered by complying. From your examples,...
Angels and mortal servitors will hunt them and humans will refuse to deal with them.
Some demons completely abandon their pasts as angels or have nothing
to do with their fellow Unchained. No demon who wants to last long
ignores her Cover. Without a functioning Cover, a demon is a beacon to
the God-Machine’s hunters, who pursue her mercilessly ...
The demons in the "Lesser Demons" section are mostly Hunter-ized versions of creatures from World of Darkness: Inferno. They're not Fallen agents of the God-Machine; they're ephemeral beings from the mysterious realm of Hell.
The "devourer" might be a Diaboli from that book, or it could just be a spirit with some interesting Numen/Manifestation combination, ...
Mostly correct, with the following extra abilities:
All Demons can sense Aetheric Resonance so that they can tell if an Angel is around.
They can run to a Bolthole with the No Twilight add-on to make fighting the Angel easier.
The Ephemeral Cover Exploit lets you get a Twilight form.
Gadgets bend the rules, letting you be more versatile... and one example ...
You're right; it's never stated explicitly. It does say this:
In short, a demon’s dual nature affords him absolutely no special advantages against the physical needs and afflictions of the world…Over time a demon may develop skills, amass glitches, and recall Embeds that permit him to sidestep these mortal restrictions, but never again will he experience ...
No, they are not immune, but resistant.
From the Demon:The descent (Page 198) describing demonic forms:
Sense the Angelic
All angels are agents of the God-Machine and are capable
of recognizing that connection when they encounter each
other. The Cover that demons adopt shields them from angelic
scrutiny. Some angels are designated to seek and ...
While I haven't seen this translation guide, I can safely assume it follows other guides between oWoD and nWoD - which is changing old splat into new splat, not into new kind of splat.
So when you use this guide, you combine both D:tF and D:tD creatures into exactly same thing, so you won't have two kinds of creatures (one opposing Abrahamic God, one ...
The dice penalty should apply even if the target is a Demon/Angel in Deep Cover.
Aetheric Resonance, found on page 184 of Demon: The Descent states that Demons are able to detect nearby Aether (and "aether-flavored" essence) expenditures. However, a cover is able to "seal in" the Aether - in other words, Demons cannot actively identify Demons or Angels ...
This is a subjective answer; the Exploit doesn't specify what happens if the "host body" should dies, and no later material has revisited this Exploit.
I'll also preference this by saying my interpretation of Possession is that it essentially allows a Demon to treat any random person as a Sleeve Integrator (the victim just doesn't get the benefits)
First off, Nephene Nep has an excellent answer to the question as stated.
For an additional perspective; say Angel Agnes is ordered to track down and destroy Demon Demarcus. If, when cornered, Demarcus threatens to go loud, Agnes should reply an unironic "I don't care." If Agnes deliberately aborts her mission because she feels it would endanger the GM, ...
Page 116 of DtD states in the case where someone makes a Pact with a man to take his relationship with his girlfriend:
When the deal is struck, the demon’s Cover absorbs that relationship – as far as the girlfriend is concerned, she’s been dating the demon all along. Obvious signs of their relationship are likewise altered, such as prominently ...
My Hypothesis is that this is a Life vs Machine, sort of scenario.
Demon the Descent p52
Some demons believe qashmallim are angels that somehow
escaped the God-Machine’s control and now operate under
a different set of principles. Whatever the truth, these beings
resemble angels. Instead of serving an alien intelligence that
craves order, however,...
Yes/No - This Signet Ring would be a piece of Concealment Infrastructure, not Transport or Logistics.
According to Infrastructure,
Infrastructures are the physical means, an arrangement of materials and manpower, by which the God-Machine manipulates the laws of physics to form an occult matrix that generates the desired Output.
As the ring is a ...
p194 of Demon the Descent
Supernatural beings can sign away their souls to demons, but
it doesn’t benefit the demon much. When the demon claims
the being’s soul, the demon suffers aggravated damage equal to
the supernatural being’s Supernatural Tolerance (Blood Potency,
Gnosis, etc.) as the being’s power is converted to Aether and burns
Generally, Demons are above the concept of Gender. Some choose to stick with the gender of their first Cover, but others switch regularly. Depending on the way the Cover was acquired, it will usually decide upon the gender of the demon while using that Cover. Soul Pacts that are triggered to form new Covers are the primary way that gender will come pre-...
So you want to know about Covers!
You are correct about there being two ways covers come into being.
Soul Pact - This option is the more intense way to gain a cover. A demon (Let's call him Bob) makes a pact with a person (Let's call her Sue), Sue gets certain benefits, and Bob has the chance to gain a new cover if need be. When Bob calls in the soul pact, ...
Dominate and other forms of mind control, although potent, have some weaknesses that are pretty easy to exploit.
As written, unless you've achieved an Exceptional Success, the Mesmerize power takes two actions to enact — one to put the Mesmerized condition on and one to give the command. That gives the victim a round to escape, fight back, or call for help ...
The other answer (the accepted answer when first writing this) is wrong or incomplete on some important points.
The Ephemeral Cover Exploit is useless against angels:
The demon can craft a Cover out of spirit-stuff, creating a mask that resembles a ghost or a spirit.
He can harvest Corpus using this Exploit; as such, Ephemeral Cover also functions as ...
If "George" is a patchwork cover, this just adds the details to "George's" history. Nobody knew anything about George's parents. He never mentioned them. Suddenly, word starts spreading that the reason George didn't talk about them is because his dad is actually dead of suicide. Isn't that tragic?
If "George" was a real person before the demon took over, ...
Demons detect Linchpins on sight or, more remotely, through analysis.
The Demon Quickstart (released before the core book) states, "Demons can always recognize Linchpins for what they are." (p.50) Unfortunately, this wasn't mentioned in the core book.
The rule is repeated almost exactly, however, in Flowers of Hell: "They can recognize a Linchpin for what ...
I just reread the whole partial and full transformation part. There is one reference there that implies a lot and is easily overlooked:
into demonic form is still a compromise for the demon, yet
not as severe as a full transformation.
Then after that the difference in the roll is explained. If we now take a look at the full ...
The answer is in the passage you quoted:
Infrastructure is […] the fleet of snowplows in the city parking lot and those hired to drive them
So yes, the people in your scenario would form part of the infrastructure. People need to be part of some useful system to be counted as infrastructure, and aren't infrastructure all by themselves when not part of a ...
Demons might pretend as much as they want that they are mortals but they aren't. They have no soul, no "God's spark", they can't be Awoken so they have no power of disbelief. Simple as that.
The general rule of WoD (both old and new) is "one splat can't use powers of another splat.
Most of this comes down to the basic information on Infrastructure.
DtD page 66: "Infrastructure doesn't operate under the laws of physics as ordinary mortals understand them, though."
DtD page 63: "The God-Machine piggybacks on mortal infrastructure when it can."
However, Flowers of Hell adds a couple twists:
On page 67, there are multiple ...
Influence and Incepts
DtD, page 343:
All emphemeral beings have a degree of Influence over the world ... equal to their Rank
Influence is a little thin in its definition, but an idea of a "healing Influence" is supported; one of the examples of the Strengthen (1st dot) include "make... an animal or plant healthier"
Presumably, this means by at most ...
Down and Dirty Combat
Down and Dirty Combat is described on page 87 of the core rules. There is a rule saying that NPCs cannot initiate Down and Dirty Combat, but I think the intent of that rule is that they cannot initiate it against PCs.
With this system, each intent is resolved with a single roll. Here, your NPC intents to kill the target. He rolls his ...
No sooner do I post the question, than I scroll to the answer. p224 of GM
The entity can create a new example of its sphere of influence;
creating a new anchor, instilling an
emotion, creating a new sapling or
young plant, creating a young animal
or brand new object. The entity can
cause a temporary Anchor, Infrastructure, or ...