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Rituals for summoning the the Angels of the Planets are common in magical grimoires. Here then are game statistics for those Magician Player Characters who might want to avail themselves of some heavenly knowledge and power!
A celestial administrator of astral energies.
Creature Class: Spirit (Angel)
Number Appearing: 1
Initial Impression: An odor like incense, and a nimbus of colored light, within which is a robed human figure with wings.
Size: Human-sized (or by current form)
Disposition: Determined (Angels of Saturn, and Mars), Friendly (Angels of Jupiter, the Sun, Venus, and the Moon), or Curious (Angels of Mercury)
Charisma: 17 Intelligence: 17 Wisdom: 17
Strength: 17 Dexterity: 17 Constitution: 17
Speed: 10 walking, 17 flying
Armor Class: 7
Hit Dice: 7
Attacks: 1 (punch or weapon)
Special Abilities: Angelic Characteristics, Planetary Knowledge, Planetary Magic
Weaknesses: Affected by Magic that Targets Spirits
Assets: Good Judge of Character
Preternatural Powers: Detect Evil, Invisibility, Light, Polymorph Self, Teleport (without error), plus all Powers of their associated Sphere (see below).
Natural Habitat: Heaven, the void between the planets, Earthly locations associated with their areas of concern.
The seven varieties of Planetary Angels are the Celestial beings most frequently Summoned by Magicians. Each is administers a broad category of phenomena that fall under the categories of the astrological planets: Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, the Sun, Venus, Mercury, and the Moon. Collectively their purpose is to enforce the Divine will in the Mundane World, and attempt to thwart the schemes of Lucifer (and the other spiritual powers who oppose Heaven). They are thus (along with the Guardian Angels), the celestial powers most engaged with events on the Earth. Unlike the Guardian Angels, however, the concerns of Planetary Angels are broad and collective, and they can seldom take an interest in the fate of any individual person.
Many Magicians wrongly believe that it is safer to Summon and Bind Planetary Angels than Devils and Demons. Ceremonies and Rituals for evoking the Planetary Angels (along with lists of their names and sigils) are thus common. Such summoning may indeed be tolerated if the Magician is only in search of knowledge that they will put to good use. However, the powers of Heaven are particularly enraged when Angels are employed for evil purposes – and unlike most infernal beings, Angels can enter the Mundane World whenever required. The Magician who incurs the wrath of Celestial beings will find that they can only survive the onslaught of heavenly justice by means of increasingly costly and disadvantageous deals with the forces of supernatural Evil.
Planetary Angles vary in their appearance and duties according to the traditional correspondences of their their associated Planets:
The Angels of Saturn are concerned with matters of time, aging, death, darkness, graveyards, mining, and the Magical Sphere of of Evocation. They tend to be somber and taciturn in disposition, and resemble elderly men and women. Their bodies are enveloped in indigo light, and they smell like myrrh. They have the wings of ravens, and often carry hourglasses and scythes.
The Angels of Jupiter are concerned with matters of wealth, prestige, charity, luxury, churches, High Society, and the Magical Sphere of Fascination. They tend to be joyous and magnanimous in disposition, and resemble plump men and women with aristocratic features. Their bodies are enveloped in violet light, and they smell like cloves, nutmeg, and ceder. They have the wings of eagles, and often carry scepters or maces.
The Angels of Mars are concerned with war, fire, soldiers, male potency, volcanoes, weapons, armor, castles, metal forging, and the Magical Sphere of Malediction. They tend to be fearless, determined, and protective in disposition, and resemble muscular men with square jaws, strong chins, and noble brows. Their bodies are enveloped in red light, and they smell like cinnamon. They have the wings of hawks, and often carry swords or spears.
The Angels of the Sun are concerned with healing, light, protection, friendship, social harmony, the physical health of males, the regulation of the seasons, and the Magical Sphere of Blessing. They tend to be friendly and caring in disposition, and resemble handsome young men. Their bodies are enveloped in golden light, and they smell like frankincense. They have the wings of swans, and often carry golden orbs.
The Angels of Venus are concerned with beauty, love, art, pleasure, sex, and the magical Sphere of Glamor. They tend to be sweet and flirtatious in disposition, and resemble lovely young women. Their bodies are enveloped in green light, and they smell like a mix of roses and myrtle. They have the wings of doves, and often carry bouquets, hand fans, or other typically feminine accouterments.
The Angels of Mercury are concerned with schools, business, science, money, technology, writing, investigation, finding thieves, magic in general, and the Magical Sphere of Divination in particular. They tend to be whimsical and quick-witted in disposition, and are androgynous in appearance. Their bodies are enveloped in light that flashes many colors, and they smell like sandalwood. They have the wings of magpies, and often carry wands or books.
The Angels of the Moon are concerned with the natural world, agriculture, gardening, bodies of water, the growth of plants and animals, the physical health of women and children, childbirth, physical transformations, the night, and the Magical Sphere of Transmutation. They tend to be maternal and kind in disposition, and resemble either mature women or young girls. Their bodies are enveloped in blueish-white light, and they smell like jasmine. They have the wings of house martins, and often bear some kind of agricultural or domestic instrument (such as a sickle, broom, or spindle).
Special Abilities of Planetary Angels
Angelic Characteristics: Like other Celestial beings, Planetary Angels are immune to all mundane weapons, all poisons, all diseases, any effect of an electrical nature, and all Fascination effects (except those which specifically target Spirits). They can see perfectly regardless of illumination, are immune to blindness or any other debility caused by extremely bright light, retain the ability to distinguish colors in conditions of total darkness, and do not need time to adjust their eyes to changing light. Planetary Angels can speak, write, and understand all languages and forms of communication. They can also enter the Ether, and the Astral Plane, at will.
Planetary Knowledge: Planetary Angels can answer any question in matters relating to their areas of concern. They also possess mastery of all professions, arts, and crafts associated with those fields. For example, the Angels of Saturn have knowledge of embalming, while Angels of Mercury are skilled mathematicians. An Angel of Venus can help one write an effective love letter, while an Angel of the Sun could teach one how to be more likable.
Planetary Powers: Each type of Planetary Angel has mastery over a single Magical Sphere. In Addition to the powers common to all Angels, a Planetary Angel can utilize any Power from their associated Sphere.
- Angels of Saturn an use any Evocation power.
- Angels of Jupiter can utilize all Fascinations.
- Angels of Mars can employ any Malediction.
- Angels of the Sun can confer any Blessing.
- Angels of Venus can manifest any Glamor.
- Angels of Mercury can use all Divinations.
- Angels of the Moon can cause any Transmutation.
Additionally, such Powers never have negative drawbacks or complications when employed by Planetary Angels. For example, an Angel of Saturn can Raise Dead, without the usual possibility that the subject will return as a Vampyre, or suffer permanent insanity.
Like all spirits, Planetary Angels can teach the spells that correspond to their own Preternatural Powers. They always prefer to teach others the mundane means of achieving their goals, however, rather than impart potentially dangerous magical knowledge.
Weakness of Planetary Angels
Affected by Magic that Targets Spirits: Planetary Angels are subject to all Preternatural Effects that summon, bind, and control spirits.