Hell is other people.
God may or may not exist, but the world has ample evidence that there is a Satan, a great Adversary, a deceiver, an accuser. As long as there has been free choice, so the Church says, Satan has sown his seed in humankind. Most Christians, Jews and Muslims understand that as a metaphor. The agents of the Lucifuge know it’s more than that.
Every one of them believes that he or she is a literal descendant of Lucifer or some other Duke of Hell. The Bringer of Light and his companions have always seen ﬁt to take their pleasure with mortals, and about once a century, the Devil has a son or daughter. They are exceptional people, prone to great evil — and great guilt. They have children of their own; the bloodlines swell and bloat. Families move and intermarry. The Devil’s mark seems sometimes to vanish over the generations. But the taint of Lucifer revives itself once every seven generations, almost without fail.
Some of Lucifer’s children embrace their heritage. Some don’t. And the Lucifuge exists for those who would ﬁght what they are. It began in ninth-century Milan: a gracious lady of noble bearing employed a cadre of genealogists and occultists to list and follow the bloodlines of Lucifer across Europe, looking for the Children of the Seventh Generation, waiting for them to be born, following them through their lives until they came into their heritage. When the time came, the lady’s agents would give them an offer: renounce Satan and all his wiles and ﬁght the forces of Hell. If they refused, the messengers killed them, or kidnapped them and made them agree with the lady’s wishes.
The cabal of genealogists are still there; so are the messengers, but now all of them are themselves Children of the Seventh Generation. Their headquarters are still in Milan, and their leader is still the same statuesque lady, looking no different to how she looked in the year 853. The only name she recognizes is the Lucifuge. She is the organization, she issues the commands, she brings each new Child of the Seventh Generation into her presence and reveals their destiny: to stand against Hell and all its doings, whether they want to or not.
Children of the Seventh Generation active in the Chicago area include:
The Lucifuge don’t have ranks, instead giving regard to those who have fought evil and gained trust with other members.
• You’ve just joined. You’ve been taught you have powers, if not how to use them. You may have been to Milan once, but mostly you communicate via phone or email. You may spend merit dots and xp unlocking Castigations.
••• You have defeated many evil things. You’re in regular contact with Milan, and can visit and consult their library any time you can stump up the money for a plane ticket. You have access to two dots of Resources, which can only be used for Vigil-related purposes.
••••• You’ve met the Lucifuge on a number of occasions, and sometimes she’s given you a job to do personally. The Lucifuge is a four-dot mentor.
The Lucifuge has only loose organisation; its sole HQ is in Milan, and most of its agents work alone. Still, philosophies spread between members, and certain viewpoints rise and fall over time.
The Denial represent the most numerous of the Lucifuge’s agents. They’re the ones who believe that simply, the Devil is the source of all evil, and they must renounce that evil forever. They watch the monsters and witches they meet to see if they too struggle with what they are. The ones who aren’t committed to evil they leave be. The ones they recognize as evil they destroy without any second thought.
The Reconciliation believe they’re doing the Devil’s work. That is, by doing God’s work in destroying evil, they, the children of Lucifer, are giving Lucifer the opportunity to be redeemed, to be readmitted into Heaven; if Lucifer becomes one of God’s own, they say, Hell ceases to exist, and sin and pain end forever. The Fall of Man will be reversed. This, they say, is the Lucifuge’s destiny.
The Truth are the fewest of the Lucifuge’s agents. They believe that the story told them about who they are and what they should be doing is not the whole story. Who is the Lucifuge really, and why does she want this to be done? What is she really up to? How come she’s 1,200 years old? Is she Satan’s daughter? His consort? Or Satan himself? The Truth are the ones who wonder. They ﬁ ght the forces of evil because they must, but what they really want is to know the truth about their own organization and its founder. They exist in secret within the ranks of the conspiracy — or so they hope.