Order of the Blackened Denarius
The Order of the Blackened Denarius is one of the vilest organizations that SAVE has ever faced. Unlike other creatures of the Unknown the Denarii are organized and function as a relatively cohesive group.
The group is also one of the most ancient of those that the Society faces, although we do so in a loose alliance with two other known organizations, the Venatori Umbratum and the Knights of the Sword, both of which will be detailed in a short while.
History of the Blackened Denarius
The Order of the Blackened Denarius did not begin as such; in fact, they did not become organized until around 35 AD. Prior to their organization as a cohesive group, they were a relatively small group of Fallen Angels who had just begun to work together for their mutual protection and benefit.
The oldest recorded origins of the members comprising the order is found within the pages of the Bible:
“When men began to multiply on earth and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw how beautiful the daughters of man were, and so they took for their wives as many of them as they chose. Then the Lord said: “My spirit shall not remain in man forever, since he is but flesh. His days shall comprise one hundred and twenty years.” At that time the Nephilim appeared on earth (as well as later), after the sons of God had intercourse with the daughters of man, who bore them sons. They were the heroes of old, the men of renown." (Genesis 6:1-4)
They are again mentioned, this time by the title of “Watcher” as seen in these passage excerpts from the Book of Daniel. In Daniel 4:13, 17, 23 there are three references made to the “watcher, [or] holy one.” Nebuchadnezzar describes a vision in which he saw “a watcher, a holy one come down (singular verb) from heaven.” The singular verb indicates that “a watcher, a holy one” are two different titles for the same being or class of being. Nebuchadnezzar then describes how in his dream the watcher says that Nebuchadnezzar will eat grass and be mad and that this punishment is " by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones " in order that " the living may know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men." After hearing the king’s dream Daniel considers for an hour and then responds:
“And whereas the king saw a watcher, a holy one coming down from heaven, and saying, Hew the tree down, and destroy it; yet leave the stump of the roots thereof in the earth, even with a band of iron and brass, in the tender grass of the field; and let it be wet with the dew of heaven, and [let] his portion [be] with the beasts of the field, till seven times pass over him;” Daniel 4:23 -King James Version
It is therefore commonly believed, and to some lesser degree confirmed, that the Denarii are in fact members of the legion of 200 Angels whose downfall was a result of their lust for women. Later apocryphal books such as the Book of Enoch also make mention of the Watchers.
In the Book of Enoch, the Watchers are Angels dispatched to Earth to watch over the humans. They soon begin to lust for human women, and at the prodding of their leader Ornias, they defect en masse to illicitly instruct and procreate among humanity. The offspring of these unions are the Nephilim, savage giants who pillage the earth and endanger humanity. Ornias and associates further taught their human charges arts and technologies such as weaponry, cosmetics, mirrors, sorcery, and other techniques that would otherwise be discovered gradually over time by humans, not foisted upon them all at once. Eventually God allows a Great Flood to rid the earth of the Nephilim, but first sends Ouriel to warn Noah so as not to eradicate the human race. Genesis says that some of the Nephilim remained “on the earth” even after the Great Flood. (See Genesis 6:4)
As a result of this distinction from other Fallen Angels, it is relatively safe to say that all Blackened Denarius are Watchers, but that not all Watchers are Blackened Denarius. The primary reason for this is a direct result of their current status as "bound” Fallen Angels. It is an important distinction to know that some groups may call them Demons, but in fact they are not Demons, as a Demon is by definition a Fallen Angel cast out for their part in the attempted overthrow of God by Lucifer (Satan, Sataniel). This is a semantic distinction only in as much as the definition between Fallen Angels and Demons is not clearly defined.
Though the exact origins could be argued to be mystical or supposed by some, the truthful reality that the Blackened Denarius are very real reduces this argument to nothing more than an exercise at adequate definition of the nature of the creatures.
The Formation of the Order of the Blackened Denarius
The exact details of the formation of the Order of the Blackened Denarius are somewhat complex and riddled with gaps that can filled only through deduction and supposition. Those few facts that are known are contrary to aspects of the biblical stories commonly held sacred by many believers, especially where the betrayal of Christ is concerned.
In the most widely accepted research held by a number of specialists, significant differences were necessary in order to better protect the common man and the lay priest who was reading the Bible for their spiritual edification. The earliest founders of the Judeo-Christian religious hierarchy, promoted this conceptualization of the earliest religious propaganda actively for the sole purpose of venerating the central characters within the New Testament books, specifically those of the 12 Apostles and of Jesus Christ himself.
In the traditional biblical accounts, Jesus and later the Apostles (Disciples), were blessed by God and granted the ability to conduct miracles for the purpose of generating faith and proving the sanctity of their teachings. These miracles included the exorcism of Demons among their many abilities.
Where the actuality of the events that took place in ancient Israel and Judea are not in question, there are some inconstancies with the means that these miracles are performed within the context of the Holy Bible, and those recorded by Saint Thomas, the Apostle.
As the reader may already be aware, in 1913, it was discovered that the San Francisco branch office of SAVE had listed, among its membership, a powerful thaumaturgist named Thomas. An enigmatic figure, Thomas was reputed to be ancient, and in fact was more so than any of the local office membership could have even guessed.
During an investigation involving the Order of the Blackened Denarius, it was revealed that Thomas, was none other than Thomas Didymus, also known as Thomas the Twin, or Thomas the Doubter. For those readers familiar with the biblical characters associated with the Disciples (or Apostles) of Christ the name is immediately recognized.
Through the course of the investigation, evidence mounted that confirmed the identity of Thomas as an original Apostle of Christ. It was during this time that the true origin of the Order of the Blackened Denarius was first revealed to SAVE.
According to Thomas, the Order dates back to the time of Christ’s adulthood on this Earth. Thomas was clear in his assertions that Both Christ and his apostles, himself included, were nothing more than a group of people who managed to unlock the secrets of thaumaturgy. In so doing they acquired the ability to perform feats that many interpreted as miracles. These miracles served their purposes, which were a complete social reformation of the Old Mosaic laws of Israel, with which none of the apostles or Christ agreed.
The Apostles first became aware of the existence of the Watchers, when Christ; using powerful spells expelled demons from the afflicted. Thomas is, of course referring to the passages found in the Gospel of Mark, wherein Jesus casts out many demons, or evil spirits, from those who are afflicted with various ailments. Jesus is far superior to the power of demons over the beings that they inhabit, and he is able to free these victims by commanding and casting out the demons, by binding them, and forbidding them to return. Jesus also lends this power to some of his disciples, who rejoice at their newfound ability to cast out all demons.
The ability to perform such feats, made the apostles the immediate enemy of the Watchers and a group of them immediately set about to destroy their new enemies.
This caused a significant amount of friction between the two groups, which, with the Watcher’s life-experience and arcane knowledge, eventually tipped the scales in their favor. The apex of their victory over Christ and the Apostles came when Ornias managed to take physical and spiritual possession of Judas Iscariot.
Working with other possessed humans, Ornias and the other Watchers managed to use Iscariot to betray Christ, the most powerful of their enemies and have him destroyed. Iscariot, possessed by Ornias, managed to bind most of Christ’s powers through subterfuge, and therefore when he was captured, he was rendered almost completely powerless to use his thaumaturgy.
With the subsequent crucifixion of Christ, Ornias released Iscariot from the possession, and began to lead the other Watchers in actions against the remaining apostles. The results are well known, and fundamentally traditional accounts laid down in the New Testament. However, the details that it was a group of Fallen Angels that was responsible for the destruction of Christ and his Apostles was removed from the texts by early church leaders so as to grant the impression of Christ’s supreme powers over evil.
This singular act has been the largest boon for the general lack of knowledge or even belief in the Denarius.
One detail that is significantly different is the means by which the Denarius became what they are today; trapped in a group of Roman-era silver Denarii. One aspect of thaumaturgy that is mostly unrealized by non-practitioners is the concept of the death curse. As channelers of tremendous natural powers, the practitioner has the ability to mold reality, to some varying degree to his or her will. There is a moment at the point of death whereby the practitioner can pour every ounce of their formidable will and power into a single proclamation which is undeniably capable of rendering itself fulfilled.
In this case, the proclaimer was none other than Judas Iscariot, who realizing that he had been forced to betray his friends, determined to set things right by leveling his most potent weapon against those that had caused him and his allies so much grief; those Watchers that were responsible for the death of Christ and who were to become the tormentors of mankind for ages to come.
Using the 30-pieces of silver, paid to him for his part in denouncing Christ as foci, Judas chose to hang himself until dead. It was at the moment of his death, his ultimate sacrifice, that he proclaimed his death curse. It was that curse that bound the 30 watchers responsible into the 30 Denarii coins.
But Fallen Angels cannot be destroyed by even a thaumaturgist’s Death Curse, they are simply too powerful. The end result is that they had become trapped within the confines of the coins; one in each. The result was the formation of the Order of the Blackened Denarius.
Means of Operation
The Denarii operate through the direct temptation of mortal men and women. Although a great deal of their natural power was curtailed by Judas’ death curse, it was not powerful enough to completely lock them away from our world. As a result, certain key aspects of the Denarius are uniform among all of the members of the order.
The Denarii are capable of slightly adjusting fate and chance. This is done in a manner that permits the coin to be revealed to potential candidates for possession. The coin can somewhat influence mortal men into close proximity to the location of their particular coin. This in turn allows them an opportunity to attempt to seduce the individual to allow a form of limited possession to take place.
It is known that the Denarius, as a result of the curse leveled against them, can only possess those individuals having a weak will, but more importantly a yearning for something that the Denarius can give them. The Denarius makes a form of pact with the vessel, granting them whatever it is that they desire, although the means of achieving that desire could drive them insane or could lead them down a violent and deadly path.
The Denarius, once in possession of the vessel, forces the personality, or soul of the original owner of the body, into a sort of mental prison, whereby they are shown pleasant images and given mental rewards for their continued permission to remain possessed. In some cases the Denarius prefer to select people with particular character flaws that will insure a more successful possession of the subject.
In every case, however, the possessed may willingly give up their connection with the Denarius at any time. This fact is always hidden from the subject and is therefore rarely an option for the removal of the Denarius. In addition, due to the types of personalities and flaws that the Denarius prefers to prey upon, the likelihood of the victim to have the sheer willpower to banish the Denarius willingly is almost unprecedented. To date there is only two persons who are known to have been able to willingly cast out a Denarius.
As the Denarii are bound to the coins that they inhabit, the possessed will always carry the coin upon their person. It is believed that even if the selected person manages to avoid the act of initial possession, that a Denarius has the ability to insert themselves into that person’s thoughts. Thus small suggestions are made that could eventually lead the unwary towards the act of eventual possession.
In both cases where the possessed managed to willingly cast off the Denarius, they have reported a constant mental pressure, suggestion and impulse to reclaim the Denarius. In this way the creature works to weaken the resolve of the possessed or potential victim in order to eventually consummate their possession.
In some cases, such as those seen in London 1914, the Denarius could have the ability, even though possessing a single person, to influence others nearby. This can make a Denarius suddenly capable of raising a small crowd or mob, which would be acting subconsciously to perform the deeds as detailed by the demon. In these cases, it is believed that those individuals with the weakest wills and moral fiber are those most likely to be affected in this manner.
The Denarius is capable of rejecting their possessed body at any time and has been known to do so when the situation suits them.
Binding the Blackened Denarius
Currently there are only two groups known to be able to successfully bind the Denarii coins in a manner that limits their influence, although not with complete perfection. These groups are the Venatori Umbrata and the Knights of the Cross.
The Venatori Umbrata is considered to be the stalwart enemy of the Denarius. They are currently engaged in some level of spiritual war that they call the Oblivion War. As such they are dedicated to the eradication of all creatures that they classify as “Angels”, “Demons”, “Fallen Angels”, or “Deities”. In this case the Blackened Denarius most assuredly apply. The Venatori Umbrata was founded in the late Middle Ages in France. Besides the fact that they are all thaumaturgists, very little else is known about them. The exact means that the Venatori use to confine the coins is unknown.
The Knights of the Sword are also enemies of the Denarius. They are an order of the Roman Catholic Church. The membership is three members only. This is reminiscent of the Holy Trinity. The Knights bear swords fashioned from the original nails used to crucify Christ. As such, their greatest weapon is faith. They are occasionally overcome by the Denarii, although this is not a very common occurrence. Members of the Order are never recruited, but are always “called” to the path. As a result, it is possible for the membership of the order to be reduced to below their normal 3 members. One of the current members of the order was once a possession of a Blackened Denarius. Like the Venatori, the Knights have never revealed the means by which the separated coins could be bound.
The Physicality of the Denarius
Most of the time the Denarius appear as normal people- most commonly as those persons who have taken up the coin. In this manner they are difficult to detect and even harder to deal with. Some Denarii even have the ability to alter their appearance, or the appearance of others. This further complicates the identification of the Denarius.
However, in addition to their more normal appearances the Denarii are capable of assuming demonic, exaggerated or grotesque forms. These forms are psychological weapons that they employ with the purpose of generating fear, worry or sheer terror. In some cases this transformation is defensive, instinctual or offensive in nature. It could consist of additional appendages, armor plating, additional eyes, wings or other bizarre affectations. It is generally not believed, among scholars, that this is the “true” form of the Denarius, but rather one assumed to grant some advantage in combat with it’s opponents, whether physical or spiritual.
In addition to this ability to transform their physical form, some Denarii have the ability to animate their shadows, or to perform amazing feats of agility, strength, dexterity or stamina. Some can levitate while others can move at blinding speeds. It is even believed that some may possess the ability to control spiritual entities, like ghosts or other incorporeal creatures. They may even be able to assume an amorphous consistency, or become incorporeal or shadowy within a moments notice. As there are a large number of varieties, it is difficult to surmise the true from of the Denarius, although it is readily apparent that they all have a form of some sort.
The Hierarchy of the Denarius
The Watchers that became the original Denarius are oddly enough those that led the Watchers to their eventual fall from grace. It is generally believed that these particular Denarii form the core leadership of the original 200 fallen angels as indicated by the Apocryphal texts.
Therefore, as can be imagined, the individual members of the Order all possess keen ambition and are accustomed to leading. It is therefore no real surprise that the group is fractured into various alliances that shift, split and merge with the changing situation that face the members of the Order. This means that the leadership is somewhat fluid at any given moment, although only in as much as a specific goal is concerned. Because of the widespread requirement to operate in small groups or individuals, power and influence exercised by the leadership of the Order is somewhat less effective than it once was.
Generally it is agreed that Ornias acts as the leader of the Denarius. His power and strength surpass all the other members of the order and in as much as he is able, he maintains his control through violence, threats and coercion.
Second to him, as primary lieutenant, is Arakiel. Arakiel is a renowned warrior amongst the Denarius, and this coupled with his skill at espionage assists him in maintaining his position within the hierarchy.
The final member of the senior leadership is Naamah. She is the only member of the Denarii that considers herself to be female. It is rumored that she is so powerful and lovely that not even the Archangels in Heaven can resist her. With this ability of allure among lustful Denarii, it is of little surprise that she is a very influential member of the Order. Beneath her station, the other members of the Denarius bicker among themselves.
It is the intention of the following pages to detail the little known information concerning individual Denarii. It is through the understanding and study of the traits, actions, psychology and behaviors of the individual members of the Blackened Denarius that we can better prepare ourselves to the inevitable conflict between SAVE and the Order.
In this manner, great pains should be taken to accurately identify the Denarius that you are dealing with, in order to better develop a means to overcome them. The ability of the Denarii to deceive is perhaps their greatest weapon. Therefore, the Envoy must be thorough and diligent in their investigation of any Denarius activities. No detail is too small and no event insignificant when dealing with these monsters. It is also rather bewildering to discover that conventional research upon individual Denarii often falls short of the mark. Various texts, reports and eyewitness accounts are often fragments or rife with error. In these instances, it is the duty of the Envoy to correct any misinformation that may be found within these documents. What follows is the most complete information available to the Society upon the subject of individual members of the Order of the Blackened Denarius.
Members of the Order: