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Eve: The Archangel of Woman

Eve: Her Creation and History

Hawwah: The Nurturers
The Children of Eve

Dark Hawwah: The Smotherers
The Fallen Children of Eve

HAWWAH
The Nurturers
(Hawwah, Nurturers, Muses)

"I don't know about this..."

"It's all right." Tia smiled a bit, and squeezed Rory's arm. "You know the concept's sound. You just need to sell Smithers on it."

"Do you really believe in it?" he asked, looking at her.

"I believe in you," Tia said, earnestly. Rory smiled a bit more and headed into the office, and Tia smiled back. He could do this. She just knew it.

The Children of Eve are the Hawwah -- bright angels who nurture others, helping them outgrow and escape their fears and achieve their goals. They are the inspiration of great things and the helpmeets who nursemaid others to their goals.

As with Lilim and Lilith, only Eve can make Hawwah. Indeed, her method of creation -- reflecting Eve's own creation by Eli, Yves and God -- involves taking a single Ethereal Force within herself and imbuing it with her essence for a length of time (some say the Ethereal Force is Eve's to begin with). As it lies within her, she slowly adds Corporeal, Ethereal and Celestial Forces, until the Daughter is ready to come forth. (There is a rumor that the process takes nine months, and that 'birth' is a literal, not metaphoric term for the new Hawwah's creation.) The Muses are all born female, though some rare Hawwah take on male characteristics (generally ones serving another Superior, especially Khalid).

RESONANCE

Hawwah resonate to aspirations and fears. They can use their divine perceptions to sort through the web of hopes and dreams within the eyes of another. They can also sense the phobias and terrors lurking in the underside of that psyche, and they are adept at recognizing how those fears keep humanity from their goals. This allows Hawwah to function in their favorite way -- quietly nudging people towards their own dreams and hopes, serving as helpmeets and partners all the way.

Elohim and Mercurians appreciate Hawwah for both their soft approach and their methods of affirming the human condition. Of all the Choirs, only Seraphim really have a conflict with Hawwah -- their skills are best applied through manipulation and (when needed) deceit, and the Seraphim can't appreciate that the subtle gains the Hawwah lead their partners to are worth their deceptive methods.

The Reputation of Service:
Slaves, Liars and Schemers

Hawwah are regarded as Angels by the Host, albeit somewhere below the Mercurians in the pecking order of things. However, not all Angels are fully comfortable with the Muses.

Because Hawwah work best when motivating a partner to greater achievement, it is easy to believe in their natural subservience. Furthermore, politically correct Angels (Mercurians, for the most part) believe that the predominantly feminine Hawwah reinforce a stereotype of weak, submissive women. Demons laugh about this -- generally referring to the Nurturers as "slaves" (or worse, as "bitches.")

And Seraphim are not the only Angels who've noticed that Hawwah lie, cheat and deceive their partners, "for the best of reasons." And while non-Seraphim aren't offended by their duplicitous nature, many are somewhat uncomfortable about it.

As for the Hawwah -- the stereotypes have some basis in reality, but only barely. There are plenty of strong Hawwah (not to mention Hawwah who find it easier to manipulate or inspire a partner to his goals when they're in a Role as his supervisor, rather than a subordinate). And Hawwah aren't compulsive liars by any stretch. They simply use the tools they have been given to serve Heaven most of all.

Eve is unusually silent when confronted with the stereotypes. Perhaps this is a hallmark of Eve's personality, or perhaps Eve is remembering that the point of the Eden experiment was to validate God placing humanity over the Angels in importance. It is perhaps fitting for Angels like Eve's Children to serve humanity, not demand of them.

DISSONANCE

The Nurturers are not oriented towards direct action when working with others. While a Muse can suggest, inspire, fast talk or cajole their partners towards their goals, they cannot do the work for their partners. Whenever the Hawwah has a specific objective with a partner, they take dissonance if they actually do the work for their partner, instead of convincing them to do the work.

This is in many ways the antithesis of the Lilim resonance. Where a Tempter (or even a Bright Gifter) may fulfill a need for their target and receive a geas, a Nurturer must convince their target to do the work themselves. Note that this is independent of their partner's own personal goals, unless the Hawwah is specifically working on one of those goals.

One grey area is in taking direction. A Hawwah is a helpmeet and partner -- she can be directed by her partner to do something as part of the partner's overall work to meet the goal in question. Clever Hawwah are good at fast-talking their partners into 'ordering' them to perform the needed tasks -- but they walk a razor's edge. Whenever the gamemaster feels the Hawwah has taken the dominant role and is simply doing the work for their partner, dissonance is charged.

Note that a Nurturer is not bound to or a slave to her partner. If not directly working on a partner's goal, she is free to act. Demons often forget this, only to find the Hawwah has teeth, and nothing holding her back from sending the demon back to Hell the hard way. (Hawwah of War love to trap demons with a 'poor little me' demeanor and a submachinegun.)

MANNER AND APPEARANCE:

Once 'born,' Hawwah are full grown celestials, like any other Angel. In Celestial Form, they look like beautiful human females, surrounded entirely by a bright blue glow that culminates in a nimbus or halo of blue light around their heads. They do not have wings. Once the Hawwah has a human vessel, her celestial form reflects it if she wishes.

In human form, Hawwah prefer female vessels that are usually at least moderately attractive (it makes their jobs easier), though they don't tend to be overly vain. They tend to be soft spoken and quiet, gently encouraging their friends towards their goals and away from their fears. They tend not to be particularly fashion conscious, preferring simplicity. (Detractors -- such as Lilim -- claim they have too low a self esteem to actually draw attention to themselves with clothing.)

Hawwah see themselves as gentle woodwinds -- clarinets and double-reeds -- adding flavor and substance to the music as a whole without necessarily taking solos.

GAME MECHANICS

The Hawwah resonance is goal-oriented, both towards the hopes that form mankind's goals and towards the fears that hamper them. It is a perception based resonance which requires eye contact.

A successful resonance roll grants the Hawwah information about the goals the target has, the fears of the target, or both. This attunement to a person's goals and fears is increasingly precise as the check digit increases, as according to the following chart:

Hawwah Resonance Roll Check Digit Table
  1. You can sense an immediate goal of the target (completed within a day) or the most recent minor fear of the target.
  2. You sense both the immediate goal and most recent minor fear of the target.
  3. You sense the target's achievable short term goals and related fears, as well as the above.
  4. You understand the above, plus the web of the target's major goals and how they relate to their overall fears.
  5. You understand all the goals and fears of the target, and their relative importance to one another.
  6. You understand the above, plus the reaction the target would have to any new goal the Hawwah chooses.

Once the Hawwah successfully resonates a target, she is under no compunction to assist the target with any of his goals or help avoid any of his fears. She can decide to use the knowledge she's gained to influence him towards a goal of her own choosing (whether it matches one of the target's goals or not). The Hawwah may then add the check digit of her resonance roll to any skill roll to influence the target to a certain course of action (Emote, Fast Talk, Seduction or the like).

The Art of Poesy: A Resonance Example

Anya, Hawwah of Flowers, resonates a minor businessman, receiving a check digit of 4, and learns he has a goal of becoming a poet but a fear of rejection. After becoming friends with the man, Anya decides to help him pursue his dream. She decides to use her Emote skill to appear entranced with a late night conversation they have. Her CD is 4 and her Emote skill is 9, yielding a target number of 13. This is an automatic success barring Infernal Intervention, with a +1 to her CD. She succeeds, rolling a 6, with a CD of 4 (+1 = 5). Having convinced him of her fascination with the way he speaks, she steers the subject to poetry and lets him explain his aspirations to her.

Note that only the most recent Resonance Roll's check digit can be applied to the Hawwah's skill rolls, and the target may choose to resist the Hawwah's wiles as normal.

HAWWAH AS SERVITORS

Eve nurtures her Hawwah, teaching them for a period of time before letting them seek service with other Archangels. She only rarely retains the services of a Hawwah after they leave the nest, and never without their seeking other service first and gaining experience. Even those Archangels who are hostile to Eve take some Hawwah into their service, and once they swear to a Superior, they swear to that Superior completely, as the good helpers they are. There are no "Free Hawwah" in analogy to the Free Lilim. Even Hawwah who are not bound into service with a Superior will quietly serve in Heaven, seeking to improve the whole.

Hawwah tend to be very faithful -- it is rare for a Hawwah to become dissonant, and rarer still for them to Fall. However, it is also somewhat rare for Hawwah to rise to positions of importance in a Superior's organization. Their somewhat passive natures and tendencies to work through others leads them to not stand out, and therefore not receive Distinctions as often. In the rare times that Hawwah have gained Distinctions, they have served and commanded as well as any other, however.

Famous Word-Bound Hawwah

The Hawwah are rare enough that a Word-bound Hawwah is even rarer, of course. Still, there have been some in the fullness of time, including Ashka, the Swordite Angel of Marital Fidelity (who works directly and closely with the Malakite Angel of Fidelity himself), Kimka, the Novalite Angel of Safe Havens, and Geiia, the Creationer Angel of First Publication.

SUPERIOR ATTUNEMENTS AND ATTITUDES

Blandine (Restricted): Blandine cherishes her Hawwah, who are able even in the waking world to see the dreams of humanity. She grants her Nurturers the ability to use their Resonance to modify their Song Rolls of the Ethereal or Celestial Songs of Dreams when attempting to craft dreams that support their goals for a partner.

Hawwah and Menunim

There is a certain similarity between the Nurturers and Blandine's Messengers of Hope. Their Resonances in particular are very similar, the Menunim sensing hopes and fears, the Hawwah sensing goals and fears.

Both sense fear to determine just how those fears affect their brighter emotions, holding them back instead of letting them move forward. However, the Menunim live in the world of Dreams and the abstract, fighting against despair and working with the absolute minimum of disturbance to the Symphony. They are remote and spirited, working to spark the fires of dreams.

Hawwah on the other hand work in the real. They resonate to what a person wants to achieve, no matter how unlikely, and they work with humanity directly over long periods of time. Where a Menunim might sense the dream a man has of becoming a world famous actor -- that wild, almost implausible hope he keeps close -- and help keep it alive, a Hawwah would sense a man's ambition to make it in show business and be ready to help support him through the long steps needed.

Christopher: The Children of Eve are natural mother-figures. Christopher grants his Hawwah the ability to still the tears and thoughts of any upset child she can embrace and talk to, gently, for at least ten minutes minus her Celestial Forces.

David (Restricted): Stone is hard service, and the Hawwah are often known for being soft. There are Nurturers in David's service, however, and David gives them the ability to sense the degree of backsliding away from one's goals their partner has done since the last time the Hawwah saw them.

Dominic (Restricted): Hawwah of Judgment are barometers of corruption and experts at channeling the guilty into confession. They may add their Celestial Forces to any resonance-modified skill roll used to push a target into surrendering or confessing their guilt in a crime. Also, Hawwah of Judgment do not take dissonance for pursuing a goal of arrest or other punishment of the guilty directly, even if they have been manipulating the criminal up to that point.

Eli: Eli used to have a good number of Hawwah in his service. However, his "dropping out" has taken a sharp toll on his Muses, who like all Hawwah prefer to have partnerships with their Superiors, and who serve quietly and willingly. Therefore, most of his Hawwah have entered other Superiors' Service. Those who remain have the ability to be literal muses, allowing a creative partner to add the Hawwah's Celestial Forces for any Artistry roll or other skill in artistic pursuits at the Hawwah's discretion.

Gabriel (Restricted): The Hawwah of Fire target shared cruelty -- dysfunctional and codependent relationships where both partners are cruel to one another and to themselves. The Muses of Gabriel can add their Celestial Forces to any goal that breaks such a couple up (or otherwise resolves the situation positively), as well as any situation where they influence someone to punish the cruel.

Janus (Restricted): There are relatively few Nurturers of Wind, despite the association that Janus and Eve have. Hawwah tend to prefer to bond with a specific partner for some length of time, which can be difficult when one needs to move on within three days. Perhaps to compensate for this, Janus's Nurturers can use their resonance through distant means of communication (letters, telephone calls, electronic mail), both to determine the goals and fears of their partner and to modify their skill rolls in manipulating their partner.

Jean (Restricted): The Hawwah of Lightning are used to help channel human research towards the directions Jean feels humanity is ready for -- both by inspiring new lines of research and guiding their partners away from certain other kinds of research. To that end, Jean's Muses may use their Resonance to modify scientific skills used by the Hawwah to produce evidence that supports the Hawwah's goal. (Said scientific skills can be anything from various Knowledge skills to Chemistry, to Computer Operation, depending on the Hawwah's goal.)

Jordi: No Archangel attracts fewer Hawwah to his service than the Archangel of Animals, who also does little to court the Nurturers. Those few who do find themselves attracted to Jordi's service are used to manipulate humanity towards a more sensitive understanding of the animal world. As Jordi's Hawwah are likely to find themselves in cities, they are attuned specifically to wild urban animals of all kinds -- pigeons, rats, seagulls, squirrels and the like all fall under their understanding.

Khalid (Restricted): Though attracting more Hawwah to his service than Jordi or Litheroy (Khalid and Eve having no special antipathy towards one another), Khalid still attracts comparatively few of the rare Children of Eve. This is in part because of the feminine nature of the Choir, of course. The majority of Hawwah who take male vessels and roles do so in Khalid's service, though Khalid also has a few 'special purpose' Hawwah who are partnered for life with particularly holy men, supporting their goals and causes. (Khalid refers to the latter as "Houris," and holy men or prophets who become Saints in Heaven after dying on earth tend to continue to be partnered with their Houri.) The Hawwah of Faith may add +1 to either their Perception or Will as they wish (meaning that with 6 Forces either statistic can be raised to 13).

Laurence (Restricted): Though often seen as support (which every army needs, after all), the Nurturers of the Sword are as brave and noble as any other Laurentine Angel. Several are known to wait for their partners to rest, before heading off to do battle with known demons. When using their Resonance to learn a target's goals and fears, the Hawwah also learns how wrong or right the target considers those goals and fears to be.

Litheroy: Having just slightly more Hawwah than Jordi, Litheroy finds the Choir to reflect their deceptive and manipulative Mother too much for his taste. Their methods involve obfuscation, which is alien to Litheroy's being. Still, some Hawwah do enter his service, and those that do are given the ability to add their Celestial Forces to any reaction roll made to them while they're being essentially truthful.

Marc (Restricted): Though Marc has a certain dislike of Eve (some say one that grows out of his appreciation of Lilith's businesslike ways), Marc is more than willing to set aside partisanship when it comes to Hawwah entering his service. The Muses of Trade are excellent financial advisors, able to instantly know the best possible route to legally and ethically meet a financial goal of their Partners, when that goal is found by their Resonance. Note that if it is impossible to meet that goal legally and ethically, they will know that instead.

Michael (Restricted): No less warriors than their brethren, the Hawwah of War are expected to hold their own in any battle. Michael uses his Nurturers to help groom and build great military leaders among humanity -- resources that are being developed for their use in the War, as well as to promote the Angelic Word of War itself. To those ends, the Muses of Michael can add their Celestial Forces to any use of their Resonance to pursue a specific military objective. This can and does include moving specific partners into specific positions of military authority, and developing them into warriors with the right kind of Ethical backgrounds. Hawwah of War also often travel with Soldiers of God, training and developing them for War, then moving on to new trainees.

Novalis: Novalis loves her Nurturers, each one seen as an expression of Novalis's central philosophies -- even as the natural world can be cared for and made stronger with the proper attention, so can a Hawwah help shape and mold her partners to greater health and prosperity. The Hawwah of Flowers can tell at a glance if plant life of any size is healthy, and if not what is needed to bring it back to health.

Yves (Restricted): More Hawwah join Yves's service than any other Archangel. Their being and service somehow matches up with Destiny's goals -- perhaps because the Symphony itself could be said to have Destiny as a goal. Hawwah may use their Resonance to modify skill rolls towards moving their partners to their Destiny, and may further add their Celestial Forces to those rolls. (Note that a Hawwah must know a person's Destiny to use it as a Goal, generally through using Yves's Divine Destiny attunement.)

Zadkiel (Restricted): If Novalis uses Hawwah as an embodiment of a Cherub's love and nurturing nature, Zadkiel uses them as an embodiment of a Cherub's need to protect. Her Nurturers may add their Celestial Forces to any Resonance use with a goal of protecting their partners.

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Also part of the Eve Suite of Articles

Eve: Her Creation and History Eve: The Archangel of Woman Dark Hawwah: The Smotherers
The Fallen Children of Eve