The Fallen are angels that have been cast into exile, presumably during Lucifer’s fall. Unlike the Nevernever demons, they are very interested in affecting the lives of mortals, but are placed under strict limitations, capable of only tempting or possessing a willing human. The reason for this is not known, though one theory is “God said so”. The Fallen most able to act in the mortal world are the Denarians. It has been hinted that Satan himself stepped in (illegally) to help the Denarians, donating a “truly frightening amount of power” for their plans. These acts usually seem to fall under the heading of affecting “free will,” and cause cause members of the Heavenly Host to exercise some of their power.
The Order of the Blackened Denarius
The Denarians are unions of a human host and one of the Fallen. Their aim is to disrupt human civilization and sow chaos, corruption and suffering among humanity. There are thirty such Fallen, each bound to a tarnished silver Roman denarius which bears its respective Fallen’s sigil; the thirty denarii represent the thirty pieces of silver paid to Judas Iscariot, and may possibly be those very coins. Once a human has physically touched one of the Blackened Denarii, the Fallen bound to it is free to communicate with its new host, able to bestow knowledge, physical prowess, and magical ability, for as long as the host maintains possession of the coin.
If the coin is merely touched briefly and not actually picked up, a shadow copy of the Fallen is put into the hosts mind to tempt it to pick up the coin completely and finish the bonding. It is not nearly as powerful as the original, but even this mental copy is capable of extreme power, such as casting lifelike illusions (for the possessee only). It also possesses all the knowledge of the original – a heavy temptation in itself. Once the coin is taken up, though, the shadow is no longer needed and vanishes.
The amount of influence a Fallen chooses to exert over its host appears to vary—the Fallen either completely takes over the host body, and kept the host’s soul tortured and trapped; or the two (soul and Fallen) work in what appears to be a mutually beneficial partnership. It appears that the Fallen who dominate their host’s soul are less powerful than those that work with their hosts. This is most likely due to the issue of free will, since the ones that deprive their hosts of it are unable to draw on as much power. In all cases, however, the free consent of the bearer is necessary to permit Fallen influence.
If the Fallen has not completely overtaken its host, it appears that the host is able to consciously free himself or herself from the influence of the Fallen, simply by abdicating the power it provides and surrendering the Denarius. The Knights of the Cross were founded specifically to save people from the Fallen, and will almost always become involved (often by seeming random chance) in any situation that requires confronting one or more of the Denarians. There have been cases of mortals who have turned away from their coin and have become a knight themselves.
If the host of the Fallen is a wizard or magic-user of some sort, as most of those shown have been (although it is not clear if it happened before or after they became hosts), one way to be free of the Fallen is for the host to put aside magic forever and give up the coin.
Several of the coins are currently in the possession of the Knights of the Cross, the Church, and/or the Venatori Umbrorum. These coins are kept in heavily warded boxes in secret locations. However, the Denarians have proven themselves adept at retrieving the coins, whether by assault or treachery, making the Knights’ task a never ending one.
It is rumored that their is a disagreement amongst the Denarians over The Circle’s plans, with some feeling that they are counter to their agenda; whereas others are aligning with them.
Durien – Durien prides himself on being the Morningstar’s right hand before their fall from Grace. Durien tends to take the twisted form of an angel and likes to use “good works” to push his evil agenda. His coin is currently in possession of the Knights of the Cross
Gog – Brother to Magog, Gog is a beast of a creature. He has the head of a bull, the body of a muscular man, and the body of a horse with claws instead of hooves at his feat. He usually works with Durien and acts as muscle. Gog’s coin was separated from its previous holder and is currently at large