Demon of the Prosecution
Balseraph Baron of the Game

Corporeal Forces -- 4Strength 8Agility 8
Ethereal Forces -- 5Intelligence 12Precision 8
Celestial Forces -- 6Will 12Perception 12
Word Forces: 15
Vessels: Human/4 (thin, gaunt male), Charisma +3
Role: Lawyer/6, Status 6
Skills: Detect Lies/6, Emote/6, Fast-Talk/5, Knowledge (Law/6), Savoir-Faire/3
Songs: Acid/2, Charm (Ethereal/6, Celestial/6), Empathy (Ethereal/6, Celestial/6), Memory (all/3), Nemesis (Ethereal/6), Nimbus (Ethereal/4), Opening (Ethereal/5, Celestial/5), Projection (Celestial/3), Self (Corporeal/3, Ethereal/2, Celestial/1), Tongue/6, Tongues (all/4)

Attunements: All of Asmodeus' Band attunements, Argument of Casuistry, Dissonance Binding, Sense for Betrayal, Baron of Justice, Demon of the Prosecution

Special Attunement: Mastema has an intuitive feel for legal systems and courtrooms; he always senses the direction a trial is going and how to divert it to the desired outcome. He can sense biases for and against any defendant, and predict how judges and juries will react to any argument or evidence.

Special Rites: Successfully prosecute someone (in any court); all of Asmodeus' special Rites

While not the highest-ranking demon in Asmodeus' court, Mastema is one of the most feared. He is Hell's special prosecutor, and he has never lost a case. He is said to be even more skilled than Asmodeus himself . . . though the Prince of the Game has never opposed his Servitor in a trial, naturally.

As a Seraph, Mastema was known as the "Accusing Angel." An early servant of Dominic, he never failed to find some fault in others. He believed it was his role to accuse, and he trusted in other angels to present an equally vigorous defense. In this adversarial system, all truth would be revealed, and justice would emerge. It was for higher powers to decide upon punishment.

When the angels began debating the problem of humanity, Mastema took it upon himself to be humanity's accuser. In Heavenly debates, he exploited every possible argument for judging mankind as low and sinful animals undeserving of any special regard. This was not what he necessarily believed -- it was simply a role he adopted, trusting in other angels to take the opposite position. Lucifer encouraged him, and caused Mastema to slowly lose sight of the distinction between the function he was performing and his true nature. Mastema was probably severely dissonant when the Fall occurred; he was clearly ripe to become one of the first Balseraphs.

Mastema claims that God granted him his Word before he Fell. He says that he asked God to allow him to argue the case for the prosecution, that if mankind truly deserved God's grace, they should be able to prove it by prevailing over a vigorous prosecution. Whether this is true or not (Lucifer has never rebutted Mastema's claims), Mastema has always seen it as his more important job to accuse, tempt and persecute mankind. He particularly seeks to expose sins and flaws in humanity as a whole, and individual exemplars among humanity wherever possible, pursuing his eternal prosecution. He sees himself as being very important in the greater scheme of things, personally assigned by God to test humanity. In many ways, he thinks and behaves more like a Habbalite than a Balseraph. Asmodeus tolerates Mastema's grand delusion and obsession, because Mastema is very, very good, and Asmodeus can always count on him to win cases that need to be won, in Hell and on Earth.

Mastema is only rarely needed in Hell -- it isn't as if there's ever such thing as a fair trial there. Occasionally, however, very high-ranking demons are charged with crimes, and Asmodeus must provide at least the appearance of a real trial. On Earth, the legions of Hell are constantly fighting a thousand legal battles, and Mastema is Asmodeus' designated hitter, with an instant Role wherever he goes, ready to step into any courtroom and take command.

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