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Denarian

Nicodemus Archleone is the leader of the Order of the Blackened Denarius and hosts of the fallen angel Anduriel. He first appears in Death Masks.

DescriptionEdit

The eldest Denarian, Archleone is a master manipulator, taking the long-term view in everything he does.[1][2] He's superficially charming, grandiose, manipulative, and incapable of love, empathy, or remorse; generally the caricature of a typical psychopath.[3]

In the seriesEdit

Archleone's aims are unclear, but he shows a long-standing interest in religious artefacts, such as the Shroud of Turin,[4] and the Holy Grail.[5] He is also interested in recruiting willing members for the Order of the Blackened Denarius, and has always a number of Order of the Blackened Denarius#The Coins available.[4]

TriviaEdit

Nicodemus could possibly be a reference to Saint Nicodemus[Footnote 1] from the Bible, who helped wrap Jesus in the Shroud of Turin. It's unknown whether the two are the same person, or if it's just a coincidence.

Archleone means something similar to 'roaring lion', as described in: "the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour."[Footnote 2] Archleone enjoyed this description when Dresden mentioned it.

NotesEdit

  1. Nicodemus - wikipedia
  2. Peter 5:8; King James

ReferencesEdit

  1. Small Favor, ch. 20
  2. Small Favor, ch. 35
  3. Skin Game, ch. 3
  4. 4.0 4.1 Death Masks, ch. 33
  5. Skin Game, ch. 51
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