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Denarian

The Order of the Blackened Denarius, whose members are referred to as Denarians or Knights of the Coin,[1] is an organization of fallen angels bound to thirty ancient silver coins, the denarii,[Footnote 1] and seeking to bond with human hosts. The coins are said to be the silver pieces given to Judas Iscariot[Footnote 2] in exchange for his betrayal of Jesus.[Footnote 3] Of the thirty coins, eleven are currently believed to be in the possession of the church.[2][3]

CoinsEdit

Denarius

A Blackened Denarius

Each coin carried by the Denarians contains the trapped spirit of a Fallen Angel.[2] Whoever touches the coins is tainted by the Fallen within, tempted and given power; the Fallen leads the mortal deeper and deeper into its influence until eventually they have surrendered enough of themselves that the Fallen can take control.[4].

The Knights of the Cross use a square of white blessed cloth bearing two pairs of crosses embroidered with silver thread to pick up and transport the coins to the Church for safekeeping.[5] However, Dresden and others have safely carried one or more coins through more mundane means, such as gloves to prevent direct skin contact, or by storing them in a bag.[2]

Lasciel tells Dresden that the Church's precautions are useless because forces like the Fallen cannot be contained by mere mortals.[6]

Coins with known hostsEdit

  • Anduriel: Its current host is Nicodemus Archleone, who's had it for close to two thousand years. It is the commander of all of the Fallen.[7] It takes the form of Nicodemus's shadow and can change shape in a near limitless fashion, allows Nicodemus to fly as well as listen to conversations near shadows it pays attention to.[8]
  • Imariel: Its current host is Polonius Lartessa, who has been for a lengthy period of time as she is the second oldest of the Denarians, after Nicodemus. Tessa is the commander of a little more than half of the Fallen and is usually in competition with her husband, Nicodemus.[9] The coin allows her to change into a large, praying mantis like creature and can break apart into thousands of smaller mantises.[10]
  • Rosanna's Coin: Its current host is Rosanna, presumably for a lengthy span of time. The coin allows Rosanna to transform into a red-skinned, goat-legged demoness with bat wings and curled horns.[11] Rosanna is Tessa's second in command. She recruited Sanya and was his lover until he gave up his coin.[12]
  • Magog: It was formerly hosted by Sanya, until he gave up the coin and became a Knight of the Cross.[13] Its next host was an unknown young kid who was defeated by Eldest Gruff at Demonreach.[14] The coin was retrieved and given to the Church,[15] where it remained until some time prior to Skin Game, where having been given a new host, it was photographed in Iran.[16] The coin allows its host to transform into a large, leathery, gorilla-like creature with goat's horns and heavy claws.[17] Nicodemus Archleone refers to Magog as Tessa's "heaviest bruiser."[18]
  • "Shaggy Feathers": Its former, unknown host was shot and killed by Jared Kincaid with "Obsidian Statue" in a two-for-one shot at Shedd Aquarium.[11] The coin was collected by Harry Dresden, but was among the eleven coins stolen from him by Thorned Namshiel at Demonreach and given to either Tessa or Rosanna.[18] Sometime before Skin Game, it was given to a new host, and was photographed in Iran.[16] The coin allows its host to shape-shift into a creature covered in a shaggy coat of grey, dusty-looking feathers with a face of fleshy, hanging tendrils.[19] The creature's limbs are neither arms nor legs, but serve both purposes, like a spider's and Harry Dresden nicknames it "Shaggy Feathers".[11]

Coins unaccounted forEdit

  • Deirdre's Coin: It is currently in the possession of Nicodemus Archleone, who collected it from the corpse of his daughter, Deirdre Archleone, whom he killed at the Blood Gate to Hades' Vault.[20] The coin allows its host to take the form of a medusa-like creature with very long, titanium-like bladed metallic hair that can be independently controlled and easily stab through people and objects.[21]
  • Ursiel: Since 1849, its host was Rasmussen until he was defeated by all three of the Knights of the Cross.[5] The coin was held by the Church until sometime before Skin Game, when Nicodemus Archleone gave it to Blood in His Soul.[22] The coin is currently inside Hades' Vault where it remained after Dresden defeated it at the Gate of Ice.[23] It allows the host to assume the form of a huge six-legged bear with curling ram's horns.[24]
  • Lasciel: It was believed by the Church to be in secure storage in a Chilean Monastery,[9] until Nicodemus Archleone gave it to Harry Dresden.[25] After years of avoiding the temptation to actually take up the coin, Dresden gave it back to the Church.[26] Sometime before the events of Skin Game the coin was again recovered by Archleone who gave to Hannah Ascher.[22] The coin is currently inside Hades' Vault where it remained after Dresden defeated it.[23] It creates a kind of purple smoke around the body of its host,[23] but it's real power is the knowledge it provides the host and its skill at manipulation. Father Forthill calls Lasciel The Seducer, the Webweaver and the Temptress and she typically does not follow Archlone's lead.[7] The coin's sigil is reminiscent of an hourglass.[27]
  • Thorned Namshiel: Its former, unknown host was defeated at the battle on Demonreach by Michael Carpenter, who collected the coin.[28] However, it went missing as Carpenter was helicoptered to safety. It is assumed that either Gard or John Marcone took the coin.[15] The coin allows its host to assume the shape of a humanoid, skeletal grey-skinned figure with slightly curved and wickedly pointed spurs of bone jutting out from every joint.[29] Nicodemus Archleone refers to it as Tessa's "sorcery teacher".[18]
  • Urumviel: Its former host is unknown. It was defeated by Harry Dresden at Shedd Aquarium,[17] and the coin was recovered by theKnights of the Cross.[3] However, it was among the eleven coins stolen by Thorned Namshiel at Demonreach and given to either Tessa or Rosanna.[18] The coin allows its host to turn into a creature described as having a lot of muscle and a ridge of leathery plates running down its spine.[17]
  • "Obsidian Statue": Its former, unknown host was shot and killed by Jared Kincaid with "Shaggy Feathers" in a two-for-one shot at Shedd Aquarium.[11] The coin was collected by Harry Dresden, but was among the eleven coins stolen from him by Thorned Namshiel at Demonreach and given to either Tessa or Rosanna.[18] The coin allows its host to turn into an androgynous, bald statue made of obsidian.[19] Dresden nicknames it "Obsidian Statue".[11]
  • McKullen's Coin: Its former host is unknown. It was killed by Jared Kincaid at the aquarium[19] and the coin was recovered by the Knights of the Cross.[3] It was one of the eleven coins stolen by Thorned Namshiel at Demonreach and presumably given to either Tessa or Rosanna.[18]
  • Varthiel: Its former host is unknown. It was killed by Jared Kincaid at the aquarium[19] and the coin was recovered by the Knights of the Cross.[3] It was one of the eleven coins stolen by Thorned Namshiel at Demonreach and presumably given to either Tessa or Rosanna.[18]
  • Ordiel: Its former host is unknown. It was killed by Jared Kincaid at the aquarium[19] and the coin was recovered by the Knights of the Cross.[3] It was one of the eleven coins stolen by Thorned Namshiel at Demonreach and presumably given to either Tessa or Rosanna.[18]
  • "Green Scales and Antlers": Its former host is unknown. The creature fought with Thomas Raith in John Marcone's safe house[10] and is possibly the Denarian defeated by The Archive in at Shedd Aquarium, described as "several hundred pounds of scales and fangs".[11] It was one of the eleven coins stolen by Thorned Namshiel at Demonreach and presumably given to either Tessa or Rosanna.[18]
  • "Wooden woman carving": Its former host is unknown. Described as "a caricature of a woman carved from a dried tree root", it was either killed by Anastasia Luccio, Sanya or Michael Carpenter at the aquarium.[3] It was one of the eleven coins stolen by Thorned Namshiel at Demonreach and presumably given to either Tessa or Rosanna.[18]
  • Tarsiel: Its former host is unknown. Though not described, it was present at the Aquarium[11] and is assumed to be one of the Denarians that either drowned, or was killed by Anastasia Luccio, Sanya or Michael Carpenter.[3] It is assumed to be one of the eleven coins stolen by Thorned Namshiel at Demonreach and presumably given to either Tessa or Rosanna.[18]
  • Two more, unknown coins: The hosts are unknown and may have either drowned, or been killed by Anastasia Luccio, Sanya or Michael Carpenter.[3] They are among the eleven coins stolen by Thorned Namshiel at Demonreach and presumably given to either Tessa or Rosanna.[18]

Coins believed to be securedEdit

The DenariansEdit

That’s the problem with you nearly immortal types. You couldn’t spot a pop culture reference if it skittered up and implanted an embryo down your esophagus.Harry Dresden, referencing the Alien franchise.[31][Footnote 4]
The possessor of a coin can draw on the Fallen's power to shapeshift, heal wounds and more, becoming more powerful when inflicting pain and suffering on others.[7] Many have been alive for a long time and some have developed talent for magic. Harry Dresden calls them certifiable nightmares. They are very hard to kill.[2]

Their ability to shift into a form more suitable for fighting usually arms them with such weaponry as claws, fangs, horns, poisonous bites, hair that is razor-blade sharp, etc. Molly calls that ability "Battleshifting". Each Fallen has their own preferences that seem to adapt to the holder of the coin.[32]

They have a cult of human goons with their tongues cut out. In addition, they have guard dog-like creatures that are ugly, fast, and have big teeth. What makes them the most dangerous is the Fallen themselves. They are older than time and have spent thousands of years learning the mortal world and the mortal mind. They understand things humans can't grasp. They know every trick and move. They are riding shotgun with each holder or in the driver's seat. They have a perfect memory and a vast library of information.[32]

They were signatories to the Unseelie Accords until Small Favor when the Accords were violated by Nicodemus; he later mentions to Dresden that he's not a member of the Accords anymore. It is unknown whether this just applies to him or the entire order.[2]

NotesEdit

  1. Denarius - Wikipedia
  2. Judas Iscariot - Wikipedia
  3. Jesus - wikipedia
  4. Alien franchise - Wikipedia

ReferencesEdit

  1. Skin Game ch. 22
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Small Favor, ch. 14
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Small Favor, ch. 34
  4. Death Masks, ch. 7
  5. 5.0 5.1 Death Masks, ch. 6
  6. Skin Game ch. 23
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Death Masks, ch. 27
  8. Skin Game ch. 44
  9. 9.0 9.1 Small Favor, ch. 20
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Small Favor, ch. 13
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 Small Favor, ch. 33
  12. Small Favor, ch. 14 and 15
  13. Small Favor, ch. 15
  14. Small Favor, ch. 44
  15. 15.0 15.1 Small Favor, ch. 46
  16. 16.0 16.1 Skin Game ch. 24
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Small Favor, ch. 31
  18. 18.00 18.01 18.02 18.03 18.04 18.05 18.06 18.07 18.08 18.09 18.10 18.11 Small Favor, ch. 45
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 19.4 Small Favor, ch. 32
  20. Skin Game ch. 39
  21. Death Masks, ch. 13
  22. 22.0 22.1 Skin Game, ch. 43
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 Skin Game ch. 47
  24. Death Masks, ch. 5
  25. Death Masks, ch. 33
  26. White Night, ch. 43
  27. Dead Beat, ch. 9
  28. Small Favor, ch. 43
  29. Small Favor, ch. 30
  30. Death Masks, ch. 28
  31. Small Favor, ch. 41
  32. 32.0 32.1 Small Favor, ch. 18

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