Seraphiel / Israfel / Gabriel
In Heaven a spirit doth dwell
"Whose heart-strings are a lute";
None sing so wildly well
as the angel Israfel,
and the giddy stars (so legends tell),
ceasing their hymns, attend the spell
of his voice, all mute.
And they say (the starry choir
and the other listening things)
that Israfeli's fire
is owing to that lyre
by which he sits and sings,
the trembling living wire
of those unusual strings.
-Edgar A. Poe
Nature: Angelic Helion (Sun-Spirit)
Details: Technically just a small manifestation of a higher-Ranked spirit, but as long as it's operating on this scale its larger over-self is severely limited and impaired.
First Encountered: P1.5 "The Tablets of the Hieromagus"
Notable Encounters: 5.4 "The Grapes of Sorrow", where the Archangel was finally euthanized by the Eye of the Storm
Soundtrack: The Burning Bush

Description: A gigantic, shining angelic spirit trapped inside a crystal deep below the Vatican.

Info: When conversed with it claimed to be responsible for visiting those empires and states which "through the Grail had become glorious", and then performing "the Rapture", or "ascending them to the Lord", or other similarly ambiguous statements. The gist seemed to be that it acted to prevent worthy civilizations and/or cities from growing corrupt and decadent and having undignified ends (compared to picking fruit from the tree instead of letting it rot on the branch), whether by destroying them at the peak of their glory or by literally moving them to a different level of reality where they can exist eternally was never entirely specified.

In any case a fragment of its being had supposedly been summoned here and subsequently imprisoned in such a way that it could not continue carrying out its duty, which seems to have been the original intent behind the act: To stop the Helion from destroying Rome, with the result that the Roman empire slowly died and fell apart instead of going out in a blaze of glory (if Seraphiel is to be taken at its word here). Ever since those places and peoples worthy of such "Salvation" have gone untended, which the angelic figure admitted to include Constantinople, the British Empire and the United States of America, while past targets seemed to span from historical to mythical.

Despite extensive and obsessive questioning on the topic it denied having had any involvement with Atlantis, and seemed genuinely confused and unfamiliar with the topic in general, though it admitted that this might be because names tend to change a lot throughout history and often become unrecognizable. For all Seraphiel knew this ''Atlantis'' of which the Condiments spoke may have been one of the places it had made visitation upon, such as ●Persepolis, ●Zerzura, ●Mouseion Al-Iskandariyya, ●Akhetaten, ●Garama, ●Saïs, ●Peng-Lai, ●Agartha, ●Ubar, ●Hyperborea and ●Matsodyari, among others.


See Also: Anduriel
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