PRP - Luke and see

Earth is the world, almost exactly as you and I know it today, it huddles in its galaxy oblivious to the forces which war over its inhabitants. It has many capital cities (which I will not patronise you by listing here) and a long and bloody history. The influences of heaven and hell have been subtle and nuanced over the years but manifest in any number of places.
User avatar
Baneful
General Tyrant
Posts: 2973
Joined: Tue Oct 25, 2016 1:19 pm

Re: PRP - Luke and see

Postby Baneful Mon Dec 31, 2018 1:59 pm

Luke grinned. "He said you were smart." he said. "There's no magic on the house itself. My partner is just... he's like a deterrent to the abyssals."

He gestured at the fireplace. "Fire magic is old. Maybe the oldest magic there is, a magic at the very heart of all Hosts. But these days its not popular because its not flashy, it's not the kind of magic that will let you travel far, or read minds, or defend against an attack. It's seen as limited and useless, after all even humans can use fire right? Except that's not true, not holy fire, not the purifying flames of retribution. Back when we fought the abyssals it was fire we used and its that fire they still feel. I can feel the abyssal slither away into its shell when I am close to Matt, and the fireplace is a little part of that."

And it was true, the fire warmed beyond just the flesh, homey and comfortable right down to the very core of one's being.

He took another draw of his cigarette and exhaled. "But there's always a downside. They work a bit like dammed water in a way, you supress them too much, they'll save up their energy and take it out on you. It's easier to let them have a little bit of control, to vent it periodically as much as you can. I wouldn't have such a lockdown on it right now but I'm in a bit of a situation where I have to."

He looked Melvin over. "What did you used to do mate? If it's not too distressing to ask."
MoonKit
Posts: 196
Joined: Thu Nov 03, 2016 2:06 pm

Re: PRP - Luke and see

Postby MoonKit Mon Dec 31, 2018 2:19 pm

"I remember fire weapons used to be highly regarded in the wars. There was a lot of telling of burning the damned and letting them rest in ashes. I was not there for the abyssal wars, but I've heard some accounts from generals in the battles I was in. They often boasted about their victories and give us younger angels something to aspire to I suppose. The ones that wanted to have their own tales of victory to tell to others." He hadn't been the one to reveal in combat. It bothered him to fight brother and sister but follow in line to the call of duty. He was grateful that there hadn't been a major war in some time.

"Let it vent? Isn't is dangerous to let it take control? What would prevent it from wanting more and taking over?" And moreso causing destruction during the venting?

"Oh. I am a angel of diligence. I usually oversaw other angels and various projects so nothing specific. Whatever I was asked to organize and help complete if something became stagnent or delayed. When I was younger, I would work in various places to help keep those from idlying and working in their life pursuits that Heaven deemed in their best interest of themselves and humankind. But I do specialize in seals. I learned from various angels at the monistaries and have since continued that study. But there aren't many angels who request it. Most would rather eliminate than contain these days. I've had it called a band-aid to buy time." He said with some distaste.

"Did you become touched in the war?"
User avatar
Baneful
General Tyrant
Posts: 2973
Joined: Tue Oct 25, 2016 1:19 pm

Re: PRP - Luke and see

Postby Baneful Mon Dec 31, 2018 4:43 pm

“Im sure the older guys made it sound a lot more glamorous than it was. In the early days we didn’t really have free will, the King blessed us with his presence and we exacted his will to the letter. Chaos was his and the abyssals were.. well, much as a painter needs a palette and paint they held that purpose. When he divided the chaotic waters they were there. We held them at bay. Everything was absolute and made sense.” Luke looked into the distance as if looking back through time itself. “It was only when free will became possible and we were left to our devices that things began to change. It was a new world and our decisions became more our own than ever, we made mistakes and the abyssals got stronger. Anyway, back then there weren’t sins or virtues, just seven archangels and their armies. That was when we did what we had to do to survive, and when SIN was developed out of desperation. Some of us felt abandoned and faith faltered.”

He looked at his hand. “I thought if we had an abyssal more like us we could fight them. So I reached out to them and spoke with them and thought I understood. I had too much pride and thought I knew better. It ended in me becoming Touched and when the archangels fell, the realms were restructured.

He sighed. “But yes, I did become touched in the war in a sense. And it didn’t work, Levi was too wild, too dangerous, and in the end SIN was what drive the abyssals back. It had been a waste of time.”

“As far as letting them loose yes, its very very dangerous but if you don’t you can lose larger chunks of time. I lost a year or two a few times, more than just minutes.”

He did look curious though. “Seals! Thats a rare skill, and anyone who mocked it clearly didn’t understand the value. It’s old too, and one of the archangels also used to specialise in just that very thing. Ice and runes. It might stand us in good stead and I might be able to help you.”
MoonKit
Posts: 196
Joined: Thu Nov 03, 2016 2:06 pm

Re: PRP - Luke and see

Postby MoonKit Mon Dec 31, 2018 11:33 pm

"I think those who praise battle are those who only wish for it. Who have it as their calling and element. I often feel a degree of pity in that they often struggle with the new world, but Heaven still has it's enemies and they are always called upon for bloodshed in some fashion or another. We will never be in short supply." Despite there being no great battles calling them all the arms, Heaven and Hell would remain in a constant struggle to overcome the other. That is until some resolution could be met.

"So, Levi....Lawr, was your attempt in creating an abyssal for the war to help fight against them? That seems like it must have been such a dangerous and risky maneuver. I don't suspect too many would have been for it. Well, not publicly. I know too often the risks taken in hopes of better results." Melvin would not begin to understand creation. He had never created a life from himself. It had felt too sacred an act for him. However, he tried not to let the sentiments of his time on Earth cloud the ways of Above and Below. It was no different than angels being created for war. Demons created for war. They were all products of a divine demand to keep their side filled when one fell.

Btu he wondered, how strange was it to be a abyssal from the start. Not like him who had been an angel and became touched but something from the union. There would be no here or there fit for him. Did the demons ever suspect their Duke of such a thing? Is that why Lawr managed to rise to the top as he did?

"Lost time? Like memory loss? Or - does it take over for those gaps in time? I wouldn't like that idea either. Is...there a safe way to let it breath. And how often? Would I be able to tell when it's time?"

He was more and more concerned with even letting the monstrosity inside him try to reach out to the surface. So far he had just wanted to suffocate it down until it released it's hold. Found that home was better. Let it shrivel from starvation and retreat.

He worried what his magic could do in the wrong hands.

"Seals have been a skill I've always been passionate about. Ever since I started learning old languages. It was much more useful back in the past. There was more to contain. More barriers. More demand in war for it. I am not ice, but I do align more greatly with water. But, I must ask. Put us in good stead? With who?"
User avatar
Baneful
General Tyrant
Posts: 2973
Joined: Tue Oct 25, 2016 1:19 pm

Re: PRP - Luke and see

Postby Baneful Tue Jan 01, 2019 1:21 am

"That's true, there's still a lot of fighting in the world, just less than there was I think. Heaven and Hell don't get along but it's a sort of territory push and pull. There isn't as much of an urgency to it all as there was. Back when the abyssals were attacking, we were losing Hosts at an alarming rate, they'd get right into your anchor and rip the heart out of you, and there seemed like there was nothing that could stop them. It didn't help that of those who were left alive, madness ran rampant. That's why they are so strict and absolute with people who are Touched to this day. People like us. I can't even grudge it because I remember that fear and so do some demons and angels still around, no doubt. "

He sighed heavily, taking another steadying pull of his smoke. "And no, I couldn't tell anyone my plans, I knew they'd hate it and that I'd be imprisoned or worst for that kind of goal. I thought it would work though, I honestly thought that all the abyssals needed was to have something of heaven added to them and that somehow that would undo all the damage and help turn the tides of war. I was an idealist when I was young." he looked amused.

"I was also an archangel back then. And thats how I can help you I guess. I'm water and air both, and I could potentially get access to Gabriel's books. Gabriel was a master of runes and shields, they might be gone but their knowledge remains in place. And it might help with the time loss. I couldn't say if they take over in that time, I've never witnessed it, but I have to assume that is indeed what happens."
MoonKit
Posts: 196
Joined: Thu Nov 03, 2016 2:06 pm

Re: PRP - Luke and see

Postby MoonKit Wed Jan 02, 2019 1:54 pm

He had been following along, nodding in agreement. "I don't blame them for their worry with the touched but the harsh treatment and - other methods seem cruel to be done by other angels." While he could understand at times the necessities of progression and understanding, it felt unsettling how his brothers and sisters could treat the afflicted with such reckless disregard for mercy.

Just as he had been following through, he was hit hard. "You - were an archangel?!" He tried not to raise his voice but the surprise spiked his tone more than he cared for. At this he slowly sat into a nearby chair and took a deep breath. What was this family. An altocuhef archangel created a touched who was a Duke of hell. There was so much to that that would have caused a whole fleet of heaven to come down.

"I never thought I'd meet an archangel." Then again, he didn't think any we're even around now.
User avatar
Baneful
General Tyrant
Posts: 2973
Joined: Tue Oct 25, 2016 1:19 pm

Re: PRP - Luke and see

Postby Baneful Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:09 pm

"We aren't as amazing as people like to make it out." He'd heard stories himself of the archangels, mythical figures in heaven who'd been attributed virtues as to almost be perfect. He'd known all six of the others and whatever perfection they had formerly possessed had been solely due to being the servants of the most high without free will to err or fail. Once they'd been given freedom that had come to a halt and they were no more perfect than your average human in judgement. "Especially not now."

He shrugged his shoulders. "I was Raphael." he said. The angel of healing, said to be able to raise even the dead, patron of fishermen and doctors. "I don't really use that name any longer though." he held up his blackened hand. "I can't really heal either any longer. It just is what it is. But at least I can maybe help you a bit, or Matt can."

He did nod at Melvin's objections to heaven's treatment of other angels. "Things were harsher in the early days in terms of punishment, though I think the corruption up there now is worse than it has ever been."

Luke, lost in thought didn't notice the very small, very fluffy griffon cub that emerged into the room and hobbled clumsily over to him until it peeped plaintively. He started at the sound, for a split second his short fur seeming to fluff like feathers. He scooped the tiny creature up in his hands and held it close to his chest.

"Lars! How did you get out!" he said with evident concern, but the small creature just snuggled against him instead. It wasn't an animal, it didn't feel like an animal. It was pretty apparent just from looking at it that it was a principality, a young Host, in a world where children were completely forbidden.
MoonKit
Posts: 196
Joined: Thu Nov 03, 2016 2:06 pm

Re: PRP - Luke and see

Postby MoonKit Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:33 pm

Melvin was glad he was sitting as he was given a name and his mind seam like a cabin boy on a ship during a hurricane. His stomach turned at the sheer impossibility if what was happening right now and he didn't even know where to start let alone how to respond. There was so much he wanted to ask. What was it like back then? How did he handle free will? When did he leave and how? What had he been doing all this time? Why was he here of all places? How did he handle Levi becoming a Duke of hell?

What happened to his hand? That was the one tickling at the tip of his tongue.

Just then a small creature came to him. It clearly wasn't human and was incredibly new looking. He remained watching for a long moment. Did heaven know how many illegal children were around? Either hiding next to the abyssal void or here under the wing of another angel's protection.

He felt far to IN. He had been at his desk working not over 2 weeks ago. Maybe he had been headed this way. He had sealed a Duke. He agreed to work at the Facility which wasn't legal by any means. When did he start taking such risks? When did this become his life? Maybe he should have told Tracey 'no.' maybe he should have reassigned himself to somewhere with stricter observation. Maybe he hadn't caught himself slipping and deviating off the path.

Is this what happened to his dear brothers and sisters. To those dearest of angels he treasured so selfishly in his youth only to have fallen? Maybe they hadn't noticed too until they were cornered. Until it was just the only step left.


He felt sick.


"How many children do you have?" He asked, trying to refocus. His hands fiddled with the bottom hem of his sweater.
User avatar
Baneful
General Tyrant
Posts: 2973
Joined: Tue Oct 25, 2016 1:19 pm

Re: PRP - Luke and see

Postby Baneful Wed Jan 02, 2019 6:24 pm

Luke petted the small creature almost distantly with his good hand. “Four.” He said. “And I’m aware of heaven’s current opinion on reproduction. I just think they are wrong. Something rotten is at the heart of things up there.”

And there was something steely in his eyes as he went on. “I have been at the bedsides of so many births both ours and theirs. Creation is sacred and belongs to no one but the Highest.” If he still had the others, that’s what he would have changed, and he’d have brought the generals to heel to do it. “For the first times the edicts are wrong and the smallest and weakest of our kind suffer.”

He did however notice Melvin’s expression and his own softened in kind. “You look a bit unwell.” He said gently. “All of this can’t be easy for you.” But at least here, with the log fire crackling and the soft comfortable furniture, it would feel easier than it had in a long time.

“Let me get you something to drink.” He said. “Is water all right?”
MoonKit
Posts: 196
Joined: Thu Nov 03, 2016 2:06 pm

Re: PRP - Luke and see

Postby MoonKit Thu Jan 03, 2019 2:18 pm

"I had heard of those leaving their post and vanishing with rumors of them wanting to have children. It never seemed to be something that affected me so I paid it no mind. I suppose because it was something I had strong feelings towards to risk my own neck for. I do not judge you for it. I - just find this all surprising. Archangeld were held as Devine examples of faith and duty. To see you as you are now - I still feel as if this is all unreal. No one would believe me Eve if I had someone to tell."

He looked at the child but felt wrong in that he felt little connection to it. It was foreign to see children and they felt alien to him. Despite taking in the demon child and caring for him, his feeling to the boy we're still new and underdeveloped.

"Water would be fine. I prefer it."

His eyes went to the fire. He felt like an intelloper to the happy atmoshohere of this home. Raphael seemed done with Heaven and didn't seem to hold much love for it now. He had a home here and would be seen as a disgrace for being touched and having children. Not only that, but he seemed happy emulating humans. The home felt like the ads he saw on his phone around this season.

"Why did you come here of all places?" He asked into the other room.

Return to “Earth”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest