The Biggest A-hole In Heaven
When creating an Angel, many of the traditional references bored me. The idea of a holy creature traveling lightyears, from heaven to earth, just to announce, “Don’t be scared, I just wanna tell you something”, didn’t make much sense to me. I know the Bible explained that these divine beings obey God, like no other, but there are evidence of their personalities brought up all over the Old and New Testament. My favorite one is in Revelations, where one Angel is about to unlock the gate of the Beast, a prophecied creature of epic proportions that was prepared to battle beside Satan, against God. Now, I would encourage you to read this book, because 1) it sounds awesome, but 2) it shows how bad God seriously does not want to eliminate two of his creations – 1) the Angels who fell from heaven, and 2) mankind. I imagine it’s like burning two of your novels you spent half your life writing, because they both caused something as atroucious as World War 2: on one hand, it killed a lot of innocent lives, but on the other hand, Hitler gave Germany the Volks Wagon Beetle – an economical car to save on gas, aesthetically pleasing to the eye, and had enough room for a vacation sized trunk. Today, we can’t help but buy economical vehicles to continue business and family life in our modern world.
We were talking about Angels, weren’t we? Yes. Of course we were… Anyways, there is this one particular Angel that rushed to open the gate, to release the Beast, and another Angel had to stop him/her [it] from accomplishing this task prematurely. I personally like the idea that this Angel had his last straw, and wanted to do something already. I mean, centuries of waiting on God’s timing must be excruciating! It took 400 years for Jesus to appear as the Messiah, since the prophecy was told, and look how that turned out! Poor Mary had to live with her Sister until the child was born…the shame she must’ve endured. This Angel was probably no less granted any high honor either, but it was recorded. And that problem was averted pretty quick. Even heaven has issues with micro-management. Which leads me to believe that with personalities come flaw.
Remember Lucifer? That douchebag tried to take over heaven, and ended up getting his wings clipped. Now, he roams around earth, being called Satan, or Beelzebub, or whatever dark horse character people wanna call that ex-cherubim – lying in people’s ears to deter them from God, in preparation for (yet again) the battle in Revelations. Sounds kinda like the concept of Valhalla, but that’s for another time… Imagine what it must be like to stay in heaven, still susceptible to sin and temptation – knowing that if you ever say “God sucks” that Hell was the only alternative you had. Wouldn’t you be jealous of mankind?
Think about their position (the Angels): since God is standing right next to them, in heaven, wouldn’t any form of doubt be dismissed or punished without question? In contrast with us, where we don’t see Him or hear Him, from a distance – the liberty of becoming an Atheist, Agnostic, or even Buddhist would be all too convenient – given the endured social repercussions. Wouldn’t you be mad over that clause? Humans are exempt from immediate judgement! I understand that the Angels have no reason to forget God, and just do their own thing without consent, but wasn’t that why the USA broke away from the British Empire?
So here’s the beauty of the Angel in Fate Pendulum: since God allows good and evil to choose their side, and humans have the liberty of being forgiven for their sins, until judgement day, we created an Angel that is actually irritated with mankind. His name is Creed, a Seraphim watching over Joshua Ayala – the personified gate keeper of Sheol. He is blunt, he’s sarcastic, and though he may narrate in Poems, he doesn’t show any sympathy for the poor creations God protects, before judgement day.
One other inspiration I would like to share is the Metatron from the movie Dogma. It’s a more vile version, but man, do I love him! I’ll be sure to post a picture of Creed soon enough, but for now, do enjoy the Metatron – you’ll see where I’m coming from.