Good Old-Fashioned Loverboy (chaolann) wrote in exannodomini,
Good Old-Fashioned Loverboy
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Excess details!

There are just a few things I find may be of interest for future purposes in this community, primarily addressing the characters themselves and perhaps a guideline for the folklore we’ve been following if some haven’t seen anything on it already.


Sammael & Lucifer.
Semi-random details on the subject to show that I didn’t just pull it out of my ass for the sake of a plot.

Satan. “The Hebrew meaning of the word ‘adversary’. In other Old Testament books the term likewise designates an office; and the angel investing that office is not apostate or fallen. He becomes such starting in early New Testament times and writings, when he emerges as Satan (capital S), the prince of evil and enemy of God**. Originally, Satan was a great angel, chief of the seraphim, head of the order of virtues. While seraphim were usually pictures as 6-winged, Satan was shown as 12-winged. In the Moralia of Gregory the Great: he wore all of them [all the angels] as a garment, transcending all in glory and knowledge. Talmud claims that Satan was created on the 6th day of Creation. Through a misreading of Isaiah 14:12, he has been identified with Lucifer. To Aquinas, Satan is ‘the first angel who sinned’.”

( **Which, I may say, runs consistently with the game’s main history and storyline timing before the Divine were incarnated. I DO TRY. )

Sammael. “In rabbinic literature, Samael is chief of the Satans. In Enoch II he is the prince of demons and a magician. Samael has been regarded both as evil and good; as one of the greatest and as one of the foulest spirits operating in Heaven, on earth, and in Hell. On one hand he is ‘that great serpent with 12 wings that draws after him, in his fall, the solar system’ (Revelation 12). Samael is also the angel of death (one of a number of such angels). In Charles, The Ascension of Isaiah occurs this passage: And we ascended to the firmament, I and he, and there I saw Sammael and his hosts, and there was great fighting therein and the angels of Satan were envying one another. It is clear here that Sammael and Satan are interchangeable.”

Lucifer. “Erroneously equated with the fallen angel Satan due to a misreading of Isaiah 14:12: How thou art fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning, an apostrophe which applied to Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon. It should be pointed out that the authors of the books of the Old Testament knew nothing of fallen or evil angels, and do not mention them, although, at times, as in Job 4:18, the Lord ‘put no trust’ in his angels and ‘charged them with folly’, which would indicate that angels were not all that they should be. The name Lucifer was applied to Satan by St. Jerome. Actually, Lucifer connotes star, and applies (or originally meant to imply) to the morning or evening star (Venus). To Spenser in ‘An Hymne of Heavenly Love’, Lucifer is ‘the brightest angel, even the Child of Light’.”



The Names of Lilith.
Abeko
Abito
Amizo
Batna
Eilo
Ita
Izorpo
Kali
Kea
Kokos
Lilith
Odam
Partasah
Patrota
Podo
Satrina
Talto




The Egregoroi.
The Watchers or Grigori

For those who are uncertain of the lesser known fall story, according to the books of Enoch, the testament of Moses in the Book of Jubiless, and according to the Book of Giants (all apocrypha, by the way), a certain elect chunk of angels were selected to watch over and guide humanity, hence the term ‘the Watchers’. Angels in this group include even Gabriel and Uriel. Azazel appealed to the chief of Watchers, Semyaza (or Shemhazai), to join with the human women they watched over, though Semyaza knew it would be his head if it happened. Nonetheless, 200 of the Grigori succumbed to lust (a sin), fell, cohabitated with women, produced cosmic monstrosities (such as the human women bearing Giants), and ‘illegally’ taught humanity a good many arts. A sinning populus coupled with Giants called for the Great Flood (which is briefly mentioned in early Genesis) which wiped them all out, and they started over. Meanwhile, the fallen Watchers were silenced, and Semyaza hangs “between heaven and earth, head down, and in the constellation Orion”. And you are all familiar with Azazel, who has a great many stories aside from this under his belt having often been equated with Sammael (Satan), as all other devils in our story.

There were arts that these fallen were not supposed to teach the humans, but did so anyways (courtesy of Gustav Davidson):

Armaros. Taught men the resolving of enchantments.

Araqiel. Taught men the signs of the Earth.

Azazel. Taught men to make knives, swords, shields; to devise ornaments, colouring tinctures for the beautifying of women, etc.

Baraqijal. Taught men astrology.

Ezequeel. Taught men the knowledge of clouds.

Gadreel. Introduced weapons of war to mortals.

Kokabel. Taught the science of the constellations.

Penemue. Instructed mankind in writing “and thereby many sinned from eternity to eternity and until this day. For man was not created for such a purpose” (Enoch I, 7:8).

Sariel. Taught men the course of the moon.

Semjaza. Taught men enchantments, etc.

Shamshiel. Taught men the signs of the sun.


Several variations on details concerning the Grigorian Fall story.



Metatron.

In noncanonical writings, Metatron is perhaps the greatest of all the heavenly hierarchs. He has been called the king of angels, prince of the divine face or presence, chancellor of Heaven, etc. In Talmud and Targum, Metatron is the link between the human and divine. Metatron has been variously identified as the dark angel who wrestled with Jacob at Peniel (Genesis 32); as the watchman in Isaiah 21; as the Logos; as Uriel; and even as the evil Sammael. In Jewish Magic and Superstition, he is the ‘demiurge of classical Jewish mysticism’. He is the tallest angel in Heaven, and the greatest, apart from the ‘eight great princes, the honored and revered ones’, according to Enoch 3. Odeberg is inclined to interpret the name as meaning ‘one who occupies the throne next to the divine throne’. On the basis of The Apocalypse of Abraham, Gershom Scholem believes the name might be a ‘vox mystica’ for Yahoel (or God). In Traditions of the Jews II, Metatron is indeed the supreme angel of death, to whom God daily gives orders as to the souls to be ‘taken’ that day. These orders Metatron transmits to his subordinates Gabriel and Sammael. That Metatron was considered in some sources as mightier than either Michael or Gabriel is the view expressed in the Chronicles of Jerahmeel. “
(Gustav Davidson)

And he has about seventy-six other names that I just won’t list here since they should be easy to find.



The Great Gnostic Archons.

For anyone who may be slightly familiar with more Gnostic lore, aside from the Grigori’s Fall. This is the story in relation to the first principle (a Gnostic idea that stems from ancient philosophical roots of Plato, Aristotle, Plotinus), the creator of the material world, Pistis Sophia, Ialdabaoth, etc. from the Hypostasis of the Archon and other cosmological texts. In any case, they are:

Jaldabaoth
Jao
Sabaoth
Adonaios
Astanphaios
Ailoaios
Oraios
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