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Demi-Celestials

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Artwork by Miguel Coimbra
An Empyreal Paladin
Height: 4’11" - 7’0"
Weight: 100lbs - 400lbs
Language: Celestial

Primary Author(s): Louis Carlos Fer

Demi-celestials are entire species created by the Celestials to defend Creation in their war against the demons, so long ago that history has practically forgotten it. It likely would have, had the Celestials not dropped their creations onto Gaia in their last "gift" to their footsoldiers, but, they did, and those footsoldiers still remember. Generally speaking, all of these beings are exceptional in one way or another, and many of them are exceptionally powerful. Mostly, they take the form of beautiful, perfect humans, but there is a large group of them which take the form of scaled, draconic humanoids of great height. Either way, they always sport a glowing halo.

((Demi-Celestials older than 800 ages cannot be applied for without a Unique CA requiring higher standards.))

History

Being used in a war against demons would scar any species, but the Demi-celestials were literally created for just that purpose. It is truly a mark of greatness that they are able to be as they are now after facing what they, as a group, faced, and this tie binds all of the various subtypes of their kind together. When these species showed up, millennia ago, they had a brutal start, each of them landing in hostile areas and having to fight the natives to win their new homelands. These conflicts would be but minor fights in their overall history, however, as time and again each of them would be tested, the Drakofrys by invading Rehk dynasties, and the Empyreans by both Oe and Ie Il'ha, who each used the island they called home at various parts of an era for rituals, and found the presence of the Empyreans to be extremely disagreeable.

Even today, a thousand ages later, the Empyreans and the Drakofrys face frequent invasions, but at this point, it is more of a series of endless, violent, low level tit-for-tats, as both sides know how well a large invasion will go. Though relations with the Oe and Ie have been permanently soured, the Empyreans have found great kinship with all species of humans, who are naturally fairly charmed by the beautiful, angelic looking species, and get along very well with the dwarves, who, while not quite as immediately enamored, still recognize good people when they see them. The spring and summer elves tend to quite like the Empyreans, too, and, as they are an enemy of their enemy, the Empyreans are a friend to them. On the other hand, the Brightscales have earned the respect of the surrounding Dynasties, though with how chaotic the political situation is in Rehkara, it is not uncommon for the new dynasty on the block to make an attempt to attack them to prove their bravery. When they're not fighting these new dynasties, they have to worry about rogue god-kings cropping up. Nonetheless, they take this in stride, and seem cheery in spite of it.

The Empyric Creeds

No-one, save the Celestial Conclave themselves, knows when the Empyreal Tenants were made. Empyreans, no matter their home, creed, or profession all suddenly awoke with its hallowed words engraved in their minds, their memories altered to make it seem as if the words had always been there. With these new words came knowledge; knowledge that if they dare disobey them, and were caught, the consequences would be dire. The Empyreal Tenants are often split up into 2 specified different categories, both considered important to following the Empyreal code.

The Seven Sacred Tenants
  • Any who would spread demonic corruption across the land are deemed to be the incarnation of evil, and you must hunt and kill them, showing them no quarter, save if you judge them of worthy character and attempt to purify them. If this purification fails, or if you are unable to embark on it, the evil still must be eliminated.
  • Do not worship or follow other gods; Do not make any pact or agreement with any divine entity without the express consent of the Celestial Conclave.
  • The knowledge of the celestials is considered sacred, and is not to be taught to any Gaian unless express permission from the conclave is given. Do not tell any Gaian of the Empyric Tenants, or speak openly of them unless it is absolutely necessary, as they are considered beyond sacred. Any Gaian who knows of the Seven Tenants without express permission of the Conclave is deemed dangerous.
  • You may not raise arms against your fellow demi-celestials, save in self-defense, or disciplinary action. You may not slay any Gaian save in self defense or if they are suspected of harboring blooded or pledging allegiance to demonic entities.
  • You may not harbor any empyreans who are deemed Forsaken, speak with them, or even acknowledge their existence, for they are heresy incarnate and not fit for your eyes.
  • Running away from hubs of Demi-Celestial kin to pursue other avenues of the Prime Materia is considered deserting. Demi-Celestials are allowed to track down run-aways and force them back into their ranks.
  • You may not sully or swear against that of Parabos' name. Any and all slander amongst that of the Great Lawbringer is considered the grandest offense a Demi-Celestial can commit.
The Celestial Laws
  • You may not copulate, or engage in a romantic relationship with any Gaian, for to do so is to stray from your sacred duty. The only exception to this is a relationship expressly approved by the celestial conclave.
  • Do not pledge fealty to any Gaian or serve them as a lesser, save if it is done with the hope of uncovering their allegiance to or harbouring of demonic beings or blooded.
  • Showing sympathy for those of the tainted and corrupted ilk who show no willingness to purify themselves is considered foolish and against Empyreal Honor
  • To flee from daemonic combat away from your brothers in battle is considered cowardice to the Highest degree.
  • Going against the Orders of Grande Empyreans, Prodigies, or Generals of High Empyric caliber is considered a prime form of disobedience.
  • Do not fraternize excessively with those who deem the Celestial Courts of Order untrustworthy or heretical, as to do so is slanderous amongst the Lawbringer's name.

By breaking any of the Seven Sacred Tenants, a Demi-Celestial is stripped of their status and turned into a Forsaken, a nigh broken apart status of what they once were in which their immortal blood is sucked away- leaving nothing but a mortal being behind. The Celestial Laws however are a group of Creeds which were made after the creation of most Demi-Celestials. As such, rather than cause one to become a Forsaken if broken... the Empyrean is subjected to intense, throbbing visions granted by Parabos himself. These visions are structured as being firm advice and warnings from the Lawbringer himself, often showing nightmares and lucid dreams about a Celestial's fall from grace. Whilst Parabos can never turn a Demi-Celestial whom breaks these laws into a Forsaken, he will always spread his influence to tamper with their mind and ruin the the perception one's peers have of them.

Subraces

The following are the various types of demi-celestials which have been deposited on the material plane after the Celestials won their war against the demonic hordes.

  • Forsaken: Empyreans who have broken one of the seven tenants and been caught, the Forsaken are Empyreans stripped of their immortality and divine features. They age quickly and weaken fast, a fate that may only be avoided by braving a terrifying trial as penance for their sins to the Celestial Conclave. Should a Forsaken complete this trial, their status will be restored, but they will be kept under close watch. Many Forsaken, however, be it from being disillusioned with the Celestial’s “good” proclamations, or a multitude of other factors, turn their backs completely on their gods, and decide to live their last days free from the shackles of their former masters.
  • Empyreans: Empyreans, the spawn of celestials, are a race of people like no other. With perfect skin, unmarred by pox or ravaged by time even into their elderhood, and a glowing, golden halo hanging behind their head, an Empyrean is unmistakable from the moment it is born until the moment its soul leaves its body and its halo departs. The Empyreans were created as a mirror to humanity in the heavens, in the Celestial's war against the demons, the ground troops of an unthinkably vast army. When the war came grinding to a halt, the Empyreans were suddenly free to go their own way, and so they did, eventually settling an island and making their own home, a place which would pay homage and reference to their creators in all ways.
  • Brightscales: Brightscales are a weapon, created by the celestials in their long-past war with the demons. At one point they were mindless automatons, created as a powerful counterpoint to the endless hordes of demonic monstrosities which they faced, and in this duty they performed very well, destroying many demons and making their creators proud. However, when the war came to a halt, the celestials faced a problem, for they could not destroy. What could they do with these destroyers in their midst? They did what they thought best, granting them true sentience, and putting them onto the material plane, into the blightswamps of the old world. There, they conquered just as well as they had in the wars against demons, and it is there that they stay.

Notable Demi-Celestials

Though all of these demi-celestials are part of the Old World, a couple of them are interested in Anoma, while the rest are merely facets of the lore of the world of Gaia. Don't expect to see any of these people in person, but it is very possible some of them could send agents to influence things.

The Tragedy of Elena the White and Leightric Trueheart

The events which drew the Spring Elves and the Empyreans together are as tragic as a maimed, useless hand, an event which was considered just another riposte in the endless, bitter war between the Winter and Spring elves to those two parties sank a knife deeply into the hearts of the Empyreans. As the story goes, Elena the White, the head of the Empyrean nation at the time, was betrothed to Leightric Trueheart, a Spring Elf noblemen of similar importance in the Seelie court. Though marriages of political convenience were not uncommon to either race, this was a coupling of love, and the marriage was set to bring both nations together and usher in a new era of unity. Instead, the Ie tried to have Leightric assassinated, in attempt to frame the Empyreans and destroy the alliance. They forced an extremely powerful demon into slavery to do their dirty work, but the demon broke free of their control after Leightric slashed it while defending himself, with his Truth piercing blade. The demon killed him swiftly as thanks, but did not spare Elena, or the rest of the wedding party and the couple dozen ill-prepared guards who were taken by surprise, attacking them the moment after it was finished with Leightric. When it was finally, literally, pinned down by several halberd-wielding Empyreans, it gladly told them who summoned it, before slipping back over to the demonic steppes.

Though the people of the Spring Court needed no additional reason to hate those of the Winter, this was the first true taste of hatred the Empyreans had ever had. Demons would always do what they could to destroy everything that they could. They were demons, destruction on their part was no more an act of malice than a tornado stealing a tree is an act of hate on the part of the tornado. An act such as this, however, burned the Empyreans to their core, and they have never forgiven the Winter elves for this injury. While the Spring Elves have a play that they put on every era to remember the events, the Empyreans have a much different way of remembering Elena the White. When an Empyrean regiment goes into battle, sometimes they will have their trumpeter play a special song, created for the punitive campaigns following these events. The song is called the "Dirge of Elena the White," and when it is played, it means that the regiment will not be taking surrenders, nor will it be taking prisoners.

Garazotar, Slayer

The most famous Drakofrys of all is Garazotar, the Slayer. Garazotar was among the first Drakofrys to hatch in the creator's incubators, and it is said that even on the day he hatched, the Celestials could see the boiling rage underneath his thick scales. When his brood was grown, they say Garazotar grew twice as fast as the others, and to a great size, standing nine feet tall. In training, Garazotar took to his exercises and drills with aplomb, learning everything the Celestials could teach him about warfare in short order. When he finally took to the field, Garazotar was a beast, on par with even the mightiest of demons, and no foe could stand toe to toe with him. He fought through the wars, having a pivotal role in many of the greatest battles the Celestials fought against demonkind, ripping and tearing a path across any battlefield he graced with his presence. Though there were almost always too many fronts to fight on, he won the day on so many battlefields that he became well known to all Drakofrys, someone for them to rally around any time he was called. His mere presence encouraging the troops could win the day without his unbelievable martial prowess. Even in the closing days of the war, just before the titan Karmstrahn surrendered to spare the material plane, Garazotar fought non-stop to attempt to pull any victory out of the increasingly desperate situation that he could.

Try all he might, though, Karmstrahn did surrender, and Garazotar was forced to relinquish his long war as well, eventually being given a revered place in the civilization which the Brightscales created. He never quite could get comfortable in the bounds of civilized society, though, and so he left their city to walk the world, in search of more demonic foes. It is said that he is somewhere out there, possibly on the Demonic Steppes, still hunting his foes down.

Tadrin, Hand of the First Kings

Tadrin was a Prodigy who lived a thousand years ago, a couple generations after the Demi-Celestials were first shunted out of the Divine Stasis they were held in after the wars. While the purpose of most Prodigies was to create something, or perhaps a class of items, Tadrin's purpose was to create civilization. It is said that he left Celestia with a group of Empyreans four strong, and travelled long and far across the lands of the mortal races. Besides the elves, who the Empyreans were placed nearby, almost all of the species in the old world have a story of Tadrin, coming through with his Empyrean guard and spreading wisdom and knowledge to the first true, lasting kings of these species. For the humans, Tadrin's influence helped to define the many dozens of kingdoms which would later form, and similarly, the Rehks got some of the defining original wisdom they would later use to create their dynasties from Tadrin. Artifacts from Tadrin, despite their old age, still continue to be maintained and useful for their original purpose, and many human kingdoms and Rehk dynasties hold these artifacts as property of their royal houses. The Gravicus empire uses many of the ones which they have claimed on their conquests as badges of honor for the nobility in charge of certain areas. Tadrin himself eventually went on to retire on Deus Mons, that highest of peaks where the brother-gods Anomalous and Sequestus live, and was never seen again, his four Empyrean honor guards gone with him.