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C O P I I D E L U M I N A
[children of the light]
[x] Ingeri De Razboi - Angels of War ;
Often gilded in the embellishments of battle : these warriors of hellish intent are the most ruthless of avengers and seekers, they pine after destruction on sharp wings and mercilessly implement attacks of brutish antagonism and hate. What makes them so riddled with spite is a tale warped in mystery, an unknown affliction that does not give the Ingeri rest or peace of mind. They are insatiable beings unable to taper down tempers or bother to reign in their blood-lusts, they focus upon careless abandon and glee and ride into battle with golden flickers of light hazing around their forms in mocking halos. The lore surrounding these unholy creatures is a testament of old, children of the morning star : the Arch Angel being which spirals down into One. Their creation was one of pure intentions, to be Guardians of the lesser souls granted to the Mortal Plane where the most prized possessions of the One lived on in their simplistic lives overwhelmed with joy and bountiful splendors. The Ingeri though was a like a constant force shifting into the throes of Fate, following a design they denied internally, and thus wove their own fabric of Destiny and within the threads was blood and death.
Histories would state the once heavenly light donned over these beings of hope, they were a vast, beloved fixation for the mortals that often prayed to them in times of need and faithful practice. Records date the religious, habitual practices of worship, in which formed the Biserica in the primary stages, this foundation was the start of the spiral into madness. Personal testaments are lost to the Ingeri, their prideful and warped souls deny the natures of inquiry, always supplying their truths and stories, never accepting any right or belief but their own. Ingeri do not hold sympathy and certainly no remorse in their hearts for any of the Dead ; once shepherds of light and redemption, the Ingeri have swayed their primary abilities to better appeal to war and destruction. Instead of heralding the light of the Arch Angels as a beacon of salvation, they use this internally graved power to shine the Holy gleam unto demon ilk, catching their souls and body aflame, but only enough to fringe the creature in pain and near death. Ingeri need demonic blood to fuel their attacks and further strengthen their corruption, they ingest the red through their pores and mouths, able to control the blood cells through a telekinetic like force that happens upon whim rather than command.
Demonic blood is a favoured catalyst to the Ingeri, as mortal blood is insignificant to their power out puts and cannot sustain their glorious attacks, however some Ingeri are desperate enough to harvest mortal blood, despite the illness one can obtain through such means. Ingeri cannot withhold mortal or lesser bourne affinities or attributes, thus the body begins to wear and deteriorate into undernourishment and potentially death. This is why Ingeri avoid physical contact at all possibilities and implement their attacks through elongated weaponry often attached to their bodies in forms of mechanical augmentation. Technology has favoured the Ingeri who know of the future plane and write, thus they are often donned in the most efficient of arsenal which always matches their elaborate war regalia : gold and emerald.
The Ingeri contain a deep hatred for the mortal kingdom of the Biserica, having once slaughtered the race into deep death during their century of control. The supposed leader of this army was an angel of divinity known as Michael, a forsaken Arch Angel who did not believe in the One or his part within. He was among the first to descend onto the plain and strike the first blow against the mortals, his hands became heavy with the blood of the Pope : Alexandre Lumina III, a man as ruthless as the Ingeri themselves. Michael sacrificed his soul to the death of blood, slaying Alexandre and ingesting the death, why the former Arch Angel did so is hidden, even with time being warped back by the hand of the Mortal Rite. Michael has seemingly disappeared from the fabrics and network : no trace of him remains and it leaves some to wonder where the ruthless angel fled.
[x] Scăzut - Fallen Ones;
Some Ingeri were so wrought in anger and destruction that the very pits of their souls became dark and tainted, their light diffused and their attacks of pure and brute force ; the true warriors who descended into battle purposely, hoping to feel alive. They were dead inside, no better than anything that existed in the world. The Scazut did whatever they had to do to enact their power, harvesting humans and demons alike with ruthless efficiency. These were the creatures of true power, their abilities knew no bounds during the rule ; they cared not for status in the army, only to vent out there hate and anger unto the innocent and weak. Their lore focuses around the Ingeri known as Lucifer, the one who went away from the original design of war and delved deep into dark aspects and affinities, he was the first to the lose the light of the Arch Angels, forsaking it for raw power.
From this submission others followed, holding the truth and belief Lucifer told, he let his wings turn to ashen black and through this raw power he summoned forth the most deadly of warriors to his fold, coming close to overthrowing Michael from his supreme leadership. Lucifer's efforts however were thwarted by the former Arch Angel who dispelled Lucifer from his high authority and power, cursing him to never fly and for his wings to become lame, thus hindering him and worn with pain. His followers of many were forced to submit under Michael and attacked under his whims, to become mindless warriors once again without spirit or purpose. They flew on wings of ashen colours, they donned rubies instead of emeralds and sought after Lucifer in secret, slaying the mortal in the propose and ingesting their blood on careless notions of power rather than intentions.
When the Mortal Rite pulled onto the threads of time, the Scazut could not be redeemed nor changed, their corruption was so heavy, their souls lost, that the network could not remember their impressions nor faces. Thus the vestige of change forced them to fall, their wings to be torn from their bodies and their once divine powers to be taken from them. The Scazut appear no more than an average human, only wielding enhanced strengths from their former selves. They, unlike the Ingeri, do not remember their future selves and are plagued with memories of their once hellish forms, warped into nightmares of ashen feathers and glinting reds and the eyes of their father which calls to them from within.
Along with Michael, Lucifer too has disappeared from the fabric of time, leaving only his children to remain.
[x] Demonii Rai - Demons of Heaven
They were of pale skins, porcelain almost, bearing soft features and sharp eyes of almond and black, peering into the deepest reaches and obtaining the most wonder of knowledge. It is difficult to say what the Demonii Rai are aside from physical notices, for while the Ingeri are known through history and lore in great scripture, the truths of the demons is uncertain and sometimes based upon false tales. These creatures were content to live in their shadows, their dark planes and to never come upon the mortals or the Ingeri which despise them so. They were curious scholars, interested of the technology and souls the Arch Angels had granted, among them lived the most wise and intelligent, forsaking power for the true nature of knowledge. The Demonii Rai desired the graces of Heaven, if only to learn of the Arch Angels which held the world upon their shoulders. They pined after their existence, searching for their own purposes and meaning when there was seemingly none to be had. They were not evil beings lurking after virgin maidens or babes, they did not lust after the wicked and pray unto the minds of innocence.
The concept behind them was warped and distorted by the Biserica purposely, they bemoaned of their evil deeds, they blamed the sick upon them and the insane to be of their influence. What purpose hid behind these is unknown, Alexandre Lumina III was firm in his law and testaments when others questioned the meanings behind his Demonii of darkness, he cursed them all to be tainted by the shadows and to be put to death. The Demonii, from that point on, were shunned even further and despised for reasons that were false ; they were the victims of lies and deceit and thus the beginning of their down spiral was bourne. For among the Demonii stood the King, Asmodeus, he who was of true knowledge and wisdom in which power was held.
Asmodeus, in a act of justice, plagued the Pope and church, defiling and perverting their emotions and intentions. He did not attack directly and opted for an indirect assault, working from the lowest of disciples and up, tempting them into sin and ruin. Alexandre claimed the work of the devil was at hand, even going as far as to claim Asmodeus to be that very soul, even when the satanic spirit was false. Just like their was no God, there was no devil to defy him. Thus Asmodeus acted on the revenge of his brothers, infiltrated the Biserica and started the first resistance of the Demonii.
From Asmodeus : his brother and sisters came, the seven sins together in a whole, it was written that these seven evils came upon the mortals and distorted the emotional balance set by the Arch Angels, instead of the simplicity of purity and charity, greed and wrath came upon the souls and inflicted them, warping the citizens of the Light now instead of just the church. The others of sloth, gluttony, envy and pride came slow and endless, giving the humans troubling thoughts and emotions, giving them nightmarish desires and submitting to their ugliest of truths. Asmodeus watched on in silence, having already inflicted lust in the church, whether or not he felt remorse for starting the spiral is unknown, the only occurrence was the Ingeri coming for them.
The first of the massacre occurred with the Ingeri known as Uriel, a holder of light and the true beam of its grace. He, upon all others, was the strongest possessor of the light within and used it to burn Asmodeus to ashes, bearing down upon the lust bearer with anger aglow. Asmodeus burned to nothing, not even the blood was left to harvest in the end of the violent punishment. Uriel led the wrath against them, pushed onto them until he was bathed in the red and unable to rise from his blood lust. The seven sins fell into nothing and could not fend for their sister and brothers and the demons perished under the Ingeri in merciless death ; it left an incredible hole in the force and almost into extinction.
When the Mortal Rite pulled back time and set the world into the once was, the Demonii forces were beyond repair, thus the network forgot their souls, only allowed a few to return to the plane and shadow, thus their forces remain dilapidated but not so desperately like it was. The Demonii remember everything from their future and are locked within turmoil of revenge and wanting to restore their people, but they are left to wonder where Asmodeus and his kin went, for like the others of infamy, they did not return.
[x] Altoit - Tainted Ones
These poor souls are the forgotten ones, the Demonii Rai that became bitter spirits and poltergeists ; they haunt the mortal plain and flit in and out of reality. The Altoit are beings crafted of the Mortal Hand who distorted time, the balance of the network could not fix them, thus Fate handed them the unfair hand of nothingness. The Altoit cannot function properly and are susceptible to rage in their bitter emotions which run out of control. The Altoit tend to follow after the seven sins of old, being spirits of lust or pride, wrath and envy, gluttony and greed, and sloth, taking to these sins for purpose. Despite their flitting forms and lives, the Altoit can harness electrical impulses through the stream of air, this ability is harnessed by reaching into the fabrics around them, tugging on natural charges in the air and striking them down with forceful gestures, thus igniting electricity. The result is chaotic and impulsive, never following direction and harming many in a wide radius, but they themselves are immune to the effects and burns.
Another result of their taint and death is the survival of blood, unlike the Ingeri, the Altoit must ingest the red to maintain themselves into reality, otherwise they escape into the parallel world aside the mortal plane. Aloit, with their given form, can ingest any forms of blood, be it mortal, Ingeri or even their kind of Demonii. They are immortal in their given corruption and death and feel no pain, the only way to rid of the flitting spirits is to invoke their name : which is lost to them and the balance of reality.
[x] Fals Ingeri - False Angels
Among the hellish Ingeri and the victimized Demonii, the Fals Ingeri live, torn between two sides and riddled with spiteful nature and sorrow. Once mortals of the plane and simple, they are now souls warped with the blood of Ingeri, which is forced upon them by the Demonii Rai. The once pitied creatures have now found a way of creation, taking their vast knowledge and applying such into science, thus giving life to the Fals whom the Ingeri despise as any mortal. The mortals are often lured into this corruption, falling to their knees in pain and writhing in the most hideous of agonies. Wings of distorted, brown colours erupt from their spines, tearing flesh and cracking bone, smaller than the Ingeri's glorious wing span, but enough to lift them into the graces of flight, the wings are bathed in blood and fringed in black, as if forever marking their false and tainted lives by the hands of Demonii and Angel.
The Ingeri find them to be the bane of their name, sneering at them often and mocking their creation openly. To a Fals, the only way they may save themselves from the horrid life is to fight for their masters, and while they don't bear the light of the true and pure, they are among the fastest in the fleets of war. The Fals are not to be confused with hybrids of any kind, they are essentially Ingeri but with a human backdrop that lessens their capabilities. The blood within fuels their power, enabling them the will to survive without it longer than the Ingeri whom must ingest Demonii blood to always use their powers. However, because of their mortal souls hidden beneath, the Fals die slowly, their bodies winding down into nothing and into a sickness which ravages them. The Fals can put off this death with Ingeri blood, but consuming such brings forth pain, further shifting their bodies, sometimes when one ingests too much, another pair of wings may rip from their backs. These Fals Ingeri are the oldest generally and the fastest, however they are more vulnerable, as the wings tend to get smaller the more they appear.
The most wings a Fals Ingeri may possess is eight in total, two on the back, one centered on their hips and another bursting from their craniums. However, only one Fals was dated to posses these augments and was told to have suffered the most painful of deaths and burned on a mocking cross, crucified and left to rot in the sun.
[x] Biserica - The Church
In a war of rumoured Hell and Heaven, the mortals that were bourne into the world from the Arch Angels are not the sole victims of this horrid century and life. For the mortals were not the most pure or morally sane. Among these lived the most ruthless of all, the Pope : Alexandre Lumina III, he was young and foolish during his first years, a man of harsh angels and authority descended from a long line of Holy men who originally just wanted to pray and worship to the Ingeri and Arch Angels. Alexandre however wanted different, he led a Holy crusade to see his Church formed and created, he pushed on with ruthless desires and made sure that any who opposed him, fell in sudden ruin. Why Alexandre Lumina III pushed and pushed for the Biserica to be formed is unknown to even his most loyal of Cardinals, all that mattered was that it was formed and he given rightful place among the lead.
Alexandre was not the holiest of men, but he was efficient and confident, these attributes led to the mortal world into greatness and life, Alexandre possessed a wisdom beyond his years and a voice that could make any submit to his desires. And in the capital, his name was uttered into every prayer and given thanks to, the Arch Angels adored him, even graced him with the luxuries of time and allowed this mortal creature to expand his life and youth ; this obvious favoritism angered the Ingeri whom were suddenly meant to serve this horrible man, and Demonii resented him for the lies he spun about their dark souls. Why Alexandre did any of this is a mystery, not even Michael, his murderer, could dispel the reasons behind this mortal heart. Above all the Ingeri and the Demonii, Alexandre was the most cunning and thus spurred their hate even more.
With time warped back, Alexandre still lives but seems to harbour no memory like the Ingeri and Demonii do, his soul is still ruthless and his meanings still cunning, even when the sins act against him still. Alexandre Lumina III leads the humans into the war with knowledge that should not be his own and with the Mortal Rite at his side, he his the most sought after in terms of power, thus giving the Biserica more hold over the world than ever before. The Church is the primary source of power, the councils of Cardinals and many below them are the actors of war, sending out the fleets of the Church to strike fear and justice into the mortal world. Within the capital, the Biserica rules all and knows all and does not accept anything else in their power of truth and mystery.
[x] Direcţii Cardinale - Cardinal
The council of seven ; the Cardinals act as the advisers in the Biserica, the most politically inclined and knowledgeable, the Cardinals are often the ones bickering among the cold war, cunning as any Demonii and violent as any Ingeri. The Directii Cardinale is the highest station within the Biserica and rumoured to be the closest to Alexandre, at all times will a Cardinal posses their own Krsnik, a sorts of body guard that they command in their lies of life.
[x] Patriarhul - Patriarch
The Patriarhul are essentially the successors of Alexandre, while directly holding no influence in terms of politics, they are generally favoured individuals whom can do whatever it is as they wish, within rights of council of course. While not as important or known as the Directii Cardinale, they are often from vast families with economic prowess and nobility, the sons of some of the wealthiest men in the capital, and capable of treachery among court, such as blackmail.
[x] Episcop - Bishop
The Church of course has its minsters, those that spread the word of the Biserica and law of Alexandre Lumina III. The Bishops are the most free in reign, able to do as they please among the Capital as long as it is in the name of the Holiness and the Biserica. The Episcop is of few men and truths, often the eldest of Ducele that have earned their right and due into the house of Episi. They have general hold over the Biserica army, the Vatican, and each Episcop has his given branch of authority.
[x] Ducele - Duke
Generally the sons of Episcops, Ducele are the true ones that command their fathers' fleet. Often just glorified fighters, a Ducele does not have the constrains of the church upon him, able to commit sin as any mortal and still maintain control over his given army. A Ducele may rise into the ranks and into the Episi, but only upon the deaths of their fathers, thus assassinations are often common among them.
[x] Ducesa - Duchess
Harsh beauties of court, the Ducesa are the daughters of Episcops and capable of commanding the Vatican fleets just like their fathers or brothers. The Ducesa generally appeal greatly to espionage, and they are among the most cunning of mortals and the most tempting. Ducesa are successful infiltrators into this war and generally use their bodies as weapons rather than actual arsenal of metals and force. The only downfall is their actual selves, as a Ducesa cannot be among the Episi, instead, they remains as Duchesses or Queens : Episi wives.
[x] Vatican - Holy See
As a force of true power and influence, the church needs its army and league of forces to call upon in this dire war. Thus the branch of the Vatican stands, harsh and riddled with sin and cloaked in a mystery as deep as the Ingeri. The Vatican is forged of women and men alike, developed into different branches of military practice and just as thick with meaning ; sometimes confused with Priest or Priestess of some label, the Vatican implements any and all attacks commanded by the Biserica, answering directly to their Ducele and Ducesa generals, and controlled by the Pope above all else. The Church is the way of One and Light, a common phrase shared among the Vatican hold : Light and One.
They are sworn to uphold the law of the Biserica whilst committing sin, Vatican kill if they must, strike out at any willing to defy the word of Alexandre. They are of low tolerant creatures with a penchant for death following their every whim and grace, the Vatican is the powerful arm of the Biserica, reaching out to strike blows among Demon and Angel souls alike, even going as far as to slay their own people to ensure victory in the name of the Holy Father, Alexandre. The history surrounding the Vatican falls to the woman known as Esther, a beauty among blood that was among the first to ever slay an Ingeri by her lonesome. Esther is the Mother of the Vatican, a creature that was granted the rankings of Queen when an Episi elder requested for her womb and hand.
The daughters and sons of Esther are few but strong, her blood forged into any and all Vatican souls ; from the common grunt to the highest ranking officer next to a Ducele or Ducesa. Among the Vatican there are two majour branches of offense, whilst lesser organizations filter through the military group, coming together to be an efficient and deadly force that is not be underestimated in the slightest.
[x] Krsnik - Angel Hunter
The mystery of the Church and the Vaitcan army : the Hunters of the Ingeri are not ruthless men or women, they're silent in practice and force, deadly among the mortal spectra. There is something about them that appears off-kilter and away from the norm, the Krsnik do not appear human, Ingeri, or even Demonii - they seemingly strike a new breed onto the face of the world with silent glares and endless vocals that do not bear emotion or soul. The Krsnik describe themselves to be Angel Hunters, capable of bringing down the Holy avengers with better strength and speed than a common daughter of Esther.
While they honour the mother of the Vatican, often murmuring her name into prayer, the Krsnik seem to withhold no sense in honour of family, just a deadly stoicism that gives the impression of emotionless tact and reasoning. Thus, the rumours of Krsnik bearing no actual soul or eternal spirit : is ripe and true. Where they come from is unknown, only privy to Alexandre who glorifies the Krsnik as his beloved children of the Mortal Rite. The Krsnik seemed to have grasped a feeling of time, able to transport themselves in and without the fabric of reality. The way they perform this task is bending the threads, able to alter perspective of objects or events.
Seemingly, a Krsnik can change the future if they so wished, but only by a span of ten seconds or so, thus they use this ability in defense against their Ingeri prey, dodging blows that they are able to bend and alter and foresee. The Krsnik however are the 'last resort' esque among the Vatican, now being subjected to mere guard duty for the council of Cardinale.
[x] Crucisator - Crusader
And among the mysterious Krsnik and children of Esther remains the Crucisators ; the Crusaders of justice and truth. These are Paladin esque figures that are pure in spirit and reasoning, following the belief of the Arch Angels and Mortal Rite, and referring these two beings into being the Father and Mother. Often praising their creation, the Crucisatori is a small faction dedicated to justice and right and fair equality among men and evil souls alike. They do not despise the Ingeri or pit against the Demonii, in fact, they serve as diplomatic solutions, offering fragile peace among epitomes of hate and anger. Among the Biserica, the Crucisatori is the most respected and adored, for these souls are not wreathed in sin or anything akin to depravity.
Even the Ingeri must admit to their Holy lights within and honour the truth they favour, but even this does not guarantee their lives to be spared among this hateful war. The Demonii fear them for their attributes of light, which is only viewed as natural among their force, but do not oppose them openly in battle or anger. The Crusaders of this war seem to be the only ones with a sense of reasoning and spirit, perhaps there is more to this small faction than meets the mortal or Holy eye.