Protosuperior: Angel of Fear (Kyriotate Master of Stone)
1: an unpleasant often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger
2: anxious concern
3: profound reverence and awe especially toward God
4: reason for alarm
"Fear God, yes, but don't be afraid of Him."
-J. A. Spender
HISTORY & NATURE
"To live with fear and not be afraid is the final test of maturity."
(Note: Morael, like many Kyriotates, assumes no gender to its name. However, for the purpose and readability of this brief chronicle, the Angel of Fear is referred to here in the masculine. --Amisiel, 5th Scribe of Destiny [Elohite])
Morael was a servitor of Beleth long before the Rebellion came. Before Lucifer was planting seeds of doubt into the minds of angel and Archangel alike, the Dominator was aiding humans on earth while his mistress was in the Marches. Fear has a purpose. Without fear, there is no sense of danger. Morael helped guide the instincts of early man, instilling the proper amount of fear and respect for danger and teaching them to fear God.
The Rebellion shocked and scared the young angel. He fought against friend and Superior, watching some die and others Fall. Disillusioned by the event, the Dominator fled to the corporeal realm. Alone. Most of the few remaining angels of Fear turned to Uriel or Blandine. Morael was without Superior and, for a long time, without guidance. He continued doing what he saw as his duty, but without any real feeling.
Then, realization hit. If Heaven had /feared/ Rebellion, it would have protected itself against it. He saw that Dominic's continued actions (and the three angels of Judgement who kept a careful eye on the Kyriotate) were now borne in fear and how important fear truly was. His faith in himself and in the Word he served was renewed. Through that, his faith in Heaven and God grew back and Morael began interacting with humanity with a vigor he never had before.
As he swam through the currents of human minds he saw that the Word he served could easily turn to what Beleth now desired. There were many negative aspects to the Word. But, as he saw with Fire, many Words had their flip-sides. Morael took special, fearful, care not to let his influence corrupt, but rather strengthen humanity. He helped instill fear, but tried never to turn that to paranoia, loathing, or terror.
In 2000 B.C., the Kyriotate made his first return to Heaven since the Fall, having spent some 20,000 years not only on the corporeal realm, but also without Superior. To the surprise of a great deal of the Host, Morael requested servitude under the Archangel of Stone. He saw David's motives as the most similar to his own. Both using adversity to raise humanity and, in many cases, bring them together. Morael realized the adage of "safety in numbers." It was his own scars, earned mentally and celestially over the years, that brought him back Home.
Morael worked hard under his new Superior, still using fear as his strongest tool. Often, he took the role of Pharisee, teacher or other religious figure to bring people together, instilling a fear of God into them. Dominic, David and many among the Seraphim Council took note of Morael's continued assistance towards the Host and he was granted the word he once served under. Morael became the Angel of Fear.
The consensus amongst the Council was not unanimous, however. Uriel was wary of a Word which had once failed and Fallen being granted again and Blandine was unsure that she could ever work with Fear again, in the Archangel's mind it had become a detriment to Dreams. Still, the majority felt that not only was the Kyriotate worthy of becoming bound to such a powerful Word, but it would also be a psychological blow against Hell.
When Beleth received news of her previous Word being awarded to another, acrimonious Princess settled into an even darker mood.
Morael began dividing his time between the Heaven and Earth, leaving the Marches and the dreams of mankind to Blandine. It was no secret that a fear of his former superior also kept him out of harm's way. The Dominator continued using priests and clergymen as his primary hosts. Morael brings fear, but the kind people live, even survive, with. Not the fear that destroys, but the fear that tempers and strengthens, and just keeps people alive.
The Angel of Fear often appears in his celestial form, rather than manifesting in a preferred demeanor. If physical form is required, the angel often uses the resonance granted him by the Archangel of Stone and makes his appearance as a stone gargoyle.
"If you fear nothing, you love nothing. If you love nothing, what joy can there be in life?"
It is dissonant for Morael or any angel serving him to breed terror or paranoia in another. Angels who serve Fear often walk a fine line with the Word they work under. They may use fear to bring people together, to warn of danger, or to teach others to live with their fears, but they may not cause undo dread. Morael and his angels may, however, put the fear of God into a demon without repercussion.
"Let the fear of danger be a spur to prevent it; he that fears not, gives advantage to the danger."
Kyriotate of Fear (Restricted)
Unlike most Dominators, Morael and the Kyriotates that serve under him can choose not to push their host's minds into the Marches. Instead, on the Kyriotate's desire, the host may retain a somewhat blurry memory of the actions his body performed. At any moment the Kyriotate can block the host's mind, sending them to a dream-state, but the consciousness will not return until the Kyriotate then leaves the body. Many Dominators use this to help instill proper fear or help their host temper their fears.
At a touch (or via possession) the angel knows the fears the target carries with them and how strongly those fears affect their lives. Conversely, these angels also know what the target doesn't fear and how strong those feelings are.
Know Thine Enemy
Morael is familiar with his former Archangel and what she has become. He sees how easy it could be for some to sway to Beleth's way of thinking. At a glance, an angel with this attunement knows if a person directly serves Nightmares. i.e., the angel would know a demon of Nightmares or a Hellsworn under Nightmares on sight, but not someone influenced by them.
"Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear."
-Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)
Convince someone that their fear is an appropriate response
Help another confront and live with their fear (without loosing their fear)
"Fear is a question: What are you afraid of, and why? Just as the seed of health is in illness, because illness contains information, your fears are a treasure house of self-knowledge if you explore them."
Possible Allies: Both David and Janus are in complete support of Morael; fear is both an agent of change and helps bind people together. Dominic is convinced of Morael's piety and dedication to the Host and is one of the Angel's supporters.
Possible Associates: Michael and Lawrence understand the tactic of fear in battle; Morael, however, doesn't use scare tactics. They, like Marc and Jean are aware of the angel's dedication, however and will help when it aids them as well.
Possible Hostiles: Blandine is still uncomfortable with Morael, she still blames part of herself for Beleth's Fall and is wary of Morael eventually taking the same route. Fear can easily be used for cruelty; though Gabriel is aware of Morael's views of his Word, she is very careful with any aid he or those in his service receive. Novalis is not fond of the Kyriotate of Fear at all, fear is not an emotion pared with tranquility and peace, two of her most important aspects.
SUB-PRINCIPALITY: MORAEL'S MAZES
"Fear is the tax that conscience pays to guilt."
Deep in Heaven's Catacombs is a dark, dank series of twisty tunnels, all alike. This is Morael's domain. Many fear it, and rightly so. It's quite easy to get lost for days in the caverns. It's also a proving ground for many relievers and young angels. Those who enter and leave often still fear the caves, but have learned to live and handle that emotion. Those that don't are sent back to their immediate superior for some additional training. Morael's Maze is never used as punishment.
Credits: Erich Arendall