Aretas, Malakite Master of Peace, Angel of Euphemism
By vez o'rama
"If you can't say something nice, you aren't trying hard enough..."
Aretas is a typical servant of Flowers, and thus an atypical Malakite.
However, he is able to fight the War, and peacefully so. His strategy is simple. He takes "Evil" words, and makes them "nice". Naturally, this requires a certain amount of machination and manipulation. Or, as Aretas would say, "creativity" and "finesse".
Corporeal Forces: 4
Ethereal Forces: 5
Celestial Forces: 5
Suggested Word-Forces: 9
Attunements: Malakite of Flowers, Seraph of Flowers, Malakite of Purity, Nothing but Flowers
Skills: Dodge/6, Fast-Talk/6, Fighting (Aikido-style/4), Knowledge (Gardening/6), Move Silently/6, Savoir-Faire/6, Tracking/6
Songs: Cacophony (Corpeoreal/2), Ecstasy (Ethereal/5), Harmony (Ethereal/5), Healing (Corporeal/3), Sanctity (Corporeal/2), Sanctity (Ethereal/2), Solace (Corporeal/3), Tongues (Corporeal/6, Ethereal/3, Celestial/3).
- Suffer not an evil to live, when it is my choice.
- Never surrender in a fight, and never be captured by the armies of Lucifer.
- Once a day, reflect upon my actions and their impact on the Symphony.
- Love first, judge last.
- Never utter an unsavory word or phrase. Always make a positive substitution when possible. Otherwise, substitute something harmless.
Aretas was a mature reliever when the Rebellion occurred, a butterfly-spirit flitting about in the Glade. Within the upset following the Fall, however, it seems he found his purpose and he fledged into a Malakite. Much to the surprise and delight of Novalis, he immediately expressed belief that he could best serve God through her. Novalis welcomed him with little hesitation, making him one of her first Malakim.
Aretas wasn't the first to recognize the strategy of word perversion. That was a demonic concept from the get-go, as we all know. However, he was the first to suggest the deliberate perversion of a demonic word, and the first to devise a strategy for doing so.
The Seraphim Council balked at the idea at first. It just seemed... so deceptive. Aretas was very persuasive.
Shortly thereafter, and with all the associated ambition and driving passion of a Malakite, he stood before the Council and petitioned for the Word of Euphemism. They honoured his request.
For years he was an aid to Uriel, serving with Novalis' blessing. But then came the Purity crusades... and not long after they started, Aretas distanced himself from Heaven's Army.
To this day, however, he does remain on good terms with Laurence and will rarely refuse to assist on a mission regarding word perversion. As long as the other participants promise to watch the ody-count-bay.
Aretas works with a negative concept, creates the opportunity for Euphemism, and then works to replace the negative concept with the Euphemism. Once the Euphemism has a firm hold, he usually moves on. If the Euphemism can become a new Divine word, it may be assumed by a petitioner at the discretion of the Seraphim Council.
Naturally, he's always on the look-out for ambitious angels, the kind who are willing to work for a word, who are eager to take on his projects after he's gotten the ball rolling. Besides, he likes the back-up!
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