When I Grow Up I Want To Be An Elohite

By James Walker


When I grow up, I want to be an Elohite.

A reliever is guarded by Malakim, befriended by Mercurians, inspired by Menunim. But when he needs specific advice, he turns to the Elohim.

They know his moods, his feelings; when he is speaking with the heart and when with the head. And what to do when they disagree.

It's a choice every reliever has to make sooner or later: which does he trust, heart or head? Many will choose the heart. They are drawn to Words like Dream or Fire; their choir of choice is likely Ofanite, Cherub or Kyriotate.

Others are calmer. They still have emotions, but are not ruled by them. They're not 'Spock' - no one can be, at the end of any chain of reasons is "because I wanted to" even if what they wanted was to be logical.

What they are is thoughtful, willing to postpone an emotion on the advice of their intellect. Willing to ask themselves what the fundamental purpose of everything is.

And turn to God.

Walking the streets of Heaven, meeting the Blessed, those human most likely to have had their lives touched by God; serving the Archangels, who have spoken with God; able to read the record of God's word in Yves' library; God isn't a theory or possibility to a reliever. Instead he is the guiding force behind the universe, the basic reality that the reliever cannot doubt. For in addition to how God has revealed Himself to heaven, the reliever has access to the wisdom of the finest philosophers, who can introduce him to natural religion, and show him how such basics as absolute morality and the existence of logical truth require the existence of God. And help the reliever decide how he can best serve God.

To a degree, the reliever can follow his instincts. He was sculpted to a plan laid down by God long before the Fall; he knows that his selflessness is both a gift from and a command by God. Further, Destiny and Fire can guide him towards God's plan for him. But to know what God has planned for him, he needs to know what he is.

He's selfless, heavenly; and if he's got this far, rational. But how rational? Is he meant to rely solely on his reason, or should he follow his desires as well? In part, that is a personal choice. But it is a permanent choice. The reliever is immortal; if he chooses reason over emotion he must accept that his reasoning abilities will grow and mature with practice, while his emotions will atrophy. There's nothing inherently wrong with his emotions; they're a gift from God, after all. But once neglected they will be useless, and to turn to them, perhaps centuries later, would be insane.

Many relievers will decide that they can't make that choice. Their emotions are a gift form God, and they will use them as such. They will be respected by the Elohim. Others will claim that they wish to rely exclusively on reason, and be turned back by the Elohim; able to sense the emotions of those they deal with an Elohite will see if the decision made is actually an emotive leap later rationalised.

But others will say yes. For many years, they have sought answers in reason and logic, and that has turned them into basically intellectual beings; becoming an Elohite will be the culmination of the path they choose, perhaps unconsciously, long ago. From now on, they will seek objective, rational goals.

But is becoming an Elohite actually objectively good? It's likely that the reliever has friends who disagree; friends who plan to become Malakim. The objectively right choice, these friends will argue, is to be immune to Falling, to Trauma, to prevent Hell from corrupting or crippling you.

The answer the proto-Elohite will give is breath taking: Hell is not important enough to matter in an objective decision.

The Symphony has been unfolding for billions of years in it's intricate complexity. The fact that a few traitors are loose on a single planet simply isn't worth considering when making a decision which will still matter billions of years from now. True, Hell is annoying, and must be defeated. But the Symphony isn't about Hell, it's about God, about his creations, about Heaven. And an Elohite can operate knowing this, something a Malakite finds difficult. So the reliever plans to become an Elohite, confident that he will still be ready to serve when Lucifer is just a distant memory.


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