All Nephilim are the children of seven beings who were once considered part of a heavenly choir of angels. Seraphim, the highest order in heaven, are the beings the Creator bestows a wondrous power upon. Seraphim are capable of wielding a white energy that appears to be fire like, the energy shares none of the properties of flame.
Of those capable of channeling such a force, seven have fallen from grace--their wings severed from their body, they are condemned to never again claim paradise as their home.
The majority of the Fallen were exiled during the first fall that occurred shortly after Creation. Abaddon, Asmodeus, Astaroth, Leviathan and Semyazza followed Lucifer out of Heaven when they refused to bow before humans. Many generations later, another group defected out of lust--among them only the Seraphim known as Samael.
It was Semyazza who tempted the second group--the group which initially created the Nephilim.
Aside from Samael, the other Seraphim have discovered their energy signature sports a new colour. Their children are born with an ability to manipulate the same energy and the corresponding colour declares their lineage.
Pride immortal, the dawn-bearer orchestrated a revolution against God. When the War of Heaven ended and his rebellion failed, Lucifer and a third of the heavenly host was exiled from the kingdom, banished to the material plane.
The Morning Star is staggeringly beautiful and- although he is capable of changing his shape he seldom takes on an appearance that doesn’t stroke his ego nor hint at his extreme narcissism. Lucifer’s revolt was spurred by his pride- believing himself and his kind above humanity; typically he incorporates features to accent his egotistical ideals.
Likely do to his contempt of humanity, Lucifer has yet to actually spawn a Nephilim. Today he has taken on the form of Indrid Cold, a financial advisor in New York City who has established contact with the current Illuminati- which he original formed in the guise of the Collector.
- Lucifer's Hellfire: Violet
- Lucifer's Children: Unknown
- Lucifer's Demons: Unknown
The great destroyer, the angel of the abyss and the king of the locusts, Abaddon is the demon of wrath. Since the day he followed Lucifer out of the kingdom his flames have burned black.
Abaddon typically fights his brothers with a yet unrevealed strategy. Given that more black hellfire users exist more than any other color, it is believed by his brothers that he is amassing an army of Nephilim--likely to repopulate his army, as the Se’irim were long ago destroyed. Given that Abaddon’s powers augment his own already heightened combative ability, this seems highly plausible.
In recent years, Abaddon has adopted the identity of Doctor Jason Pickford, a psychologist working out of Manhattan. He schemed to return his son Apocatastasis to this world and was rewarded by having his mind destroyed. For a time, he was an amnesiac who believed himself just another Nephilim. Following the Basileus' invasion, he found the Tabula Rasa and had his memories restored (NV #100). However, he elected to maintain the guise of John Doe, and has remained on with the staff at the New Vindicators Academy of America.
- Abaddon's Hellfire: Black
- Abaddon’s Children: Apocatastasis, Blackguard, Deimos, Diyu, Mayonaka, Nightrider, Paladin, Pandora, Phobos, Ritter Xun, the Shadow
- Abaddon's Demons: Abaddon once commanded the Se’irim, though they were all destroyed centuries ago.
The demon of avarice, Asmodeus is considered one of the most wily and trick some of the Fallen. He is a meticulous planner and a shrewd thinker; he possesses an insatiable thirst for knowledge and craves to “know it all”. This hunger is generally put to astonishing use as his otherwise worthless information has been what many of schemes revolve around.
In ancient days, King Solomon through the use of portents and spells known as goetia, summoned the demon to him, intending to contract the former Seraphim to construct a temple. A contract was reached, one in which Asmodeus came out on top. As the king later learned, their agreement was that for every day Asmodeus spent building the temple, he would be allowed to spend a day posing as the king. In this guise he had access to the Seal of Solomon, a signet ring which allowed him command over the Fallen, their underlings and their off-spring. With such an artifact in his possession, Asmodeus began a campaign for power: he had watched Lucifer lose the War of Heaven and was not satisfied with following him into further misfortune.
Such a blow began the millennia-old war of the Fallen, compelling many to compete with each other to usurp leadership of the fallen hordes. Ever the schemer, it is unknown what plot Asmodeus had concocted in his war with the other Fallen.
- Asmodeus' Hellfire: Yellow
- Asmodeus’ Children: Enyo, Maze
- Asmodeus' Demons: The Shedim are the class of angel who were subjugated under Asmodeus. Since his death, it is unknown what has become of them.
The demon of sloth, Astaroth is the most lazy and incompetent of the Seven Fallen. Since his fall, his hellfire has burned red. Typically, when forced to actually act in battle, Astaroth is content to lash out wildly- failing to put the thought or effort into combat that his opponents often do. He tends to utilize brute force more than any other weapon.
Like Samael, Astaroth had little care for winning the other’s petty war. Instead he opted to settle down in a human guise, spawning a son in this generation and bringing him up to fight on in his behalf. The most mellow of his brethren, Astaroth is content to spend his days posing as Sebastian Astaroth--a wealthy American enjoying the hedonism the Mediterranean coast can offer. At some point, however, he left this life behind to assume the identity of Red Kreichgauer, assistant to Forrest Bedford.
- Astaroth's Hellfire: Red
- Astaroth’s Children: Aamon, Barbados, Brimstone, Paragon, Pruslas, Rashaverak, Yukimura Sanada
- Ophanim: Once the wheels on the throne of the Creator, the ten ophanim serve the Prince of Thrones. In recent times, six of them were destroyed in one battle: the archangel Barachiel unmade Nelchael, Luvart, and Raum, while the archangel Selaphiel ended Carreau, Oeillet, and Malthus; Verrine, Gressil, Sonneillon, and Andromalius alone survive.
The demon of envy, the coiled one is the father of chaos- electing to generally use his powers to assume the form of ferociously terrible beasts. In these guises, Leviathan generally wreaks havoc on humanity- be it as a terrible sea serpent destroying sea-fairing vessels or by terrorizing villages in one form or another.
In the days long past, Leviathan mated with the beasts of the earth, skies and sea- spawning hellish cambion that would plague humanity for generations. Many of the sentient monsters in folklore are his children.
In recent years he has become more involved in the Fallen’s war- having been manipulated too often by Asmodeus’ insidious plots. More commonly now, he has begun to conceive true Nephilim with human women. While Leviathan does not act as the father to his modern offspring, he makes appearances in their lives in an effort to steer them towards greater power.
- Leviathan's Hellfire: Blue
- Leviathan’s Children: Adramelech, Cecil Ashworth, Asterius, the Blue Knight, Cerulean, Choronzon, Gabriel Farouk (deceased), Gabrielle Farouk, Firn (deceased), Hajime Hanyou, Hanuman, Damien Leeds, Lilith, the Night Stalker, Ritter Gwyn, Simon Radikovich, Tarasque, Yamata no Orochi
- Leviathan's Demons:: Leviathan commands the fallen Shedu, a choir of angels. Little is known about them.
The demon of gluttony, Semyazza is considered to be the weakest of the Fallen. Lacking Abaddon’s physical prowess and Asmodeus’ mental faculties- Semyazza relies heavily on trickery and deception to further his plots.
Typically, Semyazza attempts to appeal to the most base desires of humanity- appearing to men as an attractive woman in a green dress or to women as a handsome man in a green suit. Knowing of his own shortcomings, Semyazza seeks out and appears before Neo-Sapiens with the potential to inflict terrible scars on the human populace. Realizing that each of the Fallen is playing chess with their human pawns- steering them to complete their goals, Semyazza has moved to counter such blows. Through Atlas originally and now through Frostbite, Semyazza is attempting to undo all of his brothers’ schemes by wiping out humanity.
- Semyazza's Hellfire: Green
- Semyazza’s Children: Castor (deceased), Elisabeth Mallory, Mogwai, Pollux, Randolph Fitzroy, Xrix
- Semyazza's Demons: Semyazza commands the Grigori, the choir he originally led to fall.
The Seventh Fallen was not exiled in the War of Heaven. Samael had no rebelled against the Creator but fought against his brothers with his swordsmanship. He later defected along with many of the Grigori, succumbing to his lust for human women. Whereas the Grigori were simply spurred on by the notion of a physical relationship, Samael had truly fallen in love with a human woman and wished to give up his angelic heritage to be with her. Likely, it is for these reasons that Samael’s hellfire did not change colour- his had remained white as the other Seraphim.
His first son, Aryan, became the leader of the Gibborim, a collective of heroes in ancient times who fought against the Nephilim that plagued mankind. His son lost his life fighting Abaddon’s son, Apocatastasis, and Samael was left in a state of depression for many years.
When Asmodeus assumed the identity of King Solomon, Samael moved to avoid becoming involved in the other’s conflict. Several centuries later, when the Fallen’s war had reached new heights, he realized he could not sit idly by and do nothing. He became involved- not in a bid for power but to act as an equalizer. He fathered a second son then- and watched as the Nephilim joined the ranks of the Vindicators VII. He had also spawned a daughter- a contingency to be used against his son, should the boy rage out of control.
Not only did Samael realize what Abaddon’s new plot was, he realized Abaddon’s ambitions could prove the most successful. Seeking a contingency to what Abaddon’s was planning, Samael empowered the human Drew Jenkins with the otherworldly ability to mimic Neo-Sapien abilities. Though he had intended for Drew to be used as a weapon against Abaddon’s most cherished child, Drew took part in the White War- losing his life fighting against Samael’s son Michuru. Unfortunately, Samael himself had been cut down by another child of Abaddon (the Shadow), realizing what Samael was up to and the foil he would present himself as.
- Samael's Hellfire: White
- Samael’s Children: Aryan (deceased), Chloe Bedford (deceased), Maxime Dupont, Michuru Himura (deceased)
- Samael's Demons: Unknown