As Damnation slowly begins to take form, I thought it might be a good idea to give everyone an introduction to one of the main characters and arguably one of the best characters I’ve ever created, Xaphan.
Affiliations: Choirs of the Most High, Legions of Hell.
Character profile: Xaphan was originally created by Collin de Plancy in his book, Dictionnaire Infernal. While some of the history remained the same, Xaphan’s gender, overall personality, and appearance have been drastically altered.
Xaphan was originally a skilled tactician in the Choirs of Angels. Upon Lucifer’s uprising, she defected and became his general. For an immeasurable amount of time, Xaphan lead Lucifer’s forces against the armies of the Most High, lead by Saint Michael, fighting them to a stalemate. The war seemed to be without end until a courageous band of angels infiltrated Lucifer’s ranks and managed to capture him. Xaphan considered the act dishonorable and unfitting to the ranks of angels.
With their leader gone, Lucifer’s army fell into disarray. General Xaphan managed to organize the remaining legions into a resistance movement, but they were slowly hunted down and overwhelmed. Xaphan herself was captured and hauled before the Choirs for judgement. Her wings were cursed so that she’d never be able to fly to the Celestial World again and she was cast into the Netherworld. No one knows what became of her following her expulsion…
Unlike Lucifer, Xaphan sought neither prestige nor rank. She joined his cause after learning that the world the Most High was creating was not intended as a reward for endless servitude the angels had endured. The fact that it was being given to a child race that would not respect it, or its creator, was more than Xaphan could tolerate. She joined Lucifer in an effort to free her brethren from eternal bondage.
In addition to being a skilled tactician, General Xaphan is unmatched in single combat with the sword, she is ruthless, vicious, unapologetic, brilliant, and incredibly strong. She lives by a strict code of honor which was evident during her first attack. She successfully destroyed the Celestial Temple, but not without first warning the people within, giving them time to evacuate non-combatants. She viewed the spilling of angel blood, any angel, to be a terrible waste.