Ladies, Gentlemen, and Various Other Lifeforms, allow me to present your host, your very own personal tour guide to the Apocalypse, the Being without whom life would be sweet as a bowl of cherries and twice as dull...Lucifer!
: Lucifer MorningstarCharacter Type
: Fallen ArchangelAffiliation
: None. Time is for monkeys.Special Abilities
: Nigh-unparalleled physical and psychic power, comprehensive and complete understanding and manipulation of the fundamental workings of space, time, energy and matter, creation of perfectly detailed illusions and life-like simulacra, mind reading, mental domination, emotional manipulation, flight.Appearance
~In the beginning, there was the Void, and reality was formless. And then God spoke, and said "Let There Be Light." With those words the first being, the first angel, Lucifer Morningstar, was created, and his light brought form and shape to the universe. The Light-Bringer watched as God, his beautiful, wonderful, amazing Creator, split the World into Heaven and Earth, Sky and Land, and filled each with wholly new, incredible beings and beasts. Lucifer watched in loving wonder at each new creation, and rejoiced in The Maker's designs, showering praise upon praise on every living miracle and work of splendor. He was joined in his devotion by his sibling angels, created especially by God to keep his most favored servant company, and there was such rejoicing in Paradise.
And then, God created the monkeys.
Lucifer watched, confused, as The Creator endeavored to make something completely original: a being possessed of both divine spirit and
free will. In his innocence, Lucifer sought audience with God and asked why He should make such a thing, and God's answer filled him with delight. It was The Creator's wish to learn if a creation could willingly love its Creator if given that rarest of all aspects, the power to choose. How marvelous! How incredible! How noble was The Creator, to create such a magnificent animal! Surely, thought Lucifer, no creature could know of God and not
worship Him freely.
Lucifer watched through the ages as the monkeys grew and evolved, first learning to live within the trees, then returning to the ground, their simple minds growing with every generation until they began to resemble his own angelic brethren, albeit crudely. As The Maker made Himself known again and again, Lucifer was horrified to watch as some of the monkeys began to turn away
from His presence. The Great Experiment had failed, he thought grievously. There could be no place in Heaven or Earth for such abominations. God would doubtless wipe them from existence and start again, perhaps with one of the other many races which populated His World.
But no. Lucifer continued to observe as God not only spared the monkeys, but made excuses for them! Not only did He allow them to survive, He let them thrive! They began to spread across the face of the Earth like a virus, a pathogen that existed only for its own sake and cared nothing for the consumption and devastation it left in its wake. Lucifer again went to God and attempted to bring Him back to reason, but this time God denied Lucifer's request, insisting that the monkeys were still worth saving. Lucifer was heart-broken, for he realized that the new race of Man was now God's most favored creation.
And so, the Morningstar went down among the monkeys and studied them closer, hoping to learn how such filthy, defective creatures had captured The Maker's favor, but understanding eluded him. He elected to bring sorrow and strife to the race of Man in the hopes of better illuminating their endless faults and shortcomings, that The Creator would see them for the failures they were. To his everlasting shame, The Maker rebuked him for his labors of love! Then, to make matters worse, Lucifer watched in despair as He went down amongst them Himself and actually...actually lived
as one of them! The archangel's tears fell for ages as he watched his beloved God lower and debase Himself like a common monkey, trying to teach and inspire His creations from among their ranks.
Twice, he approached Him, his wonderous God wrapped in such decrepit meat, and begged Him to return to Heaven and abandon these psychotic fleshlings; once, he came upon Him fasting in the wilderness and fell to his knees, sobbing and pleading with Him to come home, and again as the murderous apes...oh, the audacity! To think that anything
could show such, such disrespect! Such contempt! Oh, if his heart had been broken before, surely it shattered into dust as he clutched weakly at the Creator's foot, as He hung nailed to a tree and allowed Himself to suffer, to anguish at mortal hands, and all for THEIR SAKE!!!
At last, it was clear to Lucifer what had to be done. It pained him so very much, but there would be no more denying. The Creator had gone completely insane; it would fall to Lucifer, His most good and faithful servant, the Highest of the Choirs, to bring Him back to His senses. And to do it would be the hardest task he would ever undertake.
Lucifer gathered as many of his brothers and sisters as he dared, and told them of his plan, a plan so unthinkably daring that few could even comprehend it. Lucifer would rebel
against the Maker, and depose Him from His Throne, and from there he would restore their Father's faculties to Him and remove the diseased love in His heart for Mankind, and in doing so set God free of His inexplicable obsession with the monkeys to reign over Heaven and Earth once more.
Naturally, most of his siblings rejected the notion as blasphemous and steadfastly refused to join the Light-Bringer in his efforts, but a few remained with him and shared his convictions and concerns for The Maker. And so, a war was waged in Heaven for The Maker's sake. Lucifer and his scant legion of two hundred angels fought valiantly against their own brethren, battling tirelessly to avoid bloodshed as best they could manage, but in the end the armies of Heaven were simply too great. Lucifer and his companions were at last overwhelmed, and his own brother Michael Demiurgos, the Second Angel, struck him with all his force and sent him plummeting from the World into the Void below, where his power was sealed away for eternity.
The First War of Heaven was over, and Lucifer had lost.
But the Second War of Heaven was coming, and Lucifer would not lose again. The First of The Fallen created for himself a new domain within the Void, outside of God's sight, and called it Hell. Many of his followers, those who fell with him but lacked the strength to maintain themselves outside of God's grace, became twisted and deformed versions of their former glorious selves, and became the first Demons. Upon seeing the fates of his brethren, Lucifer hatched a new plan to save The Creator from Himself, one that would use His own favorites against Him. The First War had been lost simply because of numbers; God had them, and Lucifer didn't. Now, that would change. He began to collect the souls of mortals, fragile, pathetic creatures that they were, and worked to re-forge them into lesser demons under his command. For countless millenia Lucifer's demesnes grew stronger and stronger, his forces gathering might and number by the day, until at last the time came to strike.
Whether by chance or design, Lucifer has discovered that God has finally abandoned His precious Creation, and hope has sparked in his heart deeper and brighter than ever before. In His absence, the armies of Heaven have fallen to squabbling among themselves, and Paradise has been torn asunder. With the help of Azazel, his most loyal and trusted friend, and his brothers Uriel and Raphael, Michael and the rest of their meddlesome siblings have been safely captured and removed from harm's way. Mankind has grown weaker and more complacent than ever before, and a way has finally been uncovered to bridge the divide between Hell and Earth. The Light-Bringer is risen once again. He will lay waste to the monkeys, in retribution for their transgressions. He will unify the angels at last under his command. And he will
find The Creator, and bring Him home.
And not even God will help those who stand in his way.Other
: Out of some sliver of lingering respect for The Creator's authority, Lucifer will rarely -- if ever -- destroy a human outright. Instead, he prefers to offer the monkeys temptations and allow them to destroy themselves through their own sins and shortcomings. Lucifer does not lie; he is literally older than the cosmos, and the second most powerful entity in existence. What possible need could he have for deception? However, he has no qualms about bending the truth to suit his purposes, particularly when dealing with such lowly vermin as humanity. For the species as a whole, the Morningstar has only loathing and contempt, but even he will admit that there are
some mortals who prove worthy of a modicum of esteem. It is, of course, these exceptions that drive Lucifer to hate the bulk of mankind that much more, for he sees in them a glimmer, perhaps, of what The Maker can see.