Chapter 1: An echo in the silence

There has always been a clear discrimination of the non elementary angels in Devilangia. In most of the cities of the Angelic kingdom; they were living in poor suburbs, kind of like ghettos. There was only one exception in the whole empire; a small city mainly occupied by non elementary angels: Asilia. The non elementary angels, as they name show, are a category of angels that are born without any elementary power, they all have transparent wings. they were the aim of all racism in the angels word simply because they weren’t as the others able to master any elements. As a result, they were pushed aside and forgotten in their misery while the other angels were living in decent conditions, even luxury for some of them. The situation was unfair and it stayed for a very long time; however, something happened that started a wind of change in the despair of this race.  Few years have passed since the attacks that was caused by the return of the devil: Lucifer. He was however stopped by the coalition of the fallen angels and with the fall of the greatest menace of the angels world, things needed to be change. during the time of the return of Lucifer, measures were taken to permit to a non elementary angel to attend as a student in the Angelic Academy: De LaCroix. During her stay in the academy, she got involved with the founders of the coalition and became one of the very first members. She happened to be the container of the Adam Kadamon’s Power; the power went to her through her heredity as it was first sealed in one of her ancestors. Lucifer end up discovering the truth behind her and tried to get the power out of her; but she died in the process. After the return to the order, this event was decisive in making pressure on the new archangel council to establish equity between elementary and non elementary angels. The decision was then taken to build Asilia, A prototype city that would be fully equiped to be the home of a whole community of non elementary angels. The new council wanted to give the non elementary angels some sort of independence so that they would be able to fuse with the kingdom and gain an equal status. The experience was held for a year. 90% of the population chosen to live in Asilia were non elementary angels and a minority of 10% of elementary angels were chosen as well; to establish how well the equal status would be on the elementary angels. By doing this, the council was trying to re conciliate all the races and bring back peace between them.

Adam was one of the non elementary angels chosen for the experiment; he was just a hundred years old and is feeling less impact by those ‘changes’ than his elder. Moving to Asilia was a good decision for him; he was finally able to move from the dump he passed the rest of his life in, in the southern city of Ethos. Living on the same conditions than the other elementary angels was a completely new and intriguing event for him.

The day of the inauguration, a sephirot Legion came to transport the people chosen and their stuff. Adam wasn’t owning a lot, he only took a small bag that was containing all he had important. The trip took two hours, The distance from Ethos to Asilia was enormous indeed, as great as the distance between Europe and America, but the cherubs transportation system was very fast and very efficient.

Adam was installed in the North East sector. He was now living in a big flat with a great view on the valley of clouds, It was a brand new life and a brand new experience. He was enrolled in the Cherubs branch, his parents always wanted him to become an engineer angel and he took the decision to make them proud. Many non elementary successful angels have been minor cherubs and this position has put them out of the ghettos. Adam wasn’t really sure about how being a cherub will be; he wasn’t completely confident in his technical skills.

Adam spent a quite first year; he had some troubles to adapt to the cherubs program though. His days at the Academy were quite peaceful other wise. Everything started to change when restrictions started to appear; after the first year, the Archangel council decided that the experiment of Asilia was a success; they decided to open a chance for more people to go there, and in that respect, they put more restriction for a potential stay. Adam wasn’t sure  of what to do anymore when he received the news; for him, he needed to graduate from the Academy to insure his stay in Asilia or move on the higher levels of the other Angelic cities. And as he wasn’t doing really well in his cherub program, his doubt were higher than ever.

Something changed that new year though, Adam felt under the pressure of the work at the Academy and simply let it go. At that moment, he was rarely getting out from his flat, consuming angel dust all the time. Angel dust was quite a strange substance that could only be founded in Devilangia; it is found pretty much everywhere on the valley of cloud and is the result of the fall of angels. A strange shiny powder that was opening the gates of perception and letting its consumers see the world around them differently. It wasn’t really harmful as substance, but too much of anything was always leading to dramatic results. Then after the solitude, Adam decided to take a look around and to see what was happening in Asilia; he started to attend underground gatherings and met a group of elementary angels that were quite different from the others he used to know. The gatherings were formed by free spirits from all the races of angels that believed in equity and diversity. The first person Adam met in the gatherings was Rachelle, a thunder angel with sparky white short hair and sensual forms. Electric was a perfect word to describe Rachelle, she was very energetic and her face was as perfectly shaped as the statues of the old time. When Adam met her, he was tripping on angel dust, so for the first time in years, he decided to establish the contact. Rachelle was there with a friend of her: Mikael, a water angel wearing roundish glasses and with a constant expression of beatitude; like if he was greatly enjoying everything he was seeing or doing. Adam started to hang out more with the two, and as they were doing angel dust as well, all of them were having the same habits. Adam had the chance to meet other angels through Rachelle and Mikael: Savael and Andel, a married couple composed of a wind angel and an earth one. They were both born on the same region and are the product of more cohesion in the organisation of the angels’ society. Adam also met Heal a fire young female angel that was quite charming with her goofy attitude and her trust in her ideals , and Emiel another water angel who was a quite interesting bizarre person; She was also in some sort of way the mascot of the group.

For the first time since a long period,  Adam was feeling great. He finally felt that he was fitting somewhere and this temporary new situation was making him forget about the guilt of letting his obligations go. he was enjoying his little adventures with his new friends and angel dust was making everything easier.

A little while after meeting the group, Adam was introduce to a new person, another angel that he has seen around in Asilia but never had the chance to meet. Her Name was Ashes and she was the only light angel Adam ever met. Of course, he already knew about them: the race of Gabriel; the angels that keep order in heaven and guard the souls of humans. Ashes was one of the rare of her race to be out of Heaven; She was in a newly built city that was a part of the cooperation declaration with the Demon’s empire. The society of demons was still under the rule of dictators at the time she went there, and by a curious coincidence, she happened to be still there when the revolution in the demon’s major cities started. She was deported to Asilia for a limited time and end up entering in contact with the group. The first time Adam saw her, she was having something special to show the group. a strange crimson powder. Mikael was very excited to know more about it, as much as Rachelle and Heal. The three others weren’t that much curious about it, but they decided to try it as well. The substance was commonly called demon’s beard, it was extracted from a plant that was only growing in the demons’ territories. The effects were quite incredible as well; it was different from Angel dust a more soul high.

Adam and the group shared their days for quite a while, but at the end of the year, they all had to go. Saying good bye wasn’t really easy for Adam and the future was still blur for him. Nothing was more improbable for him than to get back to his solitude, without an ounce of certitude…

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