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Life in New Delphi

Throughout the Cradle, New Delphi is rumored to be an egalitarian utopia where 8-balls and humans live side-by-side in peace. While the city is founded upon progressive tenets such as equality and justice for all, Julian, the city’s Dyad leader, harbors a hidden agenda for ultimate power and revenge.

As a Dyad, Julian’s drive for revenge stems from both his human and angel sides. Before Julian (the human) was possessed by the spirit of Lyrae (the Higher Angel), he was an Air Force Captain stripped of his rank when he released an unguided missile, and unintentionally caused hundreds of civilian casualties. As a result of his error, Julian was removed from flight command in Iraq, and transferred to an administrative position at a North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) annex outside Jackson, Wyoming. At his core, Julian was a military man defined by his rank. When he was pulled from the front lines and forced into a lowly office job, Julian suffered a harsh demotion akin to that of Lyrae, whose excessive violence caused Archangel Michael to banish him to the outer sphere
of disembodied lower angels.

When the Extermination War began, Lyrae possessed Julian’s body and the Dyad emerged to battle for divine vengeance against the upper echelon of angels: Archangels Michael and Gabriel and their higher angel comrades.

Occupying a former NORAD facility, Julian benefited from the remaining defenses and ammunition of the military bunker, but to adequately prepare for war, he needed manpower. A charismatic and natural leader, Julian was able to recruit several lost humans to live with him in the bunker, but in light of mankind’s near-decimation, amassing a large group of soldiers proved a considerable challenge. When Rhais, a Higher Angel, brutally attacked their enclave, a secret cadre of disillusioned 8-balls rescued the Dyad and the humans he led. It was then that Julian realized that the possessed were the true soldiers he needed. He united the surviving angels and humans to form the city
of New Delphi: the perfect recruiting base for his army.

From Rhais, the keeper of God’s Wrath, Julian acquired the Amphora of Darkness, an exceptionally powerful weapon and essential tool in forming his army. Because he is part angel, Julian could unlock the Amphora, and forcibly possess humans by drawing lower spirits to this last bastion of God’s power on Earth. Since God’s departure, endless angel spirits were trapped in the ether, and with the Amphora he could pull them down, insert them into
human bodies, and create his army.

To draw enough bodies to New Delphi, Julian needed to create an appealing façade to attract humans and 8-balls alike. To the human survivors and disgruntled 8-balls that wandered the wastelands, Julian offered a rare combination of protection and freedom. Instead of ascribing to Vega’s V-system, or the Archangels’ penal system, in New Delphi, the humans and 8-balls could exist as equals in a classless society based on trade, and regulated by the
code of “an eye for an eye.”

Julian upholds New Delphi with a seemingly just system based on give and take—but what Julian gives is no match for what he takes. The dark secret of New Delphi is that some of its humans will lose their bodies and souls to possession, and even the 8-balls are destined to serve the Dyad’s passionate need for retribution. While life in New Delphi begins with freedom and equality, it ends in servitude; over time, all of New Delphi’s citizens are doomed
to be slaves, fighting Julian’s war.

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Chapter IX