- Half Angel/Half Demon
Special Skills and/or Abilities:
- Most powerful entity in the spirit realm
- Cannot leave the Spirit Realm
Rap Sheet/Criminal Traits:
The Gatekeeper is an unusual entity for it is both an Angel and a Demon.
The Angelic part of him belonged to an ancient and very powerful Archangel. After eons of existence he had removed himself from then never ending war between the Light and Dark realms. Both sides laid claim to mortal souls yet neither were prepared to compromise. By taking a step back, the Archangel had for the first time noticed that the frequent fighting was getting more destructive and leading both sides towards their enevitable doom.
Angels and Demons alike had failed to realise that as more and more mortals were getting killed through collateral damage, there would soon be no souls to fight about. The idealogy of both realms had blinded them to the simple fact so the Archangel decided a solution needed to be found so he travelled to the mortal realm to find answers since it was the battle ground and the only place where Demons and Angels could be found at the same time.
Whilst making his investigations the Archangel came across his Demonic counterpart who by coincidence was also looking for the same answers. They quickly concluded that as no side was ever prepared to listen to the other then an intervention needed to be made.
Creation of the Spirit Realm
The pair concluded that the only way to get their respective races to stop would be by removing the playing pieces from the board, the mortal souls. Demons and Angels could create pocket dimension but never had a pair from Light and Dark realms try to build one together.
Combining their powers they created a pocket dimension that was so big it became the forth realm. The incredible forces at play pulled both entities inside and fused their bodies together to create the Half Demon/Half Angel being that would be known as the Gatekeeper. At the same time shockwaves spread beyond time and space giving the new being an ability to see many possible future events, a skill that would helm him make future judgements in his “work”.
Once the new realm was fully formed it started to fulfil its purpose, containing the souls of dead mortals. The realm existed between Light and Dark Realms and since the Gatekeeper was neither Demon, Angel or Mortal he was trapped inside his own dimension. This though was the price that needed to be paid to bring an end to the war between the Light and Dark Realms.
Now when a mortal died the soul got pulled to the Gatekeeper’s domain rather than residing in the Mortal Realm where Angels or Demons would snatch them and take them to their respective realms. With all the souls now vanishing out of existence in the Mortal Realm, that had the desired effect. The war stopped between Demons and Angels. In fact both sides were united, in being furious at the Gatekeeper and what he had done.
Both Demons and Angels demanded the Gatekeeper destroy his realm. They tried threatening him but having the power of both races meant that once in his domain he could not be challenged for he could destroy any intruder Angel or Demon. They then accused him of stealing souls for his own purpose but the Gatekeeper stated he had no intention of keeping any souls. As force was not an option for the first time both races had to listen to the facts for the first time.
The Gatekeeper explained that Angels wanted all souls to live in peace in the Light Realm where their presence, their positive thoughts would actually generate the flow of Light Magic which sustained the Realm, whereas Demons needed to use souls as a means to survive, by creating Dark Magic. The two were not mutually compatible. This had resulted in stalemate that would only end with their own destruction. He therefore offered to make himself the compromise they could not do for themselves, by sorting which souls went to the Dark and Light realms thus removing the need for war.
Since he was both Angel and Demon and allied to none of them then only he could make the right decisions without being tainted by opinion. He proposed that if a Demon had a valid claim on a Mortal Soul or a Soul he considered stained with darkness he would open a portal and send it to the Dark Realm, and conversely if a soul was full of light he would open a portal to the realm of light.
Ending the War
Though unhappy, Demons and Angels accepted the compromise as it would end the war, albeit it did not stop the conflicts altogether because there were other issues between them. Seizing the opportunity the Gatekeeper got both sides to air their grievances.
The Demons complained that Angels in the natural form made mortals act favourably to them, thus denying a source of Dark Magic by instilling positive vibes. Angels though claimed that Demons forced mortals into following them so they had redressed the balance by their magical “light”. The Gatekeeper suggested the solution to both sides lay in the fact that neither side were allowing mortals to have free will so the only fair thing to do was allow mortals to decide their own fate.
After much disgussion the Angels and Demons agreed to give Mortals free will provided the Gatekeeper in his neutrality accepted the role of distributing souls. This was the purpose the Gatekeeper had sought all along and so with all parties in agreement, finally a truce was made and the war was over.
Role as Arbitrator
Naturally there would be those that would break the rules so the Gatekeeper agreed to act as an arbitrator for both races. Since he was recognised as neutral, then either side had a grievance over an individual then he could study the evidence and make a ruling.
During such acts a Tribunal is called and the “Rite of Blood” is invoked. Once the process is started a high ranking Demon and Angel present their evidence for and against a particular individual. The Gatekeeper then acts as a Judge and if the individual is found guilty as charged then they are given the “Mark of Blood” which allows them to be hunted in the mortal realm without fear of starting a war.
Whilst the Tribunal is seen as the best way to maintain the peace between the Demons and Angels, in truth both sides have the view that they would rather deal with their own trouble causers rather than giving the opposite side the chance to deal with the problem for them by starting the Rite of Blood.
In rare circumstances either side can invoke the Rite of Blood against a mortal. For this to happen at the Tribunal the accuser has to prove that a mortal is deliberately interfering in the natural order of a realm. Demons for an example might invoke the Rite of Blood against a witch deliberately summoning a Demon from the Dark realm with the sole purpose of vanquishing them, resulting in the creation of instability which could create problems for Demons, Angels and mortals alike.
If the defence can prove a mortal was merely protecting themselves then the Gatekeeper would reject the Rite of Blood.
Role as Fate Decider
Though the Gatekeeper acts as an arbitrator for the Angels and Demons, most of his existence is spent deciding the fate of Souls. In most instances the decision is very straightforward. If the soul is Dark or has been signed over in a contract then the Gatekeeper sends it through a portal to the Dark Realm. Likewise if the soul is considered Light then they are sent through the portal to the Realm of Light.
Once sent through a portal the process cannot be reversed. It can however be stopped and the Gatekeeper even has the power to send a soul sent back the the mortal realm via the Balance of Fate.
Except for souls tagged with a demonic contract, souls can normally only pass through a portal if they have have “accepted” their fate. In some cases an individual might be so focussed on performing a task they inadvertently channel light or dark magic at the time of death, which means the Gatekeeper cannot cannot send them on and so they become tethered in his domain. This can also if a mortal had died through “unnatural” means, often the case with rogue Demons.
The passage of time or the intervention of Priests can free the souls, force the individual to let go of their hold and once free the Gatekeeper can carry out his duty. Souls tethered to the spirit realm often suffer in having to constantly revisit their deaths. The angelic part of the Gatekeeper “feels” their suffering but can do nothing. One of the future premonitions he received upon the creation of the realm was that a mortal would come that would have the potential to release tethered souls.
Until that time came the souls would remain stuck without outside help.
Balance of Fate
The Balance of Fate is very similar to the Rite of Blood Tribunal in that its purpose is to maintain the peace between Angels and Demons. This Tribunal is usually formed in the rare instances when an event occurs in which the death of a mortal has the potential to incite a conflict between their races.
For instance if a follower of a Light based religion is killed by the followers of a Demon, in the name of a Demon then it has the potential generate reprisals from Angels. Such actions could lead to war so to avert that, a Demon can instead meet with the Gatekeeper and invoke the Balance of Fate.
Invoking the Balance of Fate is unusual for it involves one of the Realms admitting that its own followers are at fault. By approaching the Gatekeeper and requesting the Balance of Fate, it is seen as an attempt to appease the other side before they take direct action. Unlike punishing their own kind, a representative of one Realm cannot punish its own Followers without escalating the problem for it would be seen as directly interfering in the lives of mortals.
The only recourse is therefore to meet with the Gatekeeper and ask for the Balance of Fate. If the Gatekeeper is in agreement that there is a high probability of conflict between Demons and Angels, he can then undo the key event before it spirals out of control. In simple terms this means the soul is sent back to the mortal realm and returned to life. Since the mortal is no longer dead then there is no need for the other side to take reprisals.
Such power over life or death though is rarely used and not taken lightly for it has the potential to break natural order and create a cascading event with far more serious consequences for all sides. Significantly the Balance of Fate can only be invoked if a soul is not tethered.
The Gatekeeper and Death Angels
Death Angels are one of the few entities that can retrieve a soul from the Spirit Realm but they have to take the soul before the Gatekeeper processes it and decides to send it to the Light or Dark Realms.
The only other time a Death Angel may remove a soul is if an individual with a destiny has their life taken early. For the Gatekeeper to permit this to happen the Angel has to prove that there is no contract on the soul, and in order to maintain the precious balance another soul has to take the place of the one that is returned to the mortal realm.
Hades and the Gatekeeper
The Olympian “God”, Hades, has the means to take tethered souls back to the mortal realm. The appearance of Hades was prophesied when the spirit realm came into creation. However the “first” Hades to appear was not the one that was to fulfil the role. This was down to magical manipulations by the Angel Joshua which gave the first Hades only the means to send a soul to the spirit realm or to revive the body of a dying person to prevent their soul from leaving. The original Hades could not actually visit the spirit realm and so could not affect tethered souls. When the mystical Bident of Hades fell into the hands of Alan Corbett he became the being of prophesy and in the spirit realm the weapon has the means to cut the tether at which point he can take the soul back to the mortal realm or allow the Gatekeeper to carry out his duty.
Since Hades is a man with magical abilities he is extremely vulnerable in the Gatekeeper’s Domain. For this reason Hades will not usually act without seeking council with the Gatekeeper first before taking souls. This is both out of respect for the entity who controls the domain and to avoid setting out a chain of events that may have cataclysmic consequences across all realms brought about by collapsing natural order.