This is the first of several posts that will be highlighting the background and backstory of Seven Gates Where Angels Fall. The backstory itself could easily be an entire series on its own, maybe one day it will. However pieces and scenes from the backstory will be highlighted here, specifically the ones that shed light on episode one. There as several key references and alluding dialogue in the first episode that specifically reference the backstory. However, it is not necessary to know this back story to understand or enjoy the first episode. It does however make the story more interesting and I feel adds to the over all project.
One of the challenges of writing is not creating info dumps. I whole bunch of paragraphs and pages with facts and details about why, when or where something originated from, or why a character does something. It’s one of those sacred “DO NOT DO THIS” rules. In films and animation it’s the same. You can get away with small info dumps, but only in what I see as the expected spots. The voice over in the opening scenes. The star wars scroll text is another example. The history lesson from a character to another character.
I decided one of the elements of the project was going to be a behind the scenes look at the back story as well. An extra element that I hope will be enjoyed somewhat and if not at least help in understanding the projects story in a whole.
The book of Enoch, one of the sacred texts held in regard by early Christians and Judaism, until Constantine ordered the official scriptures be established, is one of the resources I used. The story in Enoch establishes the background of the fallen and who they are. I used this book as a guide in creating my fallen angels and source of my demon hordes. I do not follow the book exactly I simply used it a reference and guide to give me an anchor point to work from.
The following excerpts are what I used when working with Azazel, while establishing who and what he is in the story.
1. And Azâzêl taught men to make swords, and knives, and shields, and breastplates, and made known to them the metals 〈of the earth〉 and the art of working them, and bracelets, and ornaments, and the use of antimony, and the beautifying of the eyelids, and all kinds of costly stones, and all colouring tinctures. 2. And there arose much godlessness, and they committed fornication, and they were led astray, and became corrupt in all their ways.
4. And again the Lord said to Raphael: ‘Bind Azâzêl hand and foot, and cast him into the darkness: and make an opening in the desert, which is in Dûdâêl, and cast him therein. 5. And place upon him rough and jagged rocks, and cover him with darkness, and let him abide there for ever, and cover his face that he may not see light. 6. And on the day of the great judgement he shall be cast into the fire. And heal the earth which the angels have corrupted, and proclaim the healing of the earth, that they may heal the plague, and that all the children of men may not perish through all the secret things that the Watchers have disclosed and have taught their sons. 8. And the whole earth has been corrupted through the works that were taught by Azâzêl: to him ascribe all sin.
These two passages highlight the basis of Azazel’s first few lines of dialogue in episode 1. They are equivalent to “what in his past made him so <fill in the blank > about <fill in blank> “ that when creating a character you always keep in mind. It’s the basis you refer to when determining what actions a character would or would not take in a given situation.