- List of characters in Warrior Nun Areala
The characters within the
Warrior Nun Arealacomic series are well developed. Through the serial nature of publication of these fictitious adventures several heroes have been developed. The chief among them is the Warrior Nun Areala, Sister Shannon Masters. Behind her are her fellow Christian soldiers, who like her have devoted their lives to the service of God and His Church. They are her friends and through trial and tribulation have become the family she otherwise would not have.
That is seen in Sister Shannon's foster sister joining the Warrior Nuns and her looking at her fellow Sisters as just that, sisters. Initially uncertain of herself she has developed as a character and has grown ever stronger due to her unbreakable faith and love for God and His Son Jesus Christ. She has formed strong bonds of affection with her surrogate sisters, Sasuki, Mary, and Sarah; her surrogate son, Jason; her parent figures, Father Gomez and Mother Superion; her love interest, Father Crowe. Alongside them, she has fought a wide variety of foes such as Demon Foster, Julius Salvius, and Helga.
God, in this fictitious series, is the Supreme Being, the Almighty Creator of Heaven and Earth, the Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent, the All-Perfect and All-Loving Father and Ruler of all Creation. Despite appearing only very rarely, He is the linchpin of the entire "Warrior Nun Areala" universe with His earthly representatives and servants protecting His children from the depredations of evil.
God--also called the Lord, the Almighty or
Yahweh/ Jehovah[When Mosesasked God what His name was in case the enslaved Israelites should ask the name of the God who wished to free them, He replied " I am that I am" (or YHVH in the original Hebrew) [http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?book_id=2&chapter=3&verse=13&end_verse=15&version=31&context=context Exodus 3:13-15] . ] --created space-time along with all reality an indefinite time ago and created out of love for those who would be His children. Ruling from Heaven on high and "working in mysterious ways," He guides Creation to the ultimate good of His "children." Indeed, His Christian worshippers refer to Him as Father. However, not all wish to accept His love and even reject Him and His goodness altogether. In the beginning, one of His creations, Luciferrejected God's wisdom and, thinking that he could be a superior leader than his omniscient Creator, sought to take the throne of Heaven. Lucifer's War of Heavenand rebellion against God and His goodness led to the creation of evil. To deliver His children whom He so loved from evil, He sent Jesus, His only begotten Son and even sacrificed His life so that whoever believes in Him should not die but have eternal life. [ [http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John%203:16;&version=31; John 3:16] For an excellent Christology, please see the first chapter of the [http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?book_id=50&chapter=1&version=31Gospel of John] . ] Afterwards, God made His will known through the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church that His Son established on Saint Peter. [ [http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?book_id=47&chapter=16&verse=18&version=31&context=verse Matthew 16:18] When Jesus asked who He was, Simon said that He was the Messiah and for that Jesus said "And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail."]
Over the millennia, God the Son's (that is to say Jesus) [Catholic] Church has proven an overall boon to civilization. Funding, engaging in, and promoting
art, schools, science, literature, music, social justice, humanitarian aid, charity, hospitals, serving as a mediator between warring parties, keeping western civilizationalive after the fall of the Roman Empire, the Catholic Church has done its best to serve God, and quite admirably at that. However, being only human and thus more out of innate weakness rather than intentional malignancy, these churchmen more often than not fall miserably short of the ideals they strive to uphold. Out of their love for God, they nevertheless still try and do as well as mere mortals can.
However, that is not to say that, despite the Catholic Church being the "official" church, non-Catholic or even non-Christian churches are scorned. "Warrior Nun Areala" portrays God as acknowledging all as His children. Despite the fact the Jews mostly reject Christ as the Messiah, Jewish super-heroes are seen evidencing that the old covenant is still in force. There was once seen an Indian
medicine mancalling on the Great Spiritto battle monsters in a story set in the 1870s. (Being that not only His Earthly worshippers--Christian, Muslim, Jew--who number in the billions know of Him, but that He also has His worshippers from other planets in the universe [ "Warrior Nun Areala/Razor: Revenge" We see religious extraterrestrials. ] "and" worshippers from all the parallel universes in the multiverse [ "Avengelne/Warrior Nun Areala" There, warrior angel Avengelyne and warrior nun Sister Shannon Masters cross over from their respective universes and meet. They acknowledge multiple dimensions and that God is creator of the all.] know of him, His children are infinite in number.)
. The Corps is a branch of His Church and exists to combat evil in whatever form it may take, though it is usually supernatural evil directed by Satan in an attempt to destroy the Church. While there had been earlier Judeo-Christian heroes fighting men and monsters in the name of God the Corps as an institution ultimately began in 1066. That was when a Valkyrie named Auria saw her fellow pagan deities for who they were, renounced them, and chose to serve the Lord. He accepted her conversion and gave her the name, Areala. ["Areala: Angel of War" #3] Interestingly, this shows two things.
Despite His importance and the fact that He is constantly mentioned and the series main character lovingly refers to Him as Father, He almost never makes an appearance. In that He, in His infinity, is beyond all possible human comprehension, anyone who so much as sees Him will surely die. [ [http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus%2033:18-20;&version=31; Exodus 33:18-20] ] As such, He in the handful of appearances mostly appears as a disembodied voice ["Areala: Angel of War" #3] , though even that is still overwhelming now as in ancient times. [ [http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus%2020:18-19;&version=31; Exodus 20:18-19] ] He does not "micromanage" Creation and to allow humanity full use of the freewill He gave it does not do for humanity what it can do for itself--albeit with help from Him. Thus He rarely intervenes directly and instead mostly delegates authority, giving a person a mission and the power necessary to complete that mission. At one point Ben Dunn said that just as the
President of the United Stateswill delegate authority, so does God.
A second thing this shows is that the lesser “gods” have mixed reactions towards Him. He tells His people point blank “I am the Lord thy God. Thou shalt have no other gods before me” [ [http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus%2020:2-3;&version=31; Exodus 20:2-3] ] and repeatedly admonishes them not to worship other gods—be they dead idols, demons in disguise, or supernatural beings. He is the God of gods [ [http://www.biblegateway.com/keyword/?search=%22god+of+gods%22&searchtype=all&version1=31&spanbegin=1&spanend=73 Bible keyword Search] ] . His prophets ask “Who among the gods is like you, O LORD ? /Who is like you—/ majestic in holiness, /awesome in glory,/working wonders?” [ [http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus%2015:1-21;&version=31; Exodus 15:1-21] ] The fact is that God is absolute and the lesser “gods” just cannot compare. Some deities such as
Odinand Tyr, though they did not like it, resigned themselves to their fates and accepted that even after they were dead and forgotten by the mortal world, that there would still be a God greater than themselves “One so great that He cannot be named.” [ "Areala: Angel of War" #1 ] Others, such as Valkyrie Helga, violently resist Him even to the point of siding with Satan and the forces of evil.
ister Shannon Masters
Of all the Warrior Nuns, the most famous of them is their founder, the original Sister Areala who renamed herself after the angel Areala who chose her as her
avatar. Since then, every few decades, a new Sister Areala comes along when a sister of the order has a vision of the original Sister Areala or the angel Areala during a near-death experience. Afterwards, the angelic Areala will periodically meet with her avatar, giving her needed advice or information. The current Warrior Nun Areala, is Sister Shannon Masters.
An American, she was born in 1959 and was orphaned at the age of four where on she was left at the steps of a
convent, the Our Lady of the Virgin Mary. After showing exceptional academic and athletic abilities, she was chosen for the Silver Cross Program and was raised to be a Warrior Nun at upper New York State's Saint Thomas Academy. Growing up at the Saint Thomas Academy, she wrestled with feelings of self worth over how she had been orphaned. However, she over came those doubts and found a purpose for her life in her service to the Church as did her adopted sister, Sasuki Yoma of Japan. While Sister Shannon's birth parents are unknown, she was adopted early on into the Yoma family; thus her experience at the academy was more of a boarding school. It was while she trained there under a young Mother Superion that she first met and befriended the future Sister Sarah, her best friend; Father David Crowe, her future love interest; and Shotgun Mary. After being trained at the academy by Mother Superion, she received final training from her at Vatican City.
rookie, Sister Shannon training was completed and she was sent home to New York Citywhere she patrolled two sectors from her assigned Manhattan parishon the grounds that she was assigned to an area where there had not been demonic activity since the Purge of 1985. Replacing Sisters Sanguine and Hannah , she soon saw a sustained surge in New York City's demonic activity after her arrival. (A stock situation in comic books wherein the supervillains can appear only after a hero shows up.) She soon received her calling from the first Sister Areala after she was nearly killed in a battle with minions of Satanistand arms dealerJulius Salvius. On recognizing her as the Chosen One of that generation, the original Sister Areala gave Sister Shannon her name and awakened her latent power. It was made official when "the" Areala confirmed her as her avatar after a battle against the avatar of mad valkyrie Helga.
Now, Sister Shannon Masters patrols the region and in addition to being the Warrior Nun Areala, she is acknowledged as one of the best and bravest of the order. The other sisters look up to her and she tries to be an effective role model. However, while she is very devoted she initially lacked much combat experience and shows it with the cybernetic arm that replaces her original left arm she lost while combatting Salvius' attempts to free
Lucifer. When out of combat, Sister Shannon trains, instructs future Warrior Nuns, and (before he left) looked after her ward/"son" Jason, or pray.
Father Terrance Gomez
Father Terrance Gomez is the middle aged
Pastorof Saint Thomas Church in Manhattan where Sister Shannon is stationed [ Ironically, there actually is a Saint Thomas Church in Manhattan, but it is Anglicanrather than Catholic. ] Her mentor, friend, and confidante, he trains her and presumably others in the Danger Roomlike training facility beneath the church. To that end, he will also use his training skills in assessing children for the Silver Cross. Though rarely an active combatant, he is in touch with the Catholic Corps' Defense Units due to his experience in the Corps itself before he had to drop out. He is also quite able to take care of himself when monsters attack or try to infiltrate his parish; the church is equipped with a small armory and demon detection devices. (However, the devices can only detect demons; non-demonic supernatural creatures are not detected.) Skilled with gadgets, he often repairs Sister Shannon cybernetic arm or upgrades it.
He is also a lifetime comic book collector of mostly
Antarctic PressComics [ Subliminal advertisingfor Antarctic Press comics was a running gag through the early "Warrior Nun Areala" series. Among Father Gomez comic books and scattered across people's t-shirts and billboards were references to "Gold Digger", "Luftwaffe: 1946", and "Tomorrow Man". ] He goes to comic book conventions even at his age; he allegedly gets autographs for parishioners. In his youth he was a Catholic US Army Chaplainin the 863rd Corps in the Vietnam Warand befriended the Antarctic Press superhero [http://www.internationalhero.co.uk/t/tomorman.htm Tomorrow Man] --and collected Tomorrow Man's comic books. He was also instrumental in rebuilding the Vietnam veteran's broken self confidence and giving him back his powers after losing them in the war.
Interestingly, he is one of the few characters in the series who, despite his occasional superheroics, "does his job" as a priest and holds mass. He has been seen holding mass and distributing the Eucharist to the faithful. [ "Warrior Nun Areala" Vol. 2 #1 ] As a secular or diocesan priest, he works in a church and from comments about "the parishioners" it can be seen that he works in religious instruction, Catholic ritual, and charity for the betterment of his Manhattan neighborhood. He has served there since perhaps 1985.
He has since died.
Father David Crowe
Father David Crowe is a member of the Order of Magic Priests, the church's elite band of demon hunting spell casters. Initially trained at New York's St. Thomas Academy, as was Sister Shannon the two of them have had feelings for one another since childhood. However, due to the vows they both swore as part of their duty they have never consummated their relationship. Even so, Sister Shannon is quite open in admitting her feelings--she calls him David--and even though Father Crowe tries to downplay his love, he is quite protective of her. Also, while he will not disobey orders from the Vatican, he has been known to "reinterpret" them from time to time in order to render assistance to Shannon. He will often work with Sister Shannon and often wears his trademark sunglasses.
He was raised by devout Catholic parents until they were murdered. He still has flashbacks and even speaks with his parents though whether or not they are in his imagination or are his actual parents is unknown. He was then taken in by Magic Priest Father Doloroso who raised him as his own son and taught him the ways. They still keep in touch and are very close. As a boy trained by the legendary Father Goth at the Saint Thomas Academy and later at the
Saint Dymphnaacademy in Rome, Father David Crowe is one of the more powerful and influential Magic Priests. He showed promise even as a boy at head of his class when he flew on his first try and took young Shannon flying over the academy. Now, as a man, he can fly from Rometo New York City, though that tires him. He has stood up to foes such as the Hammer, a Jewish mystic of the Kabbalahwith decades more experience, and hordes of demons. He often works with the hulking Father Stone or more rarely Father Fang.
In other, less martial areas, he will write articles for and appear in the fictional magazines, "
JesuitMonthly" and "Modern Catholic". Unlike Father Gomez, Father Crowe is a religious priest or a priest who is part of a specific religious order, the fictional order of Magic Priests, and is thus not tied down to any one parish but goes where needed. When Jason was shown to be a potential Magic Priest, Father David took the boy under his wing. Yet while he is one of the best Magic Priests, or perhaps because of it, he is a reactionary in who can be ordained and taught to use their powers. Though men and women trained by the Silver Cross to serve in the Catholic Corps are equally gifted with miraculous powers, only men receive full training. Despite seeing young miracle working Catholic girls, he has taken a conservative stance, saying that they should not be trained in priestly powers.
In his first appearance in "Ninja High School", Father Crowe was simply called Magic Priest. Later, in a series not written by Ben Dunn he was called Father Sebastian Crowe. Sebastian may be a middle name.
Jason was Sister Shannon Master's foster son. He was brought to Saint Thomas Church by Shotgun Mary who found being prepared for use as a
human sacrificeby devil worshippers. An amnesiac, Jason has no memory of his life before this. He was taken to St. Thomas Church where Father Terrance Gomez took the boy in. Afterwards, with the two of them living in the Church rectory, Sister Shannon raised the boy as her own. There, he would help in the rectory as Father Gomez' assistant often reading the man's comics books. He would occasionally serve as his surrogate mother's child sidekick. He enjoys action figures and roleplays Sister Shannon's adventures with them. He has a friend in Roberts, a trenchcoat wearing man who occasionally passes by St. Thomas Church.
However, Sister Shannon admitted to herself that it was not a very normal childhood she was giving Jason, not with his being raised by a sword swinging Warrior Nun. Aside from that, she would teach him right from wrong, buy him ice cream, blushingly teach him about the "
birds and the bees," or take him to comic book conventions. It was at one comic book convention that he was revealed to be touched by God with superhuman powers. With that, a very enthusiastic Jason was taken in by Father David Crowe to be trained as a Magic Priest. He trained with the other Silver Cross children under Sister Madeline and has since grown strong. Yet when Sister Shannon saw the boy she had taken and raised leave her, she could not help but cry.
As for Jason himself, he is shown as being happy in Silver Cross under the tutelage of Sister Madeline.
Mary Delacroix or "Shotgun Mary" is the series
anti-heroineanswer to the wholesome Sister Shannon. An "orphan of Christ" like her fellows, Mary Delacroix was initially raised by the nun Sister Justine or "Ju-Ju" as she called her as a child. She was a mother to the child and did her best to inculcate her charge with love for God and reverence for life. Perhaps a Warrior Nun herself, Sister Justine was a skilled gunwoman, particularly with a shotgun, a skill that she has passed on to her surrogate daughter. Soon enough she left her surrogate mother and went to train at the same orphanage/academy as were Sisters Sarah and Shannon Masters and Father David Crowe.
Rebellious even as a girl who smuggled
cigarettes onto orphanage grounds, Shotgun Mary was a Warrior Nun before she left the order. She left firstly to protest the preferential treatment of the Magic Priests who, aside from being better funded, received full training in the supernatural powers that both they and the Warrior Nuns have. She feels that if her fellow Warrior Nuns sisters had been fully and properly trained in their powers, that her many of them would still be alive. Secondly, she left due to her being a lesbianattracted to a fellow Warrior Nun. At the moment, Shotgun Mary is a vigilantewho fights human criminals as freely as she does monsters, though she has been known to work within the law. Gruff and hard-edged, she wears sunglassesand leather jackets, swears, smokes, rides a motorcycle, and has--according to some artists-- tattoosamong them the words "Ju-Ju" in honor of her surrogate mother.
She inherits her surrogate mother's taste for
shotguns, hence her name. Using firearms to get her point across, she mostly uses Pump-actionweapons. When fighting monsters, it is known if she may only use silver bullets and the like but common ammunition seems to be enough. At other times she will use blessed ammunition such as a mix of Holy Ash and Incense so as to avoid the risk of killing civilians. She is also a skilled hand-to-hand combatant due to her training as a Warrior Nun, though having left, she has forfeited the supernatural powers they possess. She currently serves with the Redeemers, a group of vigilante demon hunters who operate outside of the auspices of the Vatican or any other organization and made up of herself Tomorrow Man, Lillith the Demon Princess and others.
She still holds to her faith in God and in God's goodness--she claims that her first word as a baby was "Jesus" though she may have been joking. Disillusioned however, that faith is frail and it shows in her pessimistic attitude. Judging from her name, which means "of the cross," she may be French. Sister Shannon does not remember her from their childhood days at the academy but despite their differences she gets along well enough with her
Lillith the Demon Princess
Lillith the Demon Princess represents the kinder, gentler side of Hell. From her we learn that there are many competing demon factions and not all obey
the Devil. Confirming that Satan cannot stand against Satan lest his kingdom fall [ [http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke%2011:14-20;&version=31; Luke 11:14-20] ] , there have been various fratricidal civil wars in which even "the accursed devils" fight Satan out of their own self interest. In fact, when Julius Salvius planned to free the Devil from his dungeon in the lowest pits of Hell, Lillith's leader Orcus sent her to Earth--or the Prime Material Plane as demons call it--to keep this from happening. The logic was that if the Satan were to be freed, then he would rally the damnedby charisma or force and lead them all in a fight against God, a fight that Orcus knows cannot be won. After that battle, she was temporarily powerless and trapped on Earth without her wings before returning to the underworld. [ "Warrior Nun Areala Vol. 1 #2 ]
Unlike her fellow demons, Lillith has a remarkably human body, though she was born a demon. Also unlike her fellow demons, she carries no special grudge against the God who cast them out of Heaven or against His Church on Earth. This is because she was never physically created by the Hand of God as an angel as were the first demons/
fallen angels. She was born after the Fall and this has no memory of the War against Heaven and in fact is a creation of Hell's submission to Heaven. Fought before the creation of Man, The War lasted for eons--long enough to establish bloodlines and a civilization at least--and among the combatants were the angel Azara and the demoness Hexa, or witch in German. They fought and Azara proved victorious but chose to spare Hexa and gave her his hand. Touched by this mercy, she responded with love and they conceived a child together. This ended when Orcus' son, Utak, angered by Hexa's seeming defection back to Heaven, killed Azara. Unsure of what else to do, she, after avenging her lover's death, returned to Hell where she raised her daughter as a member of the infernal aristocracy.
Daughter of her mother and father, Lillith proved a warrior and earned an officer's commission in Orcus's army by
gladiatorial combat. However, her mother sacrificed herself, offered to be punished in her daughter's place in a Christ like death of atonement when her daughter was accused of murder. [ That is not to say that demons value life, or at least the lives of those outside their immediate circle. The murder was condemned because it upset the order of things. Interestingly, Lillith's father had an image of Christ's cross on his shield during the War of Heaven. In that "the lamb was slain from the creation of the world," [http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?book_id=73&chapter=13&verse=8&version=31&context=verse Revelation 13:8] this is likely due to honor Christ who "beheld Satan when he fell from Heaven like lightning" [http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke%2010:17-18;&version=31; Luke 10:17-18] because of the atoning sacrifice the angels knew He would one day make. ] Lillith's mother is not dead, however, but is instead imprisoned in the " Netherworld," seemingly one of Hell's gulags. In the two thousand years since that day, Lillith has looked for a way to free her mother and avenge herself against Orcus whom she long suspected of wrong doing against her. She is seemingly unaware of her angelic heritage. [ "Lillith" #0]
Aside from opposing Satan, and later Orcus when his treachery was discovered, Lillith seems to care for innocent life though the damned are another matter. She will also occasionally work with Sister Shannon against common enemies, regardless of Sister Shannon's paranoia. To that end, she not only dreams of receiving full amnesty from Heaven but considered working as its double agent even going so far as to try to apply at a church. (She was nearly killed by the explosion caused when she touched the church however. [ "Lillith" #1 ] ) Regardless, she seems to on familiar terms with various demons, mentioning
Molochand Pazuzuand looks on the infernal regions as her home. After some time of indecision after she turned down an offer from Gabrielto return to Heaven and some wanderings on Earth, she ultimately returned to her infernal home.
It is unknown whether she has met her namesake, the original
Lilithwho is said to exist, and some identified as her mother. However, it is known that she hates the lesser forms of divination. From to time to time, her abused henchmanhave humiliated her by teleporting through things such as a fortune tellers' crystal balls and Parker Brothers Oujiboards when she requests transport to the "Prime Material Plane" or Earth. She wears a cape which she can turn into bat wings for the sake of flight, can heal injuries quickly, and can turn her fingernails into long talons. She also has a whipand henchmenat her disposal but will lose much of her strength if she loses her wings.
Lillith is somewhat similar to the Udon portrayal to
Morrigan Aensland, succubusof "Darkstalkers" fame.
The Warrior Nun Arealas go back to the year 1066 when an Auria, a Valkyrie, renounced Odin and proclaimed her loyalty to God. God accepted her conversion, giving her a new name Areala and the mission to battle evil and to defend the innocent. Since then, the line has continued to the modern day
The ultimate founder of the Warrior Nuns. Mostly, she works with her avatars and fights evil through them, chiefly her original avatar and friend, Saint Areala who confirms or rejects her patron's current choice of vessel. She does so by guiding, empowering, and advising them. She highly approves of her current vessel, Sister Shannon. Though not specifically stated, it can be assumed that when not working through her avatar, Areala relaxes in Heaven with her parents and perhaps the original Sister Areala and the Warrior Nuns.
Fictional character biography
She was born in what is now
Scandinaviaduring its Christianization in the mid 11th century. Her father, Jalmir, was part of the Lost Hand of Tyr, a band of monster slayers dedicated to fighting the werewolfworshippers of Fenris. It was during one such battle that Jalmir met his future wife Dahlia. Though he was a Norse paganand she was a Christian, they married and had a daughter, Auria, whom Jalmir taught swordcraft and whom Dahlia taught Christianity. Growing up between two faiths, she asked her father what would happen to the gods after Ragnarök; quoting one of the last lines of the Völuspá, he replied that "some say a new God will come. One so great that He cannot be named." Auria asked then asked him if this was the God her mother worshipped but he replied that he did not know. (Dahlia was confident of it.)
Later, the grown Auria fought alongside her father against one of Fenris's werewolves wherein she was injured. Impressed by her fighting prowess, Valkyries took her to
Asgardto serve in their ranks. Auria accepted and trained there though, as per her mother's teachings, she evangelized by example Christ's teachings of compassion to the pagan gods. Convinced that nothing should distract him from preparing for Ragnarök, not even Tyr, her lover and her father's chief god, would listen. She rose through the ranks and was made a Valkyrie, though she gained an enemy, and rival for Tyr's affections, in her trainer and captain, Helga.
As time passed, Auria grew disillusioned with her role as a soul reaver, especially with how only those who died by violence and had "lived only for battle" could enter
Valhallaas Odin's Einheriar, even if they were wicked, while all those who died peaceful deaths, even if they were good, would go to Hel. [ While oathbreakers can go to Hel, lawful evilshows one can be a honest villain. Also, while it was possible for those who would fight only in defense of others to enter Valhalla, with how one had to die a violent death regardless meant that those who lived only for battle would still be more likely to go to Valhalla. ] After she was sent to acquire the soul of her own father (and mother) who had been murdered due to Loki's machinations, Auria she renounced Odin ultimately saying that would "not stay and serve a god of death! A god who would allow those with "no honor" to be his most prized warriors!" Auria then renounced her father's gods and completely converted to Christianity. At that, Yahweh, God Almighty--in her words "the only true God"--accepted her conversion and gave the former Valkyrie the Christian name Areala. Just before his and his wife's death, Jalmir renounced his pagan ways and also converted to Christianity; he died soon after but he and his wife were taken up to Heaven by flights of angels, bidding their daughter goodbye.
Thereafter, Areala waged a one woman war on Asgard, routing Helga and her Valkyries right and left to keep any more souls from falling to Odin's grasp. Tyr was sent to stop her and, with her newfound power, was only able to kill her through treachery. Reunited with her family, her mother urged her to continue her battle through others; that was when she found her avatar. Seeing
Catholicismas being the true church of Christ, the avatar was a Roman Catholic nun whom she would name Sister Areala. Soon after, with the defection of their worshippers to another god heralding their doom, the Norse gods faced Ragnarök. Odin then called Areala whose body he had kept preserved; admitting that even the most evil warriors were among his Einheriar, he explained that he had not done so to reward bad behavior. Rather, it was because he wanted every warrior he could to stem the greater evil of Ragnarök. Seeing that she was needed, Areala the Angel of War fought alongside the Norse gods at the battle in order to contain it. She did so when she bid Tyr goodbye and singlehandedly slew Surtrthe fire giant.
With the Norse gods having destroyed themselves and their entire cosmos having ceased to exist, Areala formally began her service to the God prophesied to come after Ragnarok, "the God so great that He cannot be named." She gave her name and power to her avatar, Sister Areala, thus beginning a line that endures to this day.
Empowered by God, Saint Areala the Angel of War is shown to have vast superhuman strength, stamina, and resistance to injury. She was also trained in martial arts and swordplay by her warrior father, a Valkyrie captain, and a war god, and has defeated all the aforesaid in battle. As part of her Valkyrie power she is also a rider of winged horses, can render herself invisible to living mortals, and see what kind of lives mortals lived. However, it is unknown if she can still collect souls. Regardless it is known that she can fly and can go back and forth from Heaven to Earth at will. Since she is pure spirit she cannot be killed. Having drunk
Mímir's water, she, while not omniscient, has far reaching knowledge of past, present, and future events. She can also summon weapons when she does direct battle. SaintAreala
Sister Areala, or more accurately the original Sister Areala, was the first Warrior Nun, founder of the Warrior Nuns, a saint, Areala's first Avatar, and, though dead, is still a major player in the battle between good and evil. Saint Areala and Areala Angel of War are seen as almost one person and are used interchangeably.
She--birth name unknown--was first seen in Norway in the year 1066 fleeing a convent under attack by Viking raiders. While trying to hide from the attackers who would kill and/or rape her they both beheld what she thought was an angel and what they thought was a Valkyrie. This was Areala, once Valkyrie and now Angel, who declared this nun to be her avatar and "the instrument of our Lord's vengeance." She touched the nun who was suddenly filled with superhuman power and great ferocity; she then turned and struck down the Vikings.
The confused nun then later spoke with the angelic Areala who told her her life story and formally chose her to carry her name and power saying "You are to be the first to carry on my work. Through you and with you, we shall battle the forces of evil and protect the innocent." Now filled with understanding, the nun accepted her new name, Sister Areala, and formally accepted her responsibility. Seven years--or more--later, she went on to officially found the Order of the Cruciform Sword, or Warrior Nuns, under Pope Gregory VII with their vows of vigilance, chastity, and faith (though the exact words of the vow differs in some comic books). With sword in hand and wearing
chainmailbeneath her habit, she saved many lives and fought many monsters, the first of which was a golemcreated by one of the surviving Vikings who tried to kill her and Helga the Valkyrie.
However, though long since dead, Sister Areala is still active, serving her Warrior Nuns, the Roman Catholic Church to this day, and above all God Almighty. (She has a paternal (maternal?) view of women in her order as "her" Warrior Nuns.) She welcomes dead Warrior Nuns into Heaven and presumably makes them comfortable as reward for a job well done. Not only that but when Areala, the Angel of War, chooses a new avatar, Sister Areala will wait for the person to have a
near death experience. She will then consult with her fellow Sisters Areala (see below) who are already in Heaven before deciding whether or not to confirm the angelic Areala's choice. If the choice is right, she will awaken the sister's latent power and send her back to Earth to serve as her patron's new avatar through whom both Areala the Saint and Areala the Angel may serve the Lord. (Though not specifically mentioned, it can be assumed that if the person is not a worthy avatar for her patron, Sister Areala will not send her back to Earth but allow her to remain in Heaven for having tried her best regardless.)
In her voyages to Heaven, Sister Areala has met her patron's current avatar, Sister Shannon, several times and has given her advice as the situation dictates. Since her death, she has been
canonizedby the fictionalized church with the God Armor as her chief relic. She is also the patron saintof the Warrior Nuns and from time to time, she or her ghost/ soulwill appear in the living world. The most recent case being when she appeared to Pope John Paul Iwho, in the context of the fictional universe, died by conspiracy. Though unable to save her pontiff's life, she promised that her Warrior Nuns would avenge him.
isters Areala through the ages
Over the centuries, Areala the Angel of War and Saint Areala have chosen many avatars to carry on their mission and they all took the title of Sister Areala. Saint Areala was the Angel's first avatar and is known only by that name. Yet while she was the first to serve their angelic patron, there have been many other over the centuries. Their ranks have included--
*Sister Vannehild of
*Sister Mary of Aquilonious in 1209. She claims to be a
Crusaderand to have fought Muslims; while that broad outlines of this are true the date and the exact circumstances are disputed.
*Sister Dora of
Germanyin 1536. She is seen to be well educated woman, familiar with the authors and literary works of her times such as Giovanni Pico della Mirandola's "Oration on the Dignity of Man".
*A swordswoman in what seems to be
the Three Musketeers' France, circa 1620s.
*Sister Hildegard in 1696. Perhaps German, she was regarded as finest Warrior Nun in all Christian Europe until a corrupt bishop accused of her of a crime that she did not commit. She has since been exonerated. She was also a closet
lesbianwho saw her romantic attraction to a fellow warrior nun as the nails in the cross that she had to bear.
*Sister Trinity, a
cowgirlin the Wild West, circa 1872. The daughter of a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cavalry_in_the_American_Civil_War#Union_cavalry|American Cavalry officer] who served in the American Civil War, she was a supporter of Indian tribes.
*Sister Alicia of the United States from about 1936 to 1945. See article below.
Being the Areala is not easy. That the ghost of the original Sister Areala, let alone Areala Valkyrie turned angel, chooses avatars to empower is not widely believed and has never been officially acknowledged by the church. With how "Areala" serves as both a name and a title, a woman chosen by Angel/Saint Areala may herself be called Areala, retaining the title in heaven.
While Razor is not an "Areala" character per se--she is a London Night, Avatar Press creation--, she has crossed-over several times and Sister Shannon takes Razor's existence for granted. Even fiercer than Shotgun Mary who limits herself to only killing monsters, Razor is a
Punisher-like badgirl vigilante who freely kills humans, from the chief villain of the group to the lowest paper-pusher. (She has even excused her actions on the account that "I'm just a badgirl.") She specializes in terror tactics and will remorselessly eviscerate or decapitate her foes. Razor is a known killer and is seemingly frowned on by the rest of society though she has on her side certain police officers. She is armed with Kataror pata like weapons and is a good fighter, even proving a match for Sister Shannon--though Sister Shannon may have been holding back for fear of killing her.
Ironically despite her methods, she is good friends with Sister Shannon, whom she calls "penguin." Feeling somewhat guilty when she is around Shannon, she respects her for her skills and more importantly because she never lost her principles.
A Superman pastiche, Tomorrow Man is the
patrioticall-American, world's greatest hero archetype. Invulnerable, super-strong, and able to fly, Tomorrow Man received his powers to serve the American cause in the Vietnam War. It was there that he met young Father Gomez who at the time was a chaplain. Tomorrow Man became quite famous, licensing his name and image to a line of comic books. However, he grew disillusioned and suffered post-traumatic stress disorderafter learning he was indirectly responsible for the destruction of a villaige he thought had been evacuated of its civilian population. Consumed by guilt for the deaths he accidentally caused, he lost his powers and became a stereotypical homeless, bitter Vietnam veteran. Reduced to begging, he eventually wandered to Father Gomez' church. Father Gomez ultimately helped to restore his old friend's dignity and gave him back his powers once again. Now back on his feet thanks to Gomez, Tomorrow Man is now a New York super-hero and leads the Redeemers, a band of monster hunter superheroes funded by the fictional Deltacorp's fictional CEO Max Delta.
Samantha Eliot was originally human secretary working for "Mr. Kailanx," a demon mad scientist, he worked in the vein of
Dr. Mengeleengaging in human (and demon) experimentation under the aegeis of Deltacorp' subsidiary Deltronix. This included recovering the regrown wings villain Julius Salvius (see below) had severed from Lillith the Demon Princess. When Samantha Elliot realized who he was, she stole the wings and attached them to herself and tried to escape (the laboratory having teleported to Hell) she turned into a demon-human hybrid. She met with and befriended Tomorrow Man and others who had gone to Hell by accident. She and her allies managed to escape and Samantha Elliot now serves with them as one of the Redeemers.
Fused with Lillith's first wings, Elliot takes on many of Lillith's characteristics, including clothes and weapons. She, however, keeps the same personality and can revert to human form.
Gabriel is the name of two beings in the "Areala" universe. The first Gabriel is the actual angel who has made a few appearances, mostly in his traditional form as a messenger. The second is the fictional Vatican's sentient supercomputer named for him.
While Sister Shannon's birth parents are not mentioned, she is part of a Japanese family that was headed by an old Shinto priest or
Onmyōjinamed Ota Yoma. (A possible pun with how youmais the Japanese equivalent of monster and how he fought oni, Japanese demons.) He was seen to live at and oversee the Ise Shrine, one of Shinto's most important places.
In his youth he served as a captain in World War II's
Imperial Japanese Armyas a psychicsoldier. Early in "Warrior Nun Areala", Yoma tells Shannon that during the war he met and fell in love with a Warrior Nun, Sister Alicia (a.k.a. The Crimson Nun). He confessed to Shannon that he and Sister Alicia stayed together at his house, disregarding their duties, and Sister Alicia her vow of chastity, until the atomic bombing of Hiroshimawherein Captain Yoma left to battle the oni that had been awakened by the first blast. Ota also related that Sister Alicia then left as well, never to see him again until 1948 when she left their young daughter, Sakura, in his care. However, it was later revealed that at least part of Ota's story is untrue. It is not revealed why Yoma told Shannon this fabricated story or who the real mother of Yoma's daughter was. He has since died in battle against the oni, Lord Akuma.
ister Sasuki Yoma
Sasuki Yoma is Sister Shannon's adopted sister and a Warrior Nun in her own right. She is jokingly called "Ninja Nun." She is Sakura Yoma's daughter and Ota Yoma's granddaughter--though it is unknown who her true biological grandmother was. She grew up in Japan at
Hokkaidō's Ise Grand Shrinealongside her sister where both were likely raised in Shinto before both converted to Catholicism early on ultimately becoming Warrior Nuns, much to their grandfather's dismay. It was at age eleven that Shannon left Japan to train at the Academy. It is assumed that she began her own training at the same time. Shannon and Sasuki are very close though they live worlds apart, one in Japan and the other in the United States. Despite being alone in her beliefs, Sister Sasuki is a devoted Kirishitanwho sees Christianity as the only way of revitalizing Japan's spiritual soul.
At the moment it is known that Sister Sasuki patrols the city of
Sapporo. [ Since corrected from early issues which stated she patrolled the "city" of Hokkaidō. ] Despite a few false starts, she has since forged a working relationship with the Japanese policeand has worked with indigenous Japanese kamiagainst mutual enemies, such as Oni, even going on rescue missions to save kidnapped--and modernized sailor fukuclad-- kitsunegirls. Like her sister, Sasuki is a skilled martial artist and athlete but her style incorporates ninjitsu--for example, her veil comes with mask to hide most of her face and she wears the Taijituor Ying Yang symbol. Armed with katanaand Neko-te, she is very adept at espionageand at pseudocide. Though working primarily in Japan, she also goes where needed, one fighting demons in Europe alongside her sister.
ister Alicia/Crimson Nun
A native of
California, she was the Warrior Nun Areala active during World War II. There she was known as the Crimson Nun, famous to this day as the arch-foe of Nazi super-villains. Her career began prior to her birth when her father, a World War IAmerican soldier or Doughboy, was reportedly killed in the Battle of Belleau Wood. This led to Sister Alicia with a sincere hatred of all things German and negatively impacted her family life with her mother being unable to cope. Alicia then raised herself and proved to be a stubborn, unyielding girl who went around picking fights with boys. She was also a fan of the " Lone Ranger" radio series hearing it through out the Great Depression; she would eagerly play out the roles with toys and shout "Hiyo Silver, away!" After her mother's death, she grew up at various Catholic orphanages where her martial prowess came to be noted by the nuns that raised her.
She was soon inducted into the Warrior Nun order and ultimately brought before
Pope Pius XIwho, rightly so, saw the world filled with Fascistsand communiststhat would plunge the world into war. Knowing that he would have to take the fight to a new level, he commissioned her as the Crimson Nun, a woman with a license to kill. Restricted to killing monsters, most Warrior Nuns and other members of the Corps are forbidden from killing human beings even in defense of their own lives; thus due to the controversial nature of her missions, they were mostly conducted in secret. ["Warrior Nun Areala" Vol. 3 #5. ] However, while she was indeed willing and able to use lethal forceagainst Nazis, agents of Imperial Japan, Chinese warlords living up to the Fu Manchustereotype, and the Catholic killing Spanish Republicans during the Spanish Civil War, she took no pleasure in it and would remorsefully ask God's forgiveness, going to confessionfor penance after each mission. ["Crimson Nun" #1 ]
However, her true mission was revealed in 1936 by the original Sister Areala. Sister Areala told her that Satan's influence on Earth would soon be greater than it ever was before and that she, Alicia, was the one to turn the tide. When she met the original Sister Areala and other Arealas in that near-death experience, the original Sister Areala offered her superhuman powers. She declined though she nevertheless had Sister Mary of Aquilonius as a guide. Thus charged, she and her partner, Odysseus Clifton, fought Nazi mystics and Nazi supervillains primarily to prevent their releasing or reviving demons though they also safeguarded relics from them. ["Crimson Nun" #1-4 ] Through out the war her chief weapons were twin 1911
dual wielded semi-automatic pistols named Pax Christi, or peace of Christ. Her chief foe through the war was Catholic priest turned renegade apostate, Mordecai Black.
She was long thought to be Ota Yoma's lover and mother of his children; for that, she was seen as a disgrace to the order. While her surviving partner Clifton vehemently denies Yoma's story ["Warrior Nun Areala" Vol. 3 #5. The now old Clifton calls Yoma "a lying bastard." ] , she was still embraced by his family. Sasuki and Shannon both knew and loved the now dead Sister Alicia as their grandmother though they wondered at how their grandfather allowed her to keep her faith. Also, while Sister Alicia is dead, she has met her adopted granddaughter in heaven during Sister Shannon's first near-death experience. While it can be safely assumed that she does love Shannon, she urged the original Sister Areala to send her back to Earth on the grounds that she could still do much for the Lord. Her granddaughter has also researched her World War II exploits.
A fellow Warrior Nun, Sister Sarah is Sister Shannon's "girlfriend" and have known each other since childhood at the academy. [ Slight goof on part of Antarctic Press. A flashback scene of the academy shows young Sister Shannon with "Bernadette." With how the only known nun by that name was a demon disguised as a black woman--Sarah's skin color--, Shannon's childhood friend could not have been "Bernadette." Logically speaking, it would have had to have been Sarah. ] They grew up together and received final training together in Vatican City under Mother Superion. However, while Shannon took the path of a foot soldier, Sarah took to the air and became a part of the Silver Cross's air force, the Black Angels Corps. She, however, will also serve as a ground fighter, often alongside her best friend. She, like Sister Shannon, is an admirer of
Mother Theresa. Sister Sarah is also one of the few African Americans in the series. [ This caused some controversy in the letter columns. Yet while a casual observer would claim that she is an example of tokenism, it is actual historical accuracy that only a small part of America's Black churchis Catholic. According to " The Complete Idiot's Guide to...Understanding Catholicism", despite the fact that Catholicism is the largest religion in the world for people of African descent--200,000,000 worldwide--, less than six percent of African "Americans" are themselves Catholics. ]
Cardinal Shoc's superior, he leads the Catholic Corps with him and Mother Superion in a triumvirate. While unselfish, he is seen to be stubborn and self righteous, not to mention biased against the Warrior Nuns whom he refers to as girls. [ "Father Crowe: Magic Priest" #2 ] He is derided by Shoc as a "
bureaucrat" that has not faced the Lord's enemies as he has [ "Warrior Nun Areala" Vol. 3 #1 ] and as "Cardinal Stingy" by Sister Shannon for constantly lowering Warrior Nun budgets. [ "Warrior Nun Areala" Vol. 2 #1 ] He is also German and grew up in Germany during Hitler's rise to power. [ Warrior Nun Areala Vol. 2 #3 ] A hyper conservative, he is very defensive about the Church's role during that time period.
Even so, he shows another rarely seen side of his personality when dealing with the Magic Priests. Having been one himself he is sympathetic to them and cares for them. [ "Father Crowe: Magic Priest" #2 ]
While he co-leads with Mother Superion and he has his own superiors to answer to such as Cardinal Stark, Cardinal Shoc is one of the highest ranking leaders in the Church's Defense Units. The Warrior Nuns are his direct responsibility and he will defend them from Vatican bureaucrats who would wish to close the Warrior Nuns down, risking his reputation if needed. To that end, he is on good terms with his right hand woman, Mother Superion. Extremely devoted to his cause and demanding of the Units under his responsibility, he has little patience for those with no combat experience. [ "Warrior Nun Areala" Vol. 3 #1 ] He is very grim and bears various scars on his face. He also wrote the procedure book, literally. [ "Warrior Nun Areala: Resurrection" #2 ]
She, like all Mother Superions before her, is the supreme Abbess/Mother Superior of the Order of the Cruciform Sword and handles the day to day work. She along with her partner Cardinal Shoc and her superior, Cardinal Stark, leads the Catholic Corps in a triumvirate.
Originally Sister Katherine, she was just another Warrior Nun and worked primarily as the girl's teacher/drill instructor at the Saint Thomas Academy. It was there that she first met a teenage Sister Shannon and saw great promise in her. [ "Warrior Nun Areala: Resurrection" #1 ] That changed when she angered the then-Mother Superion and found herself reassigned to the border of
Israelwith a squad of United States Marinesin 1991's First Gulf War. There, Sister Katherine confronted a monster in a cave, nearly losing her eyesight in the battle. When she returned, she could "see as spirits see" which is to say Clairvoyance, psychometry, or some other form of Extra sensory perception. As a result, she always wears goggles to cover her eyes. (Before she wore sunglasses.) Upon her recovery, she was given the title of Mother Superion and now as the current Mother Superion now leads a new generation of Warrior Nuns in combat with the forces of Hell, including Shannon Masters.
She is very stoic and quiet; despite this she sincerely does care for her pupils. She has known Sister Shannon since Shannon was a child and trained her herself. She in fact was responsible for her assignment to New York City despite the reservations of Catholic Corps members over her relative inexperience. [ "Warrior Nun Areala" Vol. 1 #1 ] Mother Superion stated that that was because she saw in Sister Shannon tremendous potential even to the point of being the next Areala. She has proven a good administrator though from time to time she will lead assaults on evil forces herself with blazing
flamethrowers in each hand.
She also personally designed the current Warrior Nun uniforms, based on her own, to replace the older, less modest uniforms, that had been in use since the 1970s. [ "Warrior Nun Areala: Rituals #5 ]
Perhaps the Vatican's most powerful Magic Priest, Father Goth is a force to be reckoned with. In his younger days, he was a children's teacher at the Saint Thomas Academy where he taught the boys campus, just as young Mother Superion (then Sister Katherine) taught the girls. He would wear a
cassockand a slouch hat. Among his students was the future Father David Crowe. He ultimately left teaching to become an active duty Magic Priest but never lost his touch. When Jason was shown to have superhuman powers, he sheltered the boy and recommended him for Silver Cross.
Grim and taciturn, he grew grimmer (and got scars and cybernetic eye) when he returned after being thought dead when, in the "
MasadaIncident" of 1989, he disappeared fighting a "type 7 demon in the vortex." He returned to Earth to battle the same demon, Gorath. He and his fellow warrior won and he showed that, despite his grim attitude, he will smile now and again after having "saved the day."
In addition to flight, mind control, and other standard powers, he can cross dimensions, and wields a
croziercalled the Staff of Enoch. He uses it as a Quarterstaffor a Bōand can also use it to fire energy bolts. It is capable of various other effects and is dangerous to those not fit to touch it. Idolized by his fellow clerics and other religious, he is never seen without his jet black Greatcoatmixing metal studs and leather straps with his clerical clothing, and his trademark slouch hat.
The Twelve Magic Priests
Founded one-hundred forty six years after the Warrior Nuns in about 1212, the Magic Priests are the second most famous of the Defensive Units and are the Catholic Corps preferred Unit. There are thirty six Magic Priests in the world with twelve of them on active duty, doubtless in imitation of the Twelve Apostles.
These Twelve are--
*Father Goth--As noted as above, perhaps the Vatican's most powerful Magic Priest, Father Goth is a force to be reckoned with. In his younger days, he was a children's teacher at the Saint Thomas Academy where he taught the boys campus, just as young Mother Superion (then Sister Katherine) taught the girls. Among his students was the future Father Crowe. He would wear a
cassockand a slouch hat. Grim and taciturn, he ultimately left teaching to become an active duty Magic Priest; he is regarded as one of the best. Nationality unknown.
*Father David Crowe--As noted above, Crowe is the Magic Priest most often seen. He is one of the best and is seen to have romantic feelings for Sister Shannon. He is American.
*Father Stone--The man most often paired with Father Crowe, the two are friends. He is a large man with a mohawk and a cybernetic eye. He often hides his emotions behind a gruff exterior. Nationality unknown.
*Father Fang--He has worked with Father Crowe. He is also an eccentric in that for unknown reasons, Father Fang's speech seems limited to phrases from the
King James Bible, whether in casual conversation or the middle of a blazing combat situation. Nationality unknown but presumably Anglosphere.
*Father McKane--An American and one of Crowe's friends. His first name is Mark and he frequently wears a
*Father Lopez--He is an older man with gray hair, presumably Hispanic.
*Father MacLeod--A Scotsman?
*Father Webb--Nationality unknown.
*Father Paine--A large hulking man with a cybernetic eye and various implants. He is seen to where a black body suit, or
unitardin contrast to the uniforms of fellow clerics.
*Father Kubiczek--A Pole?
*Father Duvalier--A Frenchman?
She is a European nun--seemingly non combat or "vocational"--who was nearly killed when a demon exploded her church. She was rescued by the famous Kotnick, a demon hunter and "nun collector." (He has a catchphrase, "Pax Vobiscum,"
latinfor "peace be with you.") However, her face was ruined and she has since worn a mask beneath her veil. He then became a surrogate father to her and trained her to be a Warrior Nun dubbed Frenzy. She is strong weightlifter, a skilled knife fighter, and a sniper, though in combatting demons she uses bullets made of frozen holy water.
Wearing glasses, she is one of Sister Shannon's students. Like her teacher, she is assigned to St. Thomas Church but is somewhat overeager, going after enemies she could not expect to defeat. She is also not quite serious, playing with Sister Shannon's Sword of Antoich--and injuring herself in the process. For that she is disciplined.
Sister Christine was assigned to St. Thomas Church on Mother Superion's orders while Sister Shannon's went to Japan [ "Lillith" #1. Sister Shannon went to Japan in "Warrior Nun Areala: Rituals" ] . She stayed on afterwards for a short time [ "Warrior Nun Areala" Vol 2 #4,5] before leaving. She is older and very skilled but she is can be quite unorthodox, dressing in chic fashion when off duty, disdaining her veil, and approaching combat with a sense of cheerful informality. She is critical of Magic Priest's preferential treatment. She is also a good fighter, but impulsive and somewhat hidebound. (She does not believe in the legend of the original Sister Areala.)
Active since at least 1971, Sister Madeline is an older Warrior Nun who has seen better days. Either due to injuries or to compensate for her age, she has both an eyepatch and cybernetic arms that can turn into
miniguns. She is nicknamed "Mad Lynn" for her fierce fighting style. At the moment she cares for the Silver Cross orphans and trains them for their future duties as soldiers of Christ. She is quite stern--more so that Sister Shannon ever was in raising Jason, or Mother Superion was in raising Sister Shannon--but does so thinking to discipline her charges. It seemingly proved useful when they and their drill sergeantproved a team to be reckoned with when they fought Madeline's old foe Dr. Frederick Ottoman. However, while she suffers the children come to her [ [http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?book_id=47&chapter=19&verse=13&end_verse=15&version=31&context=context Matthew 19:13-15] ] and as much as she might care for children in the abstract, she has a hard time conveying actual affection.
Children of Silver Cross
Tracing its origins back to 1212 when participants of the failed Children's Crusade were rescued from slavery, one of them being given a silver cross, Silver Cross trains future Magic Priests and Warrior Nuns. The Silver Cross program has survived into modern times with the current crop of future Magic Priests and Warrior Nuns cared for by Sister Madeline. They are mostly preadolescents. While some children are from
Catholic countriessuch as France and Brazil, other come from traditionally anti-Catholic countries such as England, or even from Egypt which would imply belonging Eastern Catholicismsuch as the Coptic Catholic Church.
They include -
*David "Mark" Montoya - Very brash, the young
Brazilian has the power to control the velocity of moving objects.
*David Young - The youngest student, ten years old, and hailing from
England, he specializes in electrical manipulation.
*Allison Powers - She is a skilled staff expert and hails from
*John Blessing - A stereotypical "
ugly American", he has the power of controlling inertia. He mostly manifests this as a form of super-strength
*Diana Saladin - Haling from
Egypt, Diana is a skilled swordswoman and hopes to become a Warrior Nun. She is also a great admirer of Sister Shannon and will pray the rosary, for her success in battle. For her part, Sister Shannon has taken the girl under her wing.
*Jessica Keller - Though blind, Jessica Keller wielded a vast assortment of
telepathic, and telekineticpowers and was ironically the most powerful of the Silver Cross children. Silent, passive, and pious, she was the most mature of her fellow students and was their unofficial leader. Sister Madeline saw her abilities and thought to break with tradition by recommending her for the Magic Priest program; this request was denied. Though she has since died in combat, she was last seen in Heaven with blindness replaced by sight and being shown about by Stephen of Burgess.
*Jason - An amnesiac with no memory of his past, he was rasied by Sister Shannon until he found himself with extraordinary power upon which he joined Silver Cross. He enjoys his position but tries to stay in touch with Sister Shannon. He was not one of the original Silver Cross children. For more information please see his article above.
As might be expected, the
papacyplays a role in the "Warrior Nun Areala". With how the papacy goes back for centuries, flashbacks often mention popes of past times and places. Often mentioned and sometimes seen, occupants of the fictional papacy are ofteh fictionalized versions of the real ones. Three popes thus far have starred as major characters.
Pope John Paul I
John Paul I was a minor character, principally appearing in flashbacks to the time of his pontificate; there, he was quite differently from how he was in real life. While the real John Paul I has been called "an intellectual lightweight" he is portrayed in the comic book as a strong, decisive man dedicated to rooting out a conspiracy of
Freemasonswithin the Vatican. They kill him by conspiracy though the killers are ultimately apprehended and his death avenged. [ "Warrior Nun Areala/Scorpio Rose" ]
Pope John Paul II
Pope John Paul II was a minor character in the series before his death. He would be referenced periodically by various people as "the Pope" and documents displaying his
Papal coat of arms--see [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
] --do show that Sister Shannon's early adventures indeed happened during his pontificate. She even met him once at the climax of "Warrior Nun Areala/Scorpio Rose" #4 though with his death, she now presumably serves under
Pope Benedict XVI.
In one story-arc, "Warrior Nun Areala" Vol 3. #11-12, we see a single immortal pontiff, "Pope Ignatus." A vain and somewhat self-centered individual, Ignatus is literally a child and has remained physically a child through all the millennia he has reigned as the Church's immortal pope since the beginning of the institution. He is, in fact, thought by the world at large to in fact be the history's only Pope. Ignatus encourages this thought though at one point he tells Cardinal Stark the story of how "a man from
Galilee," founded the Church on a wandering Holy Man whom He dubbed Pius. The Galilean charged Pius with going away to build a palace to house God's Earthly representative. Pius, the first Pope, did so and after finding Ignatus raised the boy as his son and raised him to the task. Ignatus has led the Church to this day.
Though later stories confirm that at least some aspects of the storyarc are true such as the Vatican suffering a great attack ["Warrior Nun Areala Vol. 3 #13"] , Ignatus existence directly contradicts many earlier stories which feature or mention many real world Popes to the point that those stories are rendered untenable. Also, Ignatus' very existence was implicitly retconned since then.
Satan is the source of all evil. Also known as Lucifer, the Devil, the Evil One, the Father of Lies, the Father of Misery, the Source of All our Woes, the Sower of Discord, the King of Hell, the Arch-Fiend, the Enemy, he is the chief villain and behind-the-scenes mastermind of all evil in the "Warrior Nun Areala" universe.
He, as Lucifer, was created by God to be one of the finest of angels but he was filled with pride, and ultimately rebelled against his Creator. Thinking that he could rule better than his Omniscient Creator, he led other angels in revolt but they were cast out from Heaven. Since then, Lucifer, now "Satan" or "Enemy [of God] " [ Satan means enemy in Hebrew. ] has waged a ceaseless war against God, part of that war being leading His children on the path of damnation. Seeking nothing short of the destruction of all goodness and the enslavement of all creation, his war potentially stretches across the multi-verse. [ Warrior Nun Areala, or course, opposes Satan. At one point, she met an Earth bound super-heroine angel from another dimension named Avengelyne. While in her own dimension, Avengeylne commented on the followers of the "Dragon," a reference to Satan in that he takes the form of a "great red dragon with seven heads and ten horns." [http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?book_id=73&chapter=12&version=31 Revelation Chapter 12] It is not known if there is just one Satan spreading misery across the multiverse or of there are multiple Satans.]
Standing in his way has been the Christian faith. Prior to Christ's sacrifice and resurrection and the subsequent spreading of the Good News, Satan had been free to deal with the gentiles with how God's favor was on just one Chosen People. Afterwards, he was in a quandary with how the Christian faith was leading billions of souls to the worship of God and the Salvation He freely offered. The Church soon became a bulwark against Satan's schemes spreading this faith and providing defense against physical assault in the figure of the Areala--whom God Himself had named and sanctioned--and her Warrior Nuns and the Magic Priests. The Vatican has since become the first line of defense for Earth and the primary means by which Heaven wages a
proxy waragainst Hell.
At the moment, he is confined in the fiery blazes of Hell ruling over the demons and the damned, though he can project his image and voice outward. Satan's Earth bound minions, be they human devil worshippers or demons themselves, have tried to free their
dark lordfrom his imprisonment though all have failed. As such, he tends to work through human channels using deceit and treachery to beguile humans and let them do the "dirty work." The most significant example of these was Germany's National Socialists, or Nazis.
It is worth noting that there is a great variety of demons and not all obey Satan; indeed, most do not. Even in the Bible there are reports of demons so terrified of Satan that they begged Jesus to not exorcise them and send them to Hell [ [http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke%208:26-39;&version=31; Luke 8:26-39] ] , and of Jesus warning His followers to not take pleasure in forcing demons to submit to them [ [http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke%2010:17-20;&version=31; Luke 10:17-20] ] . An important breakaway sect is led by Orcus; he and his followers do not submit to Satan. Realizing from experience that fighting God is futile and suicidal, Orcus prefers a policy of coexistence. He and his followers, most notably Lillith, have been known to protect innocent life.
The Beast, or Anti-Christ, has appeared as a villain in the series. His first appearance was as a naked man named Az Rabah wandering the deserts of
Libya. His right hand man was named Hafidh Aziz; Aziz is presumably the False Prophet. In a not very subtle jab, it shows an almost medieval view of Islam with the Middle East Muslim worldas the Anti-Christ's base of operations and Muslim armies flocking to serve him. He is not portrayed as Islam's arch-deceiver the Dajjalwho rejects Islam and will try to lead people away from it. Rather Az Rabah goes to Mecca (something said to be impossible for the Dajjal) and gives anti-western speeches at the Kaabawhere he is hailed as the prophesied redeemer of Islam, or Mahdi, who will lead people "towards" Islam. Hafidh Aziz--whose first name is a variant of Hafiz or someone who has memorized the Koran--the False Prophet then leads the people in virtual worship of him. Fueled by Radical Islam, nearly all the Arab Worldjoined the Mahdi/Anti-Christ's coalition of nations in a bid for world domination.
As the Beast, Rabah claims to wield the powers of "the greatest of all the angels," that is to say Satan, and claims to be a
Nephilim, or hybrid of woman and Grigoria kind of fallen angel. Seeming to prove that he wields a vast assortment of abilities and easily overpowered a company of Magic Priests sent against him. Sister Shannon managed to defeat him, thus postponing his inevitable rise to power and inevitable casting into the Lake of Fire. While he was ultimately beaten and his Muslim armies dispersed, the Anti-Christ has since taken residence in the United States as an evil American politician named Senator White.
National Socialism, or Nazism for short, was a German political movement begun in 1919 and that quickly became identified with
Adolf Hitler, a German corporal originally sent to spy on the organization be German intelligence but who ultimately became its leader. Hitler and his "Nazis" quickly rose to power; this was due in part to Hitler's promises of revenge against the Allies for the Versailles Treatywhich humiliated a defeated Germany in World War I, his scapegoating of Jews, Gypsies, Slavs, and other Untermenschfor said defeat, by providing jobs for unemployed Germans amidst the Great Depression, and appealing to German racial pride. In the decades since its fall Nazism has come to be seen as synonymous with evil; it is fact that, in real life, Nazism did have some occult undercurrents though this was of overall minor importance.
However, the fictional Nazis of "Warrior Nun Areala", like fictional Nazis elsewhere, are portrayed as sadistic, robotic monsters. Also, like other popular culture portrayals of Hitler, the fictionalized Hitler is shown as an evil genius who is not only Satan's right hand but who seeks
world domination. There, Hitler is shown is being a sadistic, cruel, contemptuous, violent, egotistical man who consorts with monsters. There he is shown not only as formulating stragety as he did in the real world but as personally leading assaults from the front. Thus, Satan saw in Hitler a man after his own heart and invested his full power and support in the Nazi cause. In the mid 1930s, the original Sister Areala and her fellow Arealas watched this from Heaven and were worried that through Hitler, Satan's influence on Earth would be greater than it ever had been previous. [ "Crimson Nun" #2 ]
The apostate-Catholic, anti-Christian, and pagan Hitler [ In addition to mysticism, there was a strong strain of anti-Christianity and especially anti-Catholicism among the real Nazis. Disdaining orthodox Christianity's Jewish roots and on emphasis on compassion, they rejected it in favor of "
Positive Christianity," a pseudo-religion with nationalistic Germanic overtones and emphasis on the "historical Jesus." Despite Nazi attempts to make a Protestant Reich Church, Germany's Catholic Church offered proved a constant thorn in Hitler's side, offering much resistance. The Nazis also had a running battle with the Vatican and Pope Pius XII, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
] due to his criticisms of Nazi Germany and helping of Jews. This was illustrated in "Warrior Nun Areala" #6 where the fictional Nazis and especially Hitler are portrayed with an anti-Christian attitude. He sees the Crimson Nun oppose him and says that it only makes sense that she be a "Catholic woman." ] rose to infamy as the most evil man that ever lived as he and his followers wrought on the Earth its darkest hour. They practiced
black magic, recruited fallen angels such Azazel, and sought to claim various Christian relics to pervert their powers to their unholy cause. However, while the fictional Hitler is portrayed as willing to deal with the supernatural, he would delegate most of his responsibilities in this to Nazi mystic Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler. The Nazis were also aided by villains like Morgan Le Fay, King Arthur's sister survived into modern day who allied with them in hopes of destroying her brother's kingdom, England, and Mordecai Black, former Catholic priest gone renegade who hoped to destroy the Church. ["Warrior Nun Briganttia" and "Warrior Nun Areala" Vol. 3 #5,6 ] Professing white supremacyand genocide, the Nazis served Satan well as they wrought forth death, suffering, and Hell on Earth. In fact, terms of raw results, regardless of the final outcome, the Nazis were the most successful pawns Satan ever had. Even now, Satan has not forgotten their service; footsoldiers of his current right hand, Julian Salvius would wear the brown shirt uniforms of Nazi Stormtrooperscomplete with Nazi armband though with a pentagram used in place of the Swastika.
However, like in real life, the Nazis ultimately destroyed themselves with how Hitler was a man too close to Satan's heart. Too stubborn and megalomaniacal to ever admit defeat or that he was wrong, Hitler marched himself and Germany towards mutual annihilation by all the combined forces of the Allies. Though officially neutral as in the real world, the Vatican was also a major player sending its Catholic Corps forces to face down the Nazis supernatural threats. It presumably also condemned the Nazis and saved what lives it could from the Nazi genocide as it did in the real world. It ended with their leaders imprisoned, their cities in ruins, their country torn in two, and their
Führerdead by suicide on Walpurgis Night. Unwilling to admit defeat, some Nazis chose to escape and they or their descendants have since waged terrorist/ guerrillacampaigns becoming Neo-Nazisthat still pose a threat to the peace and stability of the world. A good example is Colonol Ottoman taking his Wunderwaffento Imperial Japan in January 1945. On seeing that Hitler's cause was doomed, Ottoman hid his wonder-weapons away so that they could be used at a later date by those wishing to continue the cause. The one to do so was his grandson, Frederick Ottoman.
The current world spanning
Fourth Reichis Ottoman's Teutonic Knights and hides behind the front of the Ottoman Corporation
Dr. Frederick Ottoman and the Teutonic Knights
mad scientistand Nazi mysticDr. Frederick Ottoman is the leader of the Teutonic Knights a Neo-Nazigroup that seeks to establish a Fourth Reich. [ The real Teutonic Knightswere a German Roman Catholic military orderthat fought various battles in the Crusades, and through medieval Europe. Though they still exist to this day primarily as a Catholic charitable organization, it is this image of Germanic warriors that exists in the minds of most people and it this image of them that has often been used in conjunction with German nationalism. An anti-Christian, Ottoman would doubtless follow Nazi Germany's path rejecting the "real" Teutonic Knights' Christianity and their modern charity work while using the medieval imagery of the Knights for reasons of German propaganda. ]
Ottoman's Nazi roots run deep. His grandfather was a devoted Nazi and a Colonel in either the
Wehrmachtor perhaps even the SSwho on seeing the Third Reich was doomed, died towards the end of the war in an attempt to lay down the groundwork for a fourth Reich. It has been stated by creator Ben Dunn that the Ottoman family is not necessarily German and that is seen with Frederick Ottoman's father--and presumably the Colonel's son--Selim Ottoman was a subject of the German allied Ottoman Empire, hence the family name, and his mother was Anna Lumsden a German woman. Both died in the Dresden bombing. [ "Silver Cross" #2 ] Ottoman later served fanatically as a twelve year old child soldier in the Hitler Youthin the last days of the war. He met Hitler [ The picture in "Silver Cross" #2 where he meets the man was based on this image. Ottoman was placed where the boy shaking Hitler's hand is, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
] ] and fought the
Red Armyin the Battle of Berlinwhere he lost his right eye. He survived and has since grown up--and still looking some thirty years old or less--to once again try to enslave the Earth for the Master Race.
Seeing humanity as fundamentally corrupt, Ottoman's ultimate goal is to destroy the village/world in order to save it. He dreams of creating a New World Order in which Christianity will be abolished and worship of
Adolf Hitlerwho in Ottoman's mind is the true Messiah will be law. That is because, like Hitler, he believes that Christianity must be destroyed and a new civilization must be built on the ashes of the old in which the swastika will be the "true" sign of the cross. (He has some how even managed to steal fragments of Hitler's skull from Russian archives for use in worship. [ "Warrior Nun Areala: Rituals" #4 ] ) Indeed, while he enjoys being the villain, Ottoman sincerely believes that he fighting for a greater good and imagines himself a cultured, civilized man with good taste in music. [ "Silver Cross" #3 ] Like the first Nazis, he does not understand why any reasonable person would oppose him. Why is he not just trying to foil the Jewish-Communist conspiracy?
This is quite the opposite of how demons pursue their goals of genocide and hate against all that lives for the sake of pleasure and to spite God whose children they harm. Seeing in them a common enemy he has even fought against them. Thus, despite Satanic involvement in Nazism in "Warrior Nun Areala", he is wary of demons who wish to destroy the Earth whilst he "merely" wishes to enslave it.
Due to his wealth from his Ottoman Corporation serving as a front for these goals, he has the money to fund his plans. He has various bases around the world such as in South America [ A tip of the hat to the real
ex-Naziswho fled to South America and the subsequent fictional representations such as The Boys from Brazil. ] where he engaged in Mengele like experiments on children to find a "God gene," or a way to naturalistically understand the Magic Priests' faith based powers. He has Nazi agents around the world infiltrating various governments and his chief base is somewhere in the Appalachian Mountainswith a fleet of Nazi UFOs. He is known and is tracked by world governments; in one assault on his South American base in the 1970s, Sister Madeline teamed up with the Israeli Mossadagainst him.
Ottoman was seen to have a knowledge of the occult and was a genius in
bioengineering, so much so that oni such as Lord Akuma, being magical beings and having limited understanding of science, sought his aid. However, Akuma betrayed and seemingly killed him. His body was then respectfully taken away by one of his Karl furry dog-men creations. (These things may or may not be reference to the Werwolfplan for a post war Nazi resistance movement.) He later returned and attempted to subvert the children of Silver Cross and launch the "Hate Wave" and other plans since then.
Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
The Four Horsemen make appearances, following popular interpretations as being
War, Famine, Pestilenceand Death. They are literal horsemen and have the powers their names imply. They are led by Death. They appear as extremely mercenaryworking for various masters. As part of this, they will often dress according to the time and place.
Beelzebub, the "prince of demons," [ [http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?book_id=47&chapter=12&verse=24&version=31&context=verse Matthew 12:24] ] makes a few appearances, chiefly in a "
flashforward" at least two centuries into the future as the victorious emperor of a "hell planet" having crushed all human opposition. He is shown having successfully evaded detection by the (future) Vatican's space forces.
Likely the true Orcus of
Roman myth[ At one point, his minions complain about "lowly Lemures". They are beings from Roman myth] , he is a demon warlord and Lillith's former employer. He is one of the less evil demons and opposes Satan for fear that Satan would re-start active war against Heaven. Having fought in the War of Heaven, he knows the futility of fighting God. In fact, when Julius Salvius sought to free Satan, Orcus sent Lillith to prevent that from happening. This goodwill ended soon after when he betrayed her in order to take Lillith's lands and power in the hopes of perhaps even being able to challenge Satan for the infernal throne. He may also have framed Lillith for murder out of the knowledge that her mother, Hexa, would ask to be punished in her place. The price of that was that Lillith would have to serve him. It is known that his son Utak killed Lillith's angelic father.
Also, if his earliest appearances in Dunn's "Ninja High School" are considered canonical relative to his appearances in "Areala", he also owns Hell's portion of the
McDonald'sfranchise. Like McDonald's elsewhere--such as Indiaserving beefless Maharaja Macs, Israel's cheeseless kosher BigMacs, or the Philippines' McSpaghetti--Hell's McDonalds feature culture specific food such as McTorment shakes. Orcus is known for using his position as owner of Hell's portion of the franchise to demote failed minions to work flipping burgers at " McJobs."
Asmodeus makes a few appearances. His chief appearance was in a flashback to 1939 when he appeared to the Jewish anti-hero Hammer to lure him away from his duties so that Hammer would not be there to prevent the Holocaust. He succeeded; although Hammer did ultimately win the fight against him, when he returned to the human world years later, it was late 1945 outside of Aucshwitz.
Helga was the Captain of the Valkyrie, Odin's woman warriors. She trained Auria, the future Areala, to be a Valkyrie and enjoyed "
hazing" her pupil. However, after Auria bested her in combat, even before gaining a Valkyrie's strength, she nursed a grudge against her. This grew after Auria fell in love with Tyr, whom Helga wanted for herself. It climaxed when Auria/Areala renounced Odin and Areala humiliated Helga in battle before her warriors, leaving her a scarred and bloodied face. She swore revenge and has tried to keep that vow. Even as Areala has her avatar, so does Helga, the Nebelhexa or Nebelhexe, though unlike Areala she will choose men as well as women.
In the 1700s, Helga formed the Sorority of Evil, a group of devil worshiping witches. [ "Warrior Nun Areala vs. Razor" ] Today, they operate behind the front of a big business, Black Metal Multi Media and are led by Nebelhexa ["Warrior Nun Areala: Portraits"] . Over the centuries, Warrior Nuns Areala and the Nebelhexas have done battle as
cowgirls in the Wild West, swordsmen in the Three Musketeer's France, as a Christian knightand a quasi- Muslim jihadistin the Crusades, and presumably many others. [ "Warrior Nun Areala: Resurrection" #3 ] The first was one of the Vikings that tried to rape the original Sister Areala. She turned the lone survivor into an evil wizard who transferred his soul into a golem with the sole task of killing Arealas and it went about doing it sometimes successfully, sometimes not for over a thousand years until it was permanently destroyed by Sister Shannon. [ "Warrior Nun Areala" Vol 2 #6 ]
Helga, the sole forgotten survivor of Ragnarök, has thus vicariously clashed with her old enemy time and again but she has lost time and again because, in Areala's words "... "NONE" may withstand the "power" of God!" That is seen with how Helga once killed a Nebelhexa by overloading her with power in hopes of killing (the original) Areala's Sister Shannon. She died after Shannon said "My power comes from the Almighty! And His is a power you cannot equal!"
In German, Nebelhexe means "fog witch."
Unlike his rival, Lillith, Demon Foster is a loyal follower of Satan and sworn enemy of God. He first appeared in the service of Julius Salvius and led Salvius troops in an attempt to destroy the Vatican and later New York City. While thought killed by Lillith, he later returned as the Red Mask/Masque, a double agent who on the surface worked for Nazi Frederick Ottoman. Seeking to forge alliances with Japan's Oni, he and Mr Kailanx worked with Lord Akuma of the Teutonic Knights and of a possible alliance to use and then dispose of the still human Frederick Ottoman. While Foster and Akuma did unite and they did manage to betray Ottoman and use his technology in an attempt at world destruction, that too failed with the Onis' power broken. Though again thought dead, he survived that encounter and was upgraded into a monstrous cyborg by Satan's
Mengele, Mr. Kailanx a human looking mad scientist demon.
While primarily hailing from the fallen angels who defied the Lord, Foster is seen to be friendly towards the monsters and evil spirits of other belief systems and hopes for the unity of "all" demons.
Demon Foster is shown to have a variety of powers at his disposal, among them the power to grow spider legs from his body for use as weapons.
Mr. Kailanx is Satan's
Mengele, a human looking mad scientist demon. Allied with Demon Foster, he has worked with him on various ventures, first in aiding his ventures as Red Mask and later in repairing him after his presumed death. Kailanx masquerades as an innocuous gray-haired old man wearing suit and bow tie. He will infiltrate human organizations to gain technology he otherwise would not have, most notably Delta Corps which was riddled by demon moles from the very first issue of the very first series. A sadist, his Hell laboratory is analogous to Imperial Japan's Unit 731or the Nazi labs with the exception that the damned cannot be put out of their misery and suffer indefinitely. He will also strike out on his own, hatching his own plots. He is also seen to jealously guard his lab, sometimes abandoning his latest plot to protect his lab.
Also called "Julius Salvius" or "Salvius Julianus", he was Sister Shannon's first foe. From his name, and from his remarks about being a
Roman Emperorand of having been "cursed by the Christians" he seems to be Julian the Apostatesurvived into modern times. In addition to being the last pagan Roman Emperor in an Empire that had already converted to Christianity, the real Julian renounced the faith into which he had been batized (the faith his uncle Emperor Constantine had legalized and embraced) and tried to revive paganism. If Julius Salvius is in fact is Julian the Apostate, it is not said where he was from his "death" in 363 to the modern day. However, has evidently clashed with the Church for some time as senior members of the Catholic Corps will use him like a boogeymanto keep younger members of the Catholic Corps in line.
In modern times, he led a double life was a wealthy industrialist/
arms dealerand a Satanist. Furthering the Nazi demon connection, he would have "brown shirts" in his employ though the swastika was replaced with a pentagram. More than just a pagan and an anti-Christian, he is now an evil wizard and servant of the Devil who sought to free the Devil from the pits of Hell and destroy the Catholic Church to take revenge against the Christians who cursed him. His plan was thwarted and he was thought killed. He was in fact imprisoned in the Vatican and later managed to escape seeking revenge against Sister Shannon and the rest of the Catholic Church.
The Hammer is an embittered Jewish anti-hero who opposes Catholicism.
Today a citizen of
Israeland a grandfather, his true name is Zev Schlieffer and he was born in the town of Oświęcimto a Polish Rabbi. He was empowered by his father in the Kabbalahfor the purpose of preventing the Holocaustwhich he foresaw. Young Hammer, however, ignored his father and, prior to World War II, he left to battle the demon Asmodeus regardless of his father's warnings. He returned to the human world and his home of Oświęcim just after World War II finding himself in front of Auschwitz concentration camp. Auschwitz is German for Oświęcim.
Despite having forsworn his duty and being responsible for the genocide (and the death of his father who died in transit to Dachau in 1942) he could have prevented, he
scapegoatsthe Catholic Church. He sees the "entire" hierarchy as guilty for involvement in the ratlines, the smuggling of war criminals out of Germany by two priests. In seeking access to the Vatican Secret Archivesfor material on the subject, he was prepared to kill anyone--and he hospitalized several--to do so though he promised to "mourn" his victims. He was stopped by Cardinal Stark who talked him out of it.
Aside from that, he has been seen defending Israel from attack and has brought
ex-Nazisto justice as a Nazi hunter. He must have the staff given him by his father to use his powers.
The Holy Man
The Holy Man is perhaps a slight spoof on real life atheists in that he does not believe because he does not want to believe. This is seen with how angels and demons are in plain sight for the world to see, one letter to the editor of "Warrior Nun Areala" stated that people would have no choice but to believe. [letter columns "Warrior Nun Areala: Rituals" #6 ]
The Holy Man, however claims to not just be an atheist but an "anti-theist" in that he sees all religion as a fraud and that it must be destroyed for humans to evolve. And he plans to destroy it by any means necessary such as by murdering people of faith and destroying any house of worship. A manic and seemingly insane Joker like character, his madness seems to stem from the fact that he refuses to accept God's existence but can not logically do so with the supernatural right in front of him. This extends to his stalking Sister Shannon and wanting to kill her for being living proof of what he refuses to believe in.
This leads to near-madness. His
schizophreniaand self contradictory attitude is seen in that he claims not to have a soul thereby acknowledging that souls exist, and thereby God the maker of souls. He then adds that not having a soul is what makes him realise that religion is false. He sees his belief in the non-existence of God as a license for immoral behavior on the logic that if there is no God dictating morality, then there are no moral absolutes, no fear of damnation, no reason to be good, only a concern for self because if there is no God there can be no morality as humans are then nothing made by nothing from nothing and for nothing and are no more intrinsically important than any other form of dead matter and that attempts to believe otherwise are mere self delusions since despite such attempts at philosophy and ethics for its own sake there is in the end still nothing more than an empty godless world. Thus, in Holy Man's view, human beings should accept that they are a freak accident arising from said indifferent universe and that their lives are unworthy of life.
He was created by Barry Lyga as part of an attempt to make a serious Areala, one that viewed the subject matter from an intellectual point of view and not mere tongue in cheek gimmickery. In fact, it had been Lyga's hope to make Holy Man the primary villain of his "Areala" series had it progressed beyond six issues. (Holy Man's last appearance in fact ended with a sinister hidden camera at the Saint Thomas Church recording Sister Shannon's actions. [ "Warrior Nun Areala" #5 ] ) The fact that Lyga mentioned attaks on
synagoguesand mosquesperhaps means that had the story continued, the view of various religions in the world of "Areala" would have continued. [ [http://barrylyga.com/new/comicBooks.html "Comic Books" at Barrylyga.com] ] Unfortunately for Lyga, the audience for the book liked the more tongue-in-cheek approach of other "Areala" authors and he left [ [http://barrylyga.com/new/comicBooks.html "Comic Books" at Barrylyga.com] ] ; thus, despite occasional glimpses like him being used as a holographic training program ["Warrior Nun Areala: Rituals" #1 ] , Holy Man has never been seen again.
It may be asked if he has no god, from where does the atheist Holy Man have his power. Though Lyga never managed to address that it can be assumed that in the larger context of the "Areala" universe, it is due to the "God-gene," a genetic mutation that allows humans to tap into supernatural powers, perhaps with or without the individual invoking his or her god. It was somehing first hypothezised by the anti-Christian Nazi Frederick Ottoman perhaps out of his refusal to accept God. It was later expounded on by Anti-Christ Az Rabah as a remnant of angels taking human wives and imparting power in their children. Lending credence to this , Holy Swords have little effect on Holy Man.
Mordecai Black is an apostate Catholic and evil atheist that has since rejected the Church. When asked by others how he can explain the supernatural and the existence of angels and demons, he often dodges the question.
Having turned away from the faith in the 1930s his stories mostly appear in flashbacks. Black had originally been one of the Magic Priests until he came to believe that there was no God and with that decided to destroy the Church. His first act as an atheist was to sabotage a Magic Priest gathering and kill them all with a bomb. This would later prove a boon to the Nazis with how the generation of Magic Priests that could have and would have faced them down was killed. He later aided Hitler in trying to enlist the fallen angel Azazal to his aid. However, touching Azazal's tomb somehow broke Black's mind and spirit. He has since lived as a lonely, miserable hermit at the foot of the tomb into the modern day. He expresses some remorse for his actions however and has vowed to guard the tomb.
A Japanese Oni who sought world domination,
Akumawas freed from underneath his prison under Hiroshimawhen it was destroyed in 1945. He worked for years undermining Japan's spirituality until he teamed with Dr. Frederick Ottoman for the purpose of creating an army of monsters. After Ottoman served his purposes, he was (seemingly) killed and Akuma took his technologies for himself and stole necessary relics from the Ise Shrine. He was on the verge of freeing his fellow oni from their prisons beneath Japan when he was defeated by Sister Shannon's grandfather, the onmiyoji Ota Yoma.
His followers have since scattered across Japan.
In real life, the real Masons are--allegedly--merely a fraternal organization with, no more noteworthy than any other club. However, due to its perceived secretive nature, Freemasonry has long been a subject of conspiracy theories in which Freemasonry is portrayed as bent on world domination or as being secretly in control of world politics. Not only that, but there has traditionally been religious opposition to it from the Catholic Church on grounds that Catholic
Theismis incompatible with Masonic Deism.
The fictional Masons seen in "Warrior Nun Areala" embody the worst traits of all these things. Led by the immortal and undead
anti-popeSixtus VI since 1696, the fictional Masons are part of millennia long Illuminati/New World Order out to gain world domination. They have various moles in world governments and in the hierarchy of the Church. They get recruits by promising eternal earthly life, albeit as a putrifying corpses. (Concerning that they admit that there are some drawbacks.) The Masons also have various demons at their command and engage in the worship of gods or monsters called the Primordials. Being that they seem to exist outside of time, the Cthulhulike Primordials wield enormous power. The Masons ultimate centuries long goal was to destroy the Catholic Church from the inside and gradually replace it with the worship of their own gods. To that end Sixtus VI took human form and infiltrated the Apostolic Palaceas part of Pope John Paul II's Papal Household. The Masons plot has since been foiled.
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