The Trailokya Trilogy Companion is a continuing online manuscript that illustrates and explains some of the details of the story, helping readers to keep things straight while they travel through the series. Readers can view this live companion book on Wattpad (either using the website or an app for their phone) absolutely free.
The companion is alphabetical for reader convenience. In each section, the entries listed in dictionary form along with original artwork and excerpts from the Trailokya Friday blog posts. In the coming weeks and months the blog will feature specific entries, to give you a taste of what is available in the companion.
nephilim. (n.) Offspring from the rape or falseness enacted against souls by danava. Considered monsters or giants for their height and cadaverous appearance;distinct red or black eyes; the burned down offspring of The Conflict. Or simply, offspring of danava and fallen souls.
Nephilim have a long history in the lore of cultures that gave rise to the Abrahamic traditions. Various forms have existed throughout mythologies. The key to their creation is the violence of the act. Adultery (or falseness of any particularly sexual act) is not enough to create a nephilim. For example, souls in a relationships with duta, neither fallen, do not produce nephilim from their union. Adultery between humans also does not create nephilim, nor does the act of rape between humans who are not marditavya.
This term defines, essentially, a danava offspring from a soul. In order to create offspring with a soul, danava would have to commit violence: either rape or falseness (misleading the soul, or precipitating their burning down). During the conflict, many nephilim were created. This is what started the war between the two factions. One sect decided humans fit to use as slaves and concubines, while also believing they were not held to ketu or the other laws of Zion. The other sect remained loyal to dharma and the ketu. Research discovered the issue contained in the atman of the individual, and a sign of Burning Down. This meant that the duta was of a dark nature and thus dangerous to the dharma of others.
In order to protect souls and duta alike, danava were sent to Jahannam. But, by this time, much damage had occurred throughout Samsara. Nephilim roamed the worlds, often violent and cruel, abusing the populace. Duta were dispatched to remove the threat. Danava saw this as murder of their children, when in fact they were being sent to Jahannam away from those they were causing harm to, stripping them of their bio-vessels.
Danava were disingenuous regarding the removal of nephilim to Jahannam, as they were the root cause of the violence and had taught their offspring to mistreat the souls they lived among. Those who were not violent were still stripped of their bio-vessels but sent to the wastes of asfodel. From here, they were able to purge the darkness and return to Zion as souls. Some still declined to darkness.
Nephilim are physically imposing beings. They’re much larger than most humans and other dominant soul races. Bipedal humanoids, they resembled their danava parentage but for the absence of their wings. Upon burning down, they retain their forms, but become cadaverous in appearance. Their eyes will become dark or blood red.
Ezrodial is one of the most well-known nephilim. Created on Aghart by his father Belial and the Aghart witch, he was cast into Jahannam for numerous crimes against the Aghartians (multiple rapes, murders, and other violent abuses). He was instrumental in persecuting the royal family as his parents attempted to take over the nations of their world.
Ezrodial is extremely good looking and quite tall. He used these features to lure victims, seemingly trustworthy in outward appearance. His father treats him as a full heir to his principality in the wastes of Jahannam, as most Danava do with their nephilim. They’re precious to the danava as a means to power, and a symbol of their power against souls and duta alike. Nephilim are viewed as extensions of the self by danva, or property.
Lore of the nephilim has evolved over time. Their giant stature has become of unrealistic size (as evidenced by fake skeletons used to mislead populations, or embellish the already horrific tales). Nephilim are often conflated with ardhodita, but this is a mistake of ignorance. Ardhodita is simply the term for individuals born of duta-soul unions. They are not burned down, nor would they be unless a flaw exists in the atman.
An example of ardhodita are the children of Captain Maiel. Although they do not attend the Ordo Priori, they train in human schools, where they make choose to apply to the legions and be recruited if suitable to the requirements. Ardhodita live normal lives, abiding dharma and tend to evolve more quickly than other soul beings, due to the presence of duta energies in their atman.
See also an interview with The Baron Morgentus and this article on him.
Nephilim, as stated above, are not inherently evil. However, they face an uphill battle in healing the burning in their atman. It can be done and many have done so. Zion is grateful to get them back, too. When they are able to return, they adhere to dharma as well as any soul or duta in Zion. In addition, they provide a lot of information on the nature of burning, but also the nature of birth to danava and all that entails.
Nephilim are a complicated topic, rife with emotion. You can learn more about them in the trilogy!
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