The Book of Quantism
By Darren Cleave
Angels and Demons
The Seraphim have been splitting into two very different factions for some time. The majority call themselves Demons, and consider themselves to be the authentic version of what the Seraphim have always been. But the Demons are no longer alone. There is a new emerging group. They amount to less than one percent of the population, but their numbers are growing. They are known as Angels, and they behave very differently.
During the early years of their emergence, the notion of a new breed of Seraphim was dismissed as nonsense. Any Seraphim that displayed Angelic behaviour was simply considered a little strange. They would be encouraged to act normally and often bullied because of their uncommonly passive nature. Even the term ‘Angel’ was considered a derogatory insult.
For a long time, they suffered terrible persecution; rejected from society and treated as weird outsiders. Their behaviour was considered freakish and cowardly, and their passive demeanour was seen as an abnormality. They were subjected to cruel and often barbaric investigatory examination, which only served to confirm that all Seraphim were anatomically the same. Even the measurable functionality of their brains was indistinguishable. Nevertheless, everyone knew… Angels were different.
Eventually, as the number of Angels increased, they began actively seeking one another and adopting group behaviour. It was no longer possible to ignore their existence, so they were begrudgingly accepted, though most Demons remained intolerant and suspicious.
In reality, even though the Angels were different, they were harmless, even quite useful. Their serene and passive nature made them suitable for those mundane tasks the impatient and irritable Demons found tedious.
For some time, that was how it remained. The Angels were considered second class citizens, given poor jobs, generally abused and mistreated, but tolerated.
Even with its ability to trawl through history, the UCC has struggled to conclusively find any specific event that could be considered responsible for the fundamental deviation in Seraphim constitution. The process must have begun very gradually, and continued unnoticed until several generations passed and the differences became obvious.
In a subconscious act of repulsion, the Demons began to adopt behaviour that entirely contrasted that of the Angels, and in doing so began a gentle process of regression. They began to lose their passive tolerance, becoming volatile, impulsive and irrational. Simultaneously, and in complete contrast, the Angels continued to become calmer, more thoughtful and sedate. As the Demons remained practical, favouring manual tasks like building, engineering and military activities, the Angels became more inclined to study and learn, favouring science, medicine, philosophy, and academia.
The Demons have remained bullishly domineering. However, the Angels have developed a calm yet authoritative demeanor, that exerts a calming and manipulative influence over their excitable and temperamental counterparts.
The Angels are now a race within a race. The Demons have begrudgingly accepted them, and learned to tolerate the changing status quo… for the time being at least.
A Race Within a Race
Virtually every change the Angels have undergone has been for the better, but not all. There is one change in the Angelic behaviour that is a significant issue, and is worsening as they psychologically progress. Although they are quite capable of procreation, and obviously aware of the importance, they have lost the inclination. The reproductive process is carefully planned and arranged, but rarely occurs naturally or impulsively.
Fortunately, the conditions that dictate how Angels can be conceived, are quite biasly in their favour. Any two Seraphim can produce an Angel, including two Demons, but two Angels can only produce another Angel. It is an ominous statistic that hasn’t gone unnoticed by either party. The subject is rarely discussed in public, but the ever-increasing number of Angels clearly indicates that the Demons will eventually face extinction.
The Demons are understandably unhappy about their impending demise, but they are also powerless to stop the process. It is an impossible challenge, because during the stages of pregnancy and infancy, there are no detectable clues to indicate if a child will become an Angel or a Demon. It is only later, sometime during adolescence, that the Angelic characteristics begin to show.
As parents learn their child is developing Angelic tendencies, their natural instinct is defensive. The discovery can also evoke varied reactions within a family, ranging from angry denial to joyful acceptance; it depends largely on the family background. A Family with a military history for instance, might be embarrassed by a child with a passive and forgiving nature, whereas a working-class family might rejoice in a child that is destined to enjoy a peaceful life, and almost certainly a professional and prosperous career.
End of Chapter 14
The book of quantism
By Darren Cleave