EB | PRT-SPEC 0000
Frozen in Temporal Stasis
The third Endbringer to make an appearance, appeared with fanfare in Cape Town on May 15th, 1994 at a local Christian chapel. He was accepted as a real Angel and the locals named him as such. It took three days for people started to notice that cape town was going dark. The crusade was stopped and quarantined by the South African government, but the city was lost. He then appeared once every year for six years. He was met with varying degrees of success until he was secured permanently in Tasmania, 1999.
Appearance: Sarathiel, eyewitnesses describe, look like the most perfect human to have ever lived with a 30-foot wingspan. He wears a white linen cloak and gleaming silver armor, carrying a long sword at his side. No one who has seen his full face ever really recovered from the master power’s control over them. But his eyes are said to be golden. He appears in an area, it is theorized, by opening a dimension door, or some other means of teleportation. Whenever he arrives, he seeks out the nearest religious meeting place to start his recruitment. When driven off, he starts to weep, before a blinding bright light comes off him before he disappears. All digital media seems to malfunction in his presence, leading to lack of video recording.
Abilities: Sarathiel is a master of swordplay, can fly at fifty miles per hour, and is able to blind his enemies with a flash of light. His main power is a high level, semi-permanent mind control in the area around him. The area grows in diameter the longer he stays in an area, capping out at one hundred miles. Everyone who falls victim to his power, roughly seventy percent of the population, joins his “Crusade”. The converted gain basic abilities with ranged and melee weapons. Everyone who joins is sworn to follow Sarathiel’s commands, the largest being, collect non-believers for conversion. Those people are brought before the Archangel to look upon his face. This works one hundred percent of the time. Those who fight back, insult Sarathiel, or try to run will be put to the sword. Once the area Sarathiel starts in is nearly all converted, his Crusade goes on the march to the next large population center. Once he flees, everyone under his control stops the crusade within a week, but they are usually permanently altered to be more religious, violent, and closed minded than before. Anyone who looked upon his face will never stop. They must be put down as a mercy.Evolution over time: In his first appearance, Sarathiel was fairly calm and didn’t move around much. He accepted defeat easily once his closest subordinates were put down. After that, he grew more and more aggressive with his crusades and his combat situations. He even got better as tactics went on, to the point where he would temporarily flee to build up a guard again. The abilities of his converted seemed to get better with time as well. When he appeared in cape town converted weren’t much better with weapons than a normal civilian, but by Tasmania they were on par with highly trained professional soldiers in multiple combat forms and tactics. The growth of his conversion radius also seemed to drastically speed up.
Cape Town, May 15, 1994: When Sarathiel first arrived in Cape Town he was met with open hearts and arms by the local religious population. Starting with the two hundred people directly around the chapel, by the next day he had almost half the city within his radius, by the next day the entire city was converted, hiding, or dead with the South African military capes being called in to take care of the issue. When the converted started marching, the local government opened fired on the violent zealots, and the capes started fighting the Endbringer itself. When Sarathiel was pushed back roughly one million eight hundred thousand people were either dead or forced to convert, with only half a million being able to recover. After this, it was decided that everyone should try and take out the Endbringer without killing his thralls.
Seoul, September 29, 1995: Seoul, at the time, still belonged to South Korea. Sarathiel appeared and took over the city within 3 days. Heroes realized what was happening during the second day, but Sarathiel had hidden himself within the city. Nine and a half million people were converted, either naturally or by force. Sarathiel managed to hide for almost two weeks while they marched through South Korea, eventually breaking over the DMZ with twenty million soldiers. North Korea fiercely protected it’s country from the invading force, but the starving horde made it almost to PyeongChang when Sarathiel was found and beaten into submission. A nation, yet again torn asunder, Korea decided that the loss of a collective ten million people was too much. They brokered peace, modeled their neutrality after Switzerland, and grew stronger together.
Santa Fe, August 14, 1996: Caught early this time, there were minimal casualties among civilians. The Protectorate labeled this as a good day. Six thousand, five hundred forty six dead. Ten capes, the Santa Fe team, were lost. Two of which were wards.
Helsinki, May 20, 1997: Another good day. Twenty thousand lost. It was noticed early, and though Sarathiel’s converted were becoming very capable fighters, they were unable to get enough momentum to keep going.
Gibraltar, October 11, 1998: This was not one of the good days. Spreading over three different political territories and two different continents, Sarathiel started in Gibraltar, converting the full thirty thousand in half a day, his by the next day he was converting everyone all the way in Tangier and Seville. The collective governments and capes couldn’t contain the damage. It was decided that a powerful Shaker would wall off the two separate crusades while other capes searched for the Sarathiel that went to ground. They couldn’t find the Archangel in time and the looming threat of the weapon systems that had been captured led the governments and capes to sign off of glassing the area. Five million people are assumed to have died in the firebombing. Sarathiel disappeared and is assumed to have fled. The walled off area is uninhabited to this day except for certain places like the Rock, for strategic purposes.
Tasmania, April 9, 1999: Sarathiel appeared in Tasmania and two days later was confronted by a large team of capes including one hero who was able to start temporal distortion fields. A large deadly battle was fought by both sides. When Sarathiel struck Etu through the chest with his sword, she broke one of the limits on her powers, and she created a bubble frozen in time around each other. They will never wither, change, or move again. There is a memorial park built around the time field, with a circle of trees surrounding the pair.