Fallen Angels, Grigoiri and Nephilim

I have always loved angels. You know, the ones who lived in heaven and wore flowing white gowns, fluffy wings with the beautiful white feathers and some even had those lovely golden halos.

Then, I learned there were other angels. Ones not so white, not so pure and they most certainly did not live in heaven.

But they used to.

I can’t recall the first time I read about fallen angels. It could have been when I was researching; it could have been something I heard. But once I learned of fallen angels, I was intrigued by the notion that angels could be, and were, kicked out of heaven. And the reasons that might happen.

Most people are familiar with the rebellion of Lucifer whose name means “light-bearer” and who was referred to as the “morning star.” He was the first angel to fall. Some stories say he wanted to be like God and wanted to be worshipped as God. Another story says he disliked humans. Thought that God should not have forced the angels, his first children, to serve the mortals. For these reasons, he was banished from heaven.

But he didn’t go alone.

In the first story, of Lucifer wanting to be like God, it was actually the archangel Michael who cast out Lucifer. Some of the angels followed him by resisting God’s power and authority in a huge, horrible battle that decimated the heavens turning angel against angel. In the second story, Lucifer was so charming, full of charisma that he convinced 1/3 of the angelic host that God had abandoned them and humans were worthless. When he Fell, they Fell with him.

And once they did, they were no longer angels. This is when they became demons. And Lucifer began to be known as Satan, a more common term for the ruler of hell.

When I began Relic Defender, in finding a match for Lexi, I decided I wanted a fallen angel, a demon. One who was on his own path to redemption. He Fell for all the same reasons as Lucifer did – out of pride, lust and rebellion. However, Mikos realized he made a mistake. He’d lost his faith, allowed his own pride to rule his heart and head. I enjoyed exploring Mikos redemption.

Another brief mention in Relic Defender touches on another tale of angels who Fell. These angels, Watchers, were not a part of Lucifer’s rebellion; they created their own rebellion against God by deciding to leave heaven, and go to the earth to be with human women. The Watchers, also called Grigori, taught humans things like fire, how to wear make-up and how to fight wars. These angels mated with mortal women who bore the Nephilim, the giants of legends.

There are lots of stories surrounding Fallen Angels, the Watchers and Nephilim. Do a search on any of these and you will find more information than you can take in.

Relic Defender only touched on a tiny bit of the legends. As I move through each successive book, I plan to reveal more and more of the tales as each of my fallen angels find their own path to faith. To redemption.

Relic Defender is not a story of faith, at least, not faith as necessarily believing in God. It’s a story of choices, destiny and finding your own way. And that maybe what you think you want is quite different than what’s in your heart.

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13 Responses to “Fallen Angels, Grigoiri and Nephilim”

  1. 1 JJ
    March 4, 2011 at 6:23 am

    You have woven the legends into the story well. And let me tell you, when the wings first appear in the story…goosebumps!!! Lots and lots of them 😉

  2. March 4, 2011 at 7:49 am

    I didn’t know The Watchers taught women to wear makeup. 🙂

    • March 4, 2011 at 12:48 pm

      Yup, that’s how one of the tales goes. And more. It’s amazing how much I could find the same and the things that changed from one source to the other.

  3. 4 LyndaAicher
    March 4, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Congrats Kim! I’m about 1/3 of the way through your book and I’m really enjoying it. The story is intriguing and I can’t wait to see how it all comes together. I’ve done a lot of theological research for my books and I also find it all fascinating. There is so much rich information that is just begging to be turned into a love story. Excellent! Who can’t love an Angel?

    • March 4, 2011 at 12:50 pm

      Thanks Lynda and I’m glad you are enjoying it. You are so right – there is so much information, so much lore woven within, that is so intriguing. And angels – those wings – something about them. 🙂

  4. 6 Jessie
    March 4, 2011 at 10:29 am

    That’s awesome! I’m a big fan of Supernatural and they must be doing the same research as you, with their current angels storyline.

  5. 8 Debby
    March 4, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Congratulations on being in the top 10 Best Sellers for Samhain. Well deserved!

  6. March 4, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Congratulation on reaching the Top 10!!!

    I can’t wait to chat with you about this fascinating story on Author’s Tools Chat on Monday, February 21, 2011 at 6pm PST/9pm EST.

  7. March 4, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Top 10?! Woo!

    I’ve always been amazed how twisty we humans are. For every darkness, we have a light. And a thousand shades of gray in between. Our restlessness knows no bounds. It got us kicked out of heaven, out of the garden, out of the Commonwealth 🙂 It’s taken us overseas and off planet. Even in our “leisure” time, we prefer stories with conflict. What is WRONG with us?!

    I doubt we’ll ever find peace or redemption. And if we did, you KNOW we’d eff it up again 😉

  8. March 4, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    I think this is what life is all about 🙂 Congrats on making the top 10!!!

  9. March 4, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    …It’s a story of choices, destiny and finding your own way. And that maybe what you think you want is quite different than what’s in your heart….

    This is what you said that I think life is about 😀

  10. 13 Vonnie Alto
    March 5, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    A new twist on the demon theme…Fallen angels and their many legends! What a intriguing series! Looking forward to reading this book!

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