Finding It-666: the Beast
From all of Raphael’s Angels, Asha is one with a very kind heart and the patience of a true Angel. He will take the time to explain things to the lay human without being ordered to do so. He will offer his shoulders without being asked. Known as the ‘Philosopher’, he has a calm, poised and understanding attitude about him.
That extremely well educated bouncer of an Angel, with affable polite manners, takes his seat at Wrath’s table along with Azryel. Which is all the better, for between the hot headed Archangel and the cold blooded Death Angel, his warm heart brings the temperature of the room or conversation down or up to the right level.
Seasoned warrior, reliable soldier, intelligent mind and a kind heart are the stamps on his Angelic passport which made him reach the honour to eat and serve at the table of Raphael, like Azryel does. There is a little more than that, he makes it into the big league fighting wise. He bestows the recognition of Wrath and Az.
We do not know how long it took him to achieve that status, yet what we do know is that Asha is a character full of wisdom acquired along his eternal angelic path. He is well regarded and appreciated by his peers.
Not only that his general, Azryel, himself would mourn him endlessly if that particular Angel lost his life. Death is fond of that invaluable soldier and most descent Angel. The way, that proves he does so, is by his severity and extreme scrutiny towards Asha. This is one Angel, Az would protect the soul of, from any silly mistakes that could cost him his wings.
The best sign of the high esteem the Death Angel regards Asha, is that when Ash proposed to him his friendship at the same time of Raphael, Az accepts Asha’s one straight away while putting the other one’s request under consideration. Although in that scene, Azryel plays a bit like a neglected diva on the mind of Archangel Raphael with the definite intention to make Wrath feels bad, he honestly and earnestly welcome the friendship offer of Asha readily, not to prove a point to Raphael and square any petty feud the two constantly have, but because Az is much honoured that such a good soul and descent Angel such as Ash would appreciate his own partly damned and fearsome soul’s friendship.
The fact that Asha knows deep down why Azryel behaves like he does and understands the strong life saving principles behind him shows his up-most comprehension of the Death Angel. Asha also words his understanding out loud, which makes a hell of an Angel, like Death, feels that his tough devotion to his Army is definitely not lost on that soldier. It’s just reassuringly comforting to know that someone understands you fully. To bestow that person as a friend is a treasure.
The character of Asha is the one of the best friend which will forgive you, stand by you, know where you came from in every aspect all along. You just want to hug Asha, pat his back, or just sit by him and listen to what he has to say. He is one which can teach any about life in a simple manner without arrogant Angelic ways.
We meet this Character many times throughout the saga as he is a main Angel and Soldier of the Angelic Army. I like Asha for his ability to convey to every reader the nitty gritty part of what it feels like to be part of Wrath’s Army.
His first name was chosen for two reasons: ‘Asha is a Zoroastrian concept of “truth and order”’. I am not a Zoroastrian or belonging to any faith for that matter apart for the one of the human heart, one that dares to be a human above all, which means to simply love, love all.
‘Ash’, as in his nickname, is also a real person, someone who would not let a stone unturned when a friend of his was victim of racism. Asking for my help and words, he got them, if a letter can make things right, I am mouthy enough to spell out when someone has been wronged. The outcome was happy tidings. Nastiness came to a stop.
Ash is that righteous person which is the true friend that will stand for his friends’s sake.
Asha will also spells the right blunt truth and tells you, how bleak or good it is at that moment in time. Like if you went dipping your human toe in the ocean, that Angel will warn you of how rough or cold it is, before you go in there.
Let’s meet Asha in quotes:
She saw the man walking faster, depriving her of a chance to apologise. She mumbled for herself, half pestering,
-I am no racist, for Christ's sake, I am black like you, man.
One bouncer behind her, replied to her in a philosophical manner while carrying his load of the wrapped Bud with others,
-Racism is as widely spread as the colour of the rainbow, unfortunately, it reaches any skin tones you can imagine. It is actually a prejudice to believe that a white would be more racist than you on account to his skin colour. Like the rest of us, the poor bugger didn't get to choose his/her parents and his/her receiving culture at birth. Now righteousness, love, fraternity and open mind is a culture of the heart available to all to transcend and go beyond their disparities and differences. The question anyone should ask themselves is if they did create boundaries in the landscape of their hearts, like humans created boundaries all over Earth, making it a dis-figuration, a war-zone doing so. For in reality there are no boundaries. You can cross a river, a sea, an ocean, a mountain range, a desert, and find your perfect home beyond them. For all you know Mademoiselle Caroline, the ancestral genes of his grand mother might be linked to yours, with all your due respect. Have you ever read Cavalli-Sforza? I highly recommend it. It is a sword through the dragon of racism.
(Verse 20: Uncle Raphael: Who’s the Daddy?)
He presented her his arm again, and invited her to follow him,
-I have been told to show you to your room. You will be able to retrieve yourself a little in there. The dinner will be ready in an hour and a half. You can have a good shower in the meantime, but Azryel recommended me to run the Jacuzzi instead for you, on sea mode, with Dead sea salt, lavender and rosemary essence to restore your tired muscles. Forty-five minute to one hour minimum in it, will manage to relax your strained mind from all the events of today and yesterday, he said. He has no doubt that with a good hearty meal, you will manage to sleep like a baby tonight, especially if you tell all to your uncle without reservation, as it will bring you peace of mind too.
Caroline got up and taking the arm most willingly confided,
-I must admit that what he says sounds good and that for once I might just do as I am told. That was kind of him now, wasn't it? I am sure he cannot be that unforgiving.
Asha gave a sad smile, as he confided,
-And you would be wrong, Miss Caroline. Azryel has an acute knowledge of bodies. When he helped you from your fainting spell, he assessed yours. He knows exactly how to make them, and how to restore them, in a very frightening manner. However even if his cold advice is always devoid of kindness and feelings, sound it remains and to do as he says always goes a long way, especially if we don't want to see him across our paths.
(Verse 21: Tell me all abut It)
Raphael looked upon him, his face saddened, and confessed,
-They were, Az. Dished out shame by a human at breakfast is rare. After our meeting and your subsequent scolding of Ash, you disappeared all morning, Death, preferring the company of a dog to mine. I would not and can't have you stirred beyond belief by words.
Asha corrected him, putting his breakfast before Raphael,
-Not words, promises, bonds that links one heart to another, a vow of care, friendship is all about caring, and feelings. You care how I feel, and I care how you feel. It is simple and beautiful. Denying it to one of us is atrocious. The mere fact that Death is a feeling Being should have granted him our consideration of friendship at some point in time, and the human is right about that. I know I wouldn't be corrected so much by Az if he didn't give a fuck about me making it fights after fights. My friendship is granted to him even if he dismisses it. Mademoiselle Caroline, what would you have for breakfast after your uncle Raphael's smile, because I can assure you that it is definitely gone and replaced by serious concern?
(Verse 24: Helios, Heli-cop-ters, Hell and I)