He showed me the areas of the universe to which he liked to travel when he felt like being alone. One such area which was of particular interest to me was a matrix of multicolored lights called the Spectrum of Tranquility, a majestic and awesome structure that Zendar, himself assisted The Creator in building. The structure was filled with power and was designed to maintain order and peace in the universe. Thus, the existence of this creation insured that the universe remained peaceful, just as the Creator intended. He told me that coming there allowed him to think and reflect on the many wonders of the universe. He also explained to me that as the Creator's most powerful angel and efficient servant, he had a host of responsibilities to fulfill, and that coming here allowed him to alleviate any stress that arose from the many tasks he performed.
On our next travel Zendar showed me two rainbows that crisscrossed one another. They were called
the Crossroads of Alternate Realities. Each rainbow contained a number of myriad passageways into which
one could venture into a vast array of possible pasts, potential futures, nonexistent dimensions and
virtual non realities.
Along with the passage of time the bond between us grew ever stronger. The two of us became kindred spirits, basking in the fruits yielded by a celestial existence and in this stage of reason I made an oath that I would come to regret. I vowed that I would always remain his friend and that I would neither betray nor oppose him in any manner. This oath was sealed with my blood along with his, thereby making us soul mates for eternity.
Shortly thereafter, the citizens of paradise received word that a new being had been created, a being that was of the Divine Essence and a manifestation of the Supreme Being, one bathed in light and enveloped in gloriously decorated robes of gold and silver. He was the begotten Son of the Creator's and the crowned Prince of paradise and upon seeing him all the citizens presented themselves to Him on bended knee before the throne. I was so amazed at what I had seen that I had forgotten to kneel. I just stood and gazed in virtual wonder and fear. I knew that His birth meant that there would be change, but was not aware of how much of a change it would bring. Zendar was not present at the time the Prince presented Himself to the citizens of the kingdom. When I saw Zendar and told him of what I had witnessed a look of concern came over his face, an expression of his that had been foreign to my eyes until that point. Upon receiving word of the Prince's birth he left me and went to the Creator. Of all the citizens in paradise Zendar had been the only one to view and communicate directly with the Supreme Being. I knew not what the manner of their dialogue was but when I next saw Zendar he was red with rage. He ranted as if he were mad.
"This is an outrage!" he said in a even, yet hostile tone.
"What's troubling you, friend," I asked calmly, gently putting my hand on his shoulder.
"When I left you, I went to see the Creator, When I went to the divine chambers and approached the throne there sat another being who revealed himself as the Son, the Prince of paradise. He inquired as to the reason for my absence at his presentation. When I offered my humble apologies for missing the ceremony, he informed me that my role of delegating responsibilities to the others had been stripped because I had set a bad example by not attending the ceremony. I was then told that my new role would be that of head servant of his court. Why, I was absolutely mortified! What right did he have to tell me these things? I left him then, for I could not bear to hear any more of his incessant gibberish for, indeed, I, Zendar, the greatest in the kingdom, answer to no one!"
"Except to Me!" roared a voice that shook the heavens. It was the first time I heard the Creator speak. "You have been a disobedient servant, Zendar! First, you fail to attend my Son's presentation to the kingdom and then you openly proclaim to your charge whom you've taken under your care that you answer to no one. But I say unto you that you will answer to Him, the begotten Son of the Divine One. You are to report to Him at once and await further instructions."
"I'm sorry for my transgression, but I thought ...."
"Good. Then the matter is settled and I can be assured that you will fulfill your role with the highest degree of efficiency."
“Yes, Master." Zendar left, rather reluctantly, and made his way to the Divine Chambers. I could tell he was infuriated by what had transpired. In fact at that moment a rush of emotions once alien to me were rendered immediately familiar as anger, frustration and resentment flooded towards the center of my soul. It was then that I realized that my bond with Zendar allowed me to both detect and feel his emotions at the same time. The stronger the emotion, the more I felt it.
As time elapsed I saw less of Zendar. He rarely had the opportunity to leave the chambers for his time was occupied with presiding over the servants of the Prince's court. However, I could feel that the resentment within him was growing. He felt as though he should have been the favored one and did not take to his new role along with his reduction in rank all that well. After all, he had served the Divine One faithfully and his loyalty was beyond reproach. Why should he have been subjected to such an indignity? The most difficult part of this new assignment was its confining nature. Zendar was accustomed to traveling freely through the universe and remaining stationary was a foreign concept to him. In addition to feeling somewhat betrayed he also felt trapped. Certainly not an ideal blend of emotions for one whose role is to serve, but he did perform his tasks dutifully.
After two millennia had passed Zendar was granted a temporary reprieve of his duties. He came to see me and said that he wanted me to meet him at the edge of paradise when Heaven's moon reached a full eclipse. Zendar had never arranged for us to meet at a specific place or time, so I found this request to be rather odd, but I told him that I would be there. When I arrived I noticed he wasn't alone. After greeting me with a warm hello, Zendar introduced me to the others who were with him. The first was Malachi, whom I met shortly after my conception. The others were Beezlebub, Cherubim, Moloch, Belial, Mammon and Thesa. Moloch had a rather bold disposition. The rigid, austere appearance about his face was complimented by rigid, strong cheekbones and a sturdy frame. Upon looking at him, I could tell he was bred to be a warrior. Belial had a rather laid back, peaceful appearance. He had gently lit brown eyes and a face which conveyed an expression that could tame a tidal wave. Cherubim had a youthful appearance. Next to Zendar she was the most beautiful entity ever created. A new creation herself, she had the outward appearance of a child but within her contained the fiery heart of a warrior goddess. Beezlebub had no definite physical form, but was a mixture of myriad radiant energies and had the ability to adopt any form at will. Then there was Thesa. Like Moloch, she too had a strong, sturdy frame along with eyes of fire and fiery hair that contained a heap of celestial energy which she could channel and direct by the sound of her voice. Together they formed the Stygian Council and their purpose was to overthrow the Ruler and take over the kingdom.