The Seven Judges of the Abidan Court
(The Wolf, the Phoenix, and the Fox)
Razael, the Wolf
The Way protects, but it also strengthens. The Wolves are the Abidan combat division, and each of them commands formidable destructive potential. While most other divisions are filled up by Abidan from Sanctum and the other core worlds--and thus essentially born into the Abidan--the Wolves pride themselves on taking "wild" recruits.
Most Wolves were renowned warriors in their original worlds, and they carry those powers with them into battle.
As Gadrael is the Court's shield, Razael is their sword. She is the unstoppable force, the heavy artillery unleashed against the greatest of the Abidan's enemies.
Before the rise of Ozriel, it fell to the office of Razael to destroy worlds as completely as possible. Razael therefore considers herself something of a rival to the Reaper.
Ozriel does not return the sentiment.
Suriel, the Phoenix
The power of the Phoenix is the power of restoration. An Abidan of the Phoenix Division can use the Way to return order to a system, restoring it to prime condition. Phoenixes are used as mechanics and engineers as often as healers, and are prized on any battlefield.
Though skilled Phoenix Abidan are rare, and their division small, they are also very durable. A Phoenix is said to be the second-most difficult of the Abidan to destroy (after a Titan), since powerful Phoenixes can regenerate even from total destruction.
The Phoenix herself, Suriel, is the only entity capable of restoring the condition of an entire Iteration at once. This can cause irregularities for both the Spiders and the Hounds, so she is required to notify Sector Control prior to temporal reversion.
Ozriel is well-known as the most powerful Judge since the first generation of the Abidan Court, and possibly of all time. However, he has no ability as a Phoenix. He has made it a point to befriend both the previous Suriel and this one, holding their talents in high esteem.
Zakariel, the Fox
The Way governs space, separating universe from universe, but its branches reach into every Iteration. Foxes use these branches like tunnels, slipping through the Way to reach their destinations without the headache of physical distance.
Virtually every Abidan has some ability as a Fox--at least the minimum spatial control required to enter and leave an Iteration. But only the best and fastest join the Fox Division: the heralds, scouts, and couriers of the Abidan.
Each Zakariel has always been fickle and unpredictable, perhaps as a side effect of the ability to travel anywhere at any time. This generation's Zakariel likes to meddle, as a godlike child with her toys. She tests the bounds of the Eledari Pact with her actions, and the Foxes beneath her have grown unruly and undisciplined. She has been chastised before the Court of Seven many times, but her personal power and ability have kept her from being pressured out of her mantle.
She is also an insatiable collector of anything she finds intriguing. Legendary weapons and rare creatures are displayed in her collection side by side with adorable stuffed animals and interesting leaves.
At last, Suriel makes her appearance! Hi, Suriel!
Next Time: Ozriel, the Reaper
...and Adriel, the Creator.
New recruit of the fox division
4/9/2017 07:01:55 pm
Will are you Adriel
New recruit of the fox the division
4/10/2017 09:39:25 am
YOU'VE GOTTA CATCH ME FIRST *warps out of your reach through the way*
4/9/2017 07:09:00 pm
The Creator? That sounds a little OP.
4/9/2017 07:25:12 pm
Hey Will, long time lurker here, decided to post. Always look forward to reading about the Abidan! I have read lots of books over the years, but your series are definitely a breath of fresh air(Maybe even from the wild :D. Looking forward to Blackflame! I have a theory that when you finish the posts about the Abidan, you'll be ready to release it! Keep up the great work man.
4/9/2017 07:39:04 pm
What is this, dost thou tease a ninth member of the Court of Seven?!?!?
4/9/2017 07:57:13 pm
I'm going to guess LIGHT YEARS away from ascending. Remember that the Emperor could smite all the incarnations at once, and unless he was secretly an ascended being, it would seem that Simon is way way behind even that.
Yeah, the Emperor has enough power to ascend past his world. The only reason he hasn't is because he's in Asylum, which is effectively a prison.
4/10/2017 12:01:22 pm
Would the emperor have ascended and ditched his planet had he been able to or would his sense of duty have kept him there?
4/10/2017 07:15:01 pm
Didn't Valin ascend past Amalgam(Kinda)?
4/10/2017 12:50:00 am
It looks to me that the relationship between Razael and Ozriel is similar to that of Guy and Kakshi. Only Ozriel might not humour Razael the way Kakshi does with Guy.
4/10/2017 02:31:11 pm
Ozriel is your creation, so you can't say he's cooler for fear of pride.
4/12/2017 02:29:52 pm
I'm sorry. But Kakashi cooler than Guy? No... Guy sensei is by far the coolest Naruto character. Naruto Chapters 667 to 668 (and further I guess but I can't remember where the scene ends). Hard work trumps talent.
I mean, you've got to give him points for sheer eyebrow power.
4/13/2017 02:58:17 pm
Kakashi ascended to the ultimate end of the path of cool.
4/10/2017 02:06:41 am
This has probably been discussed before but have given any clues at all through the books of where Ozriel could be? Like maybe the most powerful being in existence could be hiding out amongst the babies?
4/11/2017 08:53:28 pm
My guess, as of well mostly things said in the first book, Elder Whisper is Ozriel.
Garbagiel the Raccoon
4/10/2017 05:06:26 am
Really starting to question Will's ability to count at this point.
Family of Raccoons kidnapping Sylvester Stallone
4/10/2017 07:45:29 am
I'm starting to see why the progress meter isn't number-based...
4/10/2017 06:57:13 pm
...equals a number that can reasonably be approximated as seven.
4/10/2017 08:17:26 pm
You said the court had seven members. That doesn't necessarily mean that every branch of Abidan is represented by a seat on the court. The Creator is not there for obvious reasons, but what other Abidan don't have seats?
4/10/2017 08:42:56 am
AND yourself of course :D
Family of Raccoons in space
4/10/2017 10:41:42 am
Our lord Garbagiel was driven from the court after..... The incident.....
4/10/2017 05:44:22 am
I've been wondering for a while, but haven't asked as I assume you will not answer, but decided to ask anyway; with whom did the Abidan make this pact?
4/10/2017 05:53:50 pm
Making a pact with an inanimate object makes no sense unless of course the Way and all iterations are just cognitive thoughts inside the Creator's mind at which point it would make sense to make a pact with it assuming the Way is how higher beings communicate with the Creator if it communicates at all.
4/10/2017 08:19:52 pm
I really really REALLY like the idea of the way being able to manifest. Like an Incarnation of the way... Please make that a thing
4/11/2017 08:43:17 am
4/10/2017 06:47:03 am
So by this point I assume that Ozriel is considered more powerful than the rest of the current judges, but possibly not stronger (or just as strong) as the original judges? What happened to them (the original judges who made the pact)? If they had just retired from their positions, they're still just as strong as they were originally (minus their mantles) and presumably immortal right? So there are a few impossibly powerful beings who created the current system just hanging around somewhere? Or did they die?
4/10/2017 12:05:02 pm
Awesome. Thanks for taking the time to answer these Will. Can't wait for Blackflame.
4/10/2017 08:22:12 pm
What could POSSIBLY kill a group of immortal nigh omnipotent beings?
4/11/2017 12:50:14 am
Off the top of my head...
4/10/2017 06:50:53 am
Sorry, two more questions: Now that Ozriel is around, what does the wolf division do exactly? Are they actively on the borders of the abidan space attacking threats or are they the one's who dealt with the Elder's before they were bound or ?
4/10/2017 08:24:45 pm
It sounds like there's only one Reaper, and he mostly deals with entire iterations. The wolves deal with groups or individuals beneath the Reapers metaphorical pay grade
Family of raccoons laying siege to the city of carthage in order to prevent hannibal from crossing the alps in the dead of winter, catching roman forces completely by surprise and allowing him to march his armies through italy unchallenged
4/10/2017 08:06:57 am
Here's something I've been wondering: you mentioned that creating a path around guns would be pointless, but then how are sword paths even remotely viable? It seems like the best paths would focus on long-range capabilities, and have techniques or an iron body that greatly enhance speed, allowing them to stay out of range. It doesn't matter how good a sword is if it can't land a hit.
It depends on what you mean by "best" Paths. Best Path for what? Best Path for killing a sword artist, sure.
Family of attack badgers (raccoons busy attacking carthage for mollusk blood to make purple dye, a priceless commodity of the ancient world, and a symbol of wealth and power in the roman empire)
4/10/2017 10:37:29 am
That seems strange, as all previous examples of conflict (heavens glory, jai clan) show the leaders more than willing to throw weak fodder at their enemies, because if they go and fight themselves, they risk losing face, or appearing weak (pride/appearance of strength being a pillar of the culture here) Wouldn't kings and lords want to avoid this as much as possible? Sending low-rank fodder to fight their low-rank fodder (enemy kings won't want to risk themselves needlessly either, after all) seems like a preferable alternative, especially since if your fodder survives, they will likely become stronger from the fighting.
An Underlord loses face when he HAS to go deal with a group of Golds, because he's lowering himself to their level.
4/10/2017 02:34:04 pm
Huh? What's with the quotes by Cato the Elder? Is that a subtle way of pointing out a possible plot point, or just a social commentary about moder/ancient politics?
Family of raccoons returning from the punic wars after razing Carthage to the ground and salting the soil upon which it once stood. Soon we shall meet with the legions of Marcus Crassus and head to Parthia.
4/10/2017 02:58:14 pm
Will could be referencing the fact that Cato ended all of his speeches with "Furthermore, I am of the opinion that Carthage must be destroyed."
Garbagiel the Raccoon
4/10/2017 04:45:06 pm
I don't quite think that I understand, who exactly do you want destroyed?
4/10/2017 08:10:23 am
For some reason, I think Lindon and the Fox would get on well together.
4/11/2017 04:56:30 pm
Yeah, the minute I read about the Fox I thought "She sounds like fun". Sounds a little bit like Lindon too...packrat, likes to meddle and tries to push the rules to their boundaries. I'm looking forward to finding out more about her. Keep up the good work Will!
4/10/2017 02:56:11 pm
Will we get to enjoy that scene that you wrote about?
4/11/2017 02:15:42 am
"Because Zakariel irritates all the other Judges with a smile on her face,.."
4/10/2017 08:19:40 am
Adriel? Is he the first Abidan?
Adriel: You'll have to find out in a few days, won't you?
4/10/2017 01:03:23 pm
Ozriel is like one of the bosses from Dark Souls 3 except he one-shots the entire world your standing on instead of you.
4/10/2017 02:44:39 pm
4/10/2017 03:13:48 pm
A few days? I can now die in peace. Or not, I still need to read Blackflame after all :D
Garbagiel the Raccoon
4/10/2017 05:35:08 pm
Will, that's just a regular dark souls boss (looking at YOU Smelter Demon!)
4/10/2017 08:53:43 pm
So if Ozriel attacks you you need to dodge-roll out of the Way?
Garbagiel the raccoon
4/10/2017 10:09:29 pm
I'm not gonna risk a parry on that guy!
4/10/2017 08:54:20 am
I noticed that all of these Abidan blog posts say they were written on 3/29. Is that a bug, or did you write them all on that day and are just hiding them and revealing them every few days?
4/10/2017 08:57:53 am
why not make it that life is responsible for the health of the iteration and not just humans. You can just say the reason why a lot of the worlds that are becoming chaos ridden have many humans on it is because they are persistent and are good at adapting. you can even say the reason that the worlds live long enough to become chaos ridden is because of said humanity's ability to survive.
4/10/2017 09:36:58 am
Will, are you planning on only releasimg Blackflame after you finish posting all these posts about the Abidan?
4/12/2017 07:17:34 am
So 9 days?
4/10/2017 12:36:49 pm
Has any asked before what was Ozriel's real name?
4/10/2017 01:05:23 pm
Well what are they?
4/10/2017 03:09:10 pm
@Adarsh They sound like angelic names. You probably may have heard of Razael, from game called Blood Omen: Soul Reaver, protagonist name is Raziel. Almost had the same character trait, and his soul devoruing sword.
4/10/2017 03:33:09 pm
To be honest, I didn't think it mattered with Suriel. That name is old and she is not from cradle. If there is someone writing cradle's history, Ozriel likely is listed there. I wonder if his real name has already been mentioned or it might appear in coming books.
I made up seven archangel names.
4/10/2017 02:51:49 pm
How would a fight between the Reaper and the Wolf go?
Ozriel crafted his own weapon, but I don't think the mantle (I'd have to check my notes to be sure, but I don't think so).
4/11/2017 02:30:58 pm
Would that mean that it would be slightly easier to do on Amalgam?
4/13/2017 03:38:30 pm
Simon crafting his Mantle confirmed
4/10/2017 06:07:49 pm
So far Will seems to always paint Ozriel in a good light as if he is noble and one of the good guys.
4/10/2017 07:29:32 pm
Maybe, but i don't think so for 2 reasons. First of all it seems like he is on decent terms with Suriel, and we have seen that she is one of the good guys. Second of all, his goals have always been to help more people, and somehow i just don't feel like he's one of those people that will burn the world down to try and re-build it better.
4/10/2017 08:46:57 pm
The dialogue between Ozriel and Suriel could always change, with them slowly growing distant because of Ozriel slowly corrupting himself. Also, keep in mind that every (believable) villain thinks himself in the right, and if Ozriel is utilizing Chaos AND the Way (as is my personal theory) he could be becoming corrupted enough to destroy an iteration or two. Especially with Chaos driving him. It is the opposite of the Way after all. By its nature it wants to destroy.
4/11/2017 08:34:03 am
Great idea, Nocturniquet! I'm really excited about this possibility. Everyone's a hero in their own story and so on, and seeing this play out would be awesome. Have a cookie!
I can't comment on ultimately what role Ozriel will play in the story, because obviously that's a spoiler.
4/11/2017 01:08:01 am
This has been rumbling around in the back of my head for a while, and I'm not sure how it's relevant, but I think it could be important. Chaos is not the antithesis of order, chaos is the antithesis of nothingness. To me, chaos is raw, formless, ever shifting energy while order is something you apply to chaos in order to give it structure and form and bind all that raw energy into something new and solid. Which overtime will break down and be released back into energy as per the ever changing nature of chaos. But nothingness is the one thing you cannot forge any form of energy into thus it is the only thing chaos cannot touch.
4/11/2017 04:26:23 pm
On a bit of a Suriel kick here with these questions:
4/12/2017 10:17:49 pm
I believe she says the sector she comes from in book two. Which if we're assuming sanctum is sector 1 then yes she is wild. And I believe Will has stated which she can do in these posts somewhere
4/11/2017 05:32:20 pm
Post on 2/22, completed draft.
4/11/2017 11:04:47 pm
Is there a personification / anthropomophication (?) of The Way? Of Fate?
4/13/2017 01:44:22 am
Will, how many people of Northstriders level would it roughly take to defeat weakest member of The Wolves?
Assuming the weakest of the Wolves, i.e. someone who has no other powers besides those of the Abidan and little combat experience but they're trying to work in the Wolf Division anyway...
4/13/2017 09:32:17 am
Do you ascend simply after reaching a certain level, or is it only possible after gaining an enlightenment of a certain laws of the universe, kinda like Linley did in Coiling Dragon later in the books?(For example, Profound Laws of Earth)
I imagine it's a lot like the transition to iron for Lindon though. If someone weak ascends too early it probably limits their future growth. Or maybe the iteration the weakest Wolf came from allows early ascension so he's not all that strong yet.
@George: It's more like mastering Laws than pure cultivation, but no a Copper couldn't do it.
4/15/2017 06:24:10 am
Will, does one, though, by mastering a law raise one's cultivation stage, or does the same stage remain, yet the strength increases immensely, thus making that person as strong as someone from a higher stage?
4/15/2017 11:17:35 am
4/15/2017 03:29:24 pm
I hope that Will stays true to Will and writes the books as he thinks they should be written :p I don't think of this as a xianxia series I think of it as a will wight series that he loosely classified as xianxia or inspired by xianxia
Family of Raccoons attempting to rally the broken Australian troops in the great emu war
4/13/2017 01:12:58 pm
Will, I was rereading the house of blades, and something occurred to me: Why did Damasca take the yearly sacrifices from their outlying villages instead using criminals on death row? Just seems like it would be easier, and would greatly reduce to chances of, say, having Damasca's outlying villages begin to conspire against the throne.
4/13/2017 06:03:15 pm
I find it likely that with Naraka travelers able to summon hounds that can smell murderers, most of them are caught and executed too early. But really they should just store them away for the sacrifices.
4/14/2017 08:42:08 am
Perhaps the definition of sacrifice is key. Something of value must be given up and a condemned prisoner has no value to those preforming the sacrifice.
4/13/2017 03:44:19 pm
So, does each Abidan division have an internal power-ranking? Does the Abidan have a specific set of ranks below Judge, or is it organized more organically/decentralized?
4/13/2017 10:09:06 pm
I have a question regarding Sanctum. Why was Sanctum chosen as the iteration to house the Abidan headquarters when the first Abidan came from Cradle?
4/14/2017 05:41:39 am
I believe Will has mentioned that Sanctum is a multi-world universe (i,e, with space and multiple colonized planets). This means that Sanctum won't fall apart until probably either the sun burns out or something similarly disastrous happens, which likely won't be for billions of years, so even losing a single planet wouldn't cause the universe to splinter like a normal single-planet universe would. If the Abidan were somewhere like Cradle, a single doomsday-level asteroid would cause them to have to move and the planet/universe to go into chaos.
4/14/2017 10:33:32 pm
But that is how Sanctum is now. Considering that the founding of the Abidan was eons ago, what did Sanctum look like then. Was it already a universe populated by interplanetary humans or was it like our reality where humans are stuck on one planet. So my question is, eons ago if Sanctum had only one planet populated by humans, what made it special enough that the first Abidan wanted to make it the headquarters of a multi interation organization.
4/19/2017 09:00:32 am
I'm sure that SOMEONE on cradle would be able to sense the asteroid coming, then contact someone else that could punch the rock back into space before it hit.
4/14/2017 11:37:59 am
You don't put your headquarters near the recruiting office. Sanctum is the current, but Cradle is the future. It is one of the most reliable source of Abidan recruits. If something eliminated all of the Abidan in one fell swoop, Cradle still has a chance to produce more beings capable of ascending. Consolidating your power on Cradle is putting all of your eggs in one basket. Which might not be the best idea.
4/14/2017 11:06:41 pm
That's not necessarily true. While it is true that those born in Cradle have a higher probability to ascend than other iterations, Sanctum is a multi planetary iteration with a vastly bigger population than Cradle. So in absolute terms Sanctum would produce more recruits than Cradle despite the lower probability of the population to ascend. Also from the last few posts Will has written, I get the impression that most Abidan come from Sanctum itself. One reason I came to this conclusion is when Will said in one of his comments that wolves take pride in recruiting from "wild" iterations. This implies that the other Judges and their divisions prefer to recruit from Sanctum and if not Sanctum then the more "civilized" iterations. So it seems to me that the Abidan already have some of their most important eggs in the Sanctum basket, the headquarters and the source of the bulk of their recruits.
4/16/2017 12:29:45 am
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4/17/2017 04:06:48 pm
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FAMILY OF RACCOONS RETURNING FROM THE PUNIC WARS AFTER RAZING CARTHAGE TO THE GROUND AND SALTING THE SOIL UPON WHICH IT ONCE STOOD. SOON WE SHALL MEET WITH THE LEGIONS OF MARCUS CRASSUS AND HEAD TO PARTHIA.
4/16/2017 08:45:09 am
Will, what exactly is the ranking system for Cradle?
4/16/2017 03:29:14 pm
From what I remember reading it goes:
4/19/2017 08:55:33 am
I believe it was said that Yerin would actually have to try a little bit to defeat Lindon by the end of blackflame. I think that just means that he's Jade, and actually knows some techniques that work by then. A Jade can be a threat to a low-gold, as in the low-gold has to but SOME effort into the beating.
The ACTUAL family of raccoons
4/16/2017 07:58:57 pm
4/20/2017 09:54:37 am
Only Garbagiel, our Lord and saviour, can solve this conflict now
Garbagiel the raccoon
4/20/2017 12:16:28 pm
The OP is an imposter! Do not let this charlatan fool you, my omnivorous hordes! The name of our noble comrades shall not be sullied by these peddlers of falsehoods!
4/16/2017 10:52:03 am
Will, is it a coincident that the Wei Clan was taught their skills by A or several FOXEs, and that there is a Division with the same name.
4/18/2017 10:06:16 pm
When is you next post going to occur.
4/19/2017 06:17:45 am
Seems we've run out of talking material.
Hey Will you said u finished Blackflame and are just proofreading and editing grammar errors right? Or did i just dream that? Anyways just curious cuz i check here everyday just to see if u have an update on the book, another short story or these cool background posts. Any idea if your close to a Blackflame release or at least a week more cuz that way i can probably get more sleep at night instead of stressing my F5 key. :D
OP gets it :D
4/19/2017 06:17:18 pm
yes plz... just need to know if it wont be this week.... so I can stop checking till next week.
I'll be putting up a post about that later today, Diego, but the short answer is: "I finished a draft a few months ago, but it turns out I had way more to do than just proofreading."
4/20/2017 07:39:01 am
Hey asshole, release the book.
4/20/2017 09:25:59 am
You shut your time mouth!
4/20/2017 12:07:03 pm
I agree with Jonathan!
Garbagiel the raccoon
4/20/2017 12:21:26 pm
That's not quite how writing books works, mom. How many times do I tell you that calling authors names doesn't actually make the book finished?
4/21/2017 12:16:46 pm
Hmm, I really have a problem with that statement?
4/20/2017 06:16:13 pm
Will, I've been an avid reader of fantasy and sci-fi for over 40 years now and somehow you've managed to firmly implant yourself as numero uno in my favorite authors hierarchy. That's no small feat, trust me, because I've read many, many thousands of books over that time. I've read all your books and watched you grow by leaps and bounds as a writer with each one. Now, I eagerly look forward to each new book.
Reading your kind words is like swallowing a baby koala: it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Thanks, Coldsteel!
4/21/2017 06:53:52 am
As of right now I definitely agree with Coldsteel. Having read some of the greatest SciFi/Fantasy series to exist(In my opinion) from the likes of, Robert Jordan, Sanderson, Feist, Pierce Brown, Patrick Rothfuss, Isaac Asimov, I would definitely say since picking up your books you have made it to my list of top ten.
4/21/2017 02:59:05 pm
Ozriel is still very much alive so Linden's not him reincarnated. That said, it appears there are some very interesting parallels between the two so far.
Garbagiel the raccoon
4/21/2017 06:59:35 am
Will, I finished rereading the travelers gates trilogy, and I have another round of questions for you:
4/21/2017 11:51:49 am
I assume they don't wear armor because the stress it would be put under whilst they were using their valinhall powers would damage the armor significantly(Imagine punching someone while using steel/stone, any gauntlet around your fist would explode). Also, i think that Tartarus Steel is much rarer than you think. I mean Alin didn't even have that, so i doubt damasca would shell out for that.
4/21/2017 08:19:34 am
The precious, gives me the precious
4/21/2017 10:28:28 am
You seem hungry, here, have a snickers bar! (Throws Golum a snickers).
4/21/2017 01:19:10 pm
4/21/2017 02:32:58 pm
Will, I've been meaning to ask:
That's what I should do! I was trying to decide who to dedicate this book to, since all of the friends and family who actually help me with the book already have a book dedicated to them.
4/21/2017 03:00:25 pm
Patient presented with extreme exhaustion and bleary eyes. Was confused about what day, and in fact what year, it was.
A box of elbow macaroni, masquerading as a multidimensional being, mistaken for our Noodley Master...
4/29/2017 06:47:13 am
And so Mahasamatman (He preferred to drop the Maha- and the -atman, however, and called Himself Sam), His essence honed by thousands of incarnations, His fires strengthened by the Rakasha and His consciousness stretched by His time in that golden cloud called the Bridge of the Gods, drew His Aspect about Him, and, perceiving The Way for the first time, ascended beyond the world.
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