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El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron

by Non-EuclideanCat

Part 12: Episode 14 - Psychedelic Hellscape

Actually, you should prolly stay sober for this video. At least for the first watch. It'll be a bit hard to follow if you don't.

Episode 14 - Psychedelic Hellscape

Things I learned making this: if you have to convert an mp4 to an avi, don't tell the converter to do it with a bitrate of 3000. The resulting video will be 29GB and it'll take forever to get shit done.

Bible Study Time!

Prince Belial? Should we know that name?

Probably not. "Belial", as a word, actually started out as a Hebrew adjective. It's a compound word meaning "worthless", coming from "beli" (without) and "ya'al" (value). The phrase "sons of belial" gets used a few times in the Old and New Testament to indicate that the group in question is worthless. Many modern translations retool "belial" into words like "pest" or "lawlessness" in order to avoid promoting the existance of Belial as an entity. This is the common practice in both Jewish and Christian literature (with the notable exception of the King James Version of the Bible, which keeps it as "sons of Belial").

There are a few instances of Belial being an entity in apocrypha. The War of the Sons of Light Against the Sons of Darkness, one of the Dead Sea Scrolls, names Belial as an angel of hostility, or even The Angel of Darkness, whose domain is darkness and purpose to create wickedness and guilt. Elsewhere in the Dead Sea Scrolls, Belial is named as the King of Evil and Prince of Darkness.

Has he shown up in the game thus far? Not by name, no. But we've heard his voice. Also, one of the bits of info we got from picking up Ishtar's bones mentioned that the fallen angels struck a deal with and are receiving aid from a prince of the darkness. Plus, in the Darkness Failure video, we saw some kind of silhoutte yell at Enoch. So he's playing a role in the story, just not on screen.