The Denouement is Christian theology/mythology incorporated into a fantasy epic. It’s allegory, angels and demons as Man, Satan as Alexander and Hannibal and Caesar, Michael the Avenger! as Jesus. It’s civilization defending itself against the incursions of barbarian darklanders. It’s the rise of false gods and of godlessness and of crude shaman magic striving for the level of God. More
Satan very nearly conquered the Father at The Great War. For one “brief, astounding moment,” it appeared as if Satan’s rebellion would succeed but Michael the Archangel rallied the legions of the Heavens and Satan and his followers were cast out. Marooned in a world that was “cold and dark and empty,” Satan vowed to one day succeed where he had previously failed. Through the ages, the Dark Times, Satan has labored to build the Kingdom of Hell and out of the nothingness has come a kingdom that rivals the might of the Heavens. Satan has an army that is battle tested, the indomitable Black Legions, and a corps of wizards that, Satan believes, has raised him to the level of a god more powerful than the Father. While Satan has built his kingdom, the Father has become more and more reclusive, the reclusiveness the source of intense angelic speculation. Does the Father love Satan more than He loves the faithful hosts? Is that why the Father allowed Satan to survive The Great War? Does the Father intend for Satan to emerge triumphant at Armageddon? Does the Father need it to happen, to attain His own perfection?