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The New-Fangled Strategy (1)

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{INT. SATAN’S PALACE, OUKHAH – DAY}

Satan, the executive council and the universal council are having a meeting under the Shade of light.

SATAN
Things will have to change now. I know this may seem cruel but if we want to succeed, we need to do some sacrifices. Without sacrifice, there can be no victory.
(keeps a sad face)
This is against our nature but we’re in a difficult era.
(keeps a mean face)
The Elders have changed the time twice and Paimon, from reading the powers in my possession, made me know that that will not happen again because the Most High’s Son must come in this era. However, I doubted it, but it seems to be happening. For the Elders to have revert time twice, I think Paimon was right. Time disruption is against our nature, in fact, it is evil. Nevertheless, the Elders have to do it to succeed with their goals. It’s a sacrifice that worth it to them but worthless to us.
(keeps quiet for a little while)

AGIEL
Um
(clears his throat)
If it will be for our good, then we should do it. I think we’ve done many sacrifices to get here and there is no turning back.

SATAN
It’s not that simple.

AGIEL
Why not?

SATAN
Because it may require the end of one’s life.

KOKABIEL 
Hehe… We can’t die, we’re endless beings.

SATAN
No, not like that. You know, we Archs can seize powers from you and render you useless forever. That’s the kind of death I’m talking about.

PAIMON
Similar to when you’re in Yam-Esh; you’ll be powerless and useless forever.

AGIEL
I got it.

SATAN
I want to give all of you that were not affected by the curse that ability, but it will require the sacrifice of lower demons.

KOKABIEL
Hmm, what then happens onward?

SATAN
Paimon, tell them.
(sits)

AZAZEL 
(through the mind to Abyzou)
It’s his idea.

SATAN
(through the mind to Azazel)
A good one.

PAIMON
You will be stronger but the demon will become powerless and weak forever. They’ll wander about and become foolish forever. But, it has to be a self-sacrifice. The demon will have to offer you his life before you can take it, but our master, Satan, can take it from whomever he desires without their consent as long as he has the crown.

BALAM 
That makes it a bit weird because they can resist us and run away.

ABYZOU
Where would they go?

BALAM
To Shamayim of course.

MALPHAS 
Shamayim? How many demons who left us are in Shamayim now?

BALAM
They may go to Olam-Zaku, whatever, the point is, they have a life too and taking it from them isn’t a very nice idea.

SATAN
That’s why it’s called a sacrifice.

AGIEL
Is there no other way we can go about this?

SATAN
No!

BATHYM 
So, where should we keep the dead demons after making them powerless?

SATAN
We’ll dump them on earth after collecting their powers.

ZEPAR 
Why?

SATAN
This has to be done discreetly because if an active demon sees how useless he’ll become if he surrenders his life to the sacrifice, he will resist you.

ZEPAR
No, I mean why on Earth?
(Satan glances at Paimon.)

PAIMON
That they’re powerless doesn’t make them useless to us. Dumping them on earth will help us affect humans negatively.

SATAN
They’ll be like animals to us.

ZEPAR
I don’t understand.

SATAN
(keeps a furious face)
You don’t need to. Just do as instructed.

HAAGENTI 
After acquiring these powers, then what.

SATAN
Then, I’ll tell you what to do. For now, dismiss!
(to Paimon)
They love asking annoying questions.

{HUDIEL’S PALACE, MICHAEL’S TERRITORY}

Gabriel and Michael are sitting under the Shade of light.

MICHAEL
I can’t believe that you will conduct a test on me.

GABRIEL
Well, we noticed some weird things; that’s why.

MICHAEL
Things like what?
(Gabriel keeps quiet)
Please: brother, tell me; what’s happening to me?

GABRIEL
Pride is growing in you, Michael.

MICHAEL 
Pride?

GABRIEL 
Not just you, but you and your entire clan.

MICHAEL
What about the love spell?

GABRIEL
That’s the only thing subduing it.

MICHAEL
Satan told me that the Elders knew all about me that’s why they used you in place of Lucifer. Tell me, is that true?

GABRIEL
Don’t believe anything Satan tells you. If you were given that position, by now he would be in Yam-Esh. However, your pride is not against the Most High or the Elders but against anyone who is against the Most High.

MICHAEL
What does that mean?

GABRIEL
It means what it means.

MICHAEL
Are you saying that the Elders intentionally want to keep Satan from destruction?

GABRIEL
The question bounces back to you. You carry judgement with you any time you face Satan. Why didn’t you destroy Satan all the while you fought him?

MICHAEL
I never had the desire to.

GABRIEL
(smiles)
You named him: Satan and it worked, something none of us can ever do. Only the Elders have such powers to alter the creation of the Most High; especially when it has any connection with Boqer, but you did. And the Elders respected that.

MICHAEL
Are you saying that I used to be possessed by the Most High when in rage?

GABRIEL
Yeah somehow, but not really by the Most High.

MICHAEL
Then who?

GABRIEL
The Son.

MICHAEL
(sighs)
Then I’m safe.

GABRIEL
Yeah, you’re safe. So, if you were given the position of Lucifer, you would have overridden the power that due possesses you when in rage to pardon Satan.

MICHAEL
Hmm… you know, when I fought with Camael in the contest, I was in a rage but it seems like he was somewhat equal to my powers.

GABRIEL
(smiles)
This thing is somewhat complicated. That’s why the Holocheists were put under your command instead of mine; despite being in the place of Lucifer.

MICHAEL
You know, when I ordered the Holocheists against Satan in Mizbeach-Halal, they were weak before him because it wasn’t my intent to hurt him.

GABRIEL
Good… glad that you’re getting the point. However, pride can stop him from possessing you.

MICHAEL
And what does that imply?

GABRIEL
Nothing that we know of yet.

CONTINUE…