Sprites of Sariel in Highly Responsive to PrayersAngel of Death
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Angel of Death
Makai, in the Fallen Shrine
Sariel is an angel of death that Reimu Hakurei encounters deep within Makai in the Fallen Shrine in Highly Responsive to Prayers. Sariel is the final enemy Reimu confronts there before returning to her shrine. But since Sariel has no profile and exchanges no dialogue with Reimu, nothing else is known about this angel. Like most other Highly Responsive to Prayers characters, Sariel's gender is unknown.
This character's name is Sariel, which means "Command of God". In Judaic and Islamic traditions, Sariel is the name of an archangel. However, some Judaic-Christian texts claim that Sariel is an Angel of Death, alongside Michael, Gabriel, and Samael. In other texts, Sariel is referred to as a fallen angel. The Sariel in religon is always depicted as being male, so the Sariel in this game is ambiguous enough to belong to either gender.
In Coptic tradition, Sariel is thought to be the angel of the church of Sardis, referred to in The Revelation to John, and has an immense knowledge of magic, magic rituals, and magic powers that give him the ability to lead others astray. Fittingly, Sariel's second theme is called 'The Civilization of Magic".
Seen in Sariel's sprite in Highly Responsive to Prayers, this character is a ghost-like angelic figure with white knee-length hair with seemingly blue eyes. Sariel wears a long, simple blue dress with long white sleeves. Sariel has six angel wings and holds a strange wand. Sariel's six wings (if one looks closely) show that this character is possibly a seraph. (Seraphim are the highest order of angels in the Christian angelic hierarchy.) Sariel has another form.
In regards to Sariel's highly disputed gender, fans tend to portrait Sariel male, female, and/or in some cases, androgynous. Since Sariel's sprite is ambiguous enough, it obvious as to why fans tend to guess Sariel's gender. However, it should be noted, that in most (religious) tradition that angels in general are supernatural beings, thus having not any real important clear reason for specifically having a gender.
- Sariel's background changes throughout the battle: from a starry night, to a river with two floating yin-yang orbs, to what appears to be an inferno with human arms reaching out of the ground, and a collection of orbs showing Reimu and her shrine at another point in time.
- Sariel appeared in a silhouette in the second form, similar to the Windows game covers. This makes Sariel the first character in the whole series to appear in a silhouette.
- Sariel bears a striking resemblance to Matenshi.
- Sariel is the first character to have more than one theme.
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