Finding It-666: the Beast
We meet the character of Liz Arczy briefly in the first book. She then develops slowly but surely throughout the saga to a certain potency and consequence. Receptionist at the clinic of Gabriel, the red head human picked the interest by her quirky personality.
Her first ambiguity lays in the fact that she is a most sociable loner. You can rightly ask me how does that work or what do I mean by that. Liz is a character whose work involves greeting and meeting an array of strangers everyday and her bright smile, conversation bring them the ready comfort that they will be looked after very well in the clinic of Gab. Not only that lively Liz has a very messy after work partying and else, life with again almost strangers. She is there fully surrounded in bars, clubs and wheresoever she enjoys spending her spare time. She mingles and muddles with any, yet her heart will not get involved. If her social going out mates and would be friends loves her to bits, if Liz would give carelessly inches of her body to almost anyone she would not remember in the morning, her heart remains un-given. She protects it fiercely from being hurt, hence she stays well away from love. Liz never did let someone close to her heart since her very unhappy childhood, when her mother gave her up for adoption aged four…
This character lives a singleton life in the fear of what others can do to her if she starts loving them. Some foster parents she liked so much, gave her away just like her mother did, despite her trying her best to please them. The abandon, the hurting rejection, taught Liz the tough lesson to never trust anyone but her own self. The only one who could truly care about herself was just her and no one else.
She became a self reliant woman, who looks very strong and happy on the outside yet who walks upon her achilles’s heels ready to tumble to her doom at any point. Worst, the rejection of others, she mirrored it on how she looked after her own self. Devoid of loving care since ages, the character does not know how to look after herself properly. For example, she does not know what a full fridge looks like, nor what a proper meal consists of. She perpetrates on herself how she was always treated. A single glass of fruit juice is the perfect breakfast for her, a packet of crisps the perfect lunch, and if she has dinner it would be a takeaway pizza, just a slice of it and she will give the rest to the homeless guy living in her street.
There is a bit of ‘Holly Golightly’ in Liz, yet far less glamorous. For a start the character doesn’t care that much about her appearance. She lost the care about pleasing others: making efforts results in being abandoned anyway like it did with her many parents, real or foster. She looks like a ‘Boho chic’ chick, with red messy hair and the attire to fit the bill. However that woman has nothing to do, apart being herself to be just loved by others, especially male counterparts. There is something about Liz that attracts them like night butterflies which she will burn away from her sight and life as soon as she awakes to daylight.
Strong and fragile at the same time, her character has to account for her second ambiguity. I would say myself that she is falsely strong and strongly fragile. She went through much in her childhood and it determined her as an adult, with bases which are far from being universal. If Liz Arczy fiercely looks after herself to keep her very independent lifestyle, she undermined herself with her unhealthy ways. Her feeding habits are anorexicaly appalling. So much so that Liz almost constantly looks like a starved kid that desperately need to be fed. Combined to that her binge drinking, her chain smoking, and wild sex life and you have a recipe for disaster in a woman no taller than 5 foot 1 past her thirties.
She seems to have a fully enjoyable social life but Miss Arczy has been a sad kid, deep down, since a long time. It takes only Angels to know the right truth of the matter. Appearances can’t full them long, especially when they are expert mind readers like some of them.
Let me reveal nuggets of news which are happening further down the line in the saga.
First we get to know little titbit's of angelic info. Like any human, Liz was supposed to have a Guardian Angel, yet her unlucky self possessed one who walked away from his duty to devote himself to a demon, far back down her life line. To Angels’ eyes, this explains to them the messy life of that unguarded human. She had no protection or advice to prevent her from falling from one bad adventures to another. However this does not excuse the frail woman for humans are granted free will for Angels can only influence them subtly.
Second, the rather celibate Doctor Purallee likes the blunt honesty of Liz Arczy and her person very much. Working with her for years, six to be exact, for she was the replacement of Wendy Workmaster at the reception of the clinic, the Archangel comes to realise that that particular human for some reason is devoid of a Guardian Angel. Already looking after Walter, Caroline and his nephew Micky, what he calls his humans, or his human family, therefore having his hands rather full, Walter Workmaster is a heavy weight of a human to look after, the generous Gabriel nonetheless decides to loosely keep an eye on Liz. As her boss, he checks upon her. Any of her absences and sicknesses, will have him investigating and make sure that she is alright. Him and Caroline will go to Liz’s flat offering either their medical help, or their moral support. Gabriel feels he is the personal Doctor of all his employees, but more than that for Liz, there is a latent impression that he could contemplate the human as a potential partner. That secret care of Liz Arczy, if very reserved, almost silently done, with that slight tint that possible love could develop between them one day, is shown touchingly in one gesture that Gabriel only reveals to his Uncle Raphael and Azryel. Knowing how the human lacked vision for her own future, with the same applying to Walter, knowing that both are neither the insurance policy types, nor thinking of provisioning for their older days, the Archangel monthly and secretly puts aside money for this two humans to cover any eventuality that could affect them. He did so for years. He does make sense that he does it for Walter, his family, but for Liz, it tells of a generous somewhat affection for the woman.
Third, for the juicy revelation, Liz simply and literally falls for Azryel Mortimer, the Death Angel. Her brash ways of being did pick the interest of Death. All at once, he is rather amused and saddened by her. He knows her fate, and it is not a rosy one at all, the human has done so much to herself that the curtain of death will draw upon her in give or take six months time from their second meeting. For him, she is the walking pity of a human yet he is touched by her simply faulty humanity. If he is rightly pissed off by a human that is wasting herself away, by sheer indulgence, negligence, and total lack of love, he can not help being taken by her human plight somehow. When he offers her his help and friendship, he receives a bombshell back, a burning one, the gift of Liz’s love… To know how this will end you just have to turn the pages of the books of the saga.
Writing the love story between Az and Liz has been a very emotional enjoyment and pure pleasure. From their first look to the build up to the end, their love touches me by its playful yet serious intensity. I will mourn the character of the very mortal Liz, just like her Death Angel when I will write her last lines.
For the trivia, Arczy, her surname was created by rearranging the letters of the word ‘Crazy’ Her first name had to finish with a Z while her surname had to start with a A for the character represents the A to Z guide of how to mess up your life as a human, the ultimate road map for anybody to go downhill with all the clever shortcuts that reduce years to arrive at your ultimate destination. It is definitely a crazy thing to do to oneself to not care for your own life. And yes for the imagery that would make you a very strong contender to only belong to death. Liz embracing the Death Angel without question is an allegory as much as a love story within the entire saga.
I sometimes inspire myself from real people to build my characters, I dived into my own dirt to write about Liz Arczy. That character bestows a lot of my idiosyncrasies. If I do not indulge in the big craze for selfies, writing Liz was a bit of a self portrait. However I can reassure you that I had a decently happy childhood rather than a sad one. That part of the character’s life is just pure creative imagination. Her tendency to swear a hell of a lot is however one of my own bad habits for example. If you would pinpoint me upon it, I would only apologise with a ‘scuse my French’. I would feel I would not be able to be myself if I could not do so.
I will not tell you in detail what are the bits describing me from which are not, for writing that character was exposure enough for me. The people that knows me best will recognise them and that is enough of an incentive to deal with.
For the very same reason I will leave Liz Arczy totally unquoted in the Compendiums. If you want to meet her and part of me read the It-666’s saga.
The Compendium of Characters
- Book Dedication
- This comprehensive nomenclature will be ordered by the chronology of the published books and within it by the alphabetical order of the characters. Following the ‘Who’s Who’ of characters, you will find a ‘What’s what’ section, a list of created or combined words with their meanings. There are a fair few occasions where I applied this poetic license to fit closely to the heartbeat of the story or a particular individual within it. The last sections are the peep-holes to the future publications relating to those stories, spin-offs, prequels or next instalments to look forward to. It will offer the tangible glimpse of what is coming next or what happened before.
- Published the 21st of October 2014, this short story was born like many of my stories within the midst of a nightmare. I remember still vividly hearing some chilling noises, some eerie music, sad laughter, stuck in the darkness of a long box. I pushed the door open to realise that I was in my coffin. A cowardly glance outside revealed a hilly cemetery, a moonlight night and other corpses rising from their graves, some dragging others to do so. I was freaked enough at the sight to lay back in the safe darkness, thinking that it must be a bad dream and that it will all pass. But someone saw me, someone recognised me, called my name out loud and opened my coffin lid wide open. In front of that half decomposed cadaver, my heart seemed to fail to beat any longer. I closed my eyes of fright and I woke up in my bed safe and well. I was not exposed in a coffin, exhibited to other dead people, I was in my bedroom with for only witness, my black cat Mystic blinking her yellow eyes at me peacefully from the other pillow.
- It-666’s story can not be told in one sentence not even in one book. It has a fateful spin to it which will last for as long as it is meant to last. It is determined.
- The ex-wife of Walter Workmaster is the human and younger sister of the incarnated Gabriel Purallee and the mother of the incarnated Michael. In Angelic terms, she is a very special person chosen to carry one or more Angels back to their incarnated form. Did she knew about it? She had no clue at all. She had no conception that her son, brother and uncle are Archangels until she stumbles upon an Angelic meeting led by Raphael at his AA club in the middle of the night.
- We meet ‘It’ at the start of the saga, aged 16, in an appalling state. Kept in a cage, starved, tortured, left in her own mess, the teenager has only one wish, the one of dying. Representing all we fear, the incarnated Beast, is a young distressed Being. She had far from the most enjoyable start in life.
- Gabriel plays a very important character in the saga. We meet him in the first book as incarnated Doctor Gabriel Purallee. Strangely enough that ambivalent Angel is the one that all turns to for some sort of stability. His clinic and his house serve as a refuge, the safe haven where one can hide to stay alive.
- We meet Michael, age eight, called Micky by all. This important Archangel has only recently incarnated once more and his human childhood makes him be temporally at a vulnerable stage. However he was given parents of choice in Walter and Caroline. Both are nurturing and loving him to bits. Like the Beast, this character is at an early stage at the start of the saga. Unlike her, he was provided with a loving childhood, which makes him a very happy, bouncy kid Being. He has bags of tenderness for everyone which he wears on his sleeve. From his currant human parents, he gathers that loving understanding and open minded acceptance. Faced with a brand new member of the family, called the Beast, and not being an only child anymore, he just takes her hand and shows her what it is to enjoy a bit of childhood. His heart adopts It-666 almost like his father, without question.
- Wrath is a character which tells you how it is in his standards and will force you to them by any mean, without almost any regards for who you are. Raphael has a physical presence that can make you quiver and he knows it. He plays with it shamelessly like a cat on a mouse chase. He can make it as sweet or cruel for you depending on his plans, schemes and temper. Wrath is renown to have a very short temper, trying him is definitely a bad idea. He comes with strings attached. He is full of them. Worse, he is the leader of them: anyone he pulls can spell your doom or your blessing momentarily. Raphael as a puppet master could be all good if his mind would not switch in a nanosecond to an entire other direction. Raphael is frighteningly so impulsive yet it is also his main skill, quick thinking, acting fast, he kills anything in the bud before it can fester away.
- If Wrath was daunting enough, his henchman is even more unsettling. What can I say to bring justice to Azryel’s character? I absolutely adore writing him. Azryel Mortimer is a character which grew a life from my pages and into my own heart. If there was a fan T shirt, black with a big red heart in the middle saying: ‘I love Az’, I would wear it proudly with no shame at all. It is odd for an author to say that they are the first ‘groupie’ of their created characters but I can only admit that I am for this one.
- From all of Raphael’s Angels, Asha is one with a very kind heart and the patience of a true Angel. He will take the time to explain things to the lay human without being ordered to do so. He will offer his shoulders without being asked. Known as the ‘Philosopher’, he has a calm, poised and understanding attitude about him.
- We meet the character of Liz Arczy briefly in the first book. She then develops slowly but surely throughout the saga to a certain potency and consequence. Receptionist at the clinic of Gabriel, the red head human picked the interest by her quirky personality.
- What can I say about that character? That you will never be able to quite grasp The Tutor even with your best intentions and most clever brain cells fully switched on. Elusive yet fully on, it is a whimsical idea of God, a pure allegory.
- Nun Tess was the tough catholic sister who abducted the Beast at her birth on the 6th of June 1996 with Father Williamson. She is the one that took charge of her care up until It-666 was five years old. On the fifth birthday of the Beast, she was killed ruthlessly before her by men paid to abduct the child.
- Father Williamson is one instrumental character which changed fate by a simple trick up his sleeve: a curse. To be honest I do not let any readers know much about him at any stage in the saga. Although if we meet him again in book 3, he is still a short encounter, yet a vital one. However he is one of the main hero of the prequel trilogy to the Saga of the Beast.
- What can I say about that character? That you will never be able to quite grasp The Tutor even with your best intentions and most clever brain cells fully switched on. Elusive yet fully on, it is a whimsical idea of God, a pure allegory. I must confess that it is one of my hardest characters to write about. He is the Sum of all Souls. You may find him beguiling. You may find him intimidating for he is. However whenever he steps in, he brings immediate relief with his presence. However he is the one the Angels will seek out to resolve their issues and dilemmas. Daunting, mysterious, knowing more than he will reveal at any one time, talking almost with riddles and puzzles to work out, he is the hard core of entities.
- Wendy Workmaster is a character which is only mentioned here and there. Wendy is past, gone and dead yet remembered by many with a sore heart, especially her twin brother Walter and her fiancé Gabriel. How to describe Wendy? She was another little Walter, a pure Workmaster through and through. She could finish the sentence of her brother and he could finish hers. They would laugh and cry at the same time, at the very same things. Physically, she is a tomboy blond, the exact copy cat of her brother. Very pretty in understated ways, she grabbed the overwhelming attention of Archangel Gabriel.
- Cecile is the Au-pair girl of the Workmasters. We only encounter her briefly in the first book of the Saga. The French girl had been living with Caroline Workmaster and her son Michael to help out. The single Caroline is a busy doctor with irregular shifts which rendered an Au-pair girl invaluable. Cecile is reliable and her nice character is well liked by the entire family. She gets on well with everyone. Her responsibilities range from babysitting to picking up Micky from school, passing by helping him with his homework.
- Tango Charlie is a human character which only appear in the first book. CIA/security agent, code name Tango Charlie is one of the Service secret connections of Big Gab and his Uncle Raphael. However if Wrath uses the services of human secret agents with scarcity and sagacity, his nephew prefers using their services to soliciting the ones of the Angels of Raphael. On the part of Gabriel, you may call this pride, or an ongoing feud with Wrath which makes him reluctant to ever have to ask the elder Archangel for help.
- Mister ‘3’, ‘Santa Morte’, The Aryan, henchman Colt and Big Brother 4 are all humans at the service of Paul Peterson. They are all killers apart for Big Brother 4 who is the security watcher at ‘P’s’. They are all fearing the demonic politician. They will follow his orders to the letter to save literally their own skins and they will be ruthless about it.
- Well, here we arrive at a character which I kept in reserve for the last to be mentioned: Eremiel, the father of the Beast, aka, Evil. Fallen Archangel, the extremely handsome Eremiel is bad to an unsettling purity. He is the nasty piece of cake that the Angels have constantly faced for almost an eternity as their Arch-enemy. He ruled Hell for a long while, after being ‘fired’ by the Tutor and sent there, and after depositing Hades from his Hell throne, shortly afterwards. Eremiel is the evil character in It-666 Saga: we meet him in all the books written in one form or another. He is that undermining constant Being which wants none to have an ‘happy ever after’ apart from himself.
- You have just met the characters of the first book. You will meet more as the other books get published one after the other. I can tell you already that there is a crowd of characters in the universe of It-666. However you have just been introduced to the principal ones: It-666, Walter Workmaster, Azryel Mortimer, Raphael Wrath and Gabriel Purallee.