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This is not meant to be educational. I've studied angels for years and took things from various theories and added some of my own and ended up with this for my story. If you want something closer or further away from traditional angels, make you own.

Angels
Their job is to act as guarding angels for humans, or simply deliver messages from heaven. Because they spend so much time on earth, they are by far the most human, and they don't have a strong need to return to God after their job is done. As a result they suffer from a lot of the same things as humans, such as confusion, doubt, sadness, temptation, and even lust. However, they try to stay chaste and are proud to be virgins.
Everything is very personal and about their human to them, and they will sometimes do immoral things for the sake of the person they watch over.

Archangels
They are a lot like normal angels, only they rule over them and are a lot more full of themselves. Their true form can be quite scary, and they often have to tell humans "Fear not" when they first encounter them because even in their human-friendly form they still have an aura of something powerful and unsettling about them. They too deliver messages and protect humans, but only holy or otherwise important people.

Rulers
They protect the religion, and will not take kindly to blasphemy. They also carry out the Powers' orders.

Powers
They like to say no angel has ever fallen from their ranks, but non other than Lucifer himself ruled them once. They fight demons and keep them out of Heaven, but they also have power over them and often use demons to do the dirty work they don't want to be blamed for later. Not surprisingly they don't have the best reputation and the Dominions keep a close eye on them.

Virtues
They mainly help the Dominions and inform the angels what their jobs are.

Dominions
Rules over all angels under them. They are the highest ranking angels who contact humans fairly regularly, but they are never pleased to leave Heaven and will try to do their job as quick as possible. They don't care for individual humans' faiths, and only see the big picture of things.

Cherubim and Wheels
Have by far the strangest true forms and are closely connected to each other. They always move together as if they were one, and when a Cherub take on a human form, his Wheel appears as a disk on his chest. They have no patience for humans and rarely (if ever) leaves Heaven.

Seraphim
By far the least human. They are the closest to God and only cares for praising him. If they leave his side and take a human form, they will only be looking up towards Heaven, muttering God's name between sentences, and doesn't wear clothes. Not a problem though, because they are sexless.
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Akihiko-Miraimeji Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Writer
As much as I prefer demons, this is awesome x3
Also, did you know Seraphim were originally demons of fire and brimstone, and not angels? rainbow The more you know...rainbow 
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thiscanwork Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
im not exactly religious but i really like this! im just wondering, in your vision of angels, are there nephilim? just to clarify, nephilim are half angel half human. also what angels would have children and how would that affect the child? like if a dominion had a child, what would be the difference then with a regular angel.
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MewGiX3 Featured By Owner Edited Apr 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Angels, archangels, Virtures, Powers, Thrones, Dominions, Principalities, Cherubs, Seraphs. 9 choirs of angels. :| All non-corporeal beings, all sexless, none have the same range of emotions that humans have. (At least by my understanding).
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paladin095 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
This is beutiul!
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Milobe-115 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015
F*ck the hell yeah, my guardian angel is a Dominion. With that much class, I'm well guarded! :la:
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geekyfantastic Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
If you don't mind me asking, do you have any recommendations for finding information on angel lore? I'm curious to learn more about it and I'm have a lot of trouble finding anything.
This is a really cool line up by the way.
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dsivis Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015
The Cherub/Wheel looks like Dr Strange
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MysticM Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015
Do demons have such hierarchy?
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Akihiko-Miraimeji Featured By Owner May 23, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Writer
Well yeah, in some way. They have ''Princes'' that rule over Hell's regions and then they have kings that rule over 7 deadly sins. Each prince (There are about 72 of them) rule over a specific kind of demons, e.g. Amaimon rules over Asmodai, who again rule over the sin of lust. Hope this helps.
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MysticM Featured By Owner May 23, 2015
So instead of a heirachy of angels, it's more like a monarchy with royals ruling specific sins and parts of Hell?
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Akihiko-Miraimeji Featured By Owner May 23, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Writer
Exactly. The confusing part is the fact that some demons can be both princes of Hell and kings of sin, like Lucifer is the prince of Hell's deepest and most hellish circle, but he's also the king of Vanity.
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MysticM Featured By Owner May 23, 2015
Interesting.

Is there such thing as archdemons or any heirahy under these royals?
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Akihiko-Miraimeji Featured By Owner May 23, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Writer
Archdemons of demons are the one and he same with kings of sin.
This is the list:
Satan-Archdemon of Wrath
Lucifer-Archdemon of Vanity
Admodai-Archdemon of Lust
Mammon-Archdemon of Greed
Abaddon-Sloth
Belphegor/Beelzebub-Gluttony
I based this on an old book about renaissance demonic magic and wikipedia article about classification of demons. Hope this helps, MysticM.
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MysticM Featured By Owner May 23, 2015
Yeah, this does. Thank you.
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Akihiko-Miraimeji Featured By Owner May 23, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Writer
No problem!
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Orionnator Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"theory" is the wrong word.
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Carter2144 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
No. No it isn't.
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Orionnator Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
please elaborate, I don't really see how scientific inquiry can have anything to do with fictional creatures
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Carter2144 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Well yes, if you take things too seriously.
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Orionnator Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What does me saying that somebody used the wrong word have to do with taking it too seriously? You're the one who came up and argued with me about it.
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Carter2144 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh no! Somebody said something against you?! UNEXPECTABLE!!!
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Orionnator Featured By Owner Edited Jan 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm not sure what your point is here with me except to be a jerk. If there is, please explain.
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LockeSchyler Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015  Student Writer
I don't know why he didn't just say it, but I suspect he was somehow trying to point out that the word "theory" has had non-scientific connotations for a very long time now. Even being pedantic doesn't change the fact that its Greek root only refers to contemplation and speculation; scientists borrowed the word to be specific to the scientific method, not the inverse. There's nothing wrong with that, mind, but it does make these arguments a little tiresome.

As such, using "theory" here is perfectly valid...and I imagine Carter could have said all of the above very succinctly if he felt like it, but he obviously didn't.
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joshsong Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
woudlve thought Archangels would go higher up on this list
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methowwolf Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, in Catholicism anyway, Prince Saint Michael the Archangel is Prince of Heaven, meaning that he commands all the choirs. Michael takes his orders from God, and, even though he's from the second choir(archangels), he commands all nine.
Hope that cleared something up.
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Ming-Sing Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
Have you ever thought of doing something like this but with demons?
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Akihiko-Miraimeji Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Writer
I hope so. Demons are awesome.
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JakeCrusher4 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Student Writer
Maybe you could try this for demons?
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BloodLily16 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sweet. I think it's really cool that you added in the hierarchy like this too. Is there any chance of a comic with these guys?
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Pyrosaitan1 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014
fuck this is cool, do you have one on demons or nah?
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Benubc Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014
Very nicely done! I have done a similar thing with my own story, however there aren't many opportunities to highlight the specific classes of angels while keeping the story layman enough for the audience to stay engaged.
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DustyWinds Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014
These are so nicely done! I'm really surprised- and glad!- that there isn't anyone screaming BLASPHEMY at the top of their lungs, too. Good job! :)
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ZoeStead Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love it, their expressions are priceless!
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GladeFaun Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
A friend of mine put me on to your stuff. Love this one, I really like it when people do their own take on myth/religion. Cheers for sharing :)
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GladeFaun Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
PS. seen a few comments saying these would be better if they weren't 'chibi', but I quite like them this way :) Also like the flow of forms you've created with their angelic aspects overhead. Nicely done.
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zakiaybee122 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014
Cherubim and Wheels form is cool 
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jarfox Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
Would love a demon version of this. This would make a great theme for an anime.
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Imagineator Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
is it possible to create a demon version of this or is there no order system for demons ?
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VirTaAshi Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014
You just about made a scale between the most Humanity and the Least.
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Tottaparadise Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I loved that!!
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eennui Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
I love how the Seraph is just tripping out by itself on the side there
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SomeKindaSpy Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
Virtues also uphold cosmic order.
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LoveIsSick Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
lol the archangel kind of just has this face as 'sup'
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Heart0fInk Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is bloody freaking awesome! well done! :D
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PandaPharoh Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014   Artist
Luv it. U shud do more mythology, ud do really good.
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CandyCoatedLSD Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Fascinating! :D
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The-Good-DrValentine Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
NO YES PLEASE THIS IS LOVELY!! THIS SO MUCH HELPS MY STORIES AND FURTHERS MY THOUGHTS ON DEMONS ADN ANGLES AND OMFG THANK YOU I HOPE YOU DON'T MIND ME TOTES USING THIS AS REFERENCE IN A FEW OF MY STORY LINES BECAUSE YES
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SchattenLotus Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
Ummm ... ... ... Cool? :meow: :XD:
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AnneKanneDine Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
Lol the Dominion guy looks, like I've always thought Bartemius Crouch from Harry Potter would look :)
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nickelion Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
Lovely...  I really love it...
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