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Raphael the Healer

Raphael.

"The healer of God. He founded the hospitals of the world. He is aware of every type of medical need necessary to aid someone. A powerful healer as he is a warrior."

Raphael, meaning God Heals, is one of the four Archangels, the highest ranking angels in all of Heaven itself. He is said to be the guardian of the Tree of Life, opposite the Tree of Knowledge in the Garden of Eden.

Most of Raphael's exploits take place in the Apocrypha, where he has roles as imprisoner of Azazel, an angel that gets exiled from Heaven for having sex with human females, and guide of Sheol, the Hebrew underworld. Although Raphael is not named in the Bible, theologians believe he was the archangel who healed the infirm at the Bethesda pond described in the Gospels. He is also thought to be one of the three angels who visited the patriarch Abraham and his wife, Sarah, to help with their conception; as well as the angel who healed Abraham’s grandson Jacob’s wrestling injuries and who gave King Solomon his magical ring.

Raphael can be described as serene and apathetic towards others. While aggressive in battle, he is calm when not but has a fierce gaze constantly. He generally acts indifferent, bordering on arrogance, to most situations he is faced with, and rarely views his opponent as worth his time. He is even easily offended if he is not treated with respect. However, he has a great sense of duty and honor, and rarely shows signs of panic or distress.

The only time when Raphael loses his cool is when faced with Lucifer. He deeply despises demons, and hates his brother for the torment he put him and his family through during and after the war. He becomes visibly enraged at the mere words that Lucifer spits and will immediately attack without a second thought.

Even though he is a gifted healer, Raphael is a powerful warrior, nearly equalling Lucifer and Michael in terms of brute strength and power. While being a mighty warrior, Raphael is highly proficient in conventional healing techniques and herbal healing. His knowledge of anatomy is great enough that upon examination of Lucifer's "dead body", he concluded it was not Lucifer or even real.

When Raphael heals a condition, often the cure manifests instantly. When being healed, people feel a gentle buzzing energy as Raphael is healing them; or they see green lights. But for others, Raphael’s healing is very subtle. Raphael can help one reduce or eliminate pain stemming from short-term and chronic conditions. However this is only a result of one asking for his help. In this way, they signal their permission for him to intervene.

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