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The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. (Art by akatsuki-blast)

The Tree of Knowledge is one of the two trees that supported the third heaven of Shehaqim, and is the same biblical tree found in Genesis, the one where Eve committed the Original Sin and got humanity condemned for eternity. Legends said that a fruit from the tree contains its own free will and will give whoever eaten it a knowledge most suitable for them, regardless of whether such knowledge is forbidden, sinful, and virtuous.
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The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, often shorten to just the Tree of Knowledge, is one of the two trees in the Garden of Eden, the other being the Tree of Life, although many scholars believe that the two trees are the same tree. It is an ancient and divine tree that resides in the Garden of Eden within Heaven even to this day.

The tree has become a central item due to the fact that it was used to incite the infamous Fall of Man. After the creation of the first humans, God informed them that they can whatever they please, all except for one, and that is to take a fruit from that tree. However, Adam and Eve were visited by Samael himself in the guise of a snake, and told them that the reason that God forbade them from eating the fruit of the tree, was that the fruit would grant them eternal life and divine power.

Due to its massive size and the conditions under which it is grown, the Tree is revered by some cultures; humans used to worship the Tree as a sacred pillar that extended into the heavens, reach towards the realm of God, and remained ambivalent to all conflict. It was known that anyone who approached the tree in order to gain knowledge for selfish or dark needs are consumed by a spirit and died like a withered branch.

Eve was the first and later tempted Adam into eating the fruit. As a result, they were cast out from Heaven for disobedience and were cursed to walk the Earth as ordinary humans. The tree is currently being guarded by the archangel, Uriel. While the fruits themselves are not evil, it was the actions of Adam and Eve that caused disturbance and discord in Creation, as such, the fruit appear to be some sort of linchpins in the chain that keeps the cycle between Order and Chaos balanced.

According to Gabriel, the fruits of the tree do indeed bestow divine power to whomever eats it, but it varies. The tree itself seems to have a will of its own, but still remains impartial in some way. Gabriel again states that the Tree acts as an extension of God, and that it is capable of "reading" a person or entity's soul. It is later proven that the Tree can be overwhelmed by one of incredible power such as Lucifer. For he was able to return to his angelic self after eating one of the fruit from the tree, and the tree's power did not affect him despite being a fallen angel and full of pride. Lucifer explains that this is due to him being the most "perfect creation in existence" and surpassing the tree itself. He stated that it was deceived by his "light".

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