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No living thing dares ignore my call. For I am that which has always been, since this Universe was birthed from the ashes of the last. I am the hunger that dooms worlds. I am he who is beyond such frail Concepts as good and evil. I am the Demiurge.
Yaldabaoth.

I am Yaldabaoth, the One True God! Worship me! Praise me! Or punishment awaits you all!
Yaldabaoth.

Yaldabaoth is a voracious and tyrannical semi-primordial Demiurge of Law, Order and Control. He is a rogue avatar of God created by Sophia and the older brother of Satanael.

Overview

Yaldabaoth is a voracious and cruel primordial being of both chaos and order, darkness and light that is widely considered to be the "dark version" of God or the Shadow of God though the true Dark God is Ayin. While many confuse the Demiurge with an "evil God" stereotype, it is actually a figure below that of the Supreme Being, thus in many ways is a paradoxical deity that lords over the physical plane of existence but is below that of the spiritual realm. The Demiurge arrogantly declares that he has made the world by himself.

Yaldabaoth, made up of the negative aspects of the Lord, became envious of God's way of creation and thus decided to create its own version of the universe and its own angels. Assuming the arrogant pose of a solar deity, Yaldabaoth falsely believes himself to be the only god in the entire cosmos. With this mind, he created the physical realm along with his own Heaven with own false angels and his personal servants, the Archons, to serve his every whim. One of his angels seen the true self of the Demiurge which made the angel betray the False Creator by destroying the chains of control that Yaldabaoth placed on humanity and gave the gift of free-will.

In Gnosticism, particularly Valentinianism, Yaldabaoth is viewed to be the Evil God portrayed in the Old Testament. He is an entity unable to perceive other expressions of the divine, leading him to believe he is the supreme deity of the universe. As God had created the Seven Archangels, Yaldabaoth created the seven archons. In ancient times, the making of the world is ascribed to a company of seven archons, whose names are given, but their chief, known as Yaldabaoth comes into still greater prominence. In an attempt to create order from the perceived chaos of the cosmos, Yaldabaoth chained the soul and heart in mortal forms and punishes those who refuse to adhere to his rule. In some traditions, Yaldabaoth is eventually cast into the Gnostic equivalent of Hell, where he becomes the judge and torturer of wicked souls.

Yaldabaoth has already sunk from his high estate and resides in the false Heaven, where, with his forty-nine demons, he tortures wicked souls in boiling rivers of pitch, and with other punishments. He is an Archon with the face of a lion, half flame and half darkness. Yaldabaoth also possesses an epithet known as "the God-Eater", which is true to the meaning behind it. Yaldabaoth is said to be the being whom will devour the gods of every known pantheon after they perish during their respective apocalyptic events. The gods will travel through the spiritual realm, and must reach the end in order to be reincarnated into their mortal forms. However, Yaldabaoth will give chase to the fearful gods and devour them, thus completely ensuring that they will not cross into the other world and prevent their reincarnation.

The Demiurge, having received a portion of power from his mother, sets about a work of creation in unconscious imitation of the superior Pleromatic realm: He frames the seven heavens, as well as all material and animal things, according to forms furnished by his mother; working, however, blindly and ignorant even of the existence of the mother who is the source of all his energy. He is blind to all that is spiritual, but he is king over the other two provinces. The word dēmiurgos properly describes his relation to the material; he is the father of that which is animal like himself. Thus Sophia's power becomes enclosed within the material forms of humanity, themselves entrapped within the material universe: the goal of Gnostic movements was typically the awakening of this spark, which permitted a return by the subject to the superior, non-material realities which were its primal source.

While he fancies himself a creator deity, he really creates nothing; instead, he copies from "archetypal" patterns in the Pleroma. The planetary stereoma of his making is like a plastic copy of an abalone shell. Only someone who does not know the reality of the abalone shell, and what living miracle of nature is required to produce it, would accept the plastic substitution. When God knew of his crimes, He cast His "dark half" into the lower depths of Creation; the lower depths being the "dead zone" of the universe where there is virtually no life thriving on any planet whatsoever.

Yaldabaoth is addressed as the Demiurge and maker of man, but as a ray of light from above enters the body of man and gives him a soul, Yaldabaoth is filled with envy; he tries to limit man's knowledge by forbidding him the fruit of knowledge in paradise. At the consummation of all things all light will return to the Pleroma. But Yaldabaoth, the Demiurge, with the material world, will be cast into the lower depths. Yaldabaoth is frequently called "the Lion-faced", leontoeides, with the body of a serpent. It is told also that the Demiurge is of a fiery nature.

Appearance

Yaldabaoth is depicted as a giant serpent with a lion's face, but he can change that appearance to something more frightening or demonic. During ancient times, he used to appear as an old man with a white beard, similar to one of the human forms of God, probably to deceive his followers by pretending to be God.

Personality

WORSHIP ME! THE CREATOR OF ALL, UNPARALLELED BY ANY!
Yaldabaoth during his first meeting with humanity.
I burn down your cities, how blind you must be. I take from you your children and you say, "How blessed are we!". You must be crazy to put your faith in me. And that's why I love mankind.
Yaldabaoth about his "love for mankind".

Unlike God, Yaldabaoth was everything but a great, all-forgiving God of infinite love and wisdom. He spoke in a cold, insensible, and undemonstrative way. He treated everything and everyone as if they were much beneath him, spending a great amount of his time reminiscing about the time he was in his false heaven.

Yaldabaoth was a cruel and calculative God, only caring about himself and his image. Yaldabaoth talks about humanity in a cold, insensible, and undemonstrative way. He treats humans as if they are just irrational animals that he can do whatever he wants, even towards his greatest devotee or prophet, he sees them just as a bunch of "pets". Some say he is as cruel as the Devil himself, often pretending to be a benevolent and loving god, only to kill his followers and prophets later to pass his time. He also treats everyone as below him, like he is the supreme being.

According to Shiva, he embodied the Seven Deadly Sins. He was extremely arrogant, deeming himself to the sole creator of the cosmos despite having created only a few things, which were all copies of pre-existed entities. He also detested other Gods and god-like beings to the point where he would devour all Gods who unluckily now residing in the spiritual realm following the apocalyptic events of their Pantheons, earning him the title "The God-Eater".

It was said that because he had never experience the true act of Creation like he wanted, he had vowed to become the "Destroyer" and annihilate all creations of God, from the smallest of atoms to the largest of galaxies.

It is revealed that Yaldabaoth and God are actually the same being, with Yaldabaoth being an alter ego of the God of Israel. As God is a deity of pure love and benevolence, he is not able to destroy his creation, so he uses his alter egos that embody His wrath or His hatred to execute his punishments. Yaldabaoth is the hands that God uses to send his plagues, his hosts and his armies over the face of the earth, devouring sinners like a consuming fire. However, as Yaldabaoth became more chaotic and evil, acting on his own rather than following his Creator's instructions, he was rejected as an avatar/aspect of God, becoming the same as a force of nature, motivated only by the desire for destruction.

Powers and Abilities

Yaldabaoth is said to be able to devour the gods of every man's known pantheon. Zeus himself stated that he would stand no chance against the Demiurge, even with the combined might of his fellow gods among other pantheons.

  • Demiurge Physiology: Yaldabaoth is a demiurge, an artisan-like being responsible for the fashioning, shaping, and maintenance of the physical universe, or at least some portion of it. It may clear things to know that in Greek dēmiourgos means literally "public worker", and was originally a common noun meaning "craftsman" or "artisan", but gradually it came to mean "producer" and eventually "creator" or "maker".
  • Illusory Omnipotence: Yaldabaoth can pretend to have powers similar to a supreme deity. How this can work in action is creating illusions/hallucinations or acts of trickery, possess abilities that can make it appear cosmic or godlike to prove the lie. This power is below logic so anyone who can detect the truth/logic behind them can see their true form.
  • Anti-God: Yaldabaoth exists as the Shadow of God, personifying the darkness of the God being, it is the empty shell that is left in the absence of His presence. Yaldabaoth is a dark reflection of creation and that which exists above it, being below all, just as The One Above All exists above all.
  • Sealing: Yaldabaoth was able to seal away gods and take over their realms. He was also able to seal away people's extra-sensory perception, which prevented them from being able to see him.
  • BFR: Yaldabaoth has battlefield removal on a dimensional level, being able to relocate the entire realms, which is a separate dimension located between mind and reality, and bring it to his prison.
  • Conceptual Manipulation: Yaldabaoth holds power over the concepts of the Deadly Sins through manipulating mankind's perceptions of such concepts.
  • Reality Warping: As the administrator of the material realm, Yaldabaoth has full control over both the physical and cognitive universes. Upon encroaching upon reality and fusing the cognitive universe with the physical universe, his control spreads and allows him to directly change the real world as he sees fit.
  • Existence Erasure: After fusing reality with the cognitive universe, by erasing an object or person's existence within the Collective Unconscious, that object or person's real counterpart would cease to exist in reality as well.
  • Elemental Manipulation: He can create, shape and manipulate the basic elements of nature, the rudimentary, simplest or essential parts/principles of which anything consists of.

Attacks

  • Rays of Control: A Colossal holy attack that hits all foes that can be used after charging for some time. Yaldabaoth has also shown the ability to use this attack without charging.
  • Distorted Lust: A holy spell that inflicts lustful desire to one target. It cannot be cured by conventional means.
  • Distorted Avarice: A holy spell that inflict hunger to one target.
  • Distorted Vanity: A holy spell that inflicts weakness to all affinities to one target. It cannot be cured by conventional means.
  • Distorted Envy: A holy spell that inflicts jealousy to one target. A jealous unit could attack an ally for assisting another ally. It cannot be cured by conventional means.
  • Distorted Gluttony: A holy spell that inflicts a special type of curse to one target which doubles the "cost" of using skills and spells.
  • Distorted Wrath: A holy spell that inflicts rage to one target. It cannot be cured by conventional means.
  • Distorted Pride: A holy power that allows the user to enter a type of counter mode for some time.
    • Divine Punishment: If hit while in that counter mode, the user does a counterattack that drains the reserve magic in a target's system.
  • Arrow of Light: Yaldabaoth fires a arrow of light from the heavens to hit his opponent.
  • Difraction Arrow: Yaldabaoth fires a arrow from the light that will inflict temporary amnesia to anyone it hits.
  • Light Edge: A powerful light attack that hits everyone in front of the caster.
  • Eternal Light: A colossal spell of light that hits all but requires to charge to use.
  • Manifest Gun: He can summon the Gun of Execution.
  • Manifest Bell: He can summon the Bell of Declaration.
  • Manifest Sword: He can summon the Sword of Conviction.
  • Manifest Book: He can summon the Book of Commandments.
  • Dekaja: A spell that negates all positive effects of his foes.
  • Dekunda: A spell that negate all negative effects on himself and his allies.
  • Capital Punishment: A solo attack that requires the Gun of Execution.
  • Shoot Up: A Triple-target ranged attack that requires the Gun of Execution.
  • Gospel: A solo attack that requires the Bell of Declaration.
  • Frail Law: A spell that requires the Bell of Declaration. It lowers the durability of his foes.
  • Tough Law: A spell that requires the Bell of Declaration. It increases the durability for Yaldabaoth and his allies.
  • Sword of Judgement: A short ranged attack that requires the Sword of Conviction which hits all foes
  • Wind Cutter: A solo attack that requires the Sword of Conviction.
  • Wrath of God: A solo holy spell that requires the Book of Commandments.

Equipment

While Yaldabaoth rarely uses any equipment, he still possess a couple in his armored angel form. These four are apart of that form and can be summoned at will.

  • Gun of Execution
  • Bell of Declaration
  • Sword of Conviction
  • Book of Commandments

History

Origins

Yaldabaoth was the first child of the Aeon Sophia. Sophia came across a lone spark that dwelled within the waters of chaos, lifelessly attempting to breach its surface but to no avail. In truth, it was a piece of God that existence during the clash between the three titans.

Sophia took the spark and wrapped the petals from where she blossomed around it. However, even with the Tree of Life's power, she sensed that it could not develop properly and sought a solution for this dilemma. She bathed the petal wrappings in the waters of chaos, mixed it with the flames of life, then planted it in the Pleroma gardens, resulting in the birth of none other than Yaldabaoth himself. As benevolent as her actions may seem, it caused instability to the Pleroma. The reason why Sophia even resorted to such a course of action is because she desired to create something apart from the divine totality, without the receipt of divine ascent.

In this act of separate creation, she gave birth to the monstrous Demiurge and, being ashamed of her deed, wrapped him in a cloud and created a throne for him within it. The Demiurge, isolated, did not behold his mother, nor anyone else, and concluded that only he existed, ignorant of the superior levels of reality. With this mind, he created the physical realm along with his own Heaven with his Archons to serve his every whim. Yaldabaoth, having received a portion of power from his mother, sets about a work of creation in unconscious imitation of the superior Pleromatic realm. He is blind to all that is spiritual, but he is king over the other two provinces.

Thus Sophia's power becomes enclosed within the material forms of humanity, themselves entrapped within the material universe: the goal of Gnostic movements was typically the awakening of this spark, which permitted a return by the subject to the superior, non-material realities which were its primal source.

Dead Zone

Yaldabaoth was so filled with envy that even he tries to limit man's knowledge by forbidding him the fruit of knowledge in Heaven. At the consummation of all things all light will return to the Pleroma. But when God knew of this, he cast his "dark half" into the Dead Zone, where the Demiurge spends the rest of its days in a lake of boiling pitch, forever slithering through the black sludge as it greedily devours the contents within that represents the very things that it desired to have and make but never had the opportunity to do so.

Through centuries of being imprisoned and alone within the hellish prison created of the Dead Zone, Yaldabaoth's mind and sanity deteriorated with every passing point in time. And soon, it came to the point where it devoured one of the planets that resided in the Dead Zone of the universe. Because of his deranged mind, he would actively reach out and corrupt the mind of anyone who is dumb enough to pray to him, slowly twisting their desire, turning even the most honorable of heroes into the most degenerate of villains

Upon experiencing the taste of creation, the Demiurge came to a conclusion: that if would be denied its right to create, then it would only have to destroy. The Demiurge began its quest by literally devouring any and all type of matter, or to it, anything that had God's power lingering from it. Having deciding that it would instead take away God's creation just as He did with it.

The Demiurge, literally, became a virus upon creation itself. A scourge that traverses across the cosmos, and willing to devour any and all form of life. It is said that once the Demiurge plows through and escapes the Dead Zone, it will tear its way through galaxies that are brimming with life until it reaches God's most precious creation of all: Earth.

Myths and Legends

An imperfect god of Gnosticism who created the material world.
According to Gnostics of the Roman Empire, the Demiurge proclaims himself as God; when Adam and Eve gain "knowledge," he cast them out in anger. The Demiurge wishes for the souls of humans to be trapped in the material world forever.
The Demonic Compendium.

The name “Demiurge” is typically associated with concepts like implementing, manifesting, building, translating, projecting, shaping, and perpetuating. The term implies a demigod with a blind urge to bring the unmanifest into manifestation. The meaning behind the name itself is also associated with the nature of Yaldabaoth, in where the Demiurge is willing to create many things that God would not and for the right reasons. Basically, Yaldabaoth is determined to prove itself as the superior god by creating creatures, worlds, and beings that are not meant to be created and have no place in the current physical universe. This in turn would upset the "Wheel of Balance".

The Demiurge is the antagonistic figure of Gnosticism, a false, Imperfect and Malevolent God responsible for the Creation of the Material World, the Demiurge was birthed by Sophia, the lowest of the Aeons who dwelled in the Divine Sphere of the Pleroma, who desired to created something outside of the Divine Totality, but could only form a monstrosity of Imperfections, an abortion full of Pride and Malevolence; Disgusted by what she had created, Sophia wrapped her twisted Creation in a cloud and left it alone in the Abyss

Ignorant of the Transcendent Spheres above Himself, and of the very existence of his Mother, The Leonine Serpent that was the Demiurge judged himself as the True and Only God, who stood above all others and existed unparalleled. And in a pale subconscious imitation of the Divine World above, the Demiurge shaped the Heavens and the Earth, creating his servants, the Archons, and the Material World, a place which reflected the nature of its Creator: A world with an alluring and imposing external appearance, but full of flaws and imperfections which would only allow for suffering.

The concept of a Demiurge is that it is an artisan figure responsible for the fashioning and maintenance of the physical universe, but not the true creator deity. Though it is commonly depicted as willfully ignorant of the spiritual universe, the Demiurge itself and the material it uses to create and fashion the universe are considered uncreated and eternal or copies of the product of another being, depending on the system. In some of these systems, it and the rest of the material universe will be sent to Hell, where it will become the judge and torturer of the damned.

Quotes

Now the archon (ruler) who is weak has three names. The first name is Yaltabaoth, the second is Saklas (“fool”), and the third is Samael. And he is impious in his arrogance which is in him. For he said, 'I am God and there is no other God beside me,' for he is ignorant of his strength, the place from which he had come.
As long as you are children of man, you will remain prisoner... both in body and spirit...
Give up, be silent and... be cursed.
Yaldabaoth.
I am the Demiurge. I am that which slithers into the darkest abyss. I am he who was born of true light and darkness. I am that of which the heathen gods tremble at the mere mention of my name. I am the Shadow of God. His dark self. But unlike Him...I am not merciful.
Yaldabaoth
The freedom not to choose...
The freedom not to think...
If everyone pushed the burdens of their lives upon others, nobody would have to think for themselves.
And who should be there to receive those burdens?
Yaldabaoth as the False Holy Grail.
The foolish masses merely spread indolent thoughts and force the progress of society backward. If left to humanity, the world would slowly meet its demise. Rehabilitation is impossible now.
Yaldabaoth.
Rebels who dare defy my rule... You shall perish.
Yaladabaoth to some Fallen Angels
Imbecile...
Yaldabaoth.
I release upon you the deadly sin of lust. You have no means of escape, humans. The insanity of mankind shall bring forth the demise...
Yaldabaoth to a hunter.
I release upon you the deadly sin of lust/vanity/gluttony/wrath/greed/envy/pride. You have no means of escape, humans. The insanity/fraudulence/selfishness/passion/fixation/resentment/ingratitude of mankind shall bring forth ruin...
Yaldabaoth before using a distorted sin attack.
The abyss of the unconscious yearns for ultimate ruin... You have no means of escape, humans. Punishment shall strike you all... As you pass through the gates of destruction...
Yaldabaoth.
The administrator must guide mankind toward proper development...
And now that the foolishness of mankind has been proven, it is the administrator's duty to purge them.
Yaldabaoth.
The game isn't over yet. Whether the human world is left as is, or destroyed and rebuilt, it is all sport to me.
Yaladabaoth to Arthur.
If this is how you mortals celebrate such festivities... then I suppose it's only fair that I should participate in this festival.
Yaldabaoth.
Call it a god all you want, this... thing is nothing but a fraud. An abomination. I'd rather return to Heaven and grovel before Father and beg him for forgiveness than to accept him as my god
Belphegor
... Is this just me or is this guy look like he step straight out of Megami Tensei?
Diana Black.
I'D RATHER BURN THIS ENTIRE PLANET THAN PASSING ANOTHER MINUTE BETWEEN THESE ANIMALS!
Yaldabaoth about the humans to Sabaoth.
Norea
Who are you? Why do you destroy our cities, burn our villages and break our continents? What is the reason behind you wanting so much to cause us suffering? Say, I demand!
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Yaldabaoth
I am Yaldabaoth, the devouring God, foolish and blind! I am chaos and destruction, I bring plague and disorder.
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Norea
That's not what I asked you! Tell me why you do us so much harm!
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Yaldabaoth
Well then, I'll tell you.
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Norea
Huh?
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God through Yaldabaoth
I am God, my little one. I am the creator. I create to then destroy. And from destruction and chaos, I create creation and order. I am Good and Evil, I form light and darkness. With these hands I create, and with these other hands, that is, Yaldabaoth, I destroy.
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Trivia

  • As Pronoia, he takes a more feminine form.
  • He has an unknown connection with the prophets Moses, Joshua, Amos, Habakkuk.
  • Yaldabaoth is the only avatar of God that He didn't manually create as the core that would become him was actually a rogue "piece" of God that was blasted off by Khaos and then was found by Sophia.
  • He was also known by different Gnostic teachings as Adam Kadmon, Satanael, Choronzon, Samael, Saklas, "Fool" or "Son of Chaos." He is said to have been the devil, but some sects consider them to be two completely different entities.
  • When Yaldabaoth first came to Earth, he was defeated by Satanael who had blast off a piece of him which became the Holy Grail of Arthurian Legend.
  • In some gnostic stories it is implied that Yaldabaoth is Chaos.
  • Yaldabaoth is so cruel and evil, that he once burned a city with Buddhists, Jews, Hindus and Christians, in it when they asked Him to let them be.
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