In the land between the rivers, near the banks of the river Tigris, lies a sleepy village where something dark is stirring. Epheriel, the angel assigned to watch over this village, senses hatred and ill will toward the village hero Jair, though it knows not from whom. Epheriel wants to protect Jair, who is the most beautiful mortal it has ever seen, but is it worth revealing divinity and risking the wrath of Heaven?
This story takes place around 2000 BC, in Bronze Age Mesopotamia, modern day Iraq. I don't think I've ever put this much research into any story before, because even though a lot of artistic license has gone into writing this, I wanted to at least somewhat do the period justice. A lot of themes and plot points in this story are inspired by the Old Testament, angelic lore, apocrypha, and Jewish mysticism (yet again with quite a bit of artistic license), which adds another layer of research. I hope you enjoy the fruits of my labour.