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Fledged Ofanite in the year 1145 Anno Domini, Corat was paired with one of a handful of pilgrimage angels. A small brotherhood of Cherubim and Ofanim, these angels accompanied mortal pilgrims on journeys of the spirit, defending them both body and soul on the way. Corat took readily to the mission, eventually distinguishing himself among pilgrimage angels and earning the Master of Motion distinction. He has been to Canterbury, Lourdes, Guadalupe, Jerusalem, and Mecca more times than he can remember. He has also led pilgrims to Plymouth Rock, Lumbini, and Mt. Kailash, maintaining that nonbelievers and pagans are deserving of salvation. Janus, supervisor of the pilgrimage angels, while giving little direction also made no objection to this practice.
In the early 1970's Corat accepted a pilgrimage that no other angel had, to the Shinto war shrine Yasukuni. A Dominican Triad, already used to sniffing around Janus'servitors, followed him there and took exception to the destination. After a brief conversation Corat was hauled to the celestial realm for a trial.
The charges were simple and damning. Yasukuni was an ethereals' shrine, and the pilgrims would be feeding them Essence. (Incidental, said Corat. A small price to save a soul.) It glorified war criminals, suggesting they were no guiltier than their conquerors' judges. It honored women and child soldiers as war heroes. It glorified premeditated suicide as a war tactic. It held that in any war or argument, both were wrong and both were right, a nearly complete moral relativism. Corat denied none of this, without shame. What hurt was that he was forced to give up his confidences, the hundred little things told to him by the pilgrims, the opinions he held that he knew were unorthodox, an appreciation of the virtues of unrepentant pagans. Yet still the Triad was hung, one Seraph for, the Cherub against, the third a Seraph of the Sword undecided.
Michael the Archangel intervened for his own reasons, sending an emissary to speak to the undecided Seraph. Rather than having the desired effect, the Seraph took exception to an outside party attempting to influence a Triad and voted guilty. Corat lost his highest Distinction, some ethereal Forces, and was taken off pilgrimages until further notice, effectively denying him the Word so nearly in his grasp. He was devastated.
Janus imposed on Michael to fix what he had broken, and Michael assigned Corat to train with the Corps. While their purely martial mission was at odds with his nature, the constant discipline distracted him from his pain and strengthened his soul. Kyle, the Cherub he trained with, became a dear friend and Ulysses their commanding officer became a father figure. It was unlikely that Corat would legitimately earn a spot on the Corps, so rather than see him fail Michael pulled him out early. After a brief and recreational mission touring with the Grateful Dead fans, Corat was tapped for a new task.
Frustrated with the progress of the War under Laurence's clean hands, Michael tapped Corat to work a secret project aimed at tipping the balance. He would recruit from among humans the wiliest of soldiers, a dozen or so people from among the pagans, atheists, and other folks Laurence deemed unfit. He would find them, evaluate them, adjust for their flaws, and gently persuade them to work for Heaven's cause. Corat knows that Michael will not readily admit the project's existence, meaning he might well sacrifice his existence in the name of angelic harmony if he is discovered.
Knowing that Laurence and Dominic have become curious, however, Michael set up a second project that Corat could pursue in the open: the Mile Higher Club. While Baron Samedi is in fact a concern to the Host, the project allows Michael to support his servitor openly. Laurence is not quite convinced, sending a Seraph to the team. That Seraph is Shenmachel who, while ignorant of his true purpose there, is by nature pure and devoted and will report any irregularities without asking.
Corat maintains a centuries-long friendship with Rina-el, grateful for the comfort and the reprieve from the War and the ability to openly associate with an exotic dancer. Of his recruits he will not admit to a favorite, but he clearly appreciates being able to speak openly to Ryuki. Ryuki discovered his angelic nature on his own, and while he would be offended that he's part of a mission, he's wise enough to know that Corat's interest in him is probably related to the War.
Corat has made friends with Alx Le Dante, a Santa Monica artist without any clear soldier potential. Alx is Corat's tour guide to humanity, teaching him how to better blend in to the modern world. Alx teaches him how to feign interest in women, because as part of his pilgrimage construction he has no erotic urges (to avoid objectifying people.) A bug or a feature, depending on how you look at it. Alx also allows Corat to possess his body from time to time when he needs to be in the air on John Wyatt's day off.
Corat met Jen Breckenridge about three years ago on one of his many flights, and quickly discovered that her son was an Impudite of Dark Humor. Unable to destroy the Imp without throwing Jen into despair, Corat settled into a passive-aggressive battle with the demon Pepito. Eventually he fell into a pattern, taking out his anger at the Triad on the demon while failing to either extract it or destroy it. This inability to break free of their destructive relationship has led to dissonance in Corat, finally bundled into a Discord for claustrophobia.
He has remained friends with Kyle and Ulysses though he sees them rarely. Kyle often teases him that "somewhere out there is a Cherub who can't sit still, because you gave some Ofanite your place in the fledge line."They call him by his boot camp nickname "Teddy Bear" because "He may not be great in a fight, but when he's in the room suddenly everybody feels okay. Still he knows a soldier's rules, that they won't ignore orders on his behalf.
Shenmachel reminds Corat of the Seraph in the Triad, and he's suspicious of him for that reason. He still dislikes Seraphim in general, and servitors of Laurence and Dominic in particular, and suspects Shenmachel is here on behalf of one or both of them. He's not sure, so he's unwilling to confront him.
Zahira's presence comforts him as a representative from Khalid. He's seen Islam's beauty firsthand and appreciates the difference of faith Khalid represents.
The continuous presence of Yves'representatives suggests to him that Destiny may be on to his recruiting mission and intends to participate.
Corat includes on his team whoever comes to him, and trusts the Lord not to send him anyone he can't handle.
He is proficient with a pistol for his role, but his passion and skill are for archery.
Spoiler characters: Corat's "cabinet"--his recruits
Ryuki Watari. The test case--highly controversial, 'second or third' most difficult personality, but significantly best able to defend himself in celestial troubles, as he alone is sure of the existence of celestials. Sorceror with ethereal sympathies.
the Dylan brothers. Frequent flyers, easygoing guys, probably the least difficult personalities. Champion snowboarders. Avid pot smokers.
Marty Lehri. Extraordinary pilot whose skills landed a commercial airliner in a firestorm, giving Wind his tether. Marty is someone who lets nothing--not even the facts of life--get between him and his aspirations.
Kevin. Occasional passenger, more often than note Corat flies to him. More streetwise and almost as smart as Ryuki. Chain smoker. An expert burglar who's feeling a bit old and is trying to get a 'straight' career--Corat introduced him to "Heckle" as a security systems consultant.
Danae. Easily the most difficult personality. Telepath with opinions. Foster child whose "Big Sister" knew the Breckenridge family. Chip on her black shoulder.
"Heckle" and Jensen. Two old men and dear old friends, "Heckle" is an old banker who's discovered microloans, Jensen is a politician who helps clear the legislative way for his endeavors. They walk a fine line between corruption and collaboration.
Chuy. Guerrilla fighter and ecoterrorist, being nudged and molded to towards his more noble aspirations. Somewhat callous about human life.
the Anderson family. Rescue workers and avowed atheists. Corat often accompanies them on Red Cross and other relief missions.
Miley Cyrus (type) Good hearted kid whose father/manager has so far kept them both out of Media's cesspool while still maintaining her career as a pop star.
Three others, undefined. Possibly a defrocked surgeon. Possibly a mathematician/gambling cheat. Possibly...
Early and since 'retired' recruit, Midge Ure type, former pop star turned philanthropist, unabashed atheist.