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Gabriel (ガブリエル, Gaburieru) is one of the four known archangels and has been the leader of the angels ever since the death of Zeus.
Gabriel is a tall and rather elegantly dressed woman with long, flowing, green hair, a long, flowing, snow-white dress on, two long, turqoise-green socks, a pair of snow-white shoes, and a pair of long, large, thick, snow-white wings, and two golden and orange metallic-looking items attached to her back.
In Virgin Soul, Gabriel's appearance has changed noticeably. Her skin is lighter and her hair is longer and turquoise in color. The golden hue that used to surround her is now absent as well as the gold accessories on her dress and wings.
Gabriel is firm in her beliefs that the gods should navigate the course of the world and constantly rejects the idea of letting humans handle important affairs themselves. In contrast, she treats her fellow angels as dear friends and is willing to listen to their opinions.
Gabriel puts the well being of her race as her top priority, and is not above deceiving others into doing what she thinks is best. Her decisions are not always met with approval yet very few dare to question her.
Recent event have caused Gabriel to suffer bouts of depression. She has watched many of her fellow gods die and has been unable to do anything to prevent it. Her sadness does not deter her from her duty and she is still able to confront Bahamut with determination.
Gabriel is informed that the God Key has been stolen. She demands to know who took it and why. Michael enlists Jeanne d'Arc as the one to locate the thief. Once Jeanne succeeds and brings Amira and Amira's friends to the royal castle, the other three archangels pass on an order to the King that Amira must not harmed and must remain inside the royal castle.
The royal castle gets attacked by Azazel and Pazuzu. The two are swiftly dealt with by Jeanne d'Arc. In a discussion with the other archangels, Gabriel deduces that Azazel was simply after Amira and not the one behind Amira's actions nor the one telling her to travel to Helheim. As a result, Gabriel realizes that the culprit is not likely Lucifer but someone else. Gabriel suggests using Amira to their advantage so they may discover who the culprit is. When the seal around Bahamut's body becomes unstable, Gabriel sends the three archangels to assist in containing it.
As Amira closes in on Helheim as well as the Demon Key, Gabriel amasses an army in preparation for Bahamut's revival. Once Bahamut has returned, Gabriel assists the remaining gods, angels and demons in restraining Bahamut and surrounding the dragon with a shield.
By the conclusion of the battle, Gbariel is the only archangel left.
Gabriel discovered the existence of the Holy Child El when El used his power for the first time two years ago. She wishes to obtain him and sends Sofiel to retrieve the child once they sense his presence in the Capital city Anatae. When Gabriel finally meets El, she performs a ceremony and unlocks El's divine powers and restores his ability to speak. She informs him of his purpose of bringing humanity back to worshiping the gods and ending the tyranny of Charioce XVII. Knowing El wants his mother most of all, Gabriel promises him he will have his mother too if he assists the gods.
With El at her side, Gabriel pays Charioce XVII a visit at his coliseum. She requests the return of the artifacts he had stolen from the gods's temples as well as Jeanne d'Arc, El's mother. Charioce XVII insists she must take what she wants by force. The humans present also mock and jeer at Gabriel and Sofiel, who is with her and is forced to defend Gabriel from an attack. Because of this response, Gabriel has no choice but to declare war on Charioce XVII.
Gabriel prepares a massive army and lets El pilot their primary weapon. Gabriel arrives at the battlefield alongside Sofiel and El, who uses his power to disable the green stones empowering the Onyx Task Force. To Gabriel's horror, Charioce XVII unveils the ancient weapon Dromos and prepares to fire it at El. Unfortunately for Gabriel, she is unable to talk El into retreating despite the danger. Dromos is fired and the trio barely survive the destruction of their vessel. Gabriel tries to urge the other gods fighting Charioce XVII's knights into backing away too, but they are convinced they are actually winning and refuse to obey her command. Wounded and on the ground, Gabriel is forced to watch the gods being slayed by Charioce XVII's knights.
Upon her return to Heaven, Gabriel imprisons El as punishment for his recklessness. She also feels his heart is no longer with the gods and when Jeanne d'Arc arrives with Nina Drango, Gabriel allows them to reunite with El in hopes Jeanne could convince El to listen to the gods again. Gabriel's plan fails when El flees from Heaven with Nina, Bacchus and Hamsa. To Gabriel's annoyance, Jeanne demands to retrieve her son herself and ends up tricking Sofiel into tagging along with her. The absence of Sofiel puts Gabriel in a state of depression, during which she isolates herself in her chambers.
Gabriel's mood remains sullen until Jeanne d'Arc and Sofiel both return, only to inform her that El has been murdered. Gabriel is momentarily surprised by this but takes it as an opportunity to enlist Jeanne d'Arc as a warrior of the gods once again. She lets Sofiel grant Jeanne divine powers necessary to fight in the coming war.
When Bahamut returns, Gabriel joins the other gods, demons and fallen angels in trying to defend Anatae from the raging dragon. She orders all forces to focus their energy on defense. She is last seen witnessing Bahamut's "death".
Power & AbilitiesEdit
As leader of the angels, Gabriel most likely possesses extensive knowledge of various forms of magic and is a capable warrior. She is also shown to be a gifted analyst.
- Healing: Gabriel was able to heal El's neck wound and restore his voice. She was also able to restore his wings which had been cut off two years prior.
- Power Unlocking: Gabriel possesses the ability to unlock one's powers as she did with El, whose divine powers had been suppressed by demon blood.
- Shield Formation: Gabriel could create an enormous shield and briefly restrain Bahamut on her own. In Virgin Soul, her ability to form a shield seems to have dwindled significantly.
- Telepathy: By simply placing her hand on Jeanne'd back, Gabriel enabled Jeanne the ability to declare war in a way that everyone on the surface could hear her, including those in Cocytus at the time.
Like all beings, Gabriel possesses a range of weaknesses.
- Dromos: Gabriel was left badly injured with feathers falling out of her wings after taking a near direct hit from Dromos.
- Green Stone: Although never shown, Gabriel is most likely unable to fight anyone or anything powered by the magical green stones, forcing her to rely on El.
- Amira: Gabriel saw Amira as a dangerous entity whose mixed heritage made it possible for her to awaken Bahamut. Gabriel was keen on making sure Amira did not succeed, but she was also eager to know who was behind the plot to awaken Bahamut. Gabriel had hoped it would be the gods who would stop Amira from fulfilling her destiny, though this plan was thawed by Martinet.
- Charioce XVII: Gabriel and Charioce XVII are enemies who do not see eye to eye. Gabriel's unwillingness to give everything Charioce XVII wants led Charioce XVII to steal divine artifacts and slay gods and end all worship of them. Gabriel seeks to end Charioce XVII's tyranny and believes the King is the cause of much instability in the world. She is forced to go to war with him when Charioce XVII refuses to negotiate but the war ends in Charioce XVII's favor thanks to his possession of Dromos. Gabriel nevertheless keeps wanting to turn humanity back towards the gods, until Charioce XVII seemingly defeats Bahamut, an act which apparently causes Gabriel to pardon him of his crimes.
- Jeanne d'Arc: Gabriel did not appear to like Jeanne and regarded her as merely a pawn to further the gods' agenda. Gabriel was likely the one who stripped Jeanne of her god-given powers as punishment for Jeanne's murder of the other archangels. Gabriel did not take an interest in Jeanne again until she discovered the latter had a son, and chose to rely on their mother-son bond to get the pair to do her bidding.
- El／Mugaro: Gabriel saw El as a valuable asset that could help the gods during the war against Charioce XVII. To this end, Gabriel had El hunted down and captured. When they finally met, Gabriel convinced El that he was born to bring peace to the world. She failed to comprehend El's lack of emotional maturity however, and did not predict his subsequent reckless behavior. Gabriel still wished to use him up until his untimely death, after which she proceeded to use his mother's grief as a means to have Jeanne to serve the gods instead.
- Sofiel: Sofiel became Gabriel's personal attendant following the demise of Raphael, Uriel and Michael. Gabriel trusted Sofiel with important tasks and sometimes shared her own thoughts with the to-be-archangel. When Sofiel departed the land of the gods without notice, Gabriel became depressed and isolated herself in chambers until Sofiel eventually returned.
In Lore Edit
In lore, Gabriel is male rather than female, his name meaning "God is my strength". In Judeo-Christian religions, Gabriel is the one that let Mary know she was chosen to be a mother of Messiah, In popular culture, it is said that Gabriel shall blow the trumpet blast that initiates the end of time. (This is most likely taken from the Islamic religion as there is an archangel Israfel, who corresponds with Raphael, not Gabriel, which is said to signal judgment day).
Gabriel is often said to serve as God's divine messenger.
- She appears on the cover of the tenth volume of Shingeki no Bahamut: TWIN HEADS, though she has yet to actually appear in the manga series.
- With the exception of Bacchus and Hamsa, Gabriel is the only god/angel to appear in both Genesis and Virgin Soul.