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TUREL

El knew the Gerash family of nephilim on Gorpai remained faithful to Belial, but Belial had changed the original human stock to produce the nephilim and it was not known if the older type of human beings would prove to be so obedient.

Belial said: Family Gerash remains faithful to me because I speak to them directly from time to time. Yet if I were to turn away from them for only a short span, they would soon dwindle in unbelief.

So El said: Then this shall be the manner by which the humans of Earth are tested. Release three nephilim servants to be instructed by myself, and these servants in turn will bring my commandments to the humans while I remain aloof from them.

Belial said it would be a good test and did as El requested.

In the second Great Deluge none of the water was transferred to Earth by tunnel, and the impacting comet added much water to Gorpai. When the habitable zone thawed again it was only three hundred miles wide, and the northern and southern ice sheets formed three bridges of ice across the equatorial zone rather than a single bridge. A full generation of nephilim lived trapped in the ice in arks or in caves, feeding on stored provisions. When the thaw came Gorpai had been greatly changed. The ocean was divided into three smaller seas, fed by three shorter rivers through three separate lands along the equator, walled by miles of ice cliffs on every side.

The ones who survived among family Antero and family Bellon settled in one land, while the remnants of family Sala and family Larund settled a second land. Family Gerash, which was undiminished by the catastrophe, came out of their cities of ice and settled the third land, but there were also Gerash colonies in the other two lands. All three families maintained supplies and caves in the ice against the next large impact. After two world-floods the remaining people of Gorpai had a renewed respect for the divine oracles of Belial.

On Earth the religion of the Egyptians was transformed somewhat. The tunnel endpoint was moved from the temples of the Nile delta to Lake Tana, in Ethiopia, near the source of the Blue Nile river. El sharply curtailed her interaction with the priests there. In the absence of a constant, firm hand of guidance, false Egyptian deities multiplied, although a vestige of sun worship remained with their devotion to Ra. Reward for faithfulness was doled out solely through the amount of water that was transferred from Gorpai to Lake Tana. Disobedience resulted in the transfer of water from Lake Tana back to Gorpai. This directly affected the crops in Egypt. If the Nile did not inundate the fields along its banks before planting, there would be famine, because it never rained.

El enlisted the aid of three nephilim agents selected by Belial. One was a full-grown yang named Turel, which means The Rock of God. Turel stood a full cubit again over the stature of a tall man of Earth. He had a mane of long gray hair and a gray beard with roots covering much of his face. And Turel carried a golden weapon fashioned by Binah himself, the likes of which had never been seen on Earth.

Accompanying Turel were a pair of young teen-aged boys, which among the nephilim were called dirks. They were less than four cubits tall and had no facial hair, so they could pass as adult human men. One of the dirks was named Zophiel, which means God's Spy and the other was named Kemuel, which means Helper of God.

They emerged from the mouth of the tunnel under the surface of Lake Tana with all their supplies packaged in a way to keep them dry. After pulling these goods through the tunnel like a string of beads the nephilim decanted them on the shore of the lake and stored them aboard their raft. Among their supplies was a quantity of gold for the nephilim to trade for other things they needed.

From the mouth of the lake it was thirty miles to the Blue Nile falls, which were sufficiently high to force the nephilim to make portage around them by lowering the raft with ropes. After that, they ran the class IV and V rapids of the upper Blue Nile gorge, which men have always called unrunnable.

After that, Turel and his servants Zophiel and Kemuel sat in the raft and drifted through deserts with no water except the river they floated on. They passed hippos and human onlookers who dared not approach. At length they floated into the place where the Blue Nile merged with the White Nile to become the Nile river proper. It was much warmer here than on icy Gorpai, and it took many days for the traveling nephilim to become acclimated to the heat.

In a town on the lower Nile delta they traded their raft for camels and supplies to make an overland journey. Their destination was the land of Chaldea in the marshy lands far to the east were the Euphrates and Tigris rivers joined together before flowing to the sea. The people there still spoke of the tongue of ancient Shinar, spoken by all of the nephilim on Gorpai, but few in Egypt still understood it.

Rather than taking a direct path across the Arabian desert, Turel journeyed north-east through the fields and cities of the Fertile Crescent until he reached the place where the Damascus road forked with the road to Nineveh. This was the town of Harran, which today is in southern Turkey near the border with Syria.

In the marketplace the nephilim encountered a Chaldean who had grown disgusted with the variety of religious practices in his home city of Ur. The man's name was Abram, and he was in a loud argument with his father Terah. By overhearing their argument, Turel learned much about these two men.

Abram, it seemed was a successful sheep and cattle rancher who lived a nomadic life on the rangelands around Harran, while his father lived in the town itself and ran this shop selling items associated with worship. Terah sold carved idols for dozens of different gods which Abram complained were meaningless to him.

Abram said to Terah, "Father, you cut down cedars and oaks which the Creator planted and sent the rain to grow. You grow cold, so with part of your wood you make a fire to warm yourself and bake bread, and from the other part you make a god, then fall down before it and say, 'Rescue me from this weather, for you are my god.' And it never crosses your mind that this deaf and mute block of wood you carved with your own hands is a complete fraud!"

Turel was interested in this exchange, so he entered the shop and began to inspect the rack of idols on display. The angry words of father and son dwindled to silence, because Turel was a tall and striking figure, and there was an otherworldliness about him that went far beyond mere stranger.

After he had made a complete tour of the idolatry shop, Turel commanded his dirk assistants to begin unpacking their gold on the edge of the shop facing the street, as though he were preparing to buy out Terah's entire stock. As Turel anticipated, this soon drew the attention of five armed robbers who approached with swords drawn. They demanded the gold be handed over to them.

At this time the weapon fashioned by Binah, which would later be called the Golden Gift, made its first appearance in human history. The Golden Gift was the size and shape of any normal sword hilt. But when it was squeezed firmly in Turel's full-grown nephilim hands, which were half again the size of a man's hands, a hissing purple shaft emerged from it about the thickness of a spear. The harder Turel squeezed, the longer the purple beam grew, and whatever it touched simply disappeared. Indeed, the reason it made a loud hiss was that air disappeared into it all along the length of the beam.

One of the thieves Turel judged to be the leader was cut into two equal pieces starting from the top of his head. Another thief was decapitated. This was sufficient to convince the other three robbers to flee. It was not Turel's purpose to kill them, only to establish his credentials with Abram and Terah.

Abram came before the three nephilim and sank to his knees. Zophiel said to him, "Abram, son of Terah, go forth from your father's house and from your kinfolk to the land of Canaan."

Then Kemuel said also, "There I will make of you a nation, and bless you, and your name will be great among men."

And Turel added, "I will bless those who bless you, and curse those who curse you, and all the Earth shall find blessing in you. These are the words of El the Most High God, Lord of Heaven and Earth. What say you to these things, Abram of Harran?"

And Abram lifted his eyes to him and said, firmly, "No."

It took Turel a moment to register what Abram said. Then Turel asked, "What do you mean, 'no'?”

Abram rose to his feet then and walked over to his father, where he took him gently by the arms. He said, "My father is crippled. He does not earn enough at his livelihood to support himself. We do not always agree, but as I love my life, I can never turn aside from my own father for all the days he is a wayfarer in this world." Then Abram fulfilled the true purpose of his visit, and delivered to his father two living lambs from his own flocks, one to kill and eat, and the other to sell for a little money to buy the things he needed until the next time Abram came in from the open range and visited him.

Turel understood. He had his dirks re-stow the gold and they quietly left the shop, careful not to tread on the fortress of human dignity that Abram had asserted with his refusal.

The nephilim quickly departed Harran and took the left-hand fork to Nineveh, and thence by stages to Sumeria, even to the largest city in the world, Ur, at the mouth of the Euphrates, with a population of nearly seventy thousand souls. But in all their travels on Earth the nephilim never met anyone like Abram.

In a few years Terah died, and after burying his father Abraham did migrate with his herds and dependents to Canaan. So he fulfilled the commandment of El after all, but in his own good time.

One time it was hot and Abraham was taking a nap in his tent. He stirred awake and saw Turel with his two servants standing outside. Abraham ran outside, bowed to the ground, and begged them to stay long enough for him to bring refreshments. Then he told Sarah to quickly make three cakes while he went out and fetched a calf for his own servant to broil to be served with the cakes, with some butter and milk.

As Abraham stood there and watched them eat, Turel told Abraham that the next time he came around, Sarah would have a son. It was a promise from El. Sarah giggled because this stretched credulity (she was on the verge of menopause), but Abraham believed El and held his tongue.

Then Turel and his two companions started walking towards Sodom and Gomorrah, so Abraham when along with them. Turel was troubled, because he was investigating whether or not El should destroy Sodom and Gomorrah, and he debated with himself whether he should hide this thing from Abraham, because it might come across to the man as an injustice. Finally Turel told Abraham what he intended to do if the allegations turned out to be true. The nephilim agent Melchizedek had made the initial report, but El would not move until Turel made confirmation.

Abraham drew near and asked Turel, "Will you sweep away the innocent with the guilty?" He was thinking of his nephew Lot and his kin, who lived in Sodom.

What followed then was an astonishing episode of negotiation, where Abraham danced right up to the edge of Turel's tolerance. At the end of the bargaining, Turel agreed that if he could find just ten righteous men in Sodom, he would spare that city, and also Gomorrah, on their account.

Zophiel and Kemuel were sent to Sodom to make their investigation, while Turel took Abraham with him and paid a visit to Gomorrah. No account of what Turel and Abraham saw in that town survives in any writing of the Patriarchy, and with good reason. Melchizedek's report was true.

The psychology of the two towns had been warped somehow by the trauma of being sacked a number of years earlier. They had divided along male and female lines, and the girls all went to Gomorrah. It was guarded by a kind of proto-Amazon army comprised entirely of women who guarded the walls so fiercely that Turel and Abraham could not even approach without drawing fire from sling or bow. But they could stand close enough to see some of the women embracing each other.

The merest rumor that such things were possible could not exist in a patriarchal society. Gomorrah simply could not be permitted to be.

Turel said to Abraham, "Homosexuality by itself does not offend El, you must understand. But these two cities have embarked on a dead-end road, my friend."

Abraham said, "I do see it. Only the women can breed, and here they can breed only with the men who are weak enough to be captured by them."

Turel was proud that Abraham had reasoned it out. "This is an offense against the natural law, my friend. But I will do what I can to save your kinsman Lot and all that are his."

Zophiel and Kemuel were intercepted by Lot at Sodom's gate, and he escorted them through the streets to his house where he ministered to them in much the same way Abraham had ministered to them and Turel. They were willing to stay out in the street all night, but Lot insisted, and they agreed to accept his hospitality.

This hospitality was soon contrasted with the contempt demonstrated by the residents of the city, all of them male, who crowded around Lot's house and wanted nothing more than to rape the two nephilim, who were specimens of astonishing male beauty.

Lot was horrified. So important to him was his oath of hospitality that he was even willing to offer his own daughters to quench the crowd's sexual fire, so long as they put all thought of molesting these two visitors far from their mind. He even told the crowd his daughters were virgins, even though in reality they were both married. The members of the crowd knew this, and the lie and the defiance only infuriated them even more.

They threatened to treat him worse than they wanted to treat his guests. But the nephilim pulled Lot back into the house and used an optical grenade provided by Binah to flood the area with a burst of light so intense that everyone in the crowd was rendered blind.

Zophiel and Kemuel had seen quite enough. El's judgment was well-founded. They told Lot to gather his kin and all his goods and get out of the city, because it was to be destroyed. Lot tried to convince his son-in-laws, the husbands of his two daughters, to leave with him, but they thought he was crazy.

Time grew short. The nephilim accompanied Lot, his wife, and their daughters on a walk far from the city so they would be outside the danger zone. Kemuel told them to keep heading for the mountains. "Whatever you do, don't look back!"

Since the elohim are suns, it was not difficult for El to intrude a small piece of sun-stuff under the foundations of Sodom and Gomorrah using the tunnel that was usually anchored under Lake Tana. The tunnel endpoint was temporarily relocated to the Salt Sea area, and a small burst of sun fire was sufficient to overthrow the two cities and melt the rock all around them. The light, however, would have been intense enough to blind anyone looking at it, hence the warning of Kemuel not to look back.

After he learned that Lot was safe, Abraham went again to the Sinai desert, where he did the whole Sarah-is-really-my-sister thing just like he did like the first time he went to Egypt, because he was afraid someone would try to kill him and take Sarah to wife. But instead of Pharaoh, this time Abimelech king of Gerar took Sarah into his household.

Soon afterward, Turel came to him and said, "King, you're a dead man, because Sarah is another man's wife." And King Abimelech said, "Lord be merciful, that old man Abraham the Immigrant said she was just his sister, and she went along with it. I'm innocent! Besides, she's fifty years old if she's a day." And the king restored Abraham's wife to him.

Exactly nine months after sleeping in the house of Abilemech, Sarah gave birth to Isaac.

In the name of Abraham, Turel purchased land in Hebron containing a cave, a field, and trees, and this was where he laid the bones of Abraham and Sarah when their time on Earth had come to an end. In the following years, Abraham's son Isaac and wife Rebecca would be laid in the tomb of the Patriarchs, as well as his grandson Jacob and his wife Leah. This is the second holiest site in Judaism after the Temple Mount. Muslims revere the site as well, and share joint custody. Abraham was, after all, the exalted forefather of the Arabs too, through his son Ishmael.

After the death of Abraham and Sarah, the nephilim called Turel journeyed once more to Mesopotamia, the land of Abraham's own people. By chance he ended up at the very house of Abraham's original clan, and saw there Bethuel, son of Milcah the wife of Nahor, who was Abraham's brother. That meant Rebbecca was Abraham's great niece, and therefore Isaac's first cousin once-removed. Turel told her father of his mission, and showered the family with many lavish gifts from the estate of Abraham.

Then Bethuel called Rebbecca and asked, "Will you go with this man?"

And she said, "I will go."

By this acceptance, Rebbecca took her place in the great story set in motion when El inserted herself into human history and first commanded Abraham to go to the land of Canaan.

Yet Rebbecca did not make her decision on the basis of Isaac's character, which remained unknown to her, but on the basis of how Turel represented himself to her and her family: courteous, humble, and devout. The gold and jewels were obligatory, but Rebbecca decided to go on a hunch. This servant Turel (as she thought him to be) was a good man. And the master of that man must be a good man as well, she reasoned.

When Turel brought Rebbecca to Beersheba, Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent, and took her as his wife, and he loved her. Thus was Isaac comforted after his mother's death. Turel, in a sense, had provided Isaac with a replacement mother to love. Rebbecca sensed this and felt a twinge of regret, but she had assented to the marriage. She was committed.

Then Turel knew his service on Earth was completed, and he returned to Gorpai, where in recompense for his long service he was elevated by the Patriarch Kirodiel Gerash to king of the city of Aramel. But his loyalty had been attached for many years to El rather than Belial, and when the prophetess Ariel began to preach throughout the Middle Lands, he sided with her: Turel, along with the people of his city and the lands all around.

After that, Belial refused to send more nephilim as buffers for El to have dealings with his people.

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