Yelaadimshelor (ye-lah-Deem-shel-LOH): Children of light. Yelaadim (ye-Lah-deem) or Mimaal (mi-Mahl), from above, in short. Offsprings of Addānu the Sky Father's Ạlus (Ay-loo). Ạlu/Ạlat is a class of sub-dieties, the vassals/subordinates to Ilus and Ilats. They vaguely resemble Angels
Their Eme-lyl name is Ilidânu (ilidu+anu) (ili-Dah-noo), children of heaven/sky or Zizdu (ziz-Doo), lost ones.
Plural: Yelaadim; Singular: Yeled (male), Yaldah (female)
Addānu the Sky Father's avater, a winged white lion. Yelaadim wear a golden winged lion head across their chests. Their colours are white, sky blue and gold.
Dark skin, hair colours can be white, silver, pale blond or light blue. No specific eye colours. The higher ones have two wing-shaped marks on their back or shoulders, while lesser Yelaadim have only one mark, on either side of their back or shoulder, Yeled on the left, Yaldah on the right.
Life span: shorter than the other Nephilians, 500 years the maximum.
During the age of myth, Yelaadim were very minor and much forgotten. There is no doubt divine blood in them, but they were weak to begin with, scattered and not aware of their power and protentials.
At that time, the rulers of Twilight were the Children of Night. In their defence, the Children of Day were very unfairly treated. They were looked down upon due to their lack of powers, and were taken from their homes and used as slave labours and servants. It was their faith of Addānu the Sky Father that b.rought them together and then they discovered their source of power, faith.
When Zoroastrianism introduced dualism, the Yelaadim were made aware of their affinity with day and light, they must represent the right and good, and in contrary, the Children of Night must be dark and evil, and in the end, light will prevail. So when the Old Ones were busying with fighting themselves, the Children of Light secretly built up their own strength. When the Queens' War b.roke out and the Old Ones nearly diminished to nothing, the Children of Light quickly took action.
Quick as lighting, they stroke the Witches's Sisterhood, which was at the time second most poweful faction. The Yelaadim would not be enslaved again, instead they intend to rule. Having been lived and worked with mortal men, Yelaadim knew the power and strength of human beings, a power that was oftentimes overlooked by the other divine children. True that humans have no power, they cannot cast fire or lightning, nor can they summon wind or rain, but by their wit and hands, humans bend elements to their own benefit, and their numbers are many, short-lived, but many. Yelaadim understand that he whoever wins over Men wins over the future, and Men are so easily swayed by two Fs, Faith and Fear.
The drought, it's the witches’s doing, the locusts, it’s the witches’s doing. The witches turned your milk sour and made your cattles sick, it's the witches's doing, or the sorcerers with golden-eyes, or the bad Faes. Let's be honest humans can be self-centred and selfish, those they can benefit from must be good, and those cause damage, must be bad.
Yelaadim want humans to relay on them and fear and hate their enemies. No doubt that 'b.rilliant' idea came from Iretmose, the serpent-eyed. They want the same thing, but different end. Yelaadim want humans for themselves. Mankind makes great labours, they exploit the elements of earth, most of all humans's souls, the Grey Mothes from the dark corners of the universe, contain a powerful mystic essence. Men themselves cannot use and are unaware of this power, they are more like a vessel to this mystic essence. But those with divine blood can utilize this power (that's why Nephilians don't mind making contracts with humans at all, through a contract a Nephilian can 'borrow' power from a man's soul).
The Serpent People care little about human beings, they are counting on Yelaadim to eliminate the variety of this world, so as agreed by the primordial law, one that reaches one end, must go down the other. So they may summon their chaotic god Aapep to this world (yes Lovecraftian).
As there is a cause, there is a consequence. Yelaadim's purge killed off the Alu Sages, this enraged the Old Gods. Though they do not interfere with the affaires of mortal realm, this crime of their children cannot go unpunished. The Yelaadim were stripped off their access to the Twilight Realm, and their lifespan were taken half.
Due to their prosecution on the witches, a part of Sylvana Witches decided to release a plague to avenge their fallen sisters. This set off another wave of witch hunt organised by Men themselves, the Yelaadim tasted their own bitter fruit, and suffered great loss.
(A hidden reason behind this whole event. Alu Sages were said to have created the elixir of immortality. Yelaadim wanted the elixir, so they targeted the Sages. The Old Gods do not want to share the secret of immorality, so they kinda allowed the Alu Sages to be killed off. The Lylthians are kinda immortal, so there was a war to weep the majority of them, well there were not many of them to begin with. See what's happening here? That's some fridge horror...)
Yelaadim's power relay solely on their faith (not in particular deities rather their self-righteous). They must believe what they do is right. If a Yeled/Yaldah loses his/her faith, s/he loses a great amount of his/her power. (but sometimes you just cannot wake up those who prend to be asleep).
Enhanced strength, speed, senses and healing abilities
Highly trained fighting skills
Enochian magic: Yelaadim channel their faith and manifest wings (only those with two wing marks can do that), their own weapons and even summon lesser celestial beings (only works in ancient times, when gods and men still lived side by side, nowadays the old gods no long interfere with mortal affairs, but Yelaadim can still manifest their functional images through their will power)
Sealing contract with humans
Yelaadim worship Addānu the Sky Father and his Ạlus/Ạlats. They do not believe in reincarnation, rather they believe they will go to the Sky Father, and be honoured as holy paladins in his Hall of Heroes. Die in battle is an honour, and they will cremate their fallen comrades.
System and Hierarchy:
Yelaadim is united firmly in a patriach b.rotherhood, the Order of Integrity.They are clerics as well as warriors. Their elite warriors are called the Paladin of Ayre. The Paladins defend their order and the Sedeses. In older times Yelaadim took in witches's sons and with lesser Yelaadim, they made up of the Zelldaca Squad, they do the dirty works for the higher ones. The Squad is the precursor of the Guild of Rosenschwert.
The core members and decision-making mechanism is the Council of Sedes:
Altus Sedes (Always veiled, never show his face nor speak in public)
Sedes: The Voice (speaker of The Altus Sedes, some say he is the actual leader)
The Sword (leader of the Paladins)
The Book (secretary and lore keeper)
The Scepter (Father Supreme, treasurer)
The Grail (Mother Supreme, draper)
The Cloak (answers directly to The Altus Sedes, dealer of their dirty work)
Grand Elder/Grand General
Normally the only female member of the Council is the Grail Sedes, Yaldahs are not allowed to hold high positions, but the current Sword Sedes Izefal (she is sister to Grand Magistrix Izabel of the Guild of Rosenschwert) is a Yaldah. Yaldahs are expected to be obedient, if of the same ranking a Yeled holds more authority than a Yaldah. Also Yaldahs are generally required to have their hair covered, at least in their Sanctums (holy shrine). Yeleds wear hoods as well.
Yelaadim generally lead a restricted and highly disciplined life. There's not much individual freedom. The younger generation these days are mostly displeased by this, there's quite a voice questioning their old ways. Thus the older ones in charge have a hard time keeping things as they used to be. However, Yelaadim have a natural sense of superiority, they still don't consider humans their equal (to be honest that's pretty common among the Nephilians and Faes, just a matter of degree).