Before the Apocalypse the arch devil Asmodeus had attempted a coup to overthrow Lucifer for the title of Satan. When he failed Lucifer captured his forces and chief generals. Realizing Asmodeus was too much of a threat to both Heaven and Hell Michael agreed to imprison the arch devil and his generals in the Abyss, a fate awaiting Lucifer.
Thousands of years later, near the conclusion of the Apocalypse, Michael had captured Lucifer's forces and it appeared Heaven had won the war. But Asmodeus had prepared for this eventuality and when the great seal of the Abyss was broken the arch devil and his generals escaped. During this chaotic incursion Michael lost control of Lucifer, who likewise escaped and made one final attempt on Heaven. Although Lucifer's last stand failed and resulted in his soul's demise he did succeed in destroying Heaven, with only a few arch angels surviving.
Without Heaven's guidance Michael and the arch angels were lost in a state of confusion. Many feared God would return and punish them for their failure, while others believed God had simply abandoned them. Michael feared the situation was even more grim.
After the War of the Giants a primary role of the Angel of Death was to vanquish non-terrestrial beings from Earth. Death's alignment has remained neutral and never opinionated toward Heaven or Hell. Whether a non-terrestrial being is of Heaven or Hell is not relevant. Michael knew sooner or later Death would come for them and a plan was made to imprison him and thus save their lives, for the Apocalypse had destroyed both Heaven and Hell. Demon and Angel alike were exiled to Earth.
As for Asmodeus and his generals the arch devil played it wise. To avoid Death he had gone into hiding, a fact Michael used in his plan to lure Samael into his trap.
Convincing the Angel of Death that Asmodeus and his generals had taken refuge within the confines of an ancient cathedral Michael sprung his trap. On holy ground Samael had no powers of Death and could only fight for his life as an angel. Even virtually powerless Samael was still more of a match for the arch angels. And though he was able to defeat them it cost him his own life when Michael enchanted Malach Hamavet to sleep, reading from the Greater Key of Solomon. Bonded in symbiosis with the sword Samael sustained a final blow from Michael and entered an enchanted sleep as Michael himself died at his feet.
While he slept Samael perished from his injuries. To return to the physical world he would need a physical body. Thus the sword of Death waited for Damien Ferro.
|Study by Simeonov, before Eberl.|