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| The Chief of Heaven|
天界の長 Tenkai no osa
The Chief of Heaven, as seen in the anime.
|Aliases||Oto-sama/Father-sama (by Eve)|
Chief (by inhabitants of Heaven)
My creator (by Verloren)
The Chief of Heaven is a minor protagonist in the 07-Ghost series. He is an omnipotent being, essentially having the role of God in the series, and is the ruler of Heaven.
He has only been seen briefly a few times, but the Chief of Heaven plays an important role in the series. He was the being who created Verloren, his greatest creation which was supposedly perfect. When his daughter, Eve, was found murdered, he accused Verloren of having been the killer. He was the one who ordered Verloren's execution by the Seven Ghosts, whom he created from Verloren's fragments.
The Chief of Heaven has not been fully seen so far, but it has been shown that he looks like a human. In the anime, he has shaggy blonde hair that almost reaches his shoulders, with a full fringe that covers his eyes. In the manga, his hair is an unknown light colour and short. Being a god, his appearance does not show his true age, and he physically appears to be in his twenties or thirties, looking only somewhat older than his daughter.
He has only been seen wearing simple white robes in both the manga and the anime. On page 13 of manga chapter 89, he seems to wear a fur collar, or something resembling a fur collar, around his neck. He does not appear to wear a fur collar in the anime.
PersonalityEditThe Chief of Heaven has only been seen briefly so his personality is largely unknown.
It seems he's more concerned with duty than personal feelings, as even though he took pride in creating Verloren and seemed to have been very satisfied with him, he still did not use his discretion to acquit Verloren when Verloren went against his duties and committed the slaughter of many humans for personal reasons.
However, he is not so focused on his responsibilities that he neglects his daughter or his subordinates. Eve mentions that she liked talking with her father, showing that he made time to talk with her, and the Chief of Heaven was shown to be enraged at finding his daughter murdered.
According to Frau, the Chief of Heaven more than anything hates it when "equilibrium" is destroyed. For example, when a human is granted by a Kor the wish of meeting and touching the dead, the human would start life all over again. The reason for this was to attain flawlessly beautful souls and this has been kept up since ancient times. Humans and even Kors are punished if they overstep the boundaries.
The Chief of Heaven is very benevolent and forgiving. Mikhail mentioned that he’s sure the Chief sympathizes with Raphael’s being brainwashed for ten years. The Chief of Heaven was willing to forgive Landkarte and allow him to ascend to heaven, despite the fact that Landkarte committed various atrocities during his lifetime, such as trying to revive Verloren to usurp his power, manipulating the Pope into sealing Pandora’s box in a young Teito Klein, helping to start the Raggs war, decapitating four of his comrade Ghosts, blinding his best friend Ea, and putting Verloren's Scythe in a young Frau. It's worth noting, though, that Ea also comments that Landkarte would get a "severe scolding" from the Chief for doing foolish things.
However, some people think that the Chief of Heaven is also a vindictive person. Bastien believes that the Chief of Heaven does not believe in forgiveness, and instead thinks that ruining a life can only be repaid with one's own. At the same time, Zehel disputes this, telling Bastien that his view of the Chief’s sense of justice is mistaken.
The Chief of Heaven seems to be a perfectionist, as he made sure that his greatest creation, Verloren, was perfect in every way.
He also seems to value beauty greatly, as he only allows beautiful souls to live in Heaven, where he also lives. However, the Japanese word for beautiful, きれい (kirei), also means clean, which could mean that he only lets souls without sin into heaven. The Seven Ghosts also stated that the punishing of the Kor has been kept since ancient times to attain flawlessly beautiful souls as in Teito's case. He also gave Verloren a beautiful face on purpose, though ironically not giving Verloren the knowledge of aesthetics. It is worth noting that Mikhail, one of his angels, also apparently greatly values beauty.
He may be a proud person, if "like creation, like creator" is true. His greatest creation, Verloren, and one of his angels, Mikhail, are proud.
The Chief of Heaven can be considered sarcastic or cruel, as he sent Verloren's own fragments to kill him (Verloren), throwing the dry fact that Verloren would no longer be unique, and lose the identity of "the greatest/perfect creation" which he (Verloren) greatly valued, into Verloren's face to hurt his pride or/and feelings.
The Chief of Heaven may also be prone to jealousy. Evidence of this is the fact that, after Eve and Verloren fell for each other, although the Chief of Heaven is an omnipotent being, he was still 'unable' to fix the defect which appeared in Verloren and ordered his execution.
With his FamilyEdit
The Chief of Heaven loved his daughter, and she cared deeply for him as well. Despite this, they had a somewhat rocky relationship before her death. Eve once ran away from home for a week because she had an argument with her father, although the subject of the argument is unknown. Although they argued, the two truly love each other. Eve sometimes regretted visiting Verloren because she could not spend time with her father when she did so, and the Chief of Heaven reacted with outrage after finding Eve's skeletal corpse. He wanted her to stay away from Verloren for her own protection, because Verloren had a highly contagious "defect" that would infect her if something happened.
With his CreationsEdit
The Chief of Heaven took pride in Verloren as his creation, hailing him as perfect, and Verloren was initially obedient to the Chief. However, the Chief's pride in Verloren soon turned into loathing or anger when Verloren fled to Earth to take many souls for a personal reason, and he ordered Verloren's execution at the hands of the Seven Ghosts, which was to some extent mocking or cruel. It seems that after a thousand years, Verloren still hates the Chief for hurting his pride before replacing him.
Nonetheless, the Chief doesn't seem to hate Verloren, as he didn't eliminate Verloren, but just sealed him and let him reincarnate as newborn humans, and to some extent living as a human being is a happier life for Verloren, since at least he could touch and hold the one he loves, something that he could have never done when he was the God of Death, and have other people's company, while as the only God of Death he had always been alone (e.g. he had to play chess with himself ).
After Verloren's creation, the Chief of Heaven was wary of Verloren's darkness, and so he decided to keep Verloren isolated from everyone else so they wouldn't become tainted by him (chapter 89). It is implied that the reason the Chief of Heaven did not want Eve to be near Verloren was because he was worried for her safety.
Manga chapter 97 revealed that the Chief had imprisoned Verloren and was planning to execute him, a decision that Verloren did not defy, but that eventually resulted in Eve's death. However, despite their extremely strained relationship, the Chief is implied to have forgiven Verloren by the end of the series.
Being an archangel, it is probable that Mikhail knows the Chief of Heaven and is affiliated with him. His personal relationship with him has never been shown, although it is likely that he is loyal to him, as he helps the 07-Ghosts oppose Verloren by sealing Pandora's Box, Verloren's true body, through the Eye of Mikhail. It is unknown if Mikhail resents the Chief for sending him to the human world.
Mikhail made a brief reference to the Chief of Heaven in Kapitel 86, stating that he was sure the Chief of Heaven was saddened by Raphael's situation. This could mean that he may know the Chief of Heaven on a personal level, or at least know him well enough to understand his feelings in certain situations.
Their personalities are slightly similar, as they share a fondness for beauty and a proud nature. This could indicate that the Chief made Mikhail a little like himself.
Being an archangel, it is probable that Raphael knows the Chief of Heaven and is affiliated with him. However, Raphael's personal relationship with the Chief has never been shown, although it is likely that he is loyal to the Chief, as he helps the 07-Ghosts oppose Verloren by sealing Verloren's memories through the Eye of Raphael.
It seems that the Chief of Heaven may care somewhat for Raphael, as Mikhail said that he (Mikhail) was sure that the Chief of Heaven was saddened that Raphael had been brainwashed for ten years.
The Chief created the Seven Ghosts to replace Verloren, who had gone insane after the death of Eve. The Chief seems to care for the Seven Ghosts, as even though the current incarnation of Landkarte has committed terrible crimes, he still decided to allow him to ascend to heaven. The Chief also appears to allow the Ghosts a certain amount of freedom-he usually does not directly intervene in their lives, allowing them to live their lives as they wish, though Karu/Ea does mention in manga chapter 94 that Landkarte will get a 'severe scolding' for his crimes from the Chief.
The Ghosts have been shown to respect the Chief. Although Frau occasionally seems to have little faith in the Chief, he (Frau) does still retain some faith in him. Once, when Frau insulted the Chief, Castor took offence and shouted at Frau.
Volume 5, Chapter 34, Heaven's History, "From the Darkness, Oh newborn sheep, Lend me your ears."
Volume 77, Last Chapter, Heaven's History, "When you see the Light, come to me."
Volume 3 , Chapter 17, "As long as I am within thee, my Heart will always be with thee."
Volume 77, Chapter 2, Heaven says, "Those who along with me shall be praised their soul for all eternity."
Volume 3, Chapter 7, "As long as we are inside thou, we will be thou."
From the verses of the Barsburg Bible, he is fond of them and cares for their well-being. He even granted a wish of favored humans, in the case of Teito Klein. When the fallen Verloren went to Earth to massacre them in order to find the soul he wanted and sent his servants (the Kors) to tempt humans and corrupted their soul, he saw this as an outrage and blasphemy. In order to save them, he sent the Seven Ghosts and the two Archangels to seal Verloren, and told the Ghosts to stay on Earth to guard the seal, help the tainted souls by purifying them so that they can enter Heaven.
Abilities and AttributesEdit
The Chief of Heaven has been shown to be able to create other gods, as he did Verloren, the Seven Ghosts, and the two Archangels. He is omnipotent, probably omniscient, and able to speak, read and write in the language of the gods. The Chief is immortal, and has lived for at least 1000 years without ageing or suffering any physical deterioration.
- See also the relevant page: Spirituality in the World of 07-Ghost
The Chief of Heaven has presided over souls since their creation. At one point he fathered a child, Eve, but it is unknown who her mother was, or if she did indeed have a mother. Considering that 07-Ghost makes reference to Christianty, it is plausible that the Chief created Eve and hailed her as his daughter, like God hailed Jesus as his son, and that he did not need a female partner in order to have a child.
The Shinigami (death God), Verloren, was created by the Chief of Heaven to preside over souls.
Verloren's purpose was to sort the souls entering Heaven; allowing the pure souls to enter Heaven, but punishing the 'bad' souls by devouring them. Devouring the soul was a process that involved either sending the soul back down to earth to be reincarnated in a different body with no memories of their previous life, or sending them to purgatory or hell. The worst souls which are irredeemable even by Verloren would be destroyed.
The creation of the GhostsEdit
The Seven Ghosts are amongst the earliest gods created by the Chief of Heaven and their existence dates back roughly 1000 years. At the time of their creation, humanity was already present.
The legend of the ghosts tells that Verloren (the God of Death) was in love with the Chief of Heaven's daughter, Eve, but after her skeleton was found and her soul devoured, the Chief of Heaven accused Verloren of killing her. As Eve's soul being devoured automatically forced it to be sent to earth and reincarnated, Verloren escaped the heavens and fled to earth to find her reincarnation.
Verloren began looking into the hearts of humans in order to find the soul that originally belonged to Eve. However as he looked, that person's heart was instantly tainted by his presence, and slowly slipped into despair. This meant those souls could not enter Heaven in this life because they were no longer pure, and they would be forced to reincarnate again once they died.
|“||The Chief of Heaven dispatched seven heavenly lights from the heavens, in order to punish the wicked Verloren. They are said to have sealed the detestable Verloren on this earth.||”|
—A nun, explaining the legend of the Seven Ghosts.
When the Chief of Heaven noticed the consequences Verloren's actions had on those souls he looked into, he fashioned seven heavenly lights out of Verloren's fragments, each with one of Verloren's powers, and sent them to execute him.
In the final manga chapter, the Chief granted Teito Klein's wish to return to the human world.
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- 'YOU! YOU KILLED MY DAUGHTER!' The Chief of Heaven accuses Verloren of killing his daughter.
- 'No. You people don't understand how terrifying it is.' (to some inhabitants of Heaven about Verloren's 'dark' part, Kapitel 89)
- The Chief appears very infrequently throughout the series and some characters, such as the Wars Man, believed that he either doesn't exist or is already dead. However, Mikhail, Raphael and the Ghosts have always been firm in their conviction that he is alive. In manga chapter 86, Mikhail referred to the Chief in present tense, and Raphael and Ea did not correct him. Ea's conversation with Landkarte in manga chapter 94 also indicates that they both know the Chief is alive.
- It is possible that the Chief of Heaven does not have a name, as other characters, including other immortal beings, simply address and refer to him as 'Chief of Heaven', 'God/Kamisama' or sometimes simply 'Chief'.
- The Chief of Heaven's hairstyle seems slightly different in the anime as compared to the manga (compare his appearance in anime episode 4 and manga chapter 89 page 13).
- The upper half of the Chief of Heaven's face is never clearly shown, being obscured by shadow in the manga and covered by his hair in the anime.