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Cherubim aren't as powerful as archangels. But they're twice as big. Twice as fast. And twice as mean. There's a reason why they were charged with guarding the Garden of Eden.
~ Uriel

Cherubim are one of the highest ranking of angels in the Christian angel hierarchy, second only to the Seraphim. Their rank among angels is uncertain but they are always categorized in the First Sphere. Some believe them to be an order or class of angels; others hold them to be a class of heavenly beings higher than angels.


The biblical prophet Ezekiel describes the Cherubim as a tetrad of living creatures, each having four faces: of a lion, an ox, an eagle, and a man. They are said to have the stature and hands of a man, the feet of a calf, and four eye covered wings. Two of the wings extended upward, meeting above and sustaining the throne of God; while the other two stretched downward and covered the creatures themselves. They are usually portrayed as having lower humanoid bodies or even one that resembles a sphinx. Some, however, have no lower bodies at all, instead having a human-shaped head in the center surrounded by four wings with its three animalistic faces positioned in the direction of those wings.


It is even believed that Satan, before his fall from Heaven, was a high ranking Cherubim, a prince of the Heavenly sphere, and is was the first to be created of the choir. This is hinted at the fact that the Devil possesses three faces in his demonic form which also shows his appearance and status as a Cherubim has become twisted and corrupted after the fall. However, this form is possibly also a transformation he assumed in battle during the War in Heaven.

The Cherubim are tasked with guarding the Garden of Eden, acting as "guard dogs" in Mephistopheles's words and would be stationed atop of the walls encircling the garden with two larger ones by the Gates alongside Uriel. In the beginning, the Cherubim were not given such a task, instead they simply sang about God's glory and majesty similarly to the Seraphim, and even held up His throne. It was not until Adam and Eve fell into temptation that the Cherubim were then charged with guarding Eden. This increase in security was likely due to Satan's managing of infiltrating the garden to tempt Adam and Eve, thus extra precautions were required.

Known Cherubim