And each man stands with his face in the light. Of his own drawn sword, ready to do what a hero can.
--Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Laurence, Malakite Archangel of the Sword, is a sharp-eyed young sort with a fierce sense of honor, leader of Heaven's armies. He is also a major proponent of Christianity, specifically Catholic Christianity, as a human religion. He began as a servant of Uriel, the zealous Archangel of Purity who set out to exterminate the denizens of the Marches.
Laurence's Word is about honorable, proficient combat, using swords as a unifying metaphor. Now that he is commander of the angelic forces, The Sword also represents the combined might of Heaven, ready to be wielded precisely by his hand. His modus operandi is more precise and scrupulous than Michael's. He is sometimes criticized for letting his sense of honor get in the way of the efficient destruction of Hell, but then Michael's arrogant brutality has some serious issues as well.
Relations with Other SuperiorsEdit
Laurence works closely with Michael: despite their inherent differences "soldiers" and "warriors" work best together. Laurence also still relies considerably on Michael's unmatched martial genius. His other allies include Dominic, his (sole) partner in the project to make Catholicism the dominant human religion, David, a similarly group-oriented thinker, and even Jean, the businesslike caretaker of Heaven's scientific secrets. In recent years, he has forged a new friendship with the once-distant Khalid. He has no fond feelings for Eli, considering him a dangerous renegade who will cost Heaven dearly in the final battle, and to a lesser extent disdains Novalis for her dalliance.