Origins of The Nexis Society
In my YA angel book, The Nexis Secret, the story centers around The Nexis Society—a secret society. Often I’m asked, “Where did you get the idea for Nexis?” or “Where did Nexis come from?” Well, you asked for it. Here’s your sneak peak into the secret origins of The Nexis Society.
The origins of Nexis date back to the origins of humanity, namely the Tower of Babel. In the Bible, 5 chapters after the flood, you’ll find Genesis chapter 11 where the fictitious Nexis thread begins. After the flood there’s a table of nations, a story of how the nations evolved from the sons of Noah and their wives. Chapter 11 opens with a group settling into a plain and building a tower to the heavens.
Why build a ridiculously tall tower made of brick (or stone, or whatnot)? The theories are numerous, but I’ve taken the liberty of coming up with my own just to create Nexis. The people who originally formed Nexis believed they were extra special, set apart after God destroyed almost all of the world with the flood. They grew tired of spreading out to new territories, always rebuilding. So they decided to unite and came up with their own plan.
They wanted their own entrance into heaven. Not because they thought they were gods, though some of them surmised they were pretty close. Instead, they wanted to recreate the Nephilim of Genesis 6, the half-angel, half-human creatures who were “the heroes of old men of renown.” The people of Nexis thought they could rebuild society with these Nephilim and make Earth a utopia. One they would control. Basically, they wanted to take matters into their own hands.
Obviously, God was appalled not only that they could be so organized, but also be so bold as to try to create their own heaven on Earth. By using an unnatural union of fallen angels humans to create their own overlord hybrid! What does God do? He comes down to inspect their tower and decides that “nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.” As punishment, he confuses their language, which is why that plain became known as Babylonia, meaning confused.
The appalling Nexis plan leads to the origin of The Guardians, the group who opposes The Nexis Society in The Nexis Secret. The Guardians contend that the creation of Nephilim resulted in the flood. So their goal is to prevent that from ever happening again, which I’ll discuss further in next month’s post on The Origin of The Guardians.
As you can imagine, Nexis is undeterred. Ever since the Tower of Babel, The Nexis Society has been trying to recreate Nephilim to set up their own utopia. After the Babel incident, chapter 11 goes into the lineage of Shem, Noah’s firstborn son. In fact, the lineage makes special note of firstborn sons—only. The other children are listed merely as sons and daughters. From this account, Nexis infers that the firstborn descendants of Noah’s firstborn son Shem, have a special covenant with God. To do what? To receive special gifts to protect God’s people, including the power to see the unseen world of angels, and demons.
They’ve called this person The Seer, and Nexis has been trying to get The Seer on their side for tens of thousands of years. Just so they could recreate Nephilim and finally finish the plan they started way back at the tower of Babel. Creepy huh? Good thing I made it all up just for a series of YA books with a different take on angels.
Of course, this doesn’t go into the whole history of The Nexis Society—the years of searching for Seers, infiltrating governments, or how they set up their Nexis Nations throughout the world. I guess that’ll just have to wait until a later post.
I love being a writer, just so I can create alternate worlds to play in.
If you were(are) a writer, what kind of world would you create?