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|“||Three Primes, a pile of guns, the child with royal blood, and a girl from Earth. Not bad for a day's work.||”|
|— Tosh [src]|
The Children of Gabriel, also known as simply C.O.G., were a mysterious, cult-like militant group of revolutionaries, in conflict with the Primes. They are referred to as "terrorists".
The Children of Gabriel was founded in 2211, by their leader, Gabriel Santiago, who is also known as the Old Man. It began when Gabriel was about to be punished for destroying the Nightblood embryos. He escaped with the help from Ryker Desai, who refused to let him die. After escaping from Sanctum, Gabriel formed a rebellion to stop the Primes. As his followers went with him into exile after escaping from Sanctum, they became a cult-like rebel militia group. The Children of Gabriel consists of those who defected from Sanctum, and the Nulls who were left to die in the Offering Grove as part of Oblation.
According to Josephine Lightbourne, they've killed exactly no Primes in the 70 years since Gabriel left Sanctum, implying that the Children of Gabriel has failed many times to overthrow the corrupt Prime family. However, when Wonkru arrived on Sanctum, they helped them overthrow and kill most of the Primes, thus succeeding in their mission and gaining control of Sanctum. However, after the Children of Gabriel refuse to kneel before him, they are slaughtered by Sheidheda. The only survivor is Luca who is found alive amongst the corpses by Indra and secretly taken to safety. Shortly thereafter, Gabriel himself was killed, leaving Luca as the only surviving member of the group. He eventually transcended with most of the Human Race.
Throughout the Series
The Children of Gabriel were a cult-like militia group. They served a mysterious figure known as the Old Man – who is actually their founder, Gabriel Santiago, the former thirteenth Prime, referred to as the Demon Gabriel by the Sanctum Citizens. None are aware that Gabriel is in fact still alive and hiding amongst them in the host of Xavier after Gabriel was unwillingly resurrected following his last death.
The group was originally created by Gabriel as a non-violent resistance in order to stop the Primes peacefully. Gabriel wanted to end the Naming Day to stop the resurrections, due to the killings of the Hosts as his own philosophy reveals that "without death, life is meaningless." However, after Gabriel went into hiding, things got worse when the Children of Gabriel takes things too literal and became aggressively militant and rebellious. They were also radicalized, due to his "disappearance". According to Josephine, the Children of Gabriel consider themselves enlightened, freeing minds one at a time.
Their goal is to kill the Primes. After beheading corpses of three Primes, the group chants "Death to Primes!", over and over. They also want to kidnap, and possibly kill, any Hosts, that is, those having the Royal Blood and thus potential to be future Primes. In order to do this, they patrol the radiation shield and look for opportunities to get inside and to watch out for any Primes walking out. The Sanctum Citizens are aware of them and use the radiation shield to keep them and other dangers out.
The Children of Gabriel know a lot about Sanctum plants. They use the forest as their weapon, like Gabriel did by spraying Octavia with spores.
The reason why the Children of Gabriel are against the Primes is because the Hosts were sacrificed by the Primes for immortality, and the people with red blood, known as the Nulls are discriminated and their infants are sometimes being fed to the trees. Also, the Nulls are forbidden from having children. This was the reason why Tosh and the other Children of Gabriel wanted to kill the Hosts to prevent them from becoming the future Primes, due to the inhumane treatment of the Nulls.
Notes and Trivia
- The group has some similarities with Grounders. They hide in the woods, wear camouflage clothes, and are in conflict with a more technologically advanced society.
- The ending credits of some of episodes and the characters themselves, referred to the Children of Gabriel as terrorists.
- Xavier/Gabriel does not want to kill anybody just to stop the Primes from acquiring new hosts.
- The group was peaceful under Gabriel's lead, a non-violent revolution simply to stop the Primes from mind-wiping the new hosts.
- After Gabriel went into hiding, the Children of Gabriel took things too literal and became rebellious and aggressive militants.