(Gallery: If I remember correctly... his name is Gimmel, not Aleph.)
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== Gallery ==
== Gallery ==
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File:Gimmel1.jpg|Aleph's original artwork.
File:Gimmel1.jpg|Gimmel's original artwork.
File:GimmelREAL.png|The real world's Gimmel.
File:GimmelREAL.png|The real world's Gimmel.

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Gimmel (ギメル, Gimeru) is one of the major character in Shin Megami Tensei II.

He is introduced as a young man sporting a golden harp in his hands who lives in the forest district of Arcadia, an apparent utopia free of demons or interpersonal conflicts between it's inhabitants. Being it's ruler and main manager, he is hailed as a savior by his people; who are not aware of the true abominable nature of both Gimmel, and his seemingly perfect kingdom of peace.



Shin Megami Tensei II

The Virtual Messiah

Gimmel first appears to the player in one of Hawk's numerous flashbacks where, nude and sleeping inside a strange laboratory tube, a man in a suit describes him as being "exceptionally intelligent". Here, it is also presented an option to change his default name.

He first meets Aleph in "person" when he and Beth successfully manages to fend off an onslaught of demons who were attacking Tokyo Millenium; both of them being suggested to do so by Zayin (who was hoping that the trip to Arcadia would help make Aleph's memory a bit clearer, since he was still suffering from the effects of the amnesia). But once there, Aleph and Beth are faced with a world completely different from the one outside: there are no demons, luxurious houses and great trees fill the landscape, and all the ones who reside there are happy. Finally meeting Gimmel, he states that, after Aleph went missing, he was put in charge of Arcadia, building it into a prototype of the Thousand Year Kingdom (an age where humanity would finally find true everlasting peace under the watch of God) that Millennium wants to build. He then requests that Aleph and Beth go back to the Center and report to Zayin, telling him that so far, the project has been a complete success.

After this, his next appearance is much later in the game, on Aleph and Hiroko's first trip to the Abyss, where they experience a bizarre phenomenon: a "spacial distortion" of sorts teleports them into the inwards of a mysterious building where, on separated chambers, they find people tied to metallic chairs, their brains plugged into computers. Further investigating the upper floors, they are shocked to discover that the responsible for the disgusting state of those people was none other than Gimmel, the real Gimmel, as he reveals to them that the Arcadia that Aleph witnessed before was nothing more than the fabrication of virtual reality, and thus, not real. Simply an illusion under his total control. Aware that Gimmel would not let them leave that place alive, not now that they knew the truth about his fake utopia, the heroes engaged him in a battle, where he was killed, and his false world of delusions and lies, destroyed.

When he is defeated, the player can choose to become the new Messiah of the Virtual World, or destroy it along with the inhabitants who are hooked up to it. Either choice can shift the player's alignment.

Later, Mekata reveals that Gimmel was created by the Center to be the Messiah of the Virtual World, which was designed as a testing ground for the technology of the Thousand Year Kingdom.



  • He is named after the third letter of the Hebrew Alphabet, Gimel, which is on the card of The Empress of the Tarot deck.
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