A Messian Priest from Shin Megami Tensei IMAGINE

The Order of Messiah (メシア教, Meshia kyou)? is a recurring group that appears in the Shin Megami Tensei series.

Messians typically believe in assisting the weak, and egalitarianism, but at the cost of a collectivist social order. They are generally considered representative of the Law alignment. This often puts Messians at odds with members of the Ring of Gaea, who represent the Chaos alignment.

Messians bear a strong resemblance to followers of Christianity and Jehovah's Witnesses, as they are piously religious, and regard prayer and following the will of their god as being of the utmost importance.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Profile[edit | edit source]

Megami Tensei II[edit | edit source]

The Messians, who have their church set up in Nakano, are exactly like their incarnations in future games. The religion was said to have arisen in 2011. The protagonist and his friend first encounter Messians in the tunnels of Shinagawa, where they request their aid in slaying the Jabberwocky. Afterwards, they declare that the two are the Messiahs and give them the Soloman's Ring. Later, the hero visits their church in Nakano, and learns the code needed to enter the Intelligence Building in Shibuya.

Shin Megami Tensei[edit | edit source]

After the nuclear holocaust of Tokyo, the Messian Order became a prominent religion among the survivors. Living in a world where gods and demons walk among them, many people flocked to the Order, which preached safety and protection in exchange for piety. The Law Hero is drawn towards their ideology early on, and after his death, his soul is reincarnated by the Messian leaders to be the Messiah himself, sent to lead the followers. The dream of the Messians is to build the Cathedral - a structure from which they can begin God's vision of the Millennium Kingdom - a paradise in which all pious people are saved. In truth, this Kingdom would only allow a small number of single-mindedly devoted followers to be saved, forsaking all others. Indeed, when the Cathedral is completed, the Messian leaders harness God's power to bring forth a second great flood to destroy Tokyo, leaving alive only the inhabitants of the Cathedral (a small number of Messians and Gaeans, ironically). The leaders of the Messians are revealed to be the high-ranking angels Uriel, Raphael, Gabriel and Michael.

During the section of the story concerning Tokyo Destiny Land and the Shingawa, Haniel in Shinagawa represents the Messians and the Law alignment, while Echidna represents the Gaeans and the Chaos alignment in Tokyo Destiny Land. If you kill Haniel and then choose to help the Gaeans, you will be locked into the Chaos alignment. If you kill both Echidna and Haniel, you end up in the Neutral path, and if you kill Echidna and then choose to help the Messians, you will be locked into the Law alignment.

Shin Megami Tensei II[edit | edit source]

The events of Shin Megami Tensei II take place in a time where the Millennium Kingdom sought after by the Messians actually came to pass. The neutral society created by the protagonist at the end of the first game, where both demons and humans could worship freely, was taken over by the Messians through a coup d'état and changed into a theocracy. Built upon the remains of the Cathedral after the great flood, the Tokyo Millennium Center greatly resembled the Messians' ideal Kingdom, with only a small number of followers granted peace and salvation. The Messians are lead by a Pope in the Central Tower of Tokyo Millennium. He follows the orders of the Messian Elders, who have prophesied the coming of a Messiah who will lead the devout. However, some regions of Tokyo Millennium had inhabitants who did not follow the Messian creed, and so the leaders of the Messian Order attempted to further prune the population of their ideal Kingdom. Following the prophecies of the Elders, there appeared three Messiahs. The first possible Messiah, Gimmel, appeared in the area of Arcadia, a region cut off from the others and so this Messiah, accepted only by the Arcadians, went unchallenged. The second and third Messiahs appeared after a recent Tournament in which a young fighter from the Valhalla area won his citizenship into the lofty ranks of the Central Tower. The young champion, Aleph, met with the Pope who claimed him to be the Messiah they were looking for, when the third contender, Daleth, appeared claiming to be the 'real' Messiah and that Aleph was the 'Anti-Messiah.' According to the prophecy, such an Anti-Messiah was indeed supposed to appear and that the 'true' Messiah would be able to best the imposter in battle. The Pope decreed for their battle to occur, and Aleph emerged victorious, becoming the widely-accepted Messiah. With their Messiah chosen, the Messian Elders enact their plan to create their exclusive Kingdom.

The Tournament and various Areas of Tokyo Millennium were used as a selection ground to determine which inhabitants were 'truly' devoted to YHVH. Even the three Messiahs themselves had been artificially created by Messian scientists for their prophecies. The Messians enlist the aid of a demon to destroy the neutral region of Valhalla. They had also been running tests on a virtual-reality paradise known as Arcadia that would necessarily control its inhabitants and grant them an everlasting paradise within the confines of their minds. This simulated paradise is the true final form of the Messians' plan for the Millennium Kingdom. It is revealed that Messian Elders are once again the angels Uriel, Raphael, Gabriel and Michael. Three of them (sans Gabriel) were so devoted to the ideal of God's Millennium Kingdom that they planned to fulfill the prophecies on their own, and their absolute faith in the rightness of their plan even created a fake incarnation of YHVH who sanctioned them. Gabriel, who was contacted by the true YHVH, distanced herself from the other elders and after their defeat at the hands of their own creation, Aleph, she helped to guide him down God's true path in the Law Alignment.

Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne[edit | edit source]

The Order of Messiah make brief appearances before and after the Conception.

Early in the game, a number of Messians and Gaians are slain by a group of demons summoned by Hikawa at Yoyogi Park. Both factions had tried to stop Hikawa's plans, but instead wound up becoming sacrifices to bring the Vortex World into creation.

After the Conception, within the Amala Labyrinth, the souls of the slain Messians and Gaians can be seen preaching their respective beliefs.

Shin Megami Tensei IMAGINE[edit | edit source]

After the Great Cataclysm, the Messians established a new base of operations in Arcadia, and continue to strive towards establishing the Millennium Kingdom of the gods. Their leader is Lord Judah, one of the Seven Philosophers.

Shin Megami Tensei NINE[edit | edit source]

The Messians are revealed to be ones responsible for creating Idea Space. They created it because they were tired of waiting for God to send the Messiah so they decided to use technology to bring salvation. An artificial goddess named Maria was created to administer Idea Space to support the creation of the Thousand Year Kingdom. In the Law route, Maria and the protagonist decide to end Idea Space and free everyone trapped inside, with the protagonist joining the Law based regime ruling Tokyo Millennium afterward.

List of Demons[edit | edit source]

Shin Megami Tensei[edit | edit source]

Human Level
Fanatic 18
Holy Knight 22
Magus 37
Scanner 51
Missionary * 60

Shin Megami Tensei II[edit | edit source]

Human Level
Butcher 9
Neophyte 15
Executioner 21
Temple Knight 26
Gyrator 34
Terminator 40
Adept 51

Shin Megami Tensei: 20XX[edit | edit source]

Human Level
Temple Knight 21
Zealot 34
Terminator 40

Gameplay Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Using recruited Messians in fusion in Shin Megami Tensei or Shin Megami Tensei II will result in a random demon typically sharing the Law-alignment. Unlike regular fusions, this result will ignore the player character's level.


Race and species
Species Races
Gods Deity - Megami - Amatsu* - Enigma - Zealot* - Godly - Chaos - Lady* - Nymph - Vile* - Reaper* - Entity* - Meta* - Soshin
Kishin Tenma - Fury - Kishin - Lady* - Femme* - Vile* - Reaper* - Wargod - Kunitsu - Zealot* - Entity* - Shinshou - Tenjin*
Demonics Tyrant* - Genma* - Night* - Fairy* - Yoma* - Fiend* - Suiyou - Shinoma - Shin Akuma
Demons Tyrant* - Night* - Yoma* - Fairy*
Flying Herald - Divine - Fallen - Futenshi - Akuma
Avians Avian - Flight - Raptor
Dragons Dragon - Snake - Drake - Hiryu
Oni Touki - Brute - Femme* - Jirae* - Jaki - Haunt* - Henii
Beasts Avatar - Holy - Beast - Wilder - UMA - Food - Kaijuu
Vegetation Tree - Wood* - Jusei
Elements Element* - Mitama - Wood*
Fairies Fairy* - Jirae* - Genma* - Element*
Evil Spirits Haunt* - Spirit - Undead* - Rumor*
Humans Human - Gaean - Messian - Summoner - Meta* - Ranger - Hero - General - Famed - Therian* - Fiend* - Kyojin - Shinja
Fiends Fiend* - Therian*
Fouls Foul* - Vermin - Demonoid - Rumor* - Karma - Machine*
Ghosts Foul* - Undead*
Machines Machine* - Virus - Vaccine - Kugutsu
Other Zoma - Fake - Ghost - Foreigner - Horde - Primal - Enemy exclusive race
Godslayer - Goddess - Player Character exclusive race
Type Good - Evil - Holy - Ghost - Ogre - Fiend - Dragon - Alternate - Boss - Beast - Bird - Zombie - Myth
Order Pyro - Frost - Volt - Wind - Fury - Pagan - Skill - Fiend - Evil - Element - Spirit
* Asterisk denotes race that has been put under different species throughout the series.
Italic font denotes the race/species name (not in katakana for Western loanword) has not yet received any official English localization.
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Characters
Playable Protagonist - Partner - Friend - Orthrus - Atlas - Naga - Cerberus - Sword Knight - Baal - Lucifer - Ahura Mazda
Non-Playable Pazuzu - Hiroko - Mora - Mr. Suzuki - Bael - Masakado - Asmodeus - Izanagi - Belial - Izanami - Moloch - Belphegor - Mitra - Astaroth - Beelzebub - YHVH
Locations
Devil Busters Micon - Tower of Daedalus
Tokyo Keihin Shelter No. 3 - Haneda - Shinagawa - Ariake - Shiba - Tokyo Tower - Roppongi - Shibuya - Ginza - Ginza Underpass - Korakuen - Ikebukuro - Ueno - Shinjuku - Nakano - Intelligence Building - Island of Dreams - Zaratan - Bael's Castle - Ground Zero - Suzuki Company Ltd.
Expanse Valley of Despair - Fields of Lunacy - Lands of Rage - Forest of Confusion - Mountain of Horror - Remote Island - Lucifer's Temple
Other River Styx - Hades - Garbage Mountain
Archives
Terminology Great Cataclysm - Order of Messiah - Deva Cult - Devil Busters - Demon Summoning Program (COMP / Magnetite) - Cathedral of Shadows (Fusion / Three-demon fusion) - Terminal - Rag's Jewelry - Code Breaker - Sabbath - Seven Pillars of Solomon
Archives Demons - Bosses - Items - Skills
Playable Characters Protagonist - Heroine - Law Hero - Chaos Hero - Pascal
Non-Playable Characters Stephen - Ozawa - Yuriko - Old Man - Gotou - Ambassador Thorman - En no Ozuno - Louis Cyphre
Locations Tokyo - Kichijoji - Shinjuku - Ichigaya - Diamond Realm - Shibuya - Roppongi - Ginza Underpass - Ginza - Tokyo Tower - Shinagawa - Ikebukuro - Ueno - Tokyo Destinyland - Basilica - River Styx
Terminology Terminal - Alignment - Ring of Gaea - Order of Messiah - Great Cataclysm - Sword fusion - Four Heavenly Kings
Soundtracks Shin Megami Tensei Sound Collection
Archives Demons - Bosses - Skills - Items
Playable Characters Aleph/Hawk - Hiroko - Beth - Cerberus - Lucifer - Satan
Non-Playable Characters Okamoto - Gimmel - Zayin - Stephen - Haneda - Daleth - Red Bear - Madam - Hanada - The Center's Bishop - The Four Elders - Mekata - Puck - Hanoun - Mutant Elder - Hiruko - Taira no Masakado - Siren - Petersen - Michael - Raphael - Uriel - Gabriel - Fake YHVH - Seth - Virocana - Ozawa - Gotou - Gemori - Astaroth (Ishtar / Ashtar) - Kuzuryu - YHVH
Locations Tokyo Millennium - Underworld - Expanse - Eden - Diamond Realm - River Styx
Terminology Millennium Kingdom - Great Cataclysm - Order of Messiah - Ring of Gaea - Terminal - Sword fusion - Identification Program - Summon Doll - Seven Pillars of Solomon - Sabbath - Abaddon's Innards - Megiddo Arc
Content Demons - Bosses - Skills - Items
Nocturne Konton
Characters
Playable Demi-fiend - Dante - Raidou Kuzunoha the XIV
Non-Playable Yuko Takao - Chiaki Hayasaka - Isamu Nitta - Hikawa - Jyoji Hijiri - Futomimi - Sakahagi - Heeho - Lady in Black - Lucifer - Kagutsuchi - Gouto-Douji
Locations
Vortex World Shinjuku Medical Center - Shibuya - Cathedral of Shadows - Amala Network - Ginza - Harumi Warehouse - Great Underpass of Ginza - Ikebukuro - Mantra's Headquarters - Labyrinth of Amala - Kabukicho Prison - Ikebukuro Tunnel - Asakusa - Asakusa Tunnel - Mifunashiro - Assembly of Nihilo: Marunouchi - Obelisk - Yoyogi Park - Amala Temple - Yurakucho Tunnel - Northern Temple - Diet Building - Bandou Shrine - Tower of Kagutsuchi
Music
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Themes Fierce Battle - Boss Battle - Normal Battle - Normal Battle ~Large Map~ - Normal Battle ~Town~
Archives
Terminology Candelabrum - Conception - Kagutsuchi - Macca - Magatama - Magatsuhi - Manikin - Reason - Yahirono Himorogi - Order of Messiah - Cult of Gaia - Demonic Sponsor - Shadow Vortex - Nightmare System - Terminal - Great Will
Lists Demons - Bosses - Skills - Items - Merchandise - Translations
Other Best of Demons
Characters Protagonist - Azura - DB Mikanagi - DB Kano - DB Kuroe - DB Yamaguchi - Kuzaka The Wise - Lord Judah - Madam Justice - Lord Doukan - Ogami - Setsu - Snakeman - Yamamoto the Steel-Willed - Louis Cyphre
Locations Arcadia - Cathedral of Shadows - Ichigaya - Ikebukuro - Nakano - Protopia - Second Home - Shibuya - Shinagawa - Shinjuku - Shinjuku Babel - Souhonzan - Suginami - Third Home - Ueno
Dungeons Suginami Tunnels - Basilica
Music "Amatsuchi" - "Haru Megido"
Terminology Cult of Gaia - Demon Buster - Great Cataclysm - Innocent - Millennium Kingdom - Obelisk - Order of Messiah - Seven Philosophers - Yagi - Chain of Curse
Archives Demons - Skills (Features)
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