>>97061877>And how much of the a secret id is the televangelist? Like... how much of either is used?
What do you mean how much? Like how much of the story is focused on him? I'd try to make it 50/50.
The first time Zauriel possses him is literally in the middle of a his sermon on Sunday in front of millions of viewers. He, Joseph Bethlehem, does this bit where he asks the audience to select a Bible verse, raise their hands and the spotlight randomly picks one and then he interprets it for them. It's always something overly pandering too, like "well, that just verse means God wants you to be successful and to GIVE that success to others!" It's all feel good stuff.
One day a man, old-as-sin with grey hair, wrinkled skin and yellow teeth gets the spot light on him. He's not the nice looking rich guy like all the others around him. He asks for a quote from the Book of Revelations. I haven't decided the verse yet, but basically when Joseph says "Book of Revelations I LOVE that one of course, lets see..." After he reads the verse he just stands there blankly staring for a second. Everyone is waiting tensly. Then the Church's steeple gets hit by lightening, the video screens behind him suddenly shatter is cracks shaped like angel wings.
The whole audience panics, the broadcast is shut off. He finally starts moving again, his wife runs up to him. The thing he says is "Weapons. I need weapons. Where is a place where one can obtain mortal weapons and salt? I need salt." So basically he's still Joseph, but he's acting so weird no one actually knows what's going on. Zauriel does not care. Zauriel is on a mission.
I think later everyone just thinks he's going crazy. They IRONICALLY don't BELIEVE he's being possessed by an angel. Zauriel takes over whenever he wants. Joseph can be driving down the street when it happens and Zauriel will just wreck the car, walk out unscathed and continue about his business. Joseph wakes up in whatever ungoldy mess Zauriel gets him in.