Israphel saw himself as noble and pure like Siel, but was secretly consumed with jealousy and ambition. He is symbolized by space, and the direction West.
The Lords of the four cardinal directions were the leaders of the twelve Empyrean Lords, and they were always known to be noble and pure. However, Israphel began to harbor a desire for greater power, and feelings of jealousy toward Siel. Eventually these feelings led to his corruption.
He apparently gave his life alongside with Siel to stabilize the Aetheric Field enough so that the shattering of the Tower would not cause the whole globe to scatter out into space.
Israphel's True Face Edit
Israphel first appears at the end of the player's legacy quest (1.0), where he destroys the artifact in Karamatis/Ataxiar before the player can learn of his treacherous past (Elyos) or extracts Beritra's dark energy from the player's body before he/she is completely taken over by it (Asmodian). During this time he introduces himself to the player as Lephar, leader of the Lepharist Revolutionaries, and offers the player a chance to join him.
Israphel appears again at the start of the 3.0 update. When the Elyos and Asmodian forces invade Tiamaranta he visits Tiamat, who then identifies him as Israphel after he tells her to relinquish control over Siel's Relics. Israphel claims that Siel's Relics are not meant for Tiamat and provokes the Dragon Lord into attacking both the Daevic armies. While he assists the player in the ensuing search for the Reian protector Oriata, his true motivations remain unknown at this time. After Tiamat is killed by Marchutan/Kaisinel he seizes his chance, appearing and immobilizing everyone as he makes off with Siel's Relics.
Unbeknownst to Israphel, however, the relics emit and leave behind faint traces of Ide. Thanks to these Garnon is able to track down Israphel to his hideout, where the player confronts him. He claims to have seen "where so many voices have led us" and wants to go back in time to the former Atreia, before the arrival of the Balaur, and "steer everyone onto the right path". For this he needs to combine his power with that of Siel.
The player is not too thrilled by the prospect of Israphel becoming the eternal dictator of Atreia, and tries to stop him. The player however is no match for an Empyrean Lord, especially after his power has been combined with Siel's. When all hope seems lost Siel's Ghost comes forth from her Relics and states that everything that has happened so far is in accordance with Aion's will. She beckons Israphel to join him, and after a massive light envelops the area, Israphel and Siel's relics are nowhere to be seen. The Reian people later reported huge energy currents of aether washing over everything, and since Kahrun and Marchutan/Kaisinel can no longer detect the Relics or Israphel they are presumed to have been destroyed.
Echoes of Eternity Edit
In the 5.0 update, the scrolls found in the Archives of Eternity instance confirm that Israphel had found a solution to end the Millennium War. As he wandered within the Tower he one day discovered a hidden space and in it a powerful artifact. At this point corruption, madness and jealously took hold of his mind. He conjured a plan to eliminate everyone - the Balaur, his fellow Empyrean Lords and the Archdaeva alike - and become the one true ruler of Atreia for all eternity.
When the fighting broke out at the Tower, he simply rushed to activate this artifact. Fregion however had been wary of Israphel from the start and followed him, intercepting him before he could activate the artifact. Israphel was quickly overpowered and the Tower started to collapse as Fregion destroyed the artifact with a devastating attack. Instead of aiding Siel with restoring the aetheric field Israphel simply vanished, seeing "no purpose in sacrificing himself". He laid low for a thousand years and slowly forged a new approach to his plan as he started to operate under the guise of Lephar and founded the Lepharist Revolutionaries.