Typedivine lore

The last angel rank before becoming a god of good is an archangel. This tier is perhaps the most dangerous for testing one's devotion or beliefs. One does not just become a god on a whim, they have to accumulate a certain number of worshipers (c.f. Divine Power) or be ascended on the judgment of a group of gods like The Balance. This latter group is a source of jealousy and anger for some petitioner archangels (those seeking godhood), because at times The Balance has chosen mortals for ascension rather than taking an archangel. Another aspect of becoming an archangel and seeking godhood is that to get followers you need to take someone else's and play heavy politics with other Higher Powers. Sometimes this leads to comprising ideals and in extreme cases a shift in alignment.

In both the Creation War (1486 DE - 8777 DE) and the Demon Spawn War (8972 GE - 9493 GE), archangels led many armies against their primordial and demon foes. Many of the greatest of these leaders went on to become Higher Powers.