The Church of The Gestalt maintains that the foremost enemy of The Gestalt in mythology is the Demiurge, Samael. Samael is credited with fashioning the material world, its flora and fauna, and humanity, being blind and ignorant of the higher plane of existence represented by the Gestalt. He is often depicted as a blindfolded, muscular man supporting creation upon his shoulders, much like the Greek god Atlas. Other traditions represent him as a great serpent with a lion’s head, shrouded in a thick mist. Samael is not usually depicted as consciously acting or rebelling against Bythos, but instead is compelled by his ignorance and emotions to perpetuate evil.
The realms of the Fey (Hesperia) and the Shadow (Hades) are believed to be the result of Samael’s profane irrationality and ignorance, respectively. Those who still believe in tales of the Fey and the Shadow are often mocked, but there are some who insist they have visited these realms or seen creatures from these realms. More often than not these individuals are burned at the stake. Pagan worshipers of the Fey and the Shadow, who were ascendant during the old Julian Empire, are considered now to be the vilest of heretics.