Quote Originally Posted by ranteil View Post
Lvl 2 Akuma are probably ment to weed out low to mid level exorsists, and lvl 3 were ment to get the mid to high level ones. The 4th lvl (and up) are probably just mistakes, but the Earl isn't complaining. I see the Noah and the Earl as thoes who will take on the General and such. With out knowing how old the order is we can't dissregaurd the fact that earlier Exorsists may have died at the hands of Akuma (more then likely when the Order started and they didn't know as much as now).
But why 14 Noah (well, 13, but there was an accident or something) plus a Noah to take on just five Generals? Judging from the Order's reaction to a level 2 akuma at the beginning of the manga, they probably hadn't been seen very often (if at all) before that time. Road said during the Rewinding Town arc (three months later) that the Earl's "scenario" was going to begin soon. I think it's more likely that the akuma started to evolve on their own, or at the very least that it was a natural thing (maybe to get the attention of Exorcists, since they'd have to be around a long time to get to higher levels).

I think it was said that the Order has been around for about a century. It's possible/likely that Exorcists died at the hands of akuma, but I doubt too many of them got caught in that way (just the really inexperienced or stupid ones. Level Ones are pretty easy to take down, apparently). Finding Exorcists is apparently not an easy task, although it's what the Generals do. Of the Exorcists that we know entered the Order in the past few manga-years, three came on their own (Bookman, Lavi, Allen), one was the result of a regular mission (Miranda), and two (Krory and Chaoji) probably would have remained undiscovered, and Chaoji without Innocence, had the Exorcists not been sent to guard the Generals (technically, Cross was responsible for Krory, but he kinda abandoned the vampire-guy, so...).

Now if I remember right, the soul is the power source of the Akuma (the more it suffers the more power the Akuma gets). With this in mind it may seem like a Purgitory type of thing (suffer x years for your sins as an Akuma, and be released) in which case the Earl possibly works for God. Yet what about the sins of the one that summoned the Akuma? Since it isn't their soul, and Allen can see the soul (note he always only sees one soul) suffering, the second soul is probably condemed. I don't think that this would be following the Christain beleifs at all (why give up half of the children, when you state that the end will come when all worship?). Also if we are going into metaphore here, the "apocolypse" the Earl is aiming for might just be that of the Akuma instead of the world.
Reinard said that the one akuma soul becomes responsible for both of those involved, I think. It's also possible, if unlikely, that the souls merge or something... Allen doesn't see the soul as looking exactly like the person who summoned it, and that could be responsible for the degrading of the soul at higher levels to make it look less like one being (the suffering, too; if both souls are suffering, it suffers more. =P But that's probably wrong).

The Apocalypse, for those who believe in the literal Second Coming/Rapture/whatever, is for humans on Earth. Not sure what you mean by "that of the akuma"; do you mean that only the akuma will be destroyed, or only the akuma will remain, or...?

(Another interesting note is that Road mentions something around the time of the Ark arc about the Noah being "sacrificial lambs". If the goal of the Earl/Noah really is to judge humanity, then it makes sense that the Noah aren't going to survive it, either. They're still human.)