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Barbelo by GothicNarcissus Barbelo by GothicNarcissus
Open your eyes and see
She’s only a chimera to thee,
The celestial thought is only in your mind:
This feminine person is an atrocious kind.

This doomed empress is waiting for you
To perish anytime soon.

[ Empress – Nemesea ]

Her Majesty Queen Barbelo is the spouse of Emperor Lucifer and thus the First Lady of Hell. Being the Demon of Wrath, she’s part of the elite of the First-Level Seven Satans as the Queen of Darkness, and has also full control over one of the four Elements, Fire. She was the first female being ever created by God, and the fourth Angel overall after Emperor Lucifer, Great Angel Michael and Prince Abaddon. Thanks to her mighty powers and bellicose nature, she quickly became the Second-in-Command of Powers, gaining her spotlight in the Heavenly Army and much respect from her soldiers. Yet, she decided to follow Emperor Lucifer in the Great Heavenly War because of Yahweh’s attempt of deprive her of her powers in his quest to reduce the political influence of female Angels in Heaven. Her being the first and supreme female principle is what led Emperor Lucifer to make her his official bride after her fall, even though they openly cheat on each other – for instance, rumor has it that Duke Xaphan from the Fourth Level is the Queen’s Favourite.
Queen Barbelo shares a relationship in-between deep friendship and rivalry with Princess Lilith and Duchess Astarte, all of them representing one of the fundamental principles of femininity: while Duchess Astarte represents the (twisted) holiness of a woman with a share over fertility, and Princess Lilith epitomizes the most wayward, pure and instinctual side of femininity, Queen Barbelo embodies the very essence of the creative and destructive principle of womanhood, both in a positive and a negative manner. For instance, it was her idea to use a woman, Eve, to lure the then newborn mankind to Sin through the Tree of Knowledge Plot, thus ending Yahweh’s absolute power over the Earth and opening a way for Evil to spread in the world. This episode started her deep and long-lasting friendship with Marquis Leviathan, with whom she often works closely, like in the First Murder Plot, when the two of them combined the influence of their sins to induce Cain to kill Abel.
Indeed, her destructive side manifests better through her Sin, which makes her temper rather unstable: she becomes very sadist at times, and greately enjoys the sight, scent and taste of blood. That’s why she masters Fire, a destroying force which leaves behind ashes and ruins, but which also renews things. As Babylon the Great, she will lead the Seven Satans and their troops during the Armageddon in order to bring corruption among mankind through their Seven Deadly Sins.



I'd like to wish you all a happy 2011, and what better way to begin the new year than a new work of the Infernal Lords series? So here's Barbelo, as a wish that your new year is as much inspired as my own seems to be from the beginning. If you want to know how I came up with this character, go to my blog and read Barbelo: Development and Symbolism, I really recommend that you do.

Photo, concept, manipulation, frame design: Me
Model, hair, make up: Federica
Styling: Federica and Me
Assistant: *DamaInNero
Additional resources: ~Myruso (wallpaper), Sxc.hu (throne, wings)
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Dhump312 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Quick question isn't the demon of wraith actually Amon? Or am I wrong?
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GothicNarcissus Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah, it is, but I chose not to follow that versione for several reason I have explained here. :)
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Dhump312 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Oh I can't believe i missed that, sorry. Also I really like your portrayals, they're very eyecatching.
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GothicNarcissus Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Nevermind. :) I've written posts like that for each Demon if you're interested, you can read them by selecting the "Infernal Lords" label. ;)
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Xlavok Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
"opening the way for Evil to spread in the world. "

Actually God himself is a petty, immature, jealous, homophobic, xenophobic, murderous, and genocidal asshole who is much worse than the demons themselves (actually "Evil" is actually a another word to demonize freedom..."Good & Evil" doesn't exist) but I just don't understand Christianity/Abrahamic mythology which is so fucked up beyond belief.

Actually it should be the demons that should logically represent humanities best interests hence "sin" actually means freedom (also it's God himself that throws people into hell because they didn't follow his rigid rules and it should be the demons that saves them from their eternal torment and turns them into demons that embodies their sins...which for example a person/soul who has the lust sin turns into a succubus/incubus although their still the same person but they embody that sin).
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GothicNarcissus Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Well. Provided that I do not believe in any of this and consider it all just really fascinating mythology, I agree with what you say. My opinion abour Abrahmic mythology is that "Good" and "Evil" are nothing more than two opposed factions with no actual moral value. They just fight each other for power and mankind is caught in the middle, it's their battlefield. YHWH (I'd rather call him that way than "God") is currently the overlord and his propaganda states that Lucifer and his court are "the Evil", that's it, but is that the truth? You'll find countless Demons that give men knowledge and skills, but in the end death, disease and that kind of stuff are brought along by YHWH.
Anyway, you may read more about my idea about this subject here, in the presentation of the Infernal Lords project, if you're curious. :)
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Xlavok Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
Anyway....while I may made some Pre-Judgements about your world based on default christian beliefs, where do human souls go after they die in your world anyway? If they actually go to heaven & hell, do the demons actually save them from their eternal torment? Or if human souls actually go somewhere else (well have you played Wraith: the Oblivion by White Wolf?) and heaven is actually just a fortress while hell is actually a prison for Fallen Angles (have you played White Wolf's Demon: The Fallen?)?

Also are Fallen/Demons benevolent towards humans and even in the afterlife if humans actually go to heaven & hell in your world? Well point is (if humans actually do go to heaven & hell in your world) why couldn't Lucifer make Hell a paradise for people to indulging in their own sins (and as well joining the rebellion against YHWH after suffering injustice) rather than a place of eternal suffering? I guess it's possible for 'damned' human souls to join hell's armies (and they turn into demons)? I think the grotesque depictions/monstrous depictions of demons are actually mistaken for certain damned souls turned demons who embody the wrath/violence/gluttony sins (or is it possible for human demons to embody different sins?).
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GothicNarcissus Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Well, it basically depends on which side they chose during life, so yeah, basically Heaven of Hell. But as you said, it's not like Demons really punish them, they just recruit them for Hell's Army (as Heaven does). You know, one of the greatest contradictions in Christian religion is: if Lucifer and his minions are YHWH's enemy, then why should they punish those who choose their side? It doesn't make sense that they're rebels yet carry out some kind of duty on behalf of God eternally inflicting pain to their supporters.
Anyways, dead mortals are still considered kind of b-citizens in both kingdoms. Not enslaved or anything like that, but they don't actually merge with the angel-born part of the population (not even with lesser Demons or Angels). They're pretty much soldiers.
I still don't know what happens to "neutral" people, have to think about that. XD

You know, I've started wondering about this kind of things, and this gave me a wider context for this project. I'm considering writing a story about this, in which these aspects are better explored. I've got ideas for a general plot, including what Lucifer's reasons for the Riot were in the first place, but have to decide what happens in between. XD
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Xlavok Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
"if Lucifer and his minions are YHWH's enemy, then why should they punish those who choose their side?"

I agree this is the part that throws me off the most about Christianity.

Also...As for the demons forms...I think the photos your doing are their true forms while the grotesque/horrific appearances are their combat forms or forms they take when enter the physical world due to mortal expectations (well I just thought they can keep both forms).

Oh what about the other gods/goddesses from other mythologies in this world? I think in the past they used to exist but maybe a new twist to the demonization of the gods/goddesses, maybe once Abrahamic faiths grew, God's armies basically conquered the other mythologies and casted them into hell and thus they became arch-demons. Basically today in the modern world Christianity/Abrahamic mythology is the only "true" mythology because all the other ones were concurred and thrown into Hell. How do you like that idea? Well have you seen the All Myths are True trope: [link]
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GothicNarcissus Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Actually, I think the grotesque appearence is just YHWH's propaganda. You know, to discourage evoking them and stuff like that. Principalities must have to do with this. =P

Mmh... I can't tell about this part without spoiling too much, bu now. Sorry! XD
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Xlavok Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
I guess Hell is more of a paradise where people enjoy their bodies hence it's actually a place "full of sin" hence people there actually party alot, have sex (I guess there is monsters/demons especially tentacled ones that have sex with mortal female souls), eat ecessively, of course there's also regions of battlefields, of course there's cities with nightclubs, souls there squatting in abannonded buildings, etc. Basically it's actually a place where people have more freedom there.

While Heaven in the other hand...is more of a totalitarian society like North Korea.
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Xlavok Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
Well actually I would say Heaven is the opposite of Hell where everything is noncorporal there which means they cannot enjoy their bodies (since they "destroyed it" with their virtues) and their basically subjects of God or become one with him as I heard as a collective hive mind of some sort.
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Xlavok Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
Anyway, in this setting, do people go to heaven or hell based on virtues/vices they follow? I can imagine that more people go to hell than heaven I guess and the Demons probably make accommodating conditions for their mortal population which the whole "Eternal Suffering" is probably propaganda as well.
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GothicNarcissus Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Yep, indeed, but there's a čarticular reason why Demons don't attack Heaven yet. ;)
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Xlavok Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
Oh as for Barbelo herself, I wonder she also has human lovers as well?
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Xlavok Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
Oh God himself is also sexist too.
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Robbuz Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011   Digital Artist
è bellissima! :heart: * Amo quella collana! *__* *
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GothicNarcissus Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Grazie! Ci ho impiegato ventordici updates per farla venire come volevo (per la luce, mi era uscita troppo piatta), ma alla fine eccola qui!
La collana in realtą č in ambra (gentilmente prestata dalla Mater). XD
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Rhadzz Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011
I like it! :D
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GothicNarcissus Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:)
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AylRose Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
E' perfetta per Barbelo! E che dominant! XD
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GothicNarcissus Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Grazie, cara! :heart: Mwahahah, lei sì che è dominant! XD Anche se poi, alla fine, il vero controllo dei Sette Satana ce l'ha in mano Beelzebub, visto che è quello caratterialmente meno instabile. XD
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AylRose Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
E' un po' lunatico? ;)
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GothicNarcissus Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Beh, diciamo che i Sette Satana si distraggono facilmente con i loro Peccati Capitali, ma Beelzebub è talmente fedele a Lucifero che riesce a mantenersi concentrato nel suo ruolo. XD Del resto, anche il comando del Secondo Livello sarebbe nelle mani di Lilith, ma visto che lei è troppo presa dai suoi flirt alla fine è Astarte che muove le fila. ;)
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AylRose Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Demonologo ti chiamerņ!
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BriarRose9 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Mi piace!Federica ha un viso particolarissimo!


ci stiamo dando al sadomaso ultimamente?XD
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GothicNarcissus Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
E' vero, per questo la vedevo perfettamene nel ruolo di Barbie (il mio nickname affettuoso per Barbelo XD).

Uh, accidenti, è vero! Due demoni sadomaso di fila, sono preoccupante! XD
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EnnuiedImp Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!
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GothicNarcissus Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :rose:
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EnnuiedImp Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :D
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jo-gentil Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very Great shot !!!! :la: I love this one :w00t: Another for my favorite :clap: !!!You're very right about the difference between male wrath and female wrath !!!! :D I've liked to see the reference to Blackery's deadly sin ! ;P Because I'm crazy about her "Deadly Sins" serie !!!! :love: And "Wrath" is my favorite of all !!! :love:
Very wonderful accordance of the colors !!! :wow: A very good work on red colors ...Not too flashy ,just a soft red !:clap: And she is so (*o*) beautyful !Her face shows something accorded with the character ... :D
I like this demon !!!She is intelligent ,crual and powerful ...Without being too brutal ! It's such a cool demon ! :wow::faint:
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GothicNarcissus Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much, dear!
Well, I've been in love with Blackeri's Deadly Sins ever since day 0, they're the very first thing I faved on here.

As for the colour, I tried something different with this photo: most of the others have almost only their main colour (which is that of the frame), while here I wanted that distinct shade of red to break the lavender tones. :)
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jo-gentil Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
=D
Wow ,that has surely been exciting to watch her every day !!!=D

Yes ,I saw it !And it's a perfect work because the colors distinction isn't too evident !!!
:smooch:
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Henry-Townsend Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011
Let me tell you what my Daniel thinks of this one: Looks like something that should be hung on a wall in a mansion...
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GothicNarcissus Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :hug:
Well, I'm seriously thinking of having these works printed, someday. Perhaps I'll make a book out of it when I decide the series is complete.
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Henry-Townsend Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011
You know, that is a really great idea! I really like that!
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fotovizions Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011
Nice work ! Happy New Year ~
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GothicNarcissus Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :heart:
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vermillionxXxglamor Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011
its very well done don't get me wrong but something about it about her expression; i can't quite put my finger on it but i think it could have been done better. you did a wonderful job and i love the background but there's a little too much going on and it's easy to get distracted in one area rather then really enjoying the whole picture. hope that this helps. and i want to say that your extremely good and i hope you don't take this to heart I'm just trying to help :)
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GothicNarcissus Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much! :rose: Mh... I tried to keep the background as quiet as I could, making it rather dark despite the rich texture. Perhaps I should try an make it darker?
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vermillionxXxglamor Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011
yeah i think that would be a good choice considering the main focus is on her. making it darker would the background's texture is beautiful but thats another thing that plays into the distractions. i spent a few seconds looking at it in all honesty. which in itself can be considered a long time when viewing a photograph also the whip is another eye catcher r you trying to make her face hav the most attention or what part of the picture i've been trying to figure that out.
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Zoehi Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011
Amazing work!!!! :la: yeii :la: I love your Infernal Lords series and all you write about them I cant wait for see more xD
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GothicNarcissus Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you, dear! :heart:
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JezabelleDisreali Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011
She looks beautiful and cunning. And I like that little tidbit of her idea to use Eve, that's definitely a female idea lol. I can't wait for the next one. :)
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GothicNarcissus Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you, dear! :heart:
I hope I'll be able to do someone soon, although there are no definite plans yet. :/
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VampireDesdemona Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree with you that a woman's wrath is much worse :D
Well, I think the sybolism is great! She looks like a dominatrix but I guess that fits with the idea. Awesome work!
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GothicNarcissus Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much! :heart:
And yep, she's a very sadistic queen, so she fits pretty much in the dominatrix image. XD
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