“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
Additional resources: ~Myruso