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March 25, 2011
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Mephistophel by GothicNarcissus Mephistophel by GothicNarcissus
You know it’s not enough
To keep your tears around your wrist,
To keep your merits on a list,
To keep your money in a bank,
To keep riding your rank.

I know there’s no end to your rights,
No switches for the light,
No cure for your plights
And no wind for your paper kite
Torn to pieces on roses.

You won’t sleep until you sign on the dotted line.

[ Torn To Pieces – Susanne Sundfør ]

Count Mephistophel is a Higher Demon of the Fourth Level and is known as the Soul Buyer. He was formerly the Second-in-Command of Principalities under Duke Azazel’s leadership, and followed his Master in the Great Heavenly War, becoming his Lieutenant in Hell. As former Principalities, both of them are quite experienced of the Sublunar World, which is the reason why they’re part of the Earthly Division of the Infernal Army. Count Mephistophel’s job is specifically to have mortals sign the Goetic Pacts his Master invented, which are contracts between the humans and the Hell where the former sell their soul in exchange for supernatural help from the latter. Thus, he marks their souls as purchased only to collect them when the mortals’ time is due, and provides them with the necessary power to conjure the Demon they need, opening a direct link between the two parts. The vast majority of fellow Higher Demons, in particular Goetic ones (those who can specifically grant powers or knowledge in exchange for souls), avail themselves of his work to be summoned into the Sublunar World more easily. The Seven Satans, who usually choose their victims themselves rather than being summoned by mortals, are an exception.
Count Mephistophel is particularly infamous for the deal he made with Doctor Faust, which is so notorious it provided a lot of writing material even for human folklore and literature. He’s fanatically loyal to Duke Azazel and follows his orders very carefully, to the point of occasionally clashing with any Demon who comes in his Master’s way. Nevertheless, his natural diplomatic skill help him avoid fights and keep good comradeship with most of fellow Courtiers, making him pleasant even to notoriously antisocial Demons such as Countess Agares and Viscount Legion. He’s rather moderate when compared to most of the other Courtiers, and although takes part in the mundane life of the Court he rarely gives up to any excess, being particularly eager to carry on his duties instead.

Oh yeah, another work from the Infernal Lords series after just a week from the previous one! Lucky period, isn't it? I guess everyone has heard about Mephistopheles, Mephistos or, as I prefer, Mephistophel, but you should read Mephistophel: Development and Symbolism on my blog anyway. You don't want to miss a good laugh at the Amélie Poulain operation, do you?
Backstage from the Amélie Poulain operation here and here.

Photo, concept, manipulation, styling, frame design: Me
Model: Wishes to remain uncredited
Hair, make up, assistant: Nebulosamente
Additional resources: ~amptone-stock (textures), ~nightgraue (wings)
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kath-vampsi Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
i love the story of that fav :D
GothicNarcissus Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :)
Rosepetals07 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really nice. I also want to let you know the problem with submitting to Photo Manips folder is fixed. Please submit there when appropriate.
GothicNarcissus Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :rose:
Yep, I just wrote you on the group page to tell you that I found out. :)
Sakura-Koi Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Student General Artist
love the black wings
GothicNarcissus Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :rose:
Sakura-Koi Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Student General Artist
your welcome
Soy-Mallika Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011
Come and join me! ... :)
The best so far after Astaroth, from this Series!
Do you know what an :iconawesomebadge1plz::iconawesomebadge2plz: is?
One for you. Along with all the congratulations!
GothicNarcissus Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Aww, thank you so much, dear! :heart:
Zoehi Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011
:la: Yeiii another infernal lord! :D
xD lol! two hours making the contract!
But it went well, you can also use coffee ;D
I like his look, is like not being able to refuse and being forced to sign with his look D: xD
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