“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 ]
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
Photo, concept, manipulation, styling, frame design: Me
Model: Wishes to remain uncredited
Hair, make up, assistant: Nebulosamente
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