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Nergal by GothicNarcissus Nergal by GothicNarcissus
I’m getting closer and I’m fully armed.
I’m about to hunt you down through
The big black hole right behind you
And I’m about to cut your wings away.

You don’t believe what all the signs say,
You don’t believe in judgment day,
But you won’t be leaving hear unharmed.

[ Murder – Within Temptation ]

Marquis Nergal is one of the Military Generals of Hell, thus part of the Third Demonic Level. Naturally bellicose thanks to the influence the Planet he masters, he is the Supreme General of the Infernal Police and, even more notably, the Chief of the Secret Police, acting very effectively both in maintaining internal civil order and preventing infiltrations from outside of Hell. As the General of the regular Police, his role is mainly to prevent seditions from Lesser Demons against the Court and to make public life at least livable, so that the Infernal Empire does not get weakened by internal struggles and mass murders from the most evil Demons. His much more delicate role as the Chief of the Secret Police consists of tracing potential spies and traitors, often under Duke Beelzebub’s directives, organizing patrols at the borders of Hell together with Marquis Leviathan and directing war trials against the Angels who are caught while trying to infiltrate themselves into Hell. As the former Second-in-Command of Dominions, another crucial role of his is receiving secret information from Prince Absinthion from Heaven and reporting it to Duke Beelzebub and the other Generals to organize the Infernal Army’s schemes accordingly.
As an Astral Demon, beside Princess Lilith he’s the closest to his own nature, strongly in touch with the influence of Planet Mars and willing to spot his planetary symbol on the forehead nearly all the time. This makes his temper authoritarian, suspicious, devious, slightly misogynistic and very combative, much to the annoyance of the most blithe Demons. He’s particularly at odds with the mischievous Countess Jezebeth and is a major supporter of the silent ostracism towards the weird-natured Viscount Legion. He secretly scorns Queen Barbelo’s political and military power, deeming a woman incapable of leading an army and a man like him more suitable as the Demon of Wrath. Also At times, his downright nature clashes with the more diplomatic and scheming Duke Azazel, but the two Generals hold each other in great respect. He also appreciates Duke Beelzebub, being part of his Order of the Great Fly, and the militarily skilled Marquis Leviathan. Despite his nature, though, Marquis Nergal is all in all a very polite Demon, and can be an enjoyable companion... at least in the rare moments when the other Courtiers don’t have to keep some secret from the scarlet eyes of law.

A new work of the Infernal Lords is a nice way to make a comeback after some weeks of inactivity, isn't it. This time we've got Nergal, from the Infernal military elite. Before you go to read further information about this work on Nergal: development and symbolism on my blog (where you will also find a full-size detail of this work), I challenge you to try and find the seal!
By the way, just to make things crystal clear: there is absolutely NO political/ideological/historical affilation of the character implied beside that to the Army of Hell, got it?

Photo, model, concept, manipulation, styling, make up, frame design: Me
Model, hair: Raz Estacado
Additional resources: ~amptone-stock (textures), =SalsolaStock (wings)
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maurizubo Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
veramente bella, e poi, come appassionato di storia militare e collezionista di decorazioni non posso non trovarla fascinosa. E, inoltre, cosa c'č di pių fascinoso del demonio?
GothicNarcissus Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Grazie ancora! :)
CaptainSupersmooth Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
very impressive
GothicNarcissus Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :rose:
CaptainSupersmooth Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
welcome :3
Robbuz Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011   Digital Artist
l'espressione :heart:
GothicNarcissus Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
E' inquietante, ve'? *__*
Robbuz Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011   Digital Artist
Assai <3
Soy-Mallika Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011
well, well well....
I must have been very very out of myself that night, as we already have talk about the hat thinkie in one old old note, I cannot imagine right now, why I did not reacted at the moment.
So, your challenge with finding the seal, is not working with me, as I already knew that.

I do not agree with only one thing here...his eyes. Raz have very beautiful eyes and I have read your explanations, but I think you could have let them as they were. But maybe is the traditionalist in me who never believed in this crazy daemonic red-eyes story.

It would have been more then beautiful if you have managed to find a real military outfit for this one (with additional modifications for such a daemon), but, well, I already know about this aspect too.

As for the rest, I may not sound as thrilled as usual, but do not get fooled by this aspect, as I really love the final overcome and how you combined the mythology and the symbolism here with all the sources of the inspiration. ( I found many new things, as I didnīt had much about Nergal and maybe thatīs why his name didnīt caught my attention from the first place. Thank you for this!)

GothicNarcissus Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you, dear! :hug:

It was a hard choice, actually, to decide whether to change his eye colour to red or not, but I eventually decided to do so because of the Nergal-Ares-Mars thing. You know, the first thing you think of when you name Mars is red, and I wanted it to be there quite a lot without being the main theme-colour (as it would be too obvious). I based the whole photo, in particular the light, on this idea, as I wanted something creepy like the red eyes slightly glowing on the dark half of the face.
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