“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 ]
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