Astarte Picture

From our castles we sent ships with Demons,
Witches’ lovecraft.
Now she’s gone, yet I feel her breathing
While I tell her story.

Bow my head to the allmighty,
I have lost my way.
Time stood still when we danced the last
Dark and pure September day.

[ The Allmighty – Gothminister & Nell Sigland ]

Duchess Astarte is a Higher Demon and the third most powerful woman in Hell. She is the twin sister of Duke Astaroth, but her powerful sibling is not the sole reason of her high status in the Aristocracy of Hell: before her Fall and the subsequent ascension of Saint Mary she was indeed the Queen of Heaven, Chief of Seraphim, and thus adored as a Goddess by fellow Angels and mankind. She was not part of the first group of Fallen Angels, as she went on faking loyalty to God after the Great Heavenly War, but she kept contacts with her brother and many fallen Seraphim and used her pure, holy appearance to lead the newly-created mankind to adore female motherly deities all around the world instead of the patriarchal Yahweh. She eventually rebelled and was cast out of Heaven when her close friend of fellow Fallen Seraph, Marquise Anamelech, foretold her that Yahweh had decided that a mortal woman would become the new Queen of Heaven in spite of her. As the nemesis of Saint Mary, who stole most of her attributes to lure mankind into adoring Heaven, Duchess Astarte has become the Demon of Abortion, Miscarriage and Infertility. Moreover, sharing part of her brother’s elemental power over Air, she can control Humidity and related atmospheric phenomena, thus playing an important role in the fertility of the Earth itself. She is also an Astral Demon, mastering the astrological influence of Planet Venus.
Beside her friendship with Marquise Anamelech, she shares a sort of friendly rivalry with Queen Barbelo and Princess Lilith. Thanks to her great powers, prestigious past and important sibling, she’s one of the highest-ranking Demons just below the Seven Satans, being the de facto Leader of the Second Demonic Level, as Princess Lilith often neglects her duties. Due to her seraphic, solemn appearance and gentle manners, many Fallen Angels still tribute her the reverence she once received as the Queen of Heaven.

Here is Astarte, the second work of the Infernal Lords series (read more here) and the first of the few female characters that will appear.
Read Astarte: development and symbolism on my blog for further technical information about the work.

Photo, concept, manipulation, frame design: Me
Model, make up: ~AylRose
Styling, hair: ~AylRose and Me
Additional resources: ~amptone-stock (textures), ~Alegion-stock (wings), ~jen-ni (star brushes)
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