Astaroth Picture

In a world of disillusion,
Loitering away your time,
There’s no harm in reconstruction:
Paint the world in black and white.

[ Empty – Theatre of Tragedy ]

Duke Astaroth is a First-Level Demon and one of the most important and powerful figures in the Imperial Court of Pandemonium: he represents one of the Seven Deadly Sins, masters one of the Four Primary Elements and represents one of the Planets. His most prominent role is being the Demon of Sloth, thus one of the Seven Satans, known as the Duke of Terror. He was formerly the Chief of Thrones and acted as one of the most loyal Generals by Emperor Lucifer’s side during the Great Heavenly War, getting to corrupt and turn many fellow Thrones against Yahweh. Even after the Fall, he managed to retain most of his powers, including mastering Air and the astrological power of Planet Mercury as a former Elemental and Astral Angel.
He’s well known for his interest in art, literature, music and philosophy as a mean of killing boredom while still wasting time, his violent and rather frequent mood swings and his beautiful appearance, which he uses along with the temptations of Sloth to lure and corrupt men. Despite having fought fiercely during the Great Heavenly War, he now prefers indulging his own Sin, enjoying the pleasures of the Court, lying around comfortably and chatting about cultural and mundane subjects, often with his dear friend, Princess Lilith, whose passionate temper shakes him from his constant apathy, or the Demons of Art, most that of Music. He’s manipulative and prefers acting as a subtle corruptor rather than doing actual evil deeds, which he does only when his temper swings to bad due to deep boredom. He’s the twin brother of Duchess Astarte, whom he loves deeply, and isclose friends with Duke Azazel, Count Asmodeus, and his former Second-in-Command, Marquis Adramelech, unaware of the latter’s plot to overpower him by the time of the Great Heavenly War.



I'm very excited to present to you Astaroth, the first work of the Infernal Lords series, my new photographic project about Demons (about which you can read more here). Apart from Lucifer, Astaroth is my favourite Demon, and that's why I portrayed him myself.
If you want to find out mopre about how I came up with this work, read the post Astaroth: development and symbolism on my blog.

Photo, model, concept, manipulation, styling, hair, make up, frame design: Me
Additional resources: ~amptone-stock (textures), sxc.hu (wings)
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