No Sympathies: Belial Picture

"Belial came last, then whom a Spirit more lewd
Fell not from Heaven, or more gross to love
Vice for it self...
On th' other side up rose
Belial, in act more graceful and humane;
A fairer person lost not Heav'n; he seemd
For dignity compos'd and high exploit:
But all was false and hollow; though his Tongue
Dropt Manna, and could make the worse appear
The better reason, to perplex and dash
Maturest Counsels: for his thoughts were low;
To vice industrious, but to Nobler deeds
Timorous and slothful..."

~ Milton, Paradise Lost

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One of the problems I've come across in working on this demon project is the fact that there seem to be very few female demons.

You could argue that demons have no gender. They aren't necessarily physical, so they may not have biological sexes, and as such they may have no need for gender. But a lot of folklore contradicts this - there are male and female demons. There are even breeds of demons that are defined by their gender - inccubi and succubi, for example. And both Milton and Dante give their demons gender - Milton's Satan has a daughter, and Dante's Hell includes female demons like the furies and Medusa.

But of the named demons I've been able to dig up, I'd estimate around 90% are explicitly described as male.

Well, screw that noise! Just because I'm basing this story on a mythology that was crafted by centuries of patriarchal cultures doesn't mean it has to be male dominated! I'm going to give some of those demons a sex change.

So we come to Belial, one of the most popular demons in folklore. Belial is always described as beautiful and fair - he's a very pretty demon. His beauty is, of course, meant to be deceptive, as he's also often said to be the most wicked demon imaginable. Seriously, Belial is not nice. Some works even say he's worse than Lucifer, the ruler of all demons. Others even say he's the ruler of all demons, such a bastard is he.

He's not nice is what I'm saying.

Milton describes Belial as being very slothful as well as beautiful, though that sloth doesn't mean he hasn't committed atrocities. Belial is the first to say they should stop trying to fight heaven when they're cast into hell - not because he's repentant, mind you, but because it'd be too much work.

Given how much emphasis is place on Belial being a pretty demon, and having a slothful nature, I decided to make him female. "Why does being slothful make him female, sexist?" you may ask. Well, Belphegor, the prince of sloth, is sometimes described as a sexy lady instead of a dude squatting on a toilet. Since Belial is a high ranking demon of sloth, couldn't (s)he be that pretty lady instead, with ignorant mortals mistaking hir for Belphegor?

So my Belial is Belphegor's right hand woman, a devious, malicious demoness who carries out the Prince's orders since he's too lazy to enforce them himself. Belial is ambitious, cruel, and violent, and has every intent of betraying Belphegor and taking his throne for herself. However, she still falls prey to the sin of sloth, as her machinations are often undercut by her own lazy shortcuts and unwillingness to see to the small details.
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