Tuesday, 21 June 2011

The Infernal Lords XI: Mammon

In the ruins of days gone by
A young affection, a velvet sky.
A slave to greed,
I do not feel regret anymore.
I sense a presence of birds encircling me,
And I am gone, forever gone.

Til jord skal vi bli...

[ The Ravens – Tristania ]
Mammon by GothicNarcissusCount Mammon is the Demon of Greed, thus one of the Seven Satans as the Count of Gold. Being the former Chief of Angels, the lowest Choir, it’s unclear to many how he made it to the First Level of Demons despite his shortcomings. It is likely, though, that he got to incarnate the Sin of Greed just because of that: as the lowest-ranking Choir Chief in Heaven, he was usually disregarded by the others (most of whom, ironically enough, are now in Hell themselves, but lower in the hierarchy), which led him to an endless quest for more power until he ended up embodying the related Sin. The riches he gathered in the process probably played an important role, too, and eventually led Emperor Lucifer to appoint him as the Chief of the Infernal Bank. Anyways, the neglection he faced at the hands of fellow Choir Chiefs made his temper extremely bad: he’s antisocial, rather paranoid and obsessive (in particular when it comes to money), mostly bitter and resentful towards the whole universe, and extremely selfish and mean. It’s because of his antisocial tendency that he usually covers his face with a rich and highly decorated mask that recalls a bird of prey despite his good looks.
Due to his very bad temper and his exaggerated graveness, most of the other Courtiers find him unpleasant and try to have little or nothing to do with him, in particular Count Asmodeus, whom Count Mammon despises for his love of gambling, and Duke Xaphan, who bears personal resentment towards him. He practically gets along only with Archduke Beelzebub, who appreciates his seriousness and pragmatism (which, truth be told, are pretty rare qualities to find in the other Courtiers, especially the Seven Satans). Another reason for the two getting along pretty well is that Count Mammon’s Elemental Power over Metal is a manifestation of the other’s own Element, Earth, even though Count Mammon strongly refuses to participate in the Order of the Great Fly. Indeed, he prefers the company of his gold and precious objects, a selection of which he wears on his wings, and leaves his residence in the Infernal Bank only when strictly necessary.

1 comment:

  1. HEY! YOU HAVE AN INCREDIBLE TALENT, AND A LOVE READ ABOUT SEVEN DEATHLY SINS. DO YOU DEVELOPED THE SEALS? I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT IT

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