Baron of Perdition: Beelzebub, Lord of the Flies

yet another chase of my dividing Dicefreaks and standard D&D version of an ARch Devil, so here we have Beelzebub Lord of the Flies. of perdition, not to be confused with Baalzebul the Slug Lord form the Nine Hell

Lord of the 12th, Beelzebub

Not to be confused with Triel, aka Baalzebul, aka the Slug Lord, Beelzebub is one of the most powerful evil beings in all of existence, and along with Lucifer, Sataniel, Eblis, and the Lightbringer, he was one of the great forces of good to fall.  While Triel was a minor lord of something as mundane as beauty, Beelzebub was a creature of something far greater, Perfection.  The desire to achieve the pinnacle of intellectual, physical, spiritual and artistic development has prompted some of the greatest acts in the mortal coil, and Beelzebub serves all of them well.  Many of what mortals would consider wise teachers spend their lives trying to achieve perfection in all of its forms, and many more see this as the greatest desire a person can have.  While it is understood that there is no true form of perfection that mortals can achieve.  They see perfection not as a realistic goal, but instead the pursuit of perfection being a positive ideal which can motivate and drive a person to better themselves.  Among the righteous, perfection is generally recognized as the act of attain a holiness that is simultaneously selfless and filled with self-love.  Whether such mortals dedicated to ultimate righteousness believe in order or value liberty, all that seek perfection in the banner of holiness cast aside their pride in pursuit of perfection, carefully and studiously studying their own hearts against conceit.  The wisest clerics of the Upper Cosmic beings and the Virtues have been blessed with visions of the heavens, eternal in their goodness, pure in their commitment in service to and nobility of all.  here the souls of the noble dead seek the next path of enlightenment that will vault them higher into the Eternal tower until they reach the unknowable pinnacle of Chronias where they disappear into Glory.  All the while, such blessed souls are surrounded and guided by angels of the order, the hashmallim, who sing encouragement.  These same angels are the examples upon which living mortals turn to in seeking to live their lives properly.  Of the angels, the servants of Gods, Cosmic beings, and Virtues alike, it is often thought that they are as close to perfection as any being short of divinity can hope.  Simultaneously, it is said that these angels possess no haughtiness in their bearing.  These psirits know their limitations and seek to help to help others achieve greatness at the top of the Endless Mountain.  Like many beliefs, that of angelic perfection is not entirely accurate.  The wisest and most knowledgable mortals suspect that even among the angels, flaws can and have appeared.  This isn’t entirely true, in reality since the Unity of Light, the ability to consider evil has been lost to the hashamallim, however in the distant past things were different.   Through material gleaned from texts older than many worlds, some are aware of a distant past in which a relative handful of angels grew proud of their light.  These ancient writings reveal that these angels believed they were the stand upon which mortals seeking perfection in ordered righteousness were based.  And they believed that none could ever achieve this reality they thought they represented.  The result of these devious and subversive concepts eventually culminated in the one of the Falls, though not the Great Fall itself which was associated with Lucifer’s time.  This was known as the “The Great Hubris” where Eblis Baalzebul, Molochand the being then known as Matanbuchus attempted to overthrow the celestial leadership.  This went just as well as can be expected and like others before them, they were cast into the Depths Below.  Thus, the wisest known that not even the angelic is infallible and that all must guard against the darkness that can creep into the self-righteous.  Ironically, it was Lucifer himself who personally threw all three of the trouble makers into hell.  

Perdition propaganda claim that there was one among the fallen who was too perfect for the Eternal Tower.  In being cast out, this one would find liberations from the imperfections of Heaven, and in this one Hell would gain its greatest essence.  And it will be form this one that the HEavens, the Hells, and the entire universe will know the true nature of perfection.  This one is Baalzebub, the Lord of the 12, the Lord of Flies, Lord of Perfectionism.  The second most powerful Lord of Perdition, Beelzebub’s history across the Cosmos is long and filled with accolades to both goodness and evil…though generally it is agreed what was more than anything else just kind of a dick.  He was once known as “The Lord on High” and it as accurate.  He served under the Supreme Virtue, and among her personal bodyguard he,Metatron and Eblis were the most powerful.  Of course none of them were as powerful as the Morningstar himself, Lucifer.  Among the three, Beelzebub was the most famous among mortals, as Eblis and Metatron mostly focused upon the war with the Lower Depths itself rather than the Material Plane.  Across the Prime worlds, Beelzebub was considered the Heaven’s brightest stars, and its greatest song. For countless millennia, Beelzebub offered wisdom, insight, and guidance to mortals and immortals alike, from the lowliest peasant to the greatest of rulers.  never one to fear confronting evil, the Lord from High also directed mortals against chaos and neutrality, feeling that they were one step away from decadence and villainy.  He cast his gaze everywhere, always seeking out new challenges in the war against evil, always looking for opportunities to aid those less fortunate than he.  And really, who isn’t, less fortunate than he? Of course, it was Pride got the better of his wisdom.  Beelzebul not only came to believe that his perfection was one of his own making, but that he had a mandate to make others live up the perfection he embodied.  He saw how various gods and celestial cosmic entities in had allowed allowed not only the creation of imperfect mortals, but an entire Cosmos.  Like the Demon Prince of Destruction, Apollyon, who Preceded him into the Depths countless eons before, Beelzebub believed that the Defenders, Heralds, and Virtues were likewise imperfect.  However, unlike Apollyon, Baalzebul did not believe that the Cosmos needed to be torn down.  Instead, the Cosmos needed a new leader, a new commander and well…..

C'est moi! C'est moi, I blush to disclose.

I’m far too noble to lie.

That man in whom

These qualities bloom,

C'est moi, c'est moi, ‘tis I.

C'est moi! C'est moi, I’m forced to admit.

'Tis I, I humbly reply.

That mortal who

These marvels can do,

C'est moi, c'est moi, 'tis I.

Beelzebul allied with other disaffected Angels, though for different reasons.  Eblis felt that mortals actively interfered with the war against evil, and they should be shanghaied into fighting against evil, Moloch felt slighted by having to work with mortals, and Mantanbuchus didn’t want to get caught for his crimes, leaving only Beelzebub who was “truly looking out for mortals best interest”.  Only Beelzebub and Ellis truly believed that what he sought was not only for his own good, but for the only Beelzebub did not feel resentment for the lesser beings he was made to help.  Beelzebub believed that that mortals and immortals alike needed a firm hand to move them in the right direction.  They needed a symbol upon which to base their growth.  He would be that hand and he would be that symbol.  While Eblis would rise to prominence by stoking the resentment of angels that shared similar attitudes about mortals and the Celestial Hosts, Beelzebub asked the other Fallen to recognize that what they did was for the good of Creation.  Beelzebub became the eloquent voice, passionate, and reasonable, energetic and unconvincing, that would aid Eblis in his bid to tear down the restrictions in the Heavens. Of course, the revolt in the Realms Above failed, and into Perdition he went.  Unlike Eblis, he did not view his new station as one of defeat nor did he turn his ire towards the Heavens immediately.  He saw instead an opportunity in Perdition that would lead him closer to his goal of perfection.  

When he arrived, he served as second in command as of the Duke of Venom.  He was honored, though not trusted by his master, however he reorganized the court and managed to make them far more efficient, and had his master promoted to the duke of the 12th.  However in return for doing this, he placed Fallen in positions of power and slowly weeded out Devils truly loyal to the Venom master.  Remembering his experience in heaven, Baalzebul used his infamous Silver tongue to manage enough of his liege’s trust to expand his power base.  And when his master had turned too Chaotic for the terms of Perdition, he struck, driving him out and slaughtering those still loyal to him.  It was during this period that his apperance famous changed and he got the moniker “Lord of Flies” He also aided Mantanbuchus in overthrowing his lord Adremmalek, thus ensuring their alliance.  Eventually he was able to get Lillith driven out of Perdition, where she resides in Inferno. Since his accession to the near pinnacle of diabolical power, Beelzebub has pursued his desire to spread his brand of perfection across the Cosmos.

Beelzebub’s greatest influence is his spy network, and in all of the lower planes, his Order of the Fly is the third greatest Spy network in the world along side the Order of the Lie and the Order of the Serpent (IE the Yugoloth’s sinister network led by the Shadow Broker) and within Perdition his network is the absolute.   It is worth noting though that while his order is the weakest of the three, because they get caught more they are far more well known cosmically.  No domain in all of the Lower Planes is entirely free of his order’s influence and constant battles between these forces defines the underground secretive battles of the lower planes.  However, Beelzebub does not pursue knowledge over through his Order of the Fly for the sake of knowledge.  Often refereed to as the Lord of Lies, this aspect of Beelzebub better represents his own attitude regarding the “lies” other live rather than his own tendency to mislead.  Beelzebub  watch because the information he gathers validates his attitudes about the “lesser beings” that lurch about creation; there pathetic existence serve as an eternal reminder of how existence should be maintained.  Beelzebub wishes to impose his strictures on other because he knows that others are weak incapable of doing what is right without the proper motivation.   Persistent watchfulness and reminders of imperfection are essential to ensuring adherence to the rules and regulations Beelzebub institutes.  There is no individuality under Beelzebub law institutions.  There is no individuality under his law since individuals are incapable of recognizing the value of others (except Beelzebub himself obviously). There is no freedom as freedom leads to chaos.  There is no freedom as freedom leads to chaos.  Existence is predicated upon the ability to follow the guidelines Beelzebub and Beelzebub alone institutes; those that fail to adhere to Beelzebub’s rules are a disease that must be purged from the Cosmos.  Only through persistent observation, programs, and purgins, can the dream of a perfect Cosmos be achieved. This can only occur through Beelzebub’s guiding hand.  This is the hell that Beelzebub represents.  Beelzebub is certain of his position and his own perfection. He has no doubt that he is the closest thing to the ultimate power in Creation although he does recognize that there are a few who have found the means through magic or possessions to challenge his natural and rightful hegemony. Beelzebub is incapable of seeing his own flaws or limitations; he is likewise unable to recognize or value the strengths and works of others. In Beelzebub’s mind, his way is the only way, his will the only will. However, Beelzebub believes that those incapable of achieving the level of perfection he represents cannot hope to so if not encouraged.

Beelzebub is certain of his position and his own perfection. He has no doubt that he is the closest thing to the ultimate power in Creation although he does recognize that there are a few who have found the means through magic or possessions to challenge his natural and rightful hegemony. Beelzebub is incapable of seeing his own flaws or limitations; he is likewise unable to recognize or value the strengths and works of others. In Beelzebub’s mind, his way is the only way, his will the only will. However, Beelzebub believes that those incapable of achieving the level of perfection he represents cannot hope to so if not encouraged. An excellent example of this lies in the numerous cities across Cocytus (Maladomini) that have been constructed since Beelzebub became Lord of the Seventh. Beautiful in design, each of these cities was constructed at Beelzebub’s behest to serve as his capital in Cocytus (Maladomini). To date, Beelzebub has never remained in a single city for longer than a millennium. While the Lord of the Seventh commissions these constructions, he always finds flaws in the end result since his slaves and servants build the cities based upon his perfect plans. Still, Beelzebub will not sully his own hands in such work and has no problem ordering the building of a new city if only to force the imperfect to work towards becoming as close to perfect as possible. It is believed that Beelzebub will soon order the construction of a new city as he has found too many flaws with his current capital, Malagard.

There are varied depictions of Beelzebub. This is expected considering that the Arch-Duke of Pride rarely leaves Malagard where he spends his time spying and dreaming. It is known that before his fall, Beelzebub appeared as a six-winged seraph that towered some 21 feet tall. Enveloped by soft, golden light, in this form Beelzebub wore a platinum crown and sung, rather than spoke, when he uttered a word. Upon his fall, Beelzebub retained most of his beautiful appearance, although there were some adjustments. Chief among them were his eyes; formerly exuding a soft golden glow, they become glass like and were multi-faceted like a fly’s. Rather than gold light, he was surrounded with black and blue mist that was actually formed by thousands of small flies; when he spoke, his powerful voice often droned like a gnat. His wings lost their feathers and became clear like that of a giant insect. His crown melted away and, in addition to a pair of bull-like horns, two antennae also appeared on his forehead. It is unclear whether or not Beelzebub recognizes that his features have changed and most that see him do not immediately recognize his vermin-like qualities. In the end, it does not really matter as Beelzebub believes that, regardless of his form, he is the ultimate standard that none can ever meet.

Relationships: Uniquely among the Lower Beings, Beelzebub feels no particular hatred towards the Upper Realms. He feels that if they could only see how successful his methods have been, they will surely ally with him in destroying the true enemy, IE the demons.  Thus he makes an effort to prevent his worshipers from killing Paladins or servants of the Upper beings if possible, as they will eventually see things his way.  Of course, this mercy does not extend to servants of Good Gods, for like many cosmic beings, he sees deities as Conceptual beings that should be cowed along with everybody else.  Thus his cults tend to try to keep cheerful relationships with servants of good powers, showing them how to defeat Demonic forces or the servant evil gods.  

While Baalzebub has basically no allies, he has plenty of enemies.  Baalzebul hates him, once simply mocking him but now for being reduced to a slug.  Thus he destroyed his Avatar.  He hates Asmodeus intensely, and his long term goal is to destroy him and Sataniel, though he actually would rather destroy Asmodues first since it makes things easier for him.  Within the Upper Planes, he has no official hate and never attempts to undermine their schemes, but on a personal level he hates the Herald of Holiness Mikhail, because it was he who Beelzebub’s sword, and the Lord of Flies plans to “eliminate” this enemy once he has united the Hells.  He holds a far greater and more irrational hatred for the Virtue of Justice, because he is basically the mirror of Beelzebub, using his own spy networks to overcome The ORder of the Fly.  He also hates the Scions of Anarchy as a collective greatly, and wants them to all be wiped out.  However, this doesn’t explain his most irrational hatred, his absolute hatred of faeries.  He hates their subjective view of the world and their misunderstood conception of beauty.  He has launched at least one genocide against Faeries before, but it hasn’t come to anything.  He also hates Mephistopheles, though he doesn’t attack him too much because the Lord of Ice and Fire hates two of his greatest enemies.  LIllith hates him personally, but aside from defending himself Beelzebub mostly just ignores her.  Short term his two largest goals are to assassinate Sammael and uncover Adremalech (though he doesn’t know who he is).  

If Beelzebub sees wasted potential in Mephistopheles, he sees the evil reflection of the very same faults he laid at the feet of the Supreme Virtue in Asmodeus. Like his first mistress, Asmodeus is nothing more than a fool who unwittingly stifles perfection. True, Hell comes far closer than Heaven since it does not coddle, but surely, Beelzebub believes, Asmodeus must recognize that he is not capable of bringing about the kind of revolution the Cosmos needs. After all, Beelzebub looks to the fact that Asmodeus allows the other Lords to challenge him, and that he has created a situation that keeps Hell from spreading across the Depths Below. So many centuries and no successes reflect Asmodeus’ inability to rule, his own imperfection. Yet, most importantly, Beelzebub tires of having to answer to anyone but himself. His humiliation at the hands of Asmodeus at the end of the Dies Irae revealed to him the clear possibility that his view of himself is wrong and this possibility must be confronted. The only means to do this is by destroying Asmodeus and taking the Serpent’s Throne.

Secrets: Baalzebub actually earnestly believes his own rhetoric of reforming Hell, and plans to make it an alternative heaven.  After all, Perdition is as organized as Heaven, but did not practice foolish ideals that pampered the weak, and encouraged imperfection.  In Perdition, the brave and wise survive to grow stronger and wiser while the weak and stupid served their betters.  Though this philosophy did harbor foolish perspectives, like needless violence, Beelzebub believes he would do well to watch, wait, and learn from the creatures he once saw as foes.  He dreams of something greater than Perdition, something far more powerful, he hopes to overthrow Sataniel and and rule directly, reorganizing Perdition  to be a realm defined by unity rather than infighting.  With this new force of Perdition, he intends to invade the domains of both Hell and the Abyss and wipe the forces of evil off the face of the cosmos.  Once he had advanced further into his war, he was convinced that the world of the Upper Planes will join him.  Of course, the fact that most of the Upper Planes don’t have the free will to make the “right choice” and so his agents work to try to give the Upper Planes the ability to make a choice.  His main focus is fighting evil and so he allies with various good forces, though he also works hard to corrupt them in the process.

Baalzebul, Lord of the Seventh and Father of lies. Once beautiful as an angel, but cursed by Asmodeus, Lord of the Ninth, with the body of an enormous slug.

I tried this design a couple of times, but it kept looking too cool, like a cool scary monster, rather than an unfortunate creature disfigured with a clumsy and embarassing body. This one’s a bit off-the-wall, but I think it gets the idea across.