July 25, 2013
Page 180 Book 5: The War Diaries
Two Satans, One Hell.
Levistus and Asmodeus are very much two sides of the same character, as far as the cultural perception of Satan goes.
Levistus personifies the “fallen angel” side of things, the former servant now working a different job, the charismatic guy that’s working to pull strings and persuade folks to go his way with enticing bargains and deals that, on the face of them, seem alright.
Asmodeus on the other hand is the more cliche version, that we tend to see rather too often these days, in that he’s content to essentially be evil as long as he’s on top of things, and he’s only really interested in his own power and well-being.
Levistus doesn’t mind being “the bad guy”, since that’s effectively his job, but Asmodeus just doesn’t give a damn, period.
Some might have been expecting a big evil-looking palace in the Ninth, and I can certainly imagine a few reasons why, but practicality issues aside I don’t think Asmodeus would have one, or at least wouldn’t have his throne in one. Whilst I’m not a huge Game of Thrones fan, there is one line I’ve stumbled across from the character Tywin Lannister that I really enjoy, “Any man who must say, “I am the king” is no true king”, and it really suits Asmodeus perfectly. His power is in souls, in strength, in the ability to wave an arm and see the archdevils scrambling for cover. He doesn’t need a big palace, why would he? He doesn’t need an army standing guard over him, what more could they do than he himself? Asmodeus is, by his own personal merits, king of the hells.
Or at least, he has been up until now. He’s in for quite a rude awakening.