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Dis, also known as the Dolorous One, The Devil, Satan and Lucifer, is among the most powerful beings in Hell and the Lord of the Ninth Circle. He is known for his disturbing, degrading and eldritch looks. Dis is also the Demon of Death, The Father of Lies and one of the Rulers of Hell.

Overview

While originally believed to be a demon that is separate from Satan, it was revealed that Dis is in fact Satan himself, and moreover, said to be what remains of the Devil after his fall from Heaven. This could imply that Dis could be a "shell" of Satan's former glory and that the latter whom currently interacts with his subjects and demonic cohorts is in fact a physical avatar of Dis himself. The separation of the two left Dis as a wordless and slobbering beast whom was left within the deepest pits of the Ninth Circle and to forever remain as both a pillar and gatekeeper for Hell and Purgatory.

Description

Dis has three faces: one black, one red, and one white, only oaths and curses worn while striking the ground can reach him. Black sheep were sacrificed to him and the Roman Senate declared that every one hundred years a special three-day-long festival would be held to honor Dis. He commands the demons Arioch, Baalzephon, Biffant, Bitru, Furcas, Merodach and Titivulus (who is normally under Belphegor).

Dis is portrayed as a giant demon, frozen mid-breast in ice at the center of Hell. Dis has three faces and a pair of bat-like wings affixed under each chin. As Dis beats his wings, he creates a cold wind that continues to freeze the ice surrounding him and the other sinners in the Ninth Circle. The winds he creates are felt throughout the other circles of Hell. In his three mouths, he chews on Judas IscariotMarcus Junius Brutus, and Gaius Cassius Longinus. Scholars consider Dis to be "a once splendid being from whom all personality has now drained away". Dante Alighieri illustrates Dis as a less powerful Satan; he is slobbering, wordless, and receives the same punishments in Hell as the rest of the sinners. In the text, Dante vividly illustrates Satan's grotesque physical attributes.

Biography

Dis was once a Cherub, an angel closer to God, second only to Lucifer. By virtue of the Love's unrivaled love for him, Dis was said to be one of the most beautiful angels ever conceived. That is until he came to love his excellence more than he loved his father or even his true self. As a result of his Pride, this Cherub could not bear to be less great than his creator, so he rallied every angel he could gain (about a couple hundred) against his Heavenly Father in a violent attempt to be more godly than God. In his impossible journey, the Highest Creature stripped himself of every gift that God gave into him, whether it be his intelligence, his beauty, and even his morality. Now, everything good with the angel has been reduced to a mindless monster, coming together in the ultimate work of evil.

From him came every desperate, twisted attempt to turn stories from expressions of love into means of domination and corruption. His mouth, which once spoke the sweetest words Dream ever inspired, was turned into a torture-chamber where men he corrupted will be shredded for eternity by his teeth. Now, he hopes to turn all poets and singers into speakers of death like himself, making him an eternal danger to the Scribes.

Dis wishes for the destruction of everything in Creation because it wasn't created by himself. His hatred is also directed everything about himself that was given by the Creator, including his liberty, his beauty, his loyalty, his self-love, his power, his intelligence, and his goodness. 

Quotes

"The Emperor of the kingdom dolorous
From his mid-breast forth issued from the ice;
And better with a giant I compare
Than do the giants with those arms of his;
Consider now how great must be that whole,
Which unto such a part conforms itself.
Were he as fair once, as he now is foul,
And lifted up his brow against his Maker,
Well may proceed from him all tribulation.
O, what a marvel it appeared to me,
When I beheld three faces on his head!
The one in front, and that vermilion was;"

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