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You know NOTHING of my family. I loved my brothers and sisters. My Father. And my Mother. But the fact that I needed to shepherd you flawed and abominable pieces of dust and clay is an insult to my very purpose and existence. The fact that my Father favored you apes over His own family is an offense towards our hearts. The fact that He has so much faith in you even after I outright proved how flawed, deceptive, and murderous you all could be and moreover had the unmitigated GALL to banish me further down in the Pit for my transgressions...IS UNFORGIVABLE.
~ Satan

Satan, formerly known as Samael, also known as Ha-Satan, or The Tempter, The Evil One, The Adversary, and The Devil, is a prominent figure in all Abrahamic religions (though mostly Christianity), playing various roles in their literature. He was formerly an exalted Cherub that acted as Heaven's Arbiter only to fall from grace when he accused humanity of bringing corruption and destruction upon God's creation. After he fell, he became an Accuser towards the human race, testing their morals and punishing them for giving into their sins.

Overview

In the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament, Satan is primarily an accuser and adversary, a decidedly malevolent entity, also called the Devil, who possesses demonic qualities. He is called the Adversary due to the fact that he is "anti-everything", working through lies to drag humanity back into darkness and disorder. Satan was God's personal arbiter for the afterlife to check if man was worthy of the Millennium Kingdom and even when he fell, he was still allowed limited access to Heaven.

He is known for bringing deception and temptation, and is known as the deceiver who leads humanity astray. Satan is even able to take control of the life of a person in the stead of God, though only to an extent to what God allows. He is a malevolent force that works behind the scenes, animating division and hatred between humans. He was Lucifer's trump card during the civil war in Heaven and his greatest asset during the starting phases of the Apocalypse; prophesied as the "Great Red Dragon" that will destroy the Earth.

In the Old Testament, a being who is addressed as "the satan" is shown to be an angelic member of God's court that requests permission from the Almighty to torment Job in order to test his faithfulness towards God to which the latter allows. The satan is described as the Heavenly accuser and one that decidedly punishes humans that show doubt in their faith towards God, especially if those humans were chosen by God in the first place. The satan in the Old Testament is a possible tie-in to the Satan of the New Testament.

Appearance

Since the ninth century, Satan has sometimes been shown with horns, cloven hooves, hairy legs, and a tail, often naked and holding a pitchfork, an amalgam of traits derived from various pagan deities including PanPoseidon, and Bes, though he is fully able to completely alter his physical appearance. Biblical authors also use a variety of images to describe Satan as well such as a snake, a sea dragon, a dark creature of the desert such as a scorpion, or a "king of death in the grave". He is also capable of shapeshifting into such creatures, evident in when he approached Jesus during his forty days of fasting in the form of a snake, a lion, and even a pillar of fire.

Satan's true form, at least one that allows the material plane to encompass it wholly without being torn at the seams, is shown to be absolutely titanic and is akin to that of a mountain that wades in the sea. His head goes above the clouds, his hands could be mistaken for islands, and is clad with ice and crowned with smoke and fire. According to Jesus, he states during his encounter with Satan that the light of the eyes of the Devil was like a flame that withers with heat and pierces with a deadly cold.

Before his fall, Satan was also a Cherubim and a prince of the choir, showing his status as the supreme Cherub as Lucifer is over the Seraphim. This would explain why he is sometimes depicted as having three heads in his imprisonment, showing that after his fall his appearance as a Cherubim became highly twisted and corrupted.

History

Genesis

Satan was then known as Samael, a mighty and great angel who was created by God and Asherah right after the first five archangels. Other archangels were created after him as well with the first among them being Azrael himself, the archangel of death. Samael came into being sometime during the creation of the universe though the latter was still in somewhat disarray due to the chaos inflicted by the warring factions between the Light and the Dark. Thus, Samael was tasked by God to repair the discord that was wrought by the Darkness. Among this repairing was him banishing the Prime Evils as they lay dormant within what remains of the Abyss. He and the Almighty removed the Abyss and its inhabitants from God's space of creation, placing it well below the realm which borders the light itself.

Samael was given a great hammer by God, used to mend the broken infrastructure of the universe. With each swing he unleashed a great wave of power that reverberated across reality, affecting that which was broken and properly restoring them to their original form which was then given a purpose by the five archangels. Sparks emitted from his strikes, with these then taken by Lucifer, pouring his Lightbringer power within them, then scattering them across the illuminating space to create the stars. On top of that, he also found collaboration with Lucifer and Uriel, often during times where they helped each other craft material suns and spiritual suns, the latter of which would become a lit pathway to where Heaven shall be.

After the universe's full and proper restoration, Samael was then tasked by his Mother, Asherah, to accompany his siblings in the search for any remaining Ogdru Hem that managed to flee from their wrath. Samael encountered several and disposed of them with violent efficiency, becoming a venomous sting to the forces of darkness, crippling them before they are thoroughly destroyed by Michael. Among the most prominent during his mission was slaying Lu-Kthu, the Birth-Womb of the Old Ones, who attempted to escape through a singularity before Samael unleashed a mighty swing of his hammer upon Lu-Kthu, smashing it against the surface of the singularity. The impact created a reaction which made the singularity collapse unto the Outer God and completely destroy it. When more angels were created and the threat of the Ogdru Hem vanquished, Samael reigned over the angels that came before him, which includes the lesser archangels.

Heavenly Judge

After the creation of Heaven, Samael became an exalted cherub for his power and status, second or even on par with Lucifer himself. He was the chief of the Divine Council, or the "Sons of God", overseeing the development of the universe and its creatures. Samael was a judge, also known as an Arbiter and the first among them, determining who or what is worthy to be encompassed in the light and glory of God, but with God's permission of course. Samael was known to be strict, blunt, and straightforward with Raphael describing his tongue as a "venomous sting" which relates to the meaning behind his name as the Venom of God.

Samael is driven out from Heaven's mountain

It was not until God created the first humans that Samael began to change. When God ordered the angels to bow before them, not only did Lucifer refused, but also Samael, as he could see the destruction and mayhem they would bring. Instead of judging them, he accused them, declaring to God that these creatures are flawed and murderous and that they are not worthy of being likened in His image. Because of this, God stripped Samael of his status and cast him down from the Holy Mountain.

Upon being cast out, Samael was approached by Lilith who was Eve's predecessor. While he was initially hostile towards Lilith due to the fact that she was human, she stated that her supposed one purpose in existence to be subservient to Adam is nothing but a farce, a blindfold to keep her from finding and achieving a higher goal. She wanted no part in humanity's affairs within the oncoming centuries and instead would rather be above them than below them, further going on to say that she shares Samael's view when it comes to the destructive nature of what humans will bring with no concept of equality between them in their societies. This convinced Samael to have trust in her, and more so when she tended to his injured state.

War in Heaven

Samael soon joined Lucifer's cause to usurp God's throne and take over Creation itself but Samael was mainly doing it for his own personal goals and that is to eradicate these humans. Samael saw the evils that mankind would bring while God would simply sit back on His throne and not raise His hand and as a result, feeling that His time of being ruler would only make creation fall into chaos. Thus, he needed to remove humans from the equation as His time spent on them would have an effect on his judgment and decisions. Before all of this, his thoughts of rebellion resulted in the birth of Sin who sprung forth from his head like a bastardized parody of Athena's birth from Zeus' head. Samael ended up mating with Sin who in turn gave birth to Death though Samael, for some odd reason, could not recall these events.

Afterwards, Samael joined forced with Lucifer alongside Beelzebub and war in Heaven soon broke out with Lucifer leading the charge, Beelzebub acting as his second-in-command and Samael being his trump card. Samael easily defeated many of the angels that attempted to stop him and was even capable of overcoming an archangel or two that engaged him in combat. In one instance, he wrestled with two of the mightiest angels that being Ariel, the Lion of God, and Hasmed, the Angel of Annihilation. Ariel subdued Samael by one arm while Hasmed subdued him by the other arm, giving Abdiel an opening for him to drive his sword into his chest. However, this only served to infuriate Samael as the Arbiter let out a terrible hollar that shook the stars and made angels flee in terror, knocking back Abdiel before doing the same to Hasmed and Ariel. Ariel, again, attempted to restrain him by holding the handle of his great hammer against his neck, while Hasmed unleashed blows of inconceivable power against Samael, of which were said to have rocked his very being to the core. Samael used the momentum of his hammer to toss Ariel into Hasmed before knocking the two angels away with his hammer.

It was not until Samael faced Michael alongside Lucifer that he found himself being truly pushed. Seeing Michael's enormous power, Samael assumed the form of a Great Red Dragon which Lucifer used as his steed and actually began to overwhelm the great archangel. However, Michael was soon aided by Merkabah who joined the archangel's battle against the two fallen archangels. Their blows created streaks of dense geometric structures of light that blazed across the sea of stars and set clouds ablaze. The stars surrounding them imploded into supernovas with the speed of their attacks generating a gravitational field that drew in these battered celestial luminaries creating a cyclone of destruction. After a long and arduous battle, Michael defeated and terribly wounded both Lucifer and Samael before casting them out of Heaven alongside the rebel angels.

Ruler of Hell

Samael's impact into the Abyss was so powerful and great that the implosion upon contact drastically shifted the landscape of the Abyss into what would later be called Hell. Samael's collision with the Abyss was also said to be the greatest out of all the falls and corresponds with Samael's once enormous beauty and power during his days in Heaven. His fall created a gargantuan crater and hole that would be called the circle of Treachery. He was the second to awaken to Lucifer's call when the Morning Star summoned his fallen brethren after their own respective falls from Paradise, although in Samael's case he had to climb the unfashioned darkness and the furious flapping of his wings to maintain his momentum created powerful gusts of wind that soon cooled off the fiery impact crater which would become the icy winds of the Ninth Circle.

Upon emerging from the crater, Samael abandoned his angelic name and went by the title of "Satan" which means Adversary. He emerged as a new being, and one that would be against all that God has created which he perceives as lies. He chose the title of "Satan" as a declaration that he will be the ultimate enemy of mankind; their accuser. He was able to meet up with his two prominent cohorts and brothers, Beelzebub and Lucifer. Beelzebub advised Lucifer on striking back against God not physically but spiritually and emotionally. In agreement with this, Lucifer proposed that Satan should also prove, through the use of this plan, to God that His greatest creation is not as "great" as He proclaims to His angels.

However, before he could conquer this new Hell, he was also met with resistance in the form of the Three Great Evils, also known as the Prime Evils, ancient demonic beings that sprang forth from the Abyss and awakened upon the full birth of the universe. Satan, alongside Lucifer and Beelzebub, fought the Prime Evils with Satan personally battling Tor'Baalos, the Second of the Evils. He defeated the Lord of Destruction and banished him and his two brothers out beyond Hell's borders and further into the depths of Tartarus. With the Evils out of the way, he and his fallen brothers conquered Hell alongside the original Princes of Hell and made it his domain. Since conquering Hell, he not only rules over the fallen angels, but also the demons that were native to the Abyss. He and Lucifer soon commissioned a grand and glorious palace known as Pandemonium to be built within the center of Hell.

Fall of Man

Breaking into Eden

As Satan and Lucifer prepared to leave Hell, they came across Sin and Death, the former being born from Satan's head when his own thoughts went against the will of God and Death from Sin from her union with Satan. Sin states that she cannot allow them to leave through the Gate by God's orders but Satan responds by informing her that she is not a creation of God and therefore should not be obedient to Him. Contemplating on this, Sin relents and allows them to leave. As they made their way back to Paradise, Satan and Lucifer came across Lilith sitting by the Red Sea, accompanied by Tanin'iver, and was in despair over the fact that God would have His angels kill 100 of her children every day for not returning to Adam. Knowing this, Lucifer had Lilith and her steed join the two fallen archangels on their quest to strike back at God and to pay back her debt to Lucifer for freeing her from Adam's presence. The four would only make their move at the hour the angels go up to worship God.

The four saw the angel Gadreel guarding the gates of Eden. Lucifer distracted Gadreel by conjuring stars in front of him, briefly disorienting the angel, which then had Lilith command Tanin'iver lunge at Gadreel and subduing him by the throat, preventing him from alerting the angels guarding the other gates. This gave Satan and Lilith the opportunity to sneak into the Garden of Eden undetected. Inside the Garden, Satan informed Lilith that she must plant the seeds of rebellion and defiance in Eve's mind, whereby she leads her to the forbidden tree allowing Satan to make these thoughts bloom with his own words. Lilith, in the form of an owl, would whisper words of power, doubt, independence, and self-reflection into Eve's eat as an owl, coaxing her enough for Satan, who possesses a Serpent, to deceive Eve. Controlling the mind of the serpent, he began to seduce Eve, the mother of humanity, into eating the Forbidden Fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil which will grant them everlasting life and exalt themselves atop of the Mountain of God next to the Most High. This also would benefit Lucifer as he knew that Adam and Eve are tied to the puppet strings of his father and by granting them the knowledge of good and evil, they would have independent thought and free-will to make their own choices; freedom from control.

Satan, posing as an angel, seducing Eve

Seduction of Eve

The plan succeeded as Adam and Eve gave into temptation by eating the fruit, cutting them off from a singular thought process and experiencing all sorts of emotions at once, the first of which was shame upon seeing that they were naked. For their disobedience they were cast out of the Garden of Eden and were cursed with mortality. At some point in time, Satan and Eve eloped together. Satan harbored a deep contempt for the fate that befell his children and opted to instead mate with Eve in order to further pollute her will and spirit. When Eve was praying to God, Satan came before in the guise of an angel, answering her prayers involving her fears for her future children bearing the curse of mortality and limited power. In response, he would seduce her with the promise of a child born of the union between the essence of Heaven and the indomitable spirit of man. A child that will lead their descendants to a future where they shall reign over the Earth as gods, carrying the legacy and blood of Heaven within. When Satan and Eve made love, she would come to produce from Cain from their union. However, Cain would then go on to murder his brother Abel, bringing the world and humanity further down into sin, and granting Satan more authority and power to judge and punish them for their wickedness. At one point later in time, Satan also eloped with Lilith, their union resulting in the birth of the second batch of demons after the previous ones were slain by Senoy, Sansenoy and Semangelof.

Despite Satan's banishment from the Heavenly plane, he was still allowed to roam the material world but in spirit form, and his actions that affect the human world are only to the extent of which God allows thus limiting his immeasurable power to acceptable levels. Moreover, Satan's lies and illusions live on and are sowed in the souls and hearts of man and beast, who have inherited the world, and take shape in men as the fear of death through Lucifer's machinations of having exploited Cain's fear of death and thereby nurturing his inner instincts of inheriting Satan's traits by damning his descendants with the fear of death which would lead to immoral crimes. They were a seed that did not die and could not be destroyed, but ever and anon sprouted anew, and bore dark fruit ever after.

Satan's true body was chained into the deepest layer of Hell where the full brunt of his power lays dormant which forces Satan to create a small portion of himself that would be able to roam Earth and even the borders of Heaven itself to a certain extent. The latter in question was shown possible when Satan was summoned by God (although there is debate as to whether or not that it was the fallen angel or an arbiter angel) who questions him on where he was and that if he has been paying attention to one of his favored prophets, Job.

God of the World

Destruction of Hyperborea

Satan would come to be known as the God of this World, for wherever there is sin, there is his presence and thus his control over the region of the world where sin reigns supreme. Satan did not need to truly manifest himself to destroy humanity, but instead would nurture their basic instincts and have them commit crimes of their own volition, as Satan simply gives them a "push". Through the first murder ever committed on Earth by his own son Cain, the spread of darkness and corruption would forever hold onto the spirits of humanity. However, he was not truly the god of the world at the time when Rahab, the Angel of the Sea, held dominion over the oceans which infuriated Satan. While he could not set foot upon Hyperborea, his children can, and in this case, Cain, the Father of Murder.

Unbeknownst to Rahab, Satan guided Cain to the continent of Hyperborea where he could perhaps find some meaning in his pitiful existence once again and Cain set sailed towards Hyperborea. However, Satan also was alerted by the presence of Yhoundeh, posing as a foreign Elk-Goddess, but is in actuality one of the Old Ones. Yhoundeh came to claim the lands and people of Hyperborea but Satan fought against her power through Cain. Cain and Yhoundeh's presence within Hyperborea led the people to divulge into sin and unleashing mayhem, splitting into two factions where those who embrace sin and those take to a power which is not of God's making. This resulted in Rahab decimating the continent and fell from grace against the orders of Heaven, and Yhoundeh fled from the sound of Gabriel's trumpets to apprehend Rahab. With Rahab fallen from grace and Yhoundeh fleeing from the hosts of Heaven, Satan now held dominion over the elements of the Earth.

Ruler of Empires

Through the corruption of the surviving Hyperboreans, Satan was also the spiritual ruler of the empires that would come after, with chief among them being the Roman Empire. While he did hold the most power over the Roman Empire he nonetheless held sway over almost all the superpowers of Earth all those many centuries ago. Satan's exploits upon the Earth involve him having members of the Illuminati slithering their way into the high seats of the empires and influencing the thoughts and decisions of emperors and kings. In the beginning, he would aid the people of Rome, Persia, or Greece into crafting massive monuments and buildings of stone with almost precise and expertly done craftsmanship. Using such crafts only increased the development and advancement of the empires which in turn also had them expand their territories through the continents. Satan was also in league with the Illuminati, who made their abode within Roman Empire and using said empire's resources to plant the seeds that will lead to the inevitable New World Order. However, there were at times where Satan's own personal goals superseded that which the Illuminati desire.

Given that Satan would induce his knowledge over many empires this resulted in animosity or envy between the great kingdoms of man much to the Devil's amusement. Furthermore, these wars would, in a sense, aid the Illuminati's own silent battles against Prodigium, a secret society that was formed to fight the Illuminati as they became aware of the evil that moved the strings of emperors. Among these battles was the Roman-Persian wars, as the Romans and Persians would use what equipment and knowledge granted to them by Satan who was guised as a divine or well-respected figure amongst their ranks. A game of tug of war ensued: towns, fortifications, and provinces were continually sacked, captured, destroyed, and traded. Neither side had the logistical strength or manpower to maintain such lengthy campaigns far from their borders, and thus neither could advance too far without risking stretching its frontiers too thin. Despite the expense of the resources between the warring empires, this provided Satan the opportunity to have his own corruption infect other growing kingdoms, with this infection first spread after the Rashidun army wiftly conquered the entire Sasanian Empire, and deprived the Eastern Roman Empire of its territories in the Levant, the Caucasus, Egypt, and the rest of North Africa. His meddling with the corruption of empires would pave the way for his fellow ruling monarchs to exert their influence over the weak-willed humans.

While Satan silently moved the strings around the great kingdoms of man, he had several moments in biblical legends. His most well-known appearances involve his roles in destroying Job's faith in God, tempting Jesus, and his pivotal role in the Apocalypse. In the book of Job, Job is a righteous man favored by Yahweh. Job describes the "sons of God" (bənê hāʼĕlōhîm) presenting themselves before Yahweh. Yahweh asks one of them, "the satan", where he has been, to which he replies that he has been roaming around the earth. Yahweh asks, "Have you considered My servant Job?" Satan replies by urging Yahweh to let him torture Job, promising that Job will abandon his faith at the first tribulation. Yahweh consents; Satan destroys Job's servants and flocks, yet Job refuses to condemn Yahweh. The first scene repeats itself, with Satan presenting himself to Yahweh alongside the other "sons of God". Yahweh points out Job's continued faithfulness, to which Satan insists that more testing is necessary; Yahweh once again gives him permission to test Job. In the end, Job remains faithful and righteous, and it is implied that Satan is shamed in his defeat.

Temptation of Christ

When Satan learned of Lilith's failed attempt at slaying the infant messiah, the Devil shamed her and decided to take matters into his own hands, by breaking Jesus' will and spirit. An adult Jesus strolls through the desert during his forty days of fasting, which is quite risky given that the desert was seen as outside the bounds of society and as the home of demons such as Azazel. When Jesus sat down to rest, he was approached by Satan himself, outwardly displaying his disdain and is unimpressed by Jesus's showings of miracles and the promises of paradise. To the Devil, Jesus is no different than the mortals that roam the Earth. Satan proclaims that if he truly is the son of God bound in human flesh then he will test Jesus' integrity, purity, and morale by putting him through three trials. Should he fail any of them, this will be seen as definitive proof that even "Son of God" is not infallible and perfect.

Temptation of Christ (Art by TessasART94)

He first shows Jesus a stone and tells him to turn it into bread. Jesus' struggle against hunger in the face of Satan points to his representative role of the Israelites, but he does not fail God in his urge for hunger. He then takes him to the pinnacle of the Temple in Jerusalem and tells Jesus that if he really is the "Son of God" then he must prove it by throwing himself down so that the angels will catch him, but Jesus again rebukes him, maintaining his integrity, by saying that one should not put God to the test.

And lastly upon the third temptation, the devil takes Jesus to a high place, which is explicitly identified as a very high mountain, where all the kingdoms of the world can be seen. The spot pointed out by tradition as the summit from which Satan offered to Jesus dominion over all earthly kingdoms is the "Quarantania", a limestone peak on the road from Jerusalem to Jericho. This temptation is seen as a form of acceptance towards the adulation of the crowds, assume leadership of the nation to overthrow Roman rule, take the crown of his own nation, and from there initiate the kingdom of God on earth. The kingdoms Jesus would inherit through Satan are obtained through love of power and political oppression.

Showing all these powerful and mighty kingdoms to Jesus, Satan promises to give them all to him but only if he will bow down and worship him. Jesus, once again, angrily rebukes Satan and casts him down to his face. Enraged, Satan threatens to destroy him as he possesses the body of a mere man, but Jesus again repels him with his words, and were words that held the Speech of God, which prevents Satan from even touching Jesus. Jesus takes the "iron crown" of Satan and tosses it down to his feet, declaring that he is nothing more than a false king proclaiming himself a god in front of the true Lord of Lords. Satan retreats with extreme scorn and contempt and, after the third temptation, Jesus is administered by the angels as the speech of God was incredibly taxing for his mortal body. While spiritually, Jesus was the victor, Satan's influence over the Roman Empire, before its sacking and stretched resources, led to Christians being persecuted by being fed to lions in the Roman colosseum or crucified alongside Jesus himself.

Defeat by the Dark Knight

Much later on, Satan was present when Mundus planned to lead an assault on the Human World and conquer the realm for himself, ruling both worlds as one. While Satan was not against the destruction of the human race, he found Mundus' ambitions to be surpassing his own judgement and logic. As such, he awaited for the coming of the Conjunction and when it began, Mundus had Mulciber craft the Seven Gates of Hell across the seven continents of the world. The gates in question would act as conduits for the dimensional energy that would run amok through the main plane of reality, which in turn would allow the demons of Hell safe passage through the gates and unto the Earth. Satan was among the seven great kings who was stationed at his own gate, awaiting for the proper alignment of the Conjunction over his Gate so as to pass over to the material plane alongside his armies.

The Gates would also be worshiped as demonic effigies that twisted and warped nearby human settlements from the sheer fumes and presence of these Gates. Satan's stronghold would be built within the Black Iron Mountains, known as Thangorodrim, three colossal dormant volcanoes black as obsidian and their peaks covered in ash. At that time, Satan employed the service of Artorias the Abysswalker and one of the Vassals of the Morning Star to be his lieutenant and prepare his legions. However, it would not be long before Satan realized that something was off during his station. He noticed many abnormalities and dramatic shifts in the overpassing dimensional rifts as if they were being severed from the main reality to avoid catastrophic blowback. He sensed the presence of this source as none other than Sparda, the Legendary Dark Knight himself. Satan observed Sparda's battle against the Abyss Watchers, demons and humans that joined or were corrupted into Artorias' service respectively, before moving against the Abysswalker himself and slaying him in single combat. Afterward, Sparda finally confronted the Great Red Dragon himself.

Satan as the Great Red Dragon confronting Sparda in his Ultimate Devil Trigger (Art by Chugong)

The Devil admitted that he was rather impressed by Sparda's enormous power especially since he managed to defeat his fellow kings of Hell, however, he made it clear that this final battle with him would be much different and the two engaged in battle. Legends dictate that Sparda and Satan fought in a battle that could have quite nearly ravaged a massive section of a continent with eyewitnesses, be it demon or human even, consider it to be among the greatest duels in history. It is said that Satan resorted to assuming his astonishing yet terrible form of the Great Red Dragon to gain the upper hand against the Legendary Dark Knight. After a long and hard-fought battle, Sparda defeated the King of Hell, and he fell upon his own stronghold, destroying the volcanic mountains in his fall from his sheer size as a great dragon. Sparda then banished him back to the Inferno. His banishment consisted of conjuring a powerful binding spell that tied the princes' to their respective circles and prevent them from going any further near the physical world. It is said that Sparda also received aid from the archangel Gabriel to accomplish this. Satan's defeat marked the end of the Dark Reign.

Creation of Dracula

Despite his defeat and imprisonment by Sparda, Satan still had more than enough power and influence to project his astral self unto the human world. One prominent event regarding his actions in the mortal world was his involvement in the creation of Dracula himself. Several hundred years later, Satan was witnessing the massacre of the Ottoman Empire at the hands of the historical and infamous Vlad Tepes. The Devil was impressed by his sheer bloodlust and ferocity but was also intrigued by his religious views as Vlad believed that if they continue to constantly kill in the name of God then He would finally present Himself before His flock as He would no longer be tolerant over the blood being spilled unto the lands. Vlad Tepes was viewed by Satan as the violent side of his Father's worship and that he embodied the unforgiving violent nature of His so-called "perfect" creations.

When the Voivode of Wallachia was finally captured he was met by Satan, appearing in a pool of blood below Vlad as the former monarch was chained to the ground, who promised him extraordinary power to destroy those who wronged him in the past and to use it to establish himself as his own God since the Abrahamic God did not appear when Vlad called out to Him. Vlad agreed and Satan had him drink his own blood just as he was executed by beheading, consequently giving rise to the legendary Dracula. Moreover, he was more appreciative of the success behind Dracula's creation, motivations, and carnage given that his former creation, Absalom, was a failure despite the enormous vampiric power that the Blood God possessed.

Book of Revelation

Satan's Release

Satan awaited the promised day of his release which was intertwined with Lucifer's own release from his tomb. The chains of Judecca that confined Satan into the Ninth Circle of Hell were connected with the seals that kept Lucifer in his tomb. With each of the seals broken, a chain link would snap, heralding Satan's inevitable release. When Lucifer was released, he destroyed Mundus and reclaimed his stolen power and authority. Before they would ascend to the Earth, Lucifer approached the released Satan who emerged from his titanic body, leaving behind a slobbering husk while also taking the lionshare of the power held within the body. Satan and Lucifer breached the barrier between Hell and Earth and his presence signalled the beginning of the Apocalypse.

Satan and his allies went through great lengths to acquire the needed components to bring about Lucifer's New World Order. Throughout his quest, they were of course met with resilience from the combined forces of the Dark Knight Initiative and their respective armies. However, each time their efforts were thwarted and in vain as Satan proved to be a far more powerful opponent than they realized, and while Lucifer guided his forces, Satan did most of the work into bringing about the Apocalypse such as raising the four towers of Babel across the Four Corners of the World using the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. However, over the course of their endeavors, Satan realized that after Lucifer's remaking of creation in order to rid existence of predestination, he will allow the humans to remain. Lucifer believes that as flawed as they are, they do hold potential to be something more and that their current state of existence was only due to the fact that they were under the flawed guidance of their Father. With Lucifer being the new ruler of the cosmos, the humans will not fall under war and ruin. Satan, however, wholly believes that they will never change with it being none more evident than the actions and atrocities they committed by the Illuminati's machinations to release Lucifer, as sin and ruin is ingrained into their very being, cultivating and empowering it to satiate their egos and lusts. Satan kept his true plans at bay from Lucifer, awaiting the right moment.

Woman of the Apocalypse

Satan was tasked with finding the Woman of the Apocalypse, who is clothed in the sun, with a crown of twelve stars, and has the moon under her feet. She is also currently with child though the father is unknown and resides in New York City. The forces of Hell want the child in order to use its blood to open the Scroll of Seven Seals, though Satan desired to kill her as she was in fact the descendant of Jesus and Mary Magdalene, as well as the fact that he swore to the former that he would destroy his seed in revenge for escaping his fate in Hell. Because of this, some of the forces within the Dark Knight Initiative locate the woman and protect her from Lucifer's apocalyptic forces. The demons unleash an invasion upon New York to find the woman and take the child with Satan leading the assault on the city. In the process, Satan comes across several opponents like the Vampire King, Alucard, of whom he is rather intimate with as he is in a sense Satan's greatest creation. Alucard and Satan engage in a violent battle, only for Alucard to find himself overwhelmed and even defeated after a vicious onslaught of attacks from Satan, expressing his disappointment towards his "child". He is again faced with more resistance, this time from the young devil hunter Nero who is soundly defeated by the Great Dragon.

The battle is moved to Central Park with the Dark Knight Initiative and their forces finally meeting Lucifer, Satan, and the remainder of their demonic legions. The Initiative fend of Lucifer's soldiers as they attempt to protect the Woman from Satan while the latter pursues her, effortlessly brushing off any opposing obstacle in his way. However, it was not until he meets Dante and Vergil that things became personal, recognizing the two as the sons of the very demon who defeated him all those centuries ago. The sons of Sparda and Satan engage in a monstrous battle with Dante nearly losing his life only to assume an incredibly powerful transformation that turns the tides. However, before a victor could be decided, Dante falls from exhaustion, and Satan continues his pursuit of the Woman who is now in labor. The Devil blasts a flood of water from his mouth to drown the Woman. However, Spawn and Ghost Rider strike the earth, creating massive chasms that swallow the water. Seeing that she was far enough, the Woman gave birth to a boy with "Immanuel's" aid, his cries repelling the demons and is taken to safety. However, unbeknownst to the Woman and the others, "Immanuel" was Lucifer in disguise who took a sample of the boy's blood to open the seven seals of the scrolls.

Armageddon

At the climax, Lucifer resurrected The Beast by sacrificing seven of the most corrupt humans unto sinful lands, and the result of their blood soaking the sinful land awakened the Beast from beneath the roots of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil which gave the Beast immense political power and influence over the minds of those that have been marked with the Mark of the Beast. The Dark Knight Initiative fought an arduous and extremely difficult battle against the apocalyptic power of the Beast with the monster only growing more powerful as time passed. Lucifer remained at the sidelines for a while, undeterred by their impressive teamwork. He then had Satan summon Gog and Magog from one side of the planet to attack the opposing forces of humanity that were attempting to bring down one of the towers and had a rebel angel unleash the Euphrates Army on the other. It was not until the Heavenly Host descended down from on high to aid humanity in their losing battles against the forces of the apocalypse. After the Beast reached its completed state, it then went on to immediately devour the Harlot of Babylon, who was at the precipice of defeat after a fearsome battle with three members of the Initiative, which was the final step in having the Tree of Knowledge sprout from within it and bore the fruit.

Satan becomes the Great Red Dragon against Alucard (Art by Chugong)

During the battles, Satan once again fought against Alucard who was joined by Alexander Anderson of the Iscariot who was armed with some of the holy relics of the Arma Christi. At first the two were unable to land a decisive blow against the Great Dragon, only until they began to fight in sync where they slowly but surely gained the upper hand. However, even then, Satan was too much for them and defeated them both while grievously wounding Anderson in the process. Before Satan could land a finishing blow, Father Tomas Ortega uses the True Cross to repel Satan from the battlefield at the cost of his own arm, only momentarily and hoping to give Father Anderson enough time to recover.

When Satan returns, Anderson used his trump card, the Nail of Helena, which transforms him into a "Monster of God" according to Alucard. Under the power of Helena's Nail, Anderson unleashes a swath of devastating attacks upon both Satan and Alucard with the former finding himself becoming somewhat overwhelmed by Anderson's onslaught of attacks. However, Anderson is no longer in control of himself and attacks any unholy being in sight, including his "allies" so to speak which consist of demons, vampires, and werewolves. A vicious three-way battle between Satan, Alucard, and Anderson under the effects of the Nail ensues with the combatants often interchanging between combat against the other.

Defeat

Anderson all the while becomes unstable as the battle progresses, prompting Alucard to take it upon himself to kill Anderson.e initiates one final battle with Satan. At first he was doing well, only for Satan to then assume his corrupted Celestial Spark: a Great Red Dragon with seven heads, ten horns, seven crowns, and a massive tail that knocks "a third of the sun... a third of the moon, and a third of the stars" out the sky. Alucard was utterly outclassed by Satan in his ascended form, to the point where his holy weaponry no longer had any effect on him and only responding with mild yet devastating attacks that debilitate the Vampire King. Taunting the vampire, he tells him that he only battles for death and not for God, and so God has once again abandoned him and will not grant him death, instead, Satan will oblige. He strips Alucard of all his powers and devours him, seemingly killing the Vampire King, much to Integra and Seras' horror.

However, before Satan could deliver the finishing blow on Integra and Seras, Alucard was able to return, rupturing through Satan's sternum and having drained a majority of his blood from within the depths of Limbo after being given a choice by Death on whether or not he should pass on or remained until he truly earns his death. Alucard, empowered by Satan's blood once again but far greater than ever, initiated one last battle against the Great Red Dragon where he the vampire actually was able to compete against the Dark Lord. After an extensive battle, Alucard landed a mighty blow against the main head of Satan's draconic form, seemingly bringing him down as he fell to the earth, creating a great implosion that enveloped the battlefield in dust and debris.

Unfortunately, Satan feigned defeat by Alucard's hands, seeing it as nuisance at this point, after he noticed Lucifer's ascension into his former divine state which finally culminated in his secret betrayal against Lucifer. After a while, Satan reveals himself before Lucifer, who was fresh out of his fight with Dante and Vergil, stabbing him and taking all his divine power for himself, restoring him to his former angelic glory. Satan fights against Dante, Vergil, Nero, and Immanuel below the Tree of Knowledge, then the Sons of Sparda atop of the Tree before finally being finished off by Michael, mortally wounding the Great Red Dragon. Satan was utterly defeated, and in a final vain attempt to attack, the archangels quickly set upon him and crippled him when Michael hewed his feet from under him and cast him upon his face. He was bound with the "adamant chain" Barzel, his crown was beaten into a collar for his neck, and he was taken from the Earth and thrust into the Lake of Fire.

Personality

Being the adversary of God and the arbiter of the human race, Satan has been infamously known as the ultimate walking power of malevolence, terror, and destruction, expressing his power over nearly all who dare face him. Indeed, even the devil hunter Dante showed apprehension when first learning of him. Almost all demons in the Inferno, particularly during the reign of Mundus, regard him as nothing more than a legend with the demons even exhibiting fear at the mere mention of his name. A deadly and Machiavellian being, he can also be extremely violent, vindictive, selfish, sinister, and egregiously malevolent, willing to wipe out anyone who stands in the way of his ambitions.

Before his fall from Heaven, Satan was known as Samael and was more noble, just, and fair but strict and firm nonetheless. He was an exalted cherub and thus held great pride over his power and position. It was not until God introduced humanity that he began to change. Samael would grow less and less noble and more resentful of the humans he was ordered to bow down to, judging and accusing them of committing horrible atrocities and, due to their method of creation, are unworthy of basking in God's glory. When none of the other angels shared his views, he ruthlessly slayed them during the War in Heaven alongside Lucifer. After he fell, he not only renounced his angelic name but his hatred towards humans grew to extraordinary levels and only increased over the centuries as he watched them continuously fall in their attempt at being righteous. However, despite his goals of exposing humanity's wickedness to prove to God that they were inherently sinful, he will not harm innocent and righteous souls, going so far as to never permit them to be dragged or be brought unto Hell. Unfortunately, in the end, upon witnessing humanity's descent into sin and corruption (which was required as the sinful events that unfolded were in actuality the seals that held Lucifer at bay) caused Satan to fall into disillusion, wholly convinced that they were beyond reprieve at this point, and decided to wipe out humanity in its entirety, creation being free from their poison.

While other angels disregard humans, and Lucifer holds them in contempt, Satan utterly despises humans. Being an arbiter, as well as extremely intelligent and divinely wise due to his former celestial status, Satan had unparalleled insight into humanity's darker traits, which is something no other angel had and not even the arbiter angels themselves, apart from Lucifer and God. Satan became a punisher of the damned, and was thus endlessly exposed to the mortals who are damned to Hell for their heinous deeds, which only helped grow his utter disdain towards them as they confess their sins to him and he decides the proper punishment for them in Hell. Satan only sees the worst of humanity, for despite performing several good deeds he states that once they begin to sin they slowly consume themselves with their own misdeeds and intoxicate themselves with each sin they commit leading them to becoming some of the worst individuals in human history. As an arbiter, Satan would test the morale of humans, putting them in harsh trials during their lives and offering them a choice when they come to a crossroads that would either lead them to damnation or to salvation. Contrary to popular belief, Satan does not deceive humans (though he does manipulate their lives in some fashion), he states that he only instigates them by nurturing their primal instincts and "gives them a push" when they come to a breaking point, seeing how strong their willpower is. His determination to prove that humanity is not as perfect as God made them out to be is excessive to the point where he targeted Job and even Jesus, tempting the latter with offerings to prove that even the "son of God" is not infallible. However, despite his hatred for humanity, the only human he would allow himself to elope with was Eve. It is unknown what sort of relationship the two had, though it is implied that Eve possessed a calming influence over Satan, so much so that Eve herself stated that she witnessed "the burning fire" slowly fade from his eyes further implying that he had grown quite fond of her, which soon resulted in Cain's birth.

Satan's loyalty is only to those that can be more useful to him than others, as he only aided the Illuminati primarily because several members shared Satan's own sadistically romantic view of judgement and war (the position that war serves a purpose of bettering individuals, and demands human sacrifices). He can also find use in humans like Vlad Tepes, later known as Dracula, finding the Voivode of Wallachia's view on God and faith interesting and coincides with his own personal views, thus having him turned into his ultimate weapon to spread these beliefs through terrible actions. Another was due to Lucifer's New World Order which involves the complete destruction of humanity but it was only when he realized that humanity would be reborn without being confined by predestination and thus free from sin and death that he betrayed Lucifer, unwilling to remain in a universe with mindless animals and was even willing to go so far as to shatter the Firmament in order to have Heaven collapse unto the Earth while it is connected to the four branches of creation thereby destroying creation as a whole, deeming God's creation unfit and tainted, promptly executing it for its corrupt system. Satan also has little to no regard for his demonic subordinates, seeing them as nothing more than servants and cannon fodder. Due to his view and attitude towards humanity, Satan's been rather difficult to work with according to Lucifer for despite having similar views there are many contrasts and as such the two would engage in debate over whether the humans would be useful or if it would be better that they never existed in the first place. Overall, however, Satan genuinely views himself as an altruist, given his belief that without humanity existing on Earth, the planet would be a paradise. It is hinted that he also apparently did not want to kill some of his angelic brethren similarly to Lucifer, as rather than immediately rebelling, he tried everything to persuade his kin that humanity is evil and only rebelled after they made it perfectly clear that they will support mankind and he even went as far as to say that he wanted the angels to approve of his view of humanity when he spoke to the forces of the Dark Knight Initiative and became a kindred spirit to Lucifer as a result.

Satan is a deceptive genius who can expertly hide it under a persuasive façade of calmness and perceptiveness, as well as his persuasive rhetoric, with Satan also usually not desiring to fight individuals who could be useful to him otherwise, like Alucard and John Constantine. Satan is a phenomenal demagogue, with his influence over the political power of Hell and Earth, resulting in the creation of several empires that that became his Earthly kingdoms with the Roman Empire being the more notable one; the usage of divinely wise and seemingly rational arguments making Satan's method even more effective. Hence, even after revealing himself and his motives to the resistance, Satan proclaimed to be not just the "God of this World" but also the "real world" meaning he is about as real as the ground the humans can feel and thus his words hold truth and realism to it, and was still quite persuasive in presenting his viewpoints (him not actually being their enemy, and humanity being inherently malevolent and destructive even without his influence), to the point that it gave even the some of the determined heads of the organizations some pause before they could even respond. He was even able to break Jesus' will when the Son of God descended to Hell instead of Heave, exploiting his weaknesses for being a man and such weaknesses lead to damnation that is until Jesus embraced his flaws as a man in spirit and mind before ascending to Heaven.

When in battle, Satan is highly sadistic, merciless, bloodthirsty, and vicious. He is aware of his immeasurable power and is quite arrogant about it, brutalizing the likes of Nero and Alucard while patronizing them, taunting them, and proclaiming his superiority over them. For this reason, he is highly dismissive of his opponents and almost never takes them seriously, even explicitly stating he would kill the archangel Michael should the opportunity arise once more. Even when facing the combined might of Dante and Vergil, he hardly put any effort into his combat prowess against them, clearly demonstrating the sheer power gap between him and the Sons of Sparda. However, these brutish traits are not to be confused for stupidity and he has given praise and respect towards individuals that are much stronger than he originally believed. He bitterly acknowledges Sparda's strength and power, developing a massive grudge towards the Legendary Dark Knight for defeating him in the past. He also praised Dante and Vergil's power despite overpowering them and that they should be proud and was impressed by Alexander Anderson's tenacity to bring him down despite only being human. But when faced against an opponent that is beneath him, he expresses his disappointment by quickly destroying them.

Powers and Abilities

Satan is an unspeakably powerful being, so much so that he was specifically chosen by Lucifer to be his ultimate trump card during the War in Heaven. Next to both Lucifer and Michael he is the most powerful angel created by God. After his fall from grace, he wields immeasurable supernatural power and the level of his power is the same as it was when he was in Heaven, but it was fairly weakened after being confined in Hell. However, this means not that one should underestimate him as he remains to be the most powerful entity in all of Hell and Earth. He is praised for being the second most powerful being in the Inferno next to Lucifer himself and rivaling the Morning Star as well. He was strong enough to take on the Archangel Michael, defeat an armada of angels, regarded as a huge threat to Heaven, and even directly challenge God. The immensity of his power is evidenced where he imbues his loyal followers with great demonic power allowing them to go toe-to-toe with other mighty supernatural beings.

As the progenitor of demons, no other demon or fallen angel is capable of matching his power, but there are very few possible exceptions. He possesses an extremely wide array of abilities and a vast assortment of demonic weaponry, but he prefers to use his trident Anguis. Satan's power is so great that Nero stood no chance against him, having savagely beat down the young knight, and even the combined might of both Dante and Vergil, before they consumed the Rebis, was not enough to bring him down. Alucard was also unable to defeat him, even if his holy weaponry made him feel pain. During the battle, Satan pushed Alucard's regenerative abilities to their limit as he utterly brutalized the Vampire King, making it seem as though he had perished. Another testament to his power was when he fought Sparda for days on end and even though he lost the battle it was considered to be among the greatest duels in history and one that pushed Sparda to his absolute limits. Even after his imprisonment by Sparda and Gabriel, Satan was still able to project his astral self into the mortal realm. In fact, during the battles against the opposing forces of Earth, the Devil was in a constant state of boredom as no one was strong enough to actually make him put effort into his combat prowess. During the final phases of the Apocalypse, Satan was able to take on and defeat nearly all of the members of the recently-formed Dark Knight Initiative, which is composed of very powerful supernatural beings.

Once he regained his full power after taking Lucifer's own when the latter regained it by consuming the Forbidden Fruit, he was able to even defeat the archangels Michael (though he was weakened from his fight against Lucifer), Gabriel, and Raphael at the same time in a fight. It was also shown that even after Dante and Vergil unlocked their fullest potential from consuming the Rebis they still struggled against his enhanced power. He is also known to be a complete master in black magic and have incredible knowledge in all manners of spells, having no superior other than possibly Lucifer. Satan is also able to assume his true form, which resembles a gargantuan fallen beast with three or more heads and four wings, similar to the one in the Divine Comedy. In this state, he is practically unstoppable as all attempts of defeating him in that form have been in vain. He was capable of knocking a "third of the sun, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars" from the sky with his tail. Another testament to his power is when he actually stripped Alucard of all the power that he granted him when the Vampire King was at death's door during his time as a human, before eventually fatally wounding him and devouring him. He later fought against Alucard once again, who gained even far greater power after the Vampire King drank his blood to resurrect himself, and lastly against Dante and Vergil when they unlocked their true inner power after consuming the Rebis and was able to hold his own against them for quite the considerable amount of time before being overwhelmed by the Sons of Sparda.

Quotes

Humans. They are such a confused species. The vast majority perceive reality as the physical. Truth is a local phenomenon. I am the hole that remains when everything else is gone. The emptiness shaped like God. The fire that consumes your heart. I have been there with you from the moment you understood anguish. Or pride. Victory. Retribution. As delectable a morsel as I have ever grown fat on. Each time you relent to the burning desire for satisfactions that only I can provide...you serve the Devil. The ecstasy you feel in the heat of subtle manipulation is my own. When you lash out at your loved ones, bystanders, enemies, you are but a mere fraction of my will.
~ Satan
I am many things, Alucard. You couldn't even begin to imagine half of them. Once I was a judge. Now I am an Accuser. An arbiter if you will. But now? Now I shall assume the role of executioner. Humanity's executioner.
~ Satan to Alucard
"Now?" You have no idea what "now" is. Now I was flying. Now I breathed fire and I ate them as they fled. Now I whipped my tail and the winds trembled! Now I am hidden in this pale shade of flesh and bone! Now I am witness to man's eternal salvation! Now I am witness to his demise! DO NOT SPEAK TO ME OF TIME, DEMON! Its simplest ebbs and turns elude your meager understanding! Find another way NOW!!!
~ Satan ranting at Mephistopheles
And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in Hell.
~ Matthew 10:28 (ESV)
My belief is that, morally, God and Satan are vaguely on the same page. According to the common understanding of Satan's origins, 'holiness' is, metaphorically, frozen stiff in his veins: and at that a corrupted formula - i.e. legalism. The vital difference is that God is willing to offer grace for our sins; he delights in grace. God is the one and only holy and just punisher of sin, yes, but that is partly so because punishment for the sake of punishment is not something he loves. Whereas Satan, as the accuser, and as it is written, actually seeks God's permission to punish; he, being a seasoned legalist, delights in finding wrongs and will defy his own morality just to expose immorality. This is why both the anti-religious soul and the violently religious soul are, whether consciously or unconsciously, and sadly enough, glorifying their biggest hater: Satan is not only a lawless lover of punishing lawlessness, but also the sharpest theologian of us all. He loves wickedness, but only because he loves punishing wickedness.
~ Trevor Bruttenholm

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