Satan (悪魔, Akuma?, lit. Evil Demon aka Devil) is an unseen character from Final Fantasy II. While his existence is not referred in the game, he is present in the novelization Final Fantasy II Muma no Meikyū.
Story[edit | edit source]
Satan is the Lord of Pandaemonium. His lieutenants include Beelzebub and Astaroth (who is referred to as a male fallen angel, in contrast to what his appearance in the PSP release might suggest). Emperor Mateus strikes a deal with him to summon hellish creatures into the mortal realm.
In the past, Satan's main power came through influencing others, with the conduit of influence being that of a person's natural level of malice. Palamecia proved to be an easy target for him to spread his influence into the kingdom, and if a ruler were to be immune to Satan's influence, he would find a way to eliminate them. Such a fate befalls that of the Emperor's father, wanting to open the Palamecian borders for diplomatic relations with other kingdoms. Satan was unable to dissuade the monarch, and so gives him a heart-attack, killing him instantly. As soon as Mateus is crowned Emperor, Satan has him as a pawn in his game, knowing that Aile, the Emperor's mother may be onto his plot. Satan removes Mateus' memories of her, as influencing him to outright kill her wasn't an option.When the Emperor is defeated by Firion and his friends, they find the Stone of Iludia containing Satan's soul and destroy it sending Satan back to hell to where he (presumably, considering the novel doesn't mention the Emperor's return) takes the form of The Emperor of Hell and attempts to take over the world a second time, this time in person, while Mateus's soul enters Arubboth and becomes The Emperor of Arubboth.
Etymology[edit | edit source]
Satan comes from a Hebrew ha-Satan which means "the accuser." It is the name of the Devil in Abrahamic religions. Satan is also one of the seven princes of Hell in Christian Demonology. He is attributed the deadly sin of Wrath.
demon is "an evil spirit or devil, especially one thought to possess a person or act as a tormentor in hell".A
The word ultimately comes from the ancient Greek daimon (translated into Latin as daemon) meaning a spirit/god. On its own, the word is neutral, neither good or evil. The English translation later became synonymous with devil, to the point the words are commonly interchangeable now.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- In the English NES prototype for Final Fantasy II, Beelzebub is referred to as Satan. Beelzebub is a name often used by Satan in later editions of the New Testament.