From the outside, Levistus only appears as a dark shadow within the deep blue ice of a great glacier outside the city of Tantlin. His true form is a handsome man with a trim goatee and long, black hair. He stands unnaturally tall, and has eyes of jet black, with jagged, pointed teeth, but these three subtle qualities are the only hints that he may be more than human.
Charming, bold, and ruthelessly ambitious, Levistus remains confident and courageous, despite his imprisonment in ice. He is a rake and a bounder, espousing the eternal truth of betrayal, of how it is inevitable that all creatures violate whatever trust is put in them.
Shortly after Asmodeus's ascent to the throne of Hell, Levistus was promoted to rulership over Stygia.
Shortly thereafter, however, he attempted to betray Asmodeus. According to one account, he attempted to seduce the Queen of Hell, Bensozia, in an effort to learn Asmodeus's weaknesses. She rebuffed his advances, and so he killed her and her bodyguards; only Martinet, Constable of Hell, survived to report what happened to Asmodeus.
Another account says that Levistus had affairs with both Bensozia and her daughter, Glasya, without either of them knowing about the other. When Glasya attempted to become his acknowledged consort, however, she found her mother in his arms. She waited until her mother was alone on her way back to Asmodeus, then murdered her. Martinet found out what happened, but fearing that Asmodeus would be weakened should the truth be known he killed the other bodyguards and blamed it on Levistus.
Whatever the truth was, the insult could not go unpunished. Asmodeus encased Levistus in his prison of ice, and stripped rulership from him, appointing it to the devil known as Geryon instead.
In the aftermath of the Reckoning of Hell, Geryon was deposed for unknown reasons. Asmodeus restored Levistus's rulership over Stygia, but left him encased in ice, unable to act.
Well, not entirely unable. Through magical abilities, through loyal subjects, through telepathy, and through his aspects, Levistus remains an active Lord of the Nine. He encourages cults amongst mortal realms as well. During all this, he remains defiant of Asmodeus.
RelationshipsEditLevistus has few friends among the devils. His rivalry with Asmodeus is likely a great cause of this, but hardly the only. Asmodeus and Bensozia's daughter Glasya (now Lord of the Sixth) bears him a grudge for killing her mother, and Asmodeus's constable Martinet is the last survivor of the assault that killed Glasya's mother.
Two gods living on Stygia -- Set (of the Pharonic pantheon) and the shark-god Sekolah seek to overthrow the devil-king as well. Set's battles are fierce, but mostly centered around clashes of minions rather than true attacks, and Shekolah seems prepared to bide his time.
Levistus uses amnizu devils most frequently, and has the following dukes under his command:
- Agares, who has 31 companies of osyluths. Former vassal of Geryon.
- Machalas, who has 11 companies of hamatula. Former vassal of Geryon.
- Erridon Alaka, a male gelugon socerer who dresses in regal finery, and serves as Levistus's spy and informant.
- Zanth, a male half-devil human rogue/assassin who serves as Levistus's enforcer, killing potential rivals before they become threats.
- Trinity, a female hellcat who serves as the voice of Levistus, declaring edicts for others to carry out, and directing Erridon and Zanth.
Any who crave success at betrayal or vengeance pay homage in some small way to Levistus. He is especially popular amongst nobles and swashbucklers. He is prayed to by boiling water in a cauldron, and then dropping great chunks of ice into it
Levistus's symbol is a rapier blade stuck in a cube of ice.
Those cultists who pay homage to Levistus are called "bladereavers." They live nomadic lives, often out of necessity -- Levistus's dogma demands betrayal as an act of faith. They rely on charm and wealth to achieve trust, and then violate it regularly.
The greatest temple to Levistus exists in the floating iceberg-city of Icerazor.