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Ba'al (also know as Ba'al Zebub, or Beelzebub) is an ancient demon with goat horns believed to grant fertility to women. He is a character in American Horror Stories primarily portrayed by Dane DiLiegro.

Background[]

Ba'al is a legendary demonic entity which existed for centuries. It is said that he is the bringer of pestilence and can bless women with the ability to increase the probability of fertility. He has served Bernadette's family for several generations.

Liv Whitley found the following description on a demonology website while searching for Fertility God Sumeria[n], "Ba'al has had many different identities throughout history. The first can be traced back to the Old Testament in the First Chapter of the Book of Kings, as the name of the Philistine god of Ekron. Throughout the Old Testament, Ba'al is later referred to as a Judeo-Christian demon, Jeremiah 7:9 says: Will you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear falsely, make offerings to Ba'al, and go after other gods that you have not know. Later in the Scriptures, Ba'al took on an identity as one of the Principal Kings of Hell who ruled over the East. In 1589, Peter Binsfeld classified demons into a group called the 'Seven Princes of Hell' using the Seven Deadly Sins in his process. Ba'al is not named amongst these but at the time was thought to be [...] In other incarnations he was Ba'al Zebub, or Beelzebub, a demonic entity, Lord of the Flies and bringer of pestilence."[1]

Personality and Appearance[]

Ba'al is a tall and shadowy demon, with goat-like horns, bat-like wings and red eyes. He is black all over and sometimes becomes red. He has nails with pointed spines, which he often uses them to attack someone. Despite his evil and bloodthirsty nature as a demon, Ba'al is an honest and fair individual. He will do anything in order to finsih the conditions in the contract and be released.

Story[]

One night, Liv wakes to sounds from the baby monitor. She looks up to see a horned and winged figure standing over her child, it is later revealed that Rory pretends to be Ba'al to trick and scare Liv. After throwing a Ouija board into the fire, Liv goes in and cradles an upset Aaron, and she sees Ba'al outside the window in the rain. Bernadette insists that Ba'al is supposed to be benevolent. She gives Liv a book with a banishing ritual and an athame to assist her, which Liv performs that night. Ba'al continues to whisper "He is mine". Waving the athame in defense, she stabs Matt (who she did not see or hear enter the room) in the shoulder.

After Matt leaves his partying friends to change Aaron's diaper and the lights begin to flicker as fog rolls in, Ba'al has come to claim them and executes each in turn. He successfully kills the four people and looks at Matt angrily. Matt bacomes a scapegoat of Ba'al and ends up in prison for his crimes. He insists to Liv that Ba'al killed his friends. Liv begins to leave, not wanting to listen to talk of demons from him. At home, Liv puts Aaron to bed. Ba'al arrives, demanding to be released. Bernadette believed the banishing spell was fake; when Liv tried to use it in the hospital (with her own blood to make the sigil), she discovered it was a true summoning and binding spell, which can successfully summon Ba'al. Liv set the bound Ba'al upon Matt's friends, and will release him under one condition: he seeds her with another baby.[2]

Powers[]

Ba'al is an immensely powerful spiritual entity with a variety of supernatural powers.

  • Immortality - As a demon, Ba'al is not susceptible to human weaknesses, thus being immune to all aging, disease, and death.
  • Transmutation - Ba'al can move instantaneously from one location to another.
  • Telekinesis - Ba'al can move things with his mind. Ba'al magically unlocked the door and released Liv from the asylum after being summoned by her.
  • Intangibility / Invisibility - As a spiritual entity, Ba'al has the ability to become tangible / seen or intangible / unseen at will.
  • Illusion Manipulation - The ability to create, shape and manipulate illusions, causing others to see, hear, touch, smell and/or taste things which do not actually exist or cause them to perceive things differently from what they truly are. Ba'al used this on Liv to make her hear something wrong.
  • Enhanced Strength - Ba'al possesses a great amount of supernatural strength, allowing him to easily pierce through one's back or head.
  • Flight (presumably) - Ba'al is seen exposing his wings, which means he could have the ability to fly.
  • Immunity to Timeline Alteration - Unlike humans, but like other demons, Ba'al seems both aware and unaffected by the alteration of timelines.
  • Cosmic Awareness - Ba'al knows and understands what is transpiring across the universe.
  • Fertility Blessing - Ba'al is able to bless women with fertility. He does this for several generations of Bernadette's family, and he also give Liv babies twice.
  • Plague Transmission - As the bringer of pestilence, Ba'al may have the power to spread the plague to mankind.

Quotes[]

Notes[]

  • The demon is based on Ba'al, an entity later demonized in the Bible. The website Liv visited mentions some of those facts, adjusting history and beliefs to the plot.
  • According to the demonology website, the entity is known as Ba'al (Biblically Hebrew, pronounced [BAAL], commonly spelled Baal in English.
  • The description on the website is partially blurred due to camera angles. Despite being illegible, Peter Binsfeld identified Beelzebub with gluttony in his demonic classification.

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References[]

  1. As shown on the demonology website. Timestamps 21:51; 21:55.
  2. Episode: BA'AL
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