Eons ago, Lucifer Morningstar rebelled against Heaven, and was cast into Hell. Here the Morningstar ruled, awaiting the day he could be freed.
The actual first appearance of "Lucifer" can be argued even though it is established that it was in The Sandman #4 that this Lucifer made his first appearance. However, in DC Comics there were other Lucifer's before this one, some looked more like The Devil in Vertigo's Preacher series while some resembled this "devil", and all of them were referred to as Lucifer. So it is that DC Comics handbooks would record Lucifer's first appearance as being different than Sandman #4, for they refer to Lucifer...but in all actuality, not this Lucifer. This Lucifer was created by three men in particular, Neil Gaiman, the writer of the Sandman series as well as Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg, fellow creators credited for work on the issue.
From that point on Lucifer did not appear for some time again but eventually he made a couple more appearances in the series Sandman, his stepping stool to fame. After the conclusion of the Sandman series Lucifer was given his own three-issue series, Sandman Presents: Lucifer. From there the story further continued into his eponymous series, Lucifer. This seventy-five issue series focused on Lucifer and the individuals he effected. Apart from these two series Lucifer has appeared in a variety of issues for other titles such as The Demon or Hellblazer but he met his end in Lucifer #75, with an ending that left Lucifer outside of the DC universe.
Key Story Arcs
Master of Dreams
When the Great Evil Beast awoke, Lucifer shared his rule of Hell with Beelzebub and Azazel. Dream came to Hell to reclaim his lost helm, and a passing remark he made about the power of dreams slighted Lucifer in front of all the demons of hell. For that, Lucifer vowed to one day destroy Dream.
Season of Mists
This is the arc where Dream comes to Hell only to find Hell empty and to learn that Lucifer has quit being the Lord of Hell. He has locked all the entrances, had Dream cut off his wings and given Morpheus the Key to Hell and left for Perth, Australia.
The Kindly Ones
Now no longer lounging around on a beach in Perth, he now lived in the City of Angels, Los Angeles. Lucifer became the owner of and exquisite pianist at The Lux, a night club he ran alongside his consort Mazikeen. And though he had already abandoned everything in his past life, many people still come to visit him. The angel Remiel asked Lucifer to relieve him of the rulership of Hell. Lucifer laughed and spit in his face. After that, Delirium came to ask Lucifer to save Dream from the Furies. Lucifer told her that her brother was beyond help. So after all that, Lucifer felt compelled to move on from his current role of pianist and nightclub owner.
The Morningstar Option
After a few years later (in the real world), the Lucifer character was resurrected when Mike Carey decided to continue where Neil Gaiman left off with a miniseries entitled, The Sandman Presents Lucifer. In this series we learn the story of Rachel Begai, a young teenage girl whose life becomes intertwined with Lucifer when Yahweh sends Amenadiel of the Seraphim to make a bargain with the Morningstar. The deal is that Lucifer must slay some Old Gods, from eons past as they are wreaking havoc and in return he will be granted a gift. So, Lucifer goes on a journey, interacting with different individuals from Briadach and the Lilim, to Pharamond, and of course Rachel. It is learned that he needs Rachel's help to go down to the place where the Old Gods can be found and so he lures her along under the impression she can save her brother. Unfortunately, as it turns out, she cannot save her brother, though Lucifer's goal is completed, and so from it all he gains a Letter of Passage from Yahweh and a grudge from Rachel that lasts until they next meet many years later.
A Six Card Spread
Now in Hamburg, Germany; Lucifer wanted to use the Letter of Passage to build a new Creation outside of God's creation. He ordered the angel Meleos to give him a reading from the Basanos to determine the validity of the Letter by asking for a "six card spread". Meleos stalled, and rather than give in to Lucifer's demands he tried to destroy the Basanos, but underestimated their power, and was defeated, thus the Basanos were set free. As a punishment for disobeying him Lucifer destroyed Meleos's entire life's work; a library containing the history of everything from the time history was recorded, down the the very last word. Lucifer tracked down the Basanos at a night club, who had taken possession of Jill Presto, and forced them to give him a reading. Then, he used the Letter to open a doorway to new Creation inside Lux, and then wrote one of God's names on the door, ensuring that if the door was ever closed, God's own Creation would be destroyed.
Born with the Dead
Lucifer then goes to London, and arrives just in time to save Elaine Belloc, and the place of their first meeting is the Realm of Death itself, for Elaine was kidnapped and killed by the principal of the school her murdered friend, Mona, attended, he also happened to Mona's murderer.
Lucifer told Elaine that because he saved her, she is now in his debt, and left.
The House of Windowless Rooms
Lucifer decides that it is time for him to reclaim what he gave up years ago, and so he journeys into Izanami's realm to take back his wings.
Susano-o-Mikoto, Kagutsuchiu, Tsuki-Yomi and Yama-no-Kami let Lucifer stay in the House and acted cordial toward him, but in truth they plotted his murder, a feat only possible because Lucifer was mortal in Izanamiâ€™s realm. Susano-o-Mikoto summoned the demon Musubi and sent her to kill Lucifer, but Lucifer, though powerless, still has his most deadliest weapon, his intellect. He manipulated the demon into becoming his servant, to the point of letting Lucifer kill her.
Later at the banquet in the same chamber Izanami is in, Kagutsuchiu provoked Lucifer. Lucifer killed Kagutsuchiu, but not before Kagutsuchiu accidentally killed Tsuki-Yomo. Rather than lose any more family members Izanami returned Lucifer's wings, but unbeknownst to Lucifer she imparted part of her essence to form two pinfeathers and rooted them into his wings. With his wings Lucifer could be able to travel the void of his Creation. He returned to Lux only to find it now gutted by a massive inferno and left in shambles. He seems untroubled by this turn of events however, and casually reverts to his more human-like form, clothing himself in a tux and hiding his wings. He goes downstairs to investigate when a fireman begins asking him questions and telling him he's supposed to figure out what caused the fire but Lucifer tells him to come back tomorrow. He then confronts Jill Presto who stands over Mazikeen (whose face she foolishly ordered The Basanos to "restore") and tells her that the beings who have attached themselves to her were told to stay out of Lucifer's affairs and if they do not leave immediately, he may lose his patience. Jill, quite unhappy, vents on Lucifer who once again tells her to leave before his good humor fades or Mazikeen awakes. She leaves in a huff and Lucifer is left alone, standing in his burnt-out night club thinking of things to come.
Children and Monsters
In the prelude to the arc, a cursed woman named Erishad has been seeking relief from the curse her gods placed on her four thousand years ago. A curse of immortality that causes her to awake every morning as she was when the gods first cursed her...and have the same miscarriage every day (that's almost 1.5 million times). She believes this relief will come to her in the form of "The Gate" Lucifer has opened inside The Lux.
But when she enters the upper room of the fire-damaged building and finds what she sought, Lucifer denies her entry and informs her that it leads to a place filled with an absence of anything but not non-existence which will not help her, nor shall he (by granting her death). At this point their dealings end and Erishad seeks peace elsewhere only to learn her curse can not be removed by her diminished gods any longer. So she unleashes her frustration on them with the vengeful spirit of her unborn child and returns to her empty life.
Several cities later (as she is quite nomadic and holds on to nothing she has in life, except the spirit of her child, now contained in a jar) and it is in a Parisian outdoor restaurant that she sits when Lucifer approaches her, not to gloat but to grant her wish, in return for her child, which will be quite useful to him if willingly given. At first she seems reluctant in letting him use her child, as she did, but he promises to only use the creature once before sending it on to its own death. Erishad gives in, and clasps Lucifer's hand...a scattering of dust blows across Paris and Lucifer walks away from the diner, a good day's work completed.
Soon after, setting things into motion in the absolute nothingness of the universe Lucifer opened with his Letter of Passage, he grapples with the released spirit of Erishad's child...but try as it might, the creature can do nothing to harm Lucifer. The Morningstar informs it that since its mother gave it freely, he has become its master and it will do his work. In other words, devour anyone else who dares venture into the realm.
Returning to The Lux through the gateway, Lucifer is met by Mazikeen who wishes her lord could restore her face as not even her own abilities can do so due to the trumping power of The Basanos. Lucifer tells her that he cannot do it, at least not yet, for he must use his power against The Host whom he knows are preparing a strike. But Lucifer is not solely concentrated on holding back Heaven, he also has his eyes on a man of seemingly no importance named David Easterman.
Although it could be considered overdoing it, Lucifer grabs the suicidal man's attention (who has just taken a multitude of sleeping pills) through The Dreaming in such a bold show of power (by creating an endless multitude of doors throughout the realm) that residents of The Dreaming can't help but notice...and know that only someone who did not worry about incurring the wrath of Dream is sending out an invitation. The plan works, and Easterman is brought to Lucifer, but they do not meet in dreams, rather The Dreaming was merely a portal to the more private Lux where Lucifer tells Easterman that what he saw was true, his wife was the victim of a robbery and he was the only witness. The words seem cryptic to the reader but Easterman seems to know what they mean, and although the introductions are never made, he also seems to know he has just met The Devil based on his mental observations soon after the meeting.
He then summons Musubi to himself and charges her with a single mission, stand guard to the gate into the Void, slaying the host of angels at they strike at it. The two guardians indeed slay countless members of the Host while Lucifer stands behind the Source Wall, seeing everything at once. He finally focuses on what he was looking for and flies off to the location of Sandalphon, a fallen angel who holds both Michael and Elaine hostage. For some unknown reasons (at the time) Lucifer defeats Sandalphon and takes his brother and niece to the Lux, which is now completely demolished and in its stead is but a gate into the void. Lucifer orders The Host to leave and reluctantly they do so, though under the circumstance that he and Amenadiel should duel in one year's time. Lucifer than takes Michael into the void and slays him with a sword, causing the Demiurgic power to be released and Michael to be reborn.
The Seeds of Time, The Two-Edged Sword and The Ancestral Deed
It is then that Lucifer's true plan seems to be revealed as he begins to use his unimaginable power to mold the matter expelled by his brother into suns, forming a universe of his own, Lucifer's creation, something he had been planning for a long time it seems. As his world finally takes shape he at last decides to parallel his father and makes the first man and the first woman, the Adam and Eve of his creation. He teaches them morality and immorality but to them comes a serpent, the serpent begins to fill their minds with evil. Over time the man gives up on wanting life, trying to bring himself pain just to stop himself from doing what is evil. He begs his Maker for death and Lucifer grants it, than the woman too asks for death and she also becomes dust, Lucifer saying that "one out of two is not bad". We then learn that the serpent was Amenadiel, something Lucifer seemed to have known all along and that the only purpose of the mortals was to see if Lucifer could create a race that could withstand the Host or not, Amenadiel learns he was his enemy's pawn and leaves in disgust, allowing Lucifer to rest upon the seventh, picnicking with Mazikeen in his creation.
A Dalliance with the Damned
At this point in time, it seems things are going on in the bowels of Hell, and some demon nobles wish for the return of Lucifer, so that he might rule over them once again. Through some murder and deceit they summon the devil. Arriving in Hell with Mazikeen at his side, he comes to Lord Arux of Effrul and meets with the ruler, learning that it was not Arux who had summoned him, which is exactly what Lucifer anticipated and the reason he came. Announcing himself at the ball Arux is hosting, all eyes turn upon Lucifer as he's within Hell, but the true reason he is there is quite different than his summoners anticipated. He had not come to help them, but to punish them for thinking he was a servant to be summoned and he makes the suffering of his most loyal follower long and hard.
The Thunder Sermon
At this time, Michael comes to speak with his brother Lucifer, concerning his Void, as it has been causing many troubles, and so speaking on behalf of Yahweh, he demands that Lucifer stop what he is doing and to close the doorway into the Void. Hearing this angers Lucifer greatly and instead he does quite the opposite of what he is asked and as a great show of power seemingly bonds with the very energy of the Void and then splits it infinitely so that an infinite amount of doorways in an infinite amount of dimensions all lead to his creation, allowing all who wish to enter, do so. Michael leaves, angered with his brother once again, and Lucifer welcomes all into his Paradise, making just a simple rule for them, not to worship anyone, not even himself.
Paradiso and The Writing on the Wall
At this time, Lucifer's realm is infiltrated by the Basanos, and as he argues with Mazikeen in Yahweh's creation they soon take over his realm, and although he can sense their doings, he arrives too late to save his creation, solely because of the time difference he placed between the two worlds. Lucifer than comes face to face with Death and Innocence of the Basanos and swears that he will destroy them if they do not leave his realm. Of course they seem to be a few steps ahead of the Morningstar and reveal that because two of his feathers are absent from his wings, kept in the possession of Izanami, his powers are unstable. And even as he tries to use the powers for whence he was named, he bursts in flames and careens towards the earth in the mountains, engulfed in flames and left but a charred corpse amongst the rocks. We later learn that Esa-Kira, the prophetess of the centaurs in his creation had come to the Lux to warn him, but because of some confusion she decided to take back this warning to her Maker, and he caught her in the act of removing it from his wall. She told him what was going on, but his arrogance proved to be his downfall when he told her that because she had changed her mind, he did not care to hear what she was going to say, which was a warning that the Basanos were going to kill him.
Lucifer's remains were never located by The Basanos and although some of their number worried greatly about this, their leader Innocence decided they would move along with their plans and worry about Lucifer another time. What they did not know is his body had been stolen and brought deep beneath a mountain by one of the Seraphim who was trying to alleviate the guilt of what he had created, Meleos. He lay Lucifer's body on a stone pedestal and then stood there and waited for help to come from an unknowing innocent. Meanwhile, Lucifer's spirit existed in a limbo of sorts where he encountered Death of the Endless who had to come and see just how close he'd gotten to being on her doorstep.
The two talk for a while, Death probing Lucifer with questions she's always wanted to ask and doesn't know if she'll ever get another chance to, Lucifer being unamused and threatening her with a reminder that he's going to escape his predicament and she best take that into consideration with her words. While they talk, Lucifer tries to restore himself but only combusts again and Death asks what his plans are to which he replies that he just needs to await another option. Ironically, the other option comes in the form of the one The Basanos brought to his attention back in Hamburg, Elaine Belloc. It seems that Meleos has manipulated her into saving Lucifer by sending her astral spirit into his burned-out corporeal form.
Elaine exclaims to Lucifer that she can save him, pausing for a moment to look back at Death, and then informs him an angel sent her and said that she would serve as a conduit for his power so that he could use it to heal his body. Lucifer doesn't understand all of the technicalities of the process but gives it a shot and the two join hands. A flurry of energy emanates from the touch and Lucifer's withered body is fully restored to life and he awakes to see Meleos standing over him. Lucifer admits surprise that Meleos would be the one to rescue him but Meleos sees it as his revenge, the constant memory Lucifer shall have that his life was in the hands of Meleos. Lucifer doesn't acknowledge the comment at first but when he does, he plays it off as a trivial irony. Instead, what he is more intent on is knowing the fate of two feathers from his wings, as these two feathers should not have been burned and in them is contained most of his power. Now it is Meleos who is at a loss as he doesn't seem to understand what this means, but assumes it's a bad thing, especially as Lucifer infers he may not survive as the hunting dogs of Kagutsuchi - that had been given to the Basanos by Susano - run down the mountainside toward the cave mouth.
Meleos summons a sword of fire and tells Lucifer that if this means he's powerless, then he has doomed them all. As the scouting hounds of the hunting party approach, Lucifer dispatches one with merely his brute strength and says "powerless" is a relative term. However, he has other things to attend to and knows Meleos' real reason for involving himself is that he wants redemption for creating The Basanos. So Lucifer departs, telling the fallen seraph to hold them off until he falls. And then he's gone...his winged form restored (though not his power) he flies off to the tower that The Basanos erected as a monument commemorating their conquest.
Entering through the window of an upper chamber, he awakens Jill Presto from her fertilization. She is shocked at Lucifer's presence (having thought he was dead) and immediately shifts all the blame of her actions onto the living tarot deck that possesses her. Jill tells Lucifer that they raped her and now won't even let her die until she births their child. Lucifer seems to think maybe he can help with that. So it is that eventually The Basanos realize the war they fought with Meleos (and the Lilim) was merely a distraction and they storm off to their tower to find Lucifer already waiting with his hand around Jill's throat.
He gives them an offer, an ultimatum, destroy themselves and he will not harm their offspring lest it threatens him first. After a pause and with a bitter resentment in her face, Innocence stands alone as her fellows all return to their cards which she is then holding in the form of a deck. She tells Lucifer it was not his wit that conquered them but his universe that blinded their foresight. And with that, she sets the cards (and herself) ablaze and the threat of The Basanos is eliminated.
As the dust settles, Lucifer must attend to the other matters at hand and he appoints the Lilim his army and dispatches them with Mazikeen at their head to track down Susano who has taken his two unmarred feathers. But he does not go with them for he has other promises to keep, a promise made one year ago with Amenadiel, a duel in the Inferno.
When Lucifer arrives, he makes his entrance into Hell in a manner most unbefitting the most powerful entity to ever set foot in the realm, not to mention the one who ruled over it for billions of years. Rather then fly in on his angelic wings, he comes alone (as custom dictates) riding into Hell on an Infernal beast similar in size to a large elephant. It is to Gly that he comes for Christopher Rudd, now a Duke, was chosen to be his host. Rudd does his best to show the formalities required of one in his position and Lucifer says he would be interested to hear how it was that a human soul came to have authority in Hell.
Lucifer is interrupted when a demon drops before him, with praises on his tongue, and a knife in his fist. The assassin leaps forward to cut Lucifer down whilst two more come from behind. Rudd unsheathes his sword and dispatches of one of the assassins, but while Lucifer kills the first with the demon's own blade, he is stabbed in the side from behind. He swiftly turns and rips the face off of his would-be murderer but the damage is done. Christopher is told the assassins were of his household, but he seems to know nothing of what has transpired. Lucifer merely requests he be shown his room so that he may wash after his travels, then he and Rudd will talk. As he washes his wounds alone he thinks of Mazikeen, his love, and their last moments before they parted ways, him to Hell, and her in a quest to restore his power.
Later, while walking along the battlements Rudd details the security measures of the fortress until Lucifer changes the course of the conversation by directing their attention to the area around the castle. Lucifer recalls that the barren wasteland was once a painfield, Christopher assures him they still are but that he merely waits a year so that the next year's crop will be more bountiful. Lucifer provokes the Duke by asking if he truly feels no guilt on harvesting pain now that he is on the other side of the system. Perhaps having been pushed too far Christopher replies with his sword to Lucifer's chest. He explains how he endured three hundred years of eternal torment for killing an innocent, something he has vowed not to do again so he asks Lucifer if it was he who designed the Infernal realm. Lucifer says that it grew around him, his only crime was doing nothing to stop it. He continues by saying that Hell has a life of its own, supply and demand, a balance but Rudd's plans to topple Hell are his plans alone, however, they could possibly talk strategies at some point, share perspectives. With that said, he leaves Christopher to his own musings.
When next we see the two, Christopher is working hard with a crowbar in an attempt to break a steel piece off the wall of stone, as it is hooked to a chain that supports a metal chandelier over the room. Although obviously under strain, Lucifer simply stands by as they talk about the upcoming duel and it is revealed that the winner is the one who can eat the other duelist's heart because to the death can be tricky with some of the combatants. Christopher suggests removing your heart before entering the arena but it is against the rules, and should anyone cheat, the Lords who watch over the preceding would combine their power and destroy the offender. Lucifer finally lends his hand to Rudd's task while they converse and without even appearing to have put in the merest effort the steel breaks loose and Rudd passes him a cloth to clean his reopened wounded side.
This conversation is interrupted when a dismayed messenger runs to them with news that Lady Lys has insisted on seeing them. What she says to both of them is little apart from the insinuation that she and Lucifer had been with one another in ages long past, but her reason for coming is clear, a warning that her father intends to make sure that Amenadiel is the victor of the upcoming duel, with that and a few parting words with Rudd, she leaves. So it comes as no surprise that in the night come Lord Arux's two assassins, Sisyphus and Virtus. Sisyphus senses magics around a tower and effortlessly climbs its side up unto the single window near the top. Inside, Lucifer sits, waiting patiently as if bored.
Upon entering the chamber Sisyphus is bound with mystical chains, a spell, Lucifer seems to think he has won when an unforeseen occurrence takes place. The second assassin strikes, Vitrus, a cherub that went insane and now is filled with a self-hatred that spreads to anything it touches. It takes root inside Lucifer's heart and he collapses onto the floor. Sisyphus then breaks his chains and offers Lucifer a merciful death, Lucifer retaliates with an offer of negotiation, when Sisyphus says he cannot be swayed, Lucifer seems undaunted. Within that instant the entire tower vanishes, it was the spell the being sensed, and Sisyphus plummets to his death while Lucifer descends gracefully, borne on angelic wings. Rudd does his best to appear in command over the situation, but he does not know what has truly happened to the Morningstar who only says he must sort out what has befallen him on his own.
Through the night and into the dawn of the duel's predetermined date the corrupted cherub takes its toll on the Morningstar, mocking The Mocker. However, the creature cannot take his cunning from him and in an instant Lucifer knows what he must do, and getting out of his bed he begins making his way to the fields out yonder. He collapses to the floor before he can even make it out of his room. Elsewhere in Hell, where the Triumvirate once ruled, Duma and Remiel have an argument over the treatment of Lucifer and the ever-silent Duma flies off, remembering his love for Samael. So it is that Duma finds a humbled Lucifer, helpless, and picking him up Duma takes Lucifer to the painfields, setting him down by the heavily-bladed machinery at Lucifer's request. Crawling to one of the devices, Lucifer grips his hand tightly around one of the spikes drawing a fair amount of blood. Then, he hovers over three large spikes and drops like a stone, impaling himself and unleashing a torrent of power and going completely still. But never doubt the Devil for at the last minute, when the duel is about to be called to forfeit, Lucifer appears in the doorway of the Coliseum with three bloody splotches on his garments and a willpower to be feared, ready to begin a long-awaited battle between Heaven and Hell.
The two contestants are searched by the officials, and the duel begins with the two separated by twenty leagues which normally would mean a hunt. But Amenadiel was not fool enough to let Lucifer have time to plot and with the box (given to him by Lord Arux who in turn got it from Christopher Rudd) containing some of Lucifer's flesh, he can pinpoint to the fallen angel's location with ease and flies to meet the Adversary. Crashing down on the earth-bound Lucifer, as Amenadiel rips out Lucifer's heart he spins a tale of Lucifer's legacy lacking both loyalty and love and that he never truly lived, his final vengeance to a dying foe.
Amenadiel finishes saying he should thank Lucifer, for returning his own life to him, and with that said he devours the heart with gusto but suddenly he freezes and falls to the ground flat on his back. Lucifer rises back to his feet then and announces that indeed the heart was that of Sisyphus, instilled with the disturbed cherub. Unsheathing a sword Lucifer begins cutting open the seraph's chest, ignoring Amenadiel's warning that Lucifer's antics will die as well with his breaking of the code duello. Tearing out Amenadiel's heart and life, the last words Amenadiel hears are, "Rules are rules." And it is finished.
Yet before Lucifer can be declared the winner, Remiel descends from above and orders that Lucifer be brought before him. Confident at last that he at least will have his vengeance, Remiel orders Lucifer's execution due to the fact that he broke the code duello as his heart was not in the arena. Lucifer responds by opening the charmed silver box that Amenadiel had used to locate him so swiftly, and it is revealed that the flesh inside was indeed Lucifer's very own heart and that Christopher Rudd had intentionally deceived Lord Arux to "prevent a greater injustice".
Remiel refuses to let his own plot be so easily undone and says that as the heart was not in Lucifer's chest, a case could still be made...but before he can say anymore, a massive shock wave of energy bursts forth from Lucifer, demolishing the wooden platform upon which they stood. Now once again winged, Lucifer leaves this affair, his powers restored (for elsewhere, Mazikeen had succeeded in her own mission to destroy the feathers Susano had taken, along with Susano as it conveniently turned out) leaving behind Remiel who has no other choice but to order Lord Arux in custody for his treachery. Proving not even all the Lords in Hell can best the Morningstar in a battle of cunning and deceit.
Come to Judgment
This is a rather short moment in Lucifer's history and can perhaps be thought of as a filler arc or in-betweener segment, as it simply tells the tale of him journeying to the bowels of the Earth to ask Loki for the location of the Naglfar. Instead he is told that Bergelmir can take him to the ship so he seeks out this member of the race of giants and enters the realm of giants only to find an old man who says he can't take Lucifer to Bergelmir as long as he takes an axe and kills the first individual he should meet on their walk, him following Lucifer. Lucifer does this but he sees through the ploy when they are about to enter a cave and grabs the "old man" and throws him in, saying that he shall kill him, as the man breaks the mirror at the end of the cave. The man releases Lucifer from his oath and reveals himself to be Bergelmir and than uses the axe to bring Lucifer to the Naglfar.
Naglfar and Sisters of Mercy
After Lucifer gathers a crew for the journey to the Mansions of the Silence, he sets his sights on another mission and heads off to speak with his brother Michael. The two begin discussing things until it gets to the point where Lucifer begins questioning Yahweh and tries to get his brother to question him as well. In time he gains the curiosity of his brother by saying he knows of a way in which they can know their father's thoughts and so they journey into Lucifer's realm where they enter the fortress of Scoria and submerge themselves in the mind of The Presence. Their father speaks unto them, proclaiming Lucifer's will to escape predestination an admirable trait and telling them his further plans, that he is leaving creation. The two than escape the mind of Yahweh, and just before The Presence leaves the universe he shares a final conversation with Lucifer, than goes. Lucifer at that moment is going into the Mansions of the Silence himself, the entire domain being destroyed by the sheer power he contains, and he rescues his entire fallen crew, dispatches Tsuki-Yomi and rescues Elaine Belloc and Mona Doyle, whom he later transforms into goddesses of his realm, as long as they don't ask for worship.
Brothers in Arms
In his cosmos Lucifer sits at a table with Mazikeen, surrounded by the hordes of the Lilim when two angels of The Host cut through the demons. One is Uriel, the silent and obviously superior of the two and the other is Zonaquel who plainly makes it known he has nothing but disgust for the Lilith's children and no training in humility. Lucifer decides to spare him from Mazikeen's blade despite his insults but ignores him for the rest of his stay and instead talks with Uriel who has come seeking knowledge of why The Creator abandoned them and when he shall return.
Lucifer informs him that Yahweh had this planned from the beginning and closed the Circle of Eternity...from the outside...he wouldn't be coming back. What he had planned was to be succeeded by his sons, since neither of them were interested it was only safe to assume every other being of creation would be seeking to take the throne and would do so unless The Host should begin efforts to prevent it. Lucifer finds his prediction to be true sooner then he expected when he and Mazikeen return to The Lux and find the Titans Garamas and Gyges trying to use his gateway to get to Heaven.
Confident and unshaken Lucifer makes a demeaning joke and then proceeds to expel his power upon the brothers, presumably incinerating them. However, when the fires die down the two are un-singed and Lucifer is left looking the fool. They inform him that his flames were to be feared when his father was in power but now that they are the lords of creation he is nothing to them and swatting him aside like an insect they proceed into the portal.
Lucifer follows them after instructing Mazikeen to guard the gate and if he does not return to take the Lilim to the Silver City and hold it for as long as they can, if he does not join her, she can mourn him at her leisure. Emerging from the gate he steps into the desolate red wastelands of Hell, the territory of Effrul to be exact. The Titans are unamused and know not how Lucifer tricked them and he says his will is still his own. He then walks over to the skull of Effrul and while explaining some of its history informs them that he can bring back those he killed as that is a matter of will also.
So as the colossal demon rises from the ground, temporarily restored to life, Lucifer flies into the skies, leaving Garamas and Gyges with a distraction to keep them busy for a time so that he can prepare to make his final stand. Upon arriving in the Silver City he is met with the spears of The Host who are adamant that he cannot set foot there by the will of the father. He is unimpressed and bored with the mindless seraphs and almost comes to blows with them until Uriel cuts through and grants him unhindered entry to go talk with his sulking brother Michael.
The brother's conversation does not go over well as the emotionally disturbed Michael finds himself despising his brother more and more and has become apathetic towards the fate of the universe. Lucifer doesn't find his brother to be worth his time anymore and hands him a strip of cloth, telling him to wear it as a blindfold when the Titans do away with Elaine. Then he returns to Uriel, asking to see the armory so that at least he may stand and fight whatever's coming.
Uriel fits Lucifer with a suit of armor and sword that were crafted for him by Ibriel before his fall from Heaven but due to the fall, it was never used. The two are interrupted when a commotion is heard outside the tower and going out into the open courtyard they find Zonaquel with Mazikeen's sword to his throat. She came with Beatrice to warn Lucifer of the weapon the Titans had constructed to defeat him, a Duinum created from Beatrice's memories that would negate him if they should touch, destroying them both.
He sees a plan formulating in this news and speaks with Mazikeen about the fate of Beatrice as she watches on solemnly. When at last Lucifer's Duinum reaches the Silver City he immediately kills two of the Host and wastes no time in attacking his target. Lucifer is at the ready but merely uses a blast of his power to distract the creature and then vanish. Garamas and Gyges then make their entrance, catching up with their weapon and beginning to lay waste to Heaven.
Lucifer toys with them at first, playing off of Gyges' stupidity and causing him to strike his own brother but Garamas is not so easily defeated and with but a wave of his hand immobilizes Lucifer, sending him crashing to the ground and leaving the Duinum to finish him off. As the creature wraps its hands around Lucifer's neck he grows weak but no one comes to his aid, not even the enraged Michael who rose from his seat at the foot of his father's throne to fight the Titans.
But Lucifer's not finished as Mazikeen finishes the ritual she had been performing with Beatrice by plunging a sword through the back of Beatrice's midriff...obliterating Garamas and Gyges into non-existence and causing the Duinum to lose all its power over Lucifer. Destroying it now with ease, Lucifer explains to Michael that Beatrice had been their conduit to touch him and he had used her to touch them back and killed them before they ever became Yahweh. So, with his mission completed Lucifer leaves Heaven again, still at odds with his brother.
It's not long before others heard word of this attack on the Silver City and a meeting is called by demons, hosted by the soul of a man named John Baxter Sewell, the gathering includes both those who sided with Lucifer and those who did not. They seem unaware of all that's going on in Heaven but draw some accurate conclusions, however they believe they need the Morningstar to clear things up to which one responds that he was invited and may still show up...
And indeed he does eventually show, but what the demons mistakenly took for a leader to fall behind is instead their bane. He informs them that he expects they wish to take advantage of the current chaos and for his plans to go ahead, reality must remain intact...so he closes the door behind him and leaves, claiming he's sorry for at least a few of them, as John plummets several stories out of a window to his death and the death of all those sealed inside him.
Stitchglass Slide and Wire, Briar, Timber Lock
Finally it seems that in these ending times that Lucifer has decided to put his foot down when he issues a law within his creation, all immortals but leave his realm...or be slain. He appoints Elaine Belloc to perform this feat for him, for if it was up to him he would simply kill them all but he knows she would show them mercy, or at least that's why he says he's allowing her to do it. So she does these things for him and he doesn't even have to lift a finger, though he does make sure Mazikeen will be loyal to Elaine.
The Wolf Beneath the Tree
Some undetermined amount of time later, Yahweh's creation still in peril, Lucifer Morningstar is invited to the House of Destiny of the Endless, promised that should he come that he will learn something to his own advantage. That is why, despite his better judgment on the matter, he decided to come along with Elaine, who was told someone in the House of Destiny would need her help. So they come to his abode in the Garden of the Forking Ways and sit at his table, enjoying his hospitality. This is how Michael finds his brother and daughter, and he doesn't seem to pleased.
Lucifer has a desire to make a wager with Destiny. So he asks from across the table if Destiny would be willing to bet that before the meal is over, Lucifer will do something not written in Destiny's book. Destiny argues that all things are written in his book. The conversation ends with Lucifer saying, "Then gamble that they're not, and you can't lose." The attitude of Lucifer is remarked about soon after by Elaine's mutter, "A glass of testosterone, anyone?"
Elaine accidentally brings up a touchy subject when she asks her father if Heaven has returned back to normal since the invasion by the Titan brothers. Michael goes off on a huge rant at that point about how the entire multiverse is in peril because Yahweh has abandoned creation. Elaine seems shocked at this news at which point Lucifer clears things up for her, making it known that only Yahweh's cosmos will be affected, his are completely safe. Michael bitterly points out then at the table that since the problem does not touch Lucifer, he does not care about it, nor shall be help.
So it is that Lucifer continues to remain silent in the background, as Elaine and Michael talk of the troubles for the cosmos, and turn to Destiny whom they believe has the answer. The answer he gives them when they request he read from the book is this: "To read aloud from the book makes the book an element in the story it tells. The danger inherent in that is as great as the threat you seek to address. That this is a turning point in the history of creation is self-evident. The very script in which the book is written changes after this point. At such a juncture, the slightest word or gesture could tip the balance." These words, heard by Michael, cause him to fly off into the heavens almost immediately, and even Elaine feels it her duty to follow him.
As they sit in Destiny's house, Lucifer and the eldest of The Endless are having a conversation, one about why Lucifer has a distaste for Destiny. Destiny represents the idea of predestination, the very concept that could be considered Lucifer's greatest enemy throughout his entire existence. Lucifer than rises from his seat at the end of the table and as he walks towards Destiny, and goes on to say, that while cause and effect are tools, they are only the foundation if it is a prison you are creating.
At this point Destiny claims he does not understand the metaphor but says that as for himself, he would prefer a prison over an asylum, a comment which manages to rile up the normally cool and collected Lucifer as he realizes that comment was directed at his own creation. So, in a predetermined outburst he reaches forward, grabs several pages of Destiny's book with his hand, tears them out and incinerates them in his "light-bringing" fires. "And now we're both in the dark." Lucifer says, believing himself to be triumphant but Destiny replies, "No. Now you look at the ashes..." In surprise Lucifer looks down to see the blackened remnants of the page have fallen into a pattern that forms two words, "Fenris" and "Yggdrasil"..."And now you change your mind..."
Flying swiftly to the Silver City within Heaven, Lucifer for once seems to actually be troubled about something, the very thing that has Uriel interrogating Elaine Belloc in some tower within the Silver City. It seems she witnessed her father expelling his power to save the universe but she doesn't know how, Uriel tells her that Michael is using the Dunamis Demiurgos to refresh every atom of creation, to make it anew, sacrificing himself to save everyone else. Just as he finishes his explanation however, Lucifer appears in the window of the tower room, his wings spread wide and he joins the conversation in such a way that it can be assumed he had been listening all along as he says, "Call it what you will, Uriel. The wolf is at the door. And it's not going to work."
These words seem to bring about some response from Uriel but not full understanding as not long after, Lucifer is walking down the streets of the Silver City, with the Host at his back, and Uriel at his side, who is doing his best to discourage Lucifer from doing what he is about to. Why would it make any sense to stop Michael from saving creation? Such an idea would be ludicrous. Lucifer seems to understand more of the current situation than Uriel as he says that under normal circumstances what Michael is attempting may have even succeeded. The problem arises in the fact that these are not normal circumstances, with Fenris seeking Yggdrasil, all bets are off.
Saying nothing more he takes to the air, flying up to The Logos, the room a top a mighty tower where the Word of God resides, echoing off the walls for all eternity. Standing on the platform just outside the construct's only window he demands his brother awake but there is no reaction seen from Michael. Thus, Lucifer mutters, "Then we'll do this another way." Once again he stands on the platform of the tower, this time with Elaine and Uriel at his sides. Uriel still seems confused why Lucifer is concerning himself with Heaven's business, such a thing would normally be unheard of. Yet Lucifer says that Yggdrasil is one of the "beginning places" and so his plans to sit out the destruction of Yahweh's universe has crumbled - at this point Elaine attempts to interject with disapproval as she than learns Lucifer plan's to sit out but this confrontation doesn't take place as he continues speaking without acknowledging her question - because what The Wolf does may shake even his own creation, which he will not allow.
With that said, he placed his opened palms on the outside wall of the tower, tells Uriel and Elaine to fly away for their own safety and than the entire tower is consumed in a holy fire, if Lucifer's powers can still be considered holy, and within seconds the formerly massive construct is reduced to crumbled shards of stone. Emerging from this wreckage is Michael and he does not seem to take long to figure out what's going long and to direct his rage as he says, "Speak quickly, Lucifer. Or I call this Host to witness -- you will not speak again."
It is left to the reader's imagination how this conflict is resolved for when we next see the brothers they are in Svartalfheim, alongside Elaine, standing upon the edge of a cliff. Flying above them is a massive host of angels, but Lucifer only speaks with Uriel, telling him to establish a guard that will prevent any disturbance of what the three are about to do. After this has been said, it is clear that Michael still refuses to trust his brother and that once again Lucifer seems to know more than his fellow member of the celestial host. Michael asks, "If the journey isn't a physical one, than why come here?" Lucifer answers the question as cryptically as usual, saying that tree expects to be approached from 'this direction' which he believes will make the journey easier, but that is just in perspective, for they is no easy way to make the trip as far as he is aware.
Meanwhile, in another place, Fenris the Wolf, a lot more knowledgeable on the subject of The World Tree, is filling in Charlie Gilmour, prepping the madman for the journey to Yggdrasil, for he is to be Fenris' chariot. So, with his wife and child promised him if he should take Fenris to Yggdrasil, Charlie begins the very rough journey, losing himself as he treks through white oblivion, on the path he at one point sees three angels, one bleeding power (Michael), the other bleeding will (Lucifer), and the other presumably bleeding humors from her eyes (Elaine). Eventually he takes The Wolf, The Trickster and Bet Jo'gie to the roots of Yggdrasil, with them none the worse for wear but Lucifer and his companions did not fare so well. Plummeting from the skies over The World Tree and surrounding areas, he, Michael and Elaine crash to the earth, only Elaine conscious and she cannot see.
Not far from the tree Yggdrasil, the blinded Elaine is now poised over a heavily injured Lucifer, turning him over onto his back, she begs him to wake up for she is no longer able to see and needs him to tell her what to do or for that matter if they have even arrived at Yggdrasil. Fenris and Abonsam approach, needing no disguises for Elaine could not see them anyway, Abonsam calls out to her, "Your friends are hurt. Can we do aught to help?" Abonsam and Fenris come closer until they are looking down on her and Lucifer from where they stand and once again The Trickster speaks describing the appearance of Lucifer to her and then telling her that the fountain just ahead has waters with healing properties. Elaine looks towards his voice and asks "Sceorfan" if he could please bring her some of the water for Lucifer could not die, he must reach the tree and so Abonsam says he'll go fetch it with his hands and as he and Fenris walk a little ways away from her, Elaine's begging for him to hurry follow them and Abonsam replies, "Doubt me not." With that the mighty Fenris slashes Abonsam's chest, opening several wounds with but a single swipe.
Elaine than speaks up again calling out Sceorfan's name, questioning him for the identity of the sound she just heard, the sound of Fenris ripping The Trickster's body open. Abonsam replies, his voice with less power behind it, weakened by the strike, "Nothing. It was -- nothing." Still weak he walks up to Elaine and tells her to cup her hands and receive the water he has. She does so and the blood from his chest pours into them, at first Elaine seems surprised as she notices the water feels warm, like -- but before she can identify the substance she is interrupted by "Sceorfan" who tells her to quickly drip into into his mouth, lest he die right then and there. She does so without anymore questions, letting the blood fall as Abonsam collapses and lays face down beside her and Fenris simply watches. The blood spills onto Lucifer's chin, his throat, his lips, filling his mouth...and then, his eyes snap open, his body jerked to life. He begins to cough as he sits up, his eyes white, his wings outstretched, rage clearly seen upon his face, of course Elaine cannot see his face so she simply talks to him calmly telling him that she believes they are near the tree and that they only have to -- but once again she is cut off, but this time not by someone else speaking but by Lucifer's hand wrapping itself around her throat as pupils appear within his eyes and he stares into her face, blood and bruises all over his own.
At that moment, Michael groggily awakes, eyes opening weakly as he mutters, "L -- Lucifer?" Getting to his hands and knees he speaks again as he sees his daughter, choking for breath while Lucifer's outstretched arm suspends her in the air and Michael speaks again, louder this time, "Brother?" Swiftly he clambers to his feet and rushes to get between the two, trying to push Elaine away from his brother, warning Lucifer to stay away from Elaine. But Lucifer's only reply is, "Morningstar? I am Fenris. I am The Wolf!" With that, the maddened Lucifer thrusts Elaine's head into the side of Michael's face, taking both of them out. Lucifer and Michael now begin their last fight, Michael holding back his brothers fists, apologizing for what is to come for his brother is not himself, and so, lying upon the ground, his wings flattened beneath his back, Michael raises his right hand and from it spews a white energy that begins to envelop Lucifer, taking its toll on him, causing him to cry out.
Within a massive crater, Michael stands over Lucifer whose on his hands and knees, both of their wings are in tatters, what's left of their clothes torn, blood streaming over their bodies. Smoke rises around their bodies and although Michael is stronger, he makes one fatal error, he tries to reason with his brother, telling Lucifer that it is not he who acts. Michael tells Lucifer to fight it, to be himself, lest all their pain and effort be for naught and creation falls. But Lucifer, still possessed simply turns his head to the side, blood dripping from his mouth as he grins evilly at his brother, "Excellent." Than in a blur of speed he grabs his brother and Lucifer takes to the air, glowing with energy as he takes his brother higher into the heavens. As they ascend Michael still pleads with his brother, "Morningstar -- brother -- I don't want to kill you --" but Lucifer simply scoffs at these words as he points out that with his broken wings, Michael's strength is failing. His own rant thus begins, "I am the furnace in which you will be unmade. I am your death." But Michael remains stubborn and responds by telling Lucifer that he will be the death of all, and that it will all be his own doing and his alone. Lucifer heeds not these words in his madness and a massive expulsion of energy erupts from within him, engulfing both sons of Yahweh, leaving them both to plummet to the ground, burning as they fall.
Michael and Lucifer crash through the upper branches of Yggdrasil, snapping them as they continue their descent, and then they are lost to view and for a time they seem to do nothing. Yet then, a broken Lucifer stumbles over to the place where his brother lays in a pool of blood, at the base of the tree, his own leathery wings are naught but spines now, jutting from his back. Cleared of mind he weakly speaks his brother's name, but it is too late. Michael is dying, the fate of creation sealed, but the latter issue is not the current problem for Michael's death provides a problem in and of itself. And so he calls out to Elaine, asking her to come to him, the blinded Elaine follows the voice of her father until she is kneeling at his side. She and her father share a heartfelt talk, and Lucifer simply listens as the two share their final words, Lucifer interrupts the two however when Michael tells Elaine she must take his power because Lucifer believes that Elaine is too weak, that she cannot do it but unintentionally Lucifer draws Michael's attention to himself. Michael asks to exchange apologies with his brother, as he never thought it would have to come to this but Lucifer tells him, that Michael is not at fault, that he himself is to blame.
This being said, Michael than returns his attentions to his daughter, explaining to her that she must not only let his power flow into her, but she must contain it as well but in fear she tells him she knows not how to perform such a feat. Meanwhile not far from the blood-covered father speaking his last words to his daughter, Sarah holds Bobby in her arms and begs Lucifer to take them away from Yggdrasil but he tells her there is no need to do so at the moment, for if she waits a little longer, it may become meaningless anyway. Close by Michael and Elaine are becoming more panicked as Michael tells his daughter that should she survive she will find herself with a great many duties, though he believes in her ability to rise to them. But Elaine simply has last regrets on her mind and begins apologizing to her father, for not trying to talk to him, for not coming to him. Than it is that her father utters his last words, proving that he can acknowledge his own faults "It would have done no good. I was proud, and stubborn. I could have sought you out. I could have --" and so he dies, Elaine hovering him, a scream ripped from his throat as his nigh-uncontainable energy bursts forth from his body, engulfing Yggdrasil and all within its perimeter. Lucifer and Elaine are consumed as the Dunamis Demiurgos is released, but that is not there end, she reforms her body with the power and he is holding her hand, helping her through whatever trials she may face. Eline begins to create universes to hone her skill with the demiurgic power and Lucifer tells her that she must be tested and to do so must create a perfect world and she does so, but problem after problem arises and she becomes frustrated but all Lucifer does is slide her the occasional bit of advice, he does not support the idea of intervention, or so it seems. So at last he asks to her to return them to his own creation, and she does so, creating a gateway, with her name holding it open, "Elaine Belloc" and so he and her enter it.
He confronts Noema, making it clear he intends the very thing everyone (but Elaine) suspects from him, violence. Noema also appears to have a deep hatred for the Morningstar and things almost come to blows before Elaine intervenes, under the pretense that their fight could harm the others. This seems to cool Noema and Lucifer down, so the two instead end up talking with one another, away from the group and Noema decides to bring Lucifer (and the gang) to the place where his destiny is leading him, the very Gates of Hell. Once there Lucifer is taken in by Hell's new ruler, Christopher Rudd, as an honored guest. Eventually things come to a surprising twist when it is Lucifer himself that asks Rudd to put aside his wish for vengenace and come to the Silver City's aid. He patiently waits for Rudd, also a surprise, but after a while he finally becomes fed up with waiting and he, Elaine and Mazikeen head off to the Silver City, to finish their war. Within a very short amount of time, Fenris injures Lucifer, and Elaine takes him to be healed but he refuses to rest and returns to Heaven explaining that Elaine must sit on the Primum Mobile and become all powerful. So they run to it, leading Fenris unintentionally and eventually they enter the chamber, where Elaine seats herself. But Fenris interrupts them, halting the process and drawing Lucifer into a fight, the two fight a long and hard battle, until at last Lucifer reveals he still has some power and destroys Fenris. He than turns on Noema, but not to kill her, but to use her to speak with Yahweh. The speech seems to sway his father into sparing creation, allowing the world to go living. After that Lucifer makes sure Elaine truly understands what her new position has left her as and than goes on his way to do other tasks.
These tasks include seeing Rachel, transforming the Lux back into the bar it had always been, closing all entrances to his creation, by reforming them as the Letter of Passage they originally were, he finds however that a piece is missing and goes to the Windowless Rooms to retrieve it. There he meets with Izanami, now in human form, and regains the last piece to the Letter and goes on his way. He makes a final stop with Elaine, as she's working hard to restore creation, and he meets with Mazikeen, at last restoring her face and than handing his powers, "the Morningstar" abilities, to her. He than opens a gateway into the new Void and enters it, disappearing from creation forever.
All We Need of Hell
Lucifer has nothing to dobut fly through the void outside creation. Due to time not existing in the void, Lucifer is able to meet the Silk Man as he leaves an earlier creation. Eventually Lucifer meets up with Lilith, Berim and the gang who were transported into the Void at a time in Lucifer's past, their greeting is not a happy one but they are interrupted by Yahweh, who offers his son that they both give each other their selves so they can understand one another, but Lucifer refuses...and disappears into the Overvoid.
Lucifer now has the ability of flight, hellfire manipulation and projection powerful enough to instantly turn two guard demons of Hades's castle into ashes. He can also create portals in which to summon demons to his side, or suck others into hell or send them to earth. He has the ability to heal and regrow severed limbs that were cut off by magical means namely the sword, excalibur. He has displayed super strength on par or even above Etrigans, resistance to some form of supernatural rain that washes away magic, and because of his long life, he knows many things. Also, he has the power to empower other beings, like give Etrigan his full power back, and more.
Lucifer is one of the top 5 most powerful beings in the DC universe. His 3 signature powers are The Lightbringer flames, his nigh-omnicience, and The Will of God. The flames can destroy almost anything and are unique hence the name Lightbringer. His nigh omniscience allows him to be 10 steps ahead of all others and know almost everything. His will can manipulate reality on any scale he so wishes. He also has various other powers like divine magic, soul creation....
Even without his powers Lucifer's intellect makes him a formidable adversary. While powerless in The House of Windowless Rooms he was able to manipulate the many gods in the realm who attacked him and drive them to their own deaths, and he is capable of manipulating demons to think against their nature, gods against their will. His manipulation skills makes him a walking anti life equation.
Though extremely powerful and deviously smart, he plays by a set of rules;
- he never will lie, he considers it to be degrading and below him.
- he always keeps his word.
- experience is everything to him, so he will not turn back time to correct every mistake.
- he prefers to rely on his intellect and manipulations rather than getting his hands dirty.
- sometimes he likes to see how everything plays out, for example, he surrendered to Etrigan the demon because of this rather than destroy all opposition.
His power seems to have no limit, but he actually does have one real weakness; He can not create something out of nothing on a multiversal scale.
Lucifer means “Bringer of Light” or "Light Bearer" in Latin.