An unholy marriage between the Prince of Hell, and the woman who gave birth to His vessel.
|“||I really must have my mother beside me. Today my mother, but tomorrow my queen. She, and she alone, must one day be my bride. There can be only one Royal Marriage. One true consummation.||”|
The Royal Marriage, alternately known as "True Consummation", or "Holy Marriage of Heaven and Earth", is the unholy union between the Dark Lord and the woman who gave birth to his human vessel and led the Grand Rite.
The Royal Marriage between the Devil and the witch that birthed the vessel seems to be a fundamental requirement for the Reign of Darkness can exist on earth, after the Great Terror has redefined the world's forms as desired by the Dark Lord. Although the specific functions of this union are yet to be revealed in all their entirety, it is clear that the Devil has a strong interest in performing the ceremony that will make the mother of his vessel his future consort once he reaches his manhood. The Royal Marriage seems to be a way to procreate a new offspring to inhabit the world, newly recreated to imagine and likeness of the Devil rather than God the Father.
Throughout the Salem series
Having completed successfully the Grand Rite, and hosted the Devil in the body of John Sibley after he was drowned in the Hell-blood pit, the Devil immediately took the control on the Salem witches. Beginning to get used to his human body, he stated to his faithful Countess Von marburg the desire to marry not her, but Mary Sibley. This is easily explained as only the vassel's mother is allowed to be his bride. This affront to her pride led the Countess to attempt the life of her rival, ending up being brutally stabbed by the Devil as punishment. (The Witching Hour)
The Sentinel, the right-arm man of the Devil, expressed his disappointment towards the human vessel, considering the child ill-suited to the intended aim. The Fallen Angel also expressed the possibility of using a manhood stolen from a grown man by magical means, but this sarcastic joke was quickly silenced by the Dark Lord who hit his borther. (The Reckoning)
In response to the request of Mary Sibley to have a purpose in her life, The Dark Lord put the woman aware of her role as his bride in this ceremony, with disdain of the Sentinel, and an astonished expression on the part of Mary Sibley. (The Commonwealth of Hell)
- Countess Von Marburg: The Holy Marriage of Heaven and Earth is wasted on an ignorant and ungrateful peasant girl!
- Mary Sibley: You want him. I do not. Be my guest. He's all yours.
- Countess Von Marburg: If only but no. You were his father's whore, and now you will be his. Come along.
- Mary Sibley: He doesn't want you? All your lives longing for one who only wants me. How that must hurt.
- -- The Witching Hour
- The Dark Lord: I would have my mother beside me then.
- The Sentinel:Beside you? Or beneath you? Just what exactly do you plan to have her with? That boy's tiny member? Or will one of your wretched witches snatch a grown man's...
- -- The Reckoning
- Mary Sibley: Give me a reason to live. Some small sense of why you have preserved me and what lies before me.
- The Dark Lord: I shall, dear mother. I shall. I am here to fulfill the promise of your existence.
- Mary Sibley: I do not understand.
- The Dark Lord: When my father took on a suit of flesh, he required two Marys one to birth him and one to love him. But I need only one Mary. You. My mother and my bride. And then we shall rule, not this New World, but all worlds. You will not be the queen of Salem, but of the universe. An immortal. A goddess.
- -- The Commonwealth of Hell
- Mary Sibley: I don't want to be a god. Only a woman.
- The Dark Lord: Do you think your namesake asked to be chosen? Your consent is not required.
- -- The Man Who Was Thursday
- Myths and religions present in different cultures around the world share the common idea of a spiritual union between heaven and earth able to create a divine sharing of wisdom and knowledge. Depending on the tradition this union can be spiritual or carnal, or both. For centuries, from Ancient Egypt to the Roman Empire to the pre-Columbian peoples it was customary for sovereigns taking on the role of grooms or brides of a certain deity, embracing heaven and earth to bring prosperity to the kingdom. If obviously a union is established with negative forces, the union is to be considered ungodly.
- As implied by The Sentinel in "The Reckoning," this unholy union aims to re-populate the world after the Dark Lord has extended his dominion over it.
- Mary Sibley doesn't seem fully convinced to want to have a sexual relationship with the body of her dead son. This is understandable from the stunned expression that she has assumed in discovering the plans of the Devil. This disbelief can be interpreted as yet another part of the chain of events unleashed by the Grand Rite that Mary ignores.
- This is one of the great rituals that are part of the mythology of the show; the others are: Grand Rite (also known as "Ritum Magni"), Consecration (or "Dark Baptism"), Great Terror and The Reckoning.
- According to the Dark Lord, bride's consent is not required to celebrate this ceremony.