Beatrice was Dante's fiance who waited for him to return home from his services during the Crusades. Before Dante was summoned to join the Third Crusade, she gave herself to him, but Dante was forced to join the Crusades so she asked him to protect her brother Francesco who also joined Dante in the Crusades and gave him her cross. While Dante was fighting in the Crusades, Beatrice made a bet with Lucifer. If Dante kept his promise during the Crusades, Lucifer would ensure that he would return home safely, but if Dante slept with another woman, she would have to give her soul to Lucifer.
But while Dante was gone, he slept with a Slave Girl offering him "comfort" in exchange to be free, making Beatrice lose the bet and was sent to Hell to be married to Lucifer. About three years later, Dante's father, Alighiero gave up hope on his son and tried to persuade Beatrice into believing it as well, in the hope that she will sleep with him, but before he can get his chance, the slave girl's "brother" breaks into the house. Dante's father and the man began to have a sword fight that ended with his father getting stabbed in his right eye by the golden cross he wore. Beatrice tried to escape, but she is also killed when the man threw Alighiero's sword at her, impaling her in the chest. He pulled out the sword from behind, making her fall, then stabbed her once more and revealed that he is actually the slave girl's husband, not her brother. Beatrice died only minutes before Dante arrived to see her and her spirit is taken away by Lucifer himself. Beatrice is taken to a church where she is put on a pedestal and covered in a holy energy. She is found moaning as if she was sexually assaulted and asked Dante why he broke his promise, much to his confusion. She disappeared again, leaving a crucifix-shaped patch of holy energy for Dante's cross to absorb.
Nine Circles of Hell Edit
When Beatrice arrived in Hell, she asked Virgil to help Dante save her which he did. Beatrice is seen before Dante as he arrived in Acheron. She is dressed in all red and blood is streaming down her face. She told Dante that she belonged to him and was soon taken away by Lucifer. When Dante entered the second floor of the Lust Tower, Beatrice is seen again briefly in a devil-like dress wearing make-up, sitting on a bed and is lifted up to the top of the Tower. Before Dante fought with Marc Antony, Beatrice is seen again sitting on the same bed with Lucifer. Beatrice asked Dante to look into her eyes and saw how Dante broke his promise and is pulled down by Lucifer and they disappeared. She is seen again with Lucifer during Dante's battle with Phlegyas, asking why Dante broke his promise. After Dante finished his fight with Phlegyas, she told him that when he had his way with that girl, he gave her to Lucifer. After Lucifer thanked Dante, he gave Beatrice a pomegranate which turned into three seeds. Though Dante begged her not to eat them, she ate them against his will and is transformed into a demonic creature looking almost nothing like her former self. Lucifer and Beatrice proceeded to kiss passionately as Lucifer stared at Dante, picked her up and flew away. In the eighth circle, Beatrice is seen once more sitting on a throne of bones being carried by four demons without Lucifer. She expressed her anger toward Dante by calling him a fraud, saying that he belonged in the eighth circle while flying around and send a flaming Malacoda to kill Dante, though it is easily defeated. She then forced Dante to traverse through the ten ditches of Fraud. As the minions of Hell are unleashed all at once upon Dante, she watched his progress with contempt. Upon reaching the end of the Eighth ditch, she yelled at Dante for what he did, calling him the biggest fraud of all. When Dante finished all of the ten ditches of Fraud, she yelled at him more and even mentioned what Dante did to her brother, Francesco. Dante told her that he gave up on trying to help her and he showed Beatrice the cross she gave him before she was taken to Hell. The hold of Lucifer is weakened enough for the power of the cross to absolve her by expelling the evil energy in her soul, much to her and Dante's surprise. Her soul is now pure again. She is taken to Heaven by Gabriel the Angel who promised Dante that he will see her again soon, though he must complete his journey which is more important than Dante knew.
Beatrice is last seen at the end of Inferno in a vision, no longer under Lucifer's control. When Dante resealed Lucifer back into his icy prison, they both are seen in a smoky area naked, though she is covered from the waist down by smoke. They both grabbed hands and a bright light flashed around them and both Dante and Beatrice vanished.
- The actual Beatrice Portinari met Dante Alighieri in 1274 at the age of eight. Nine-year-old Dante was immediately smitten by her and remained so even after she married in 1287 and eventually died in 1290 at the age of 24. Believing her to be the incarnation of beatific love, Dante wrote many poems about her, mainly among them La Vita Nuova. Even after he was married, Dante continued to be inspired by Beatrice, eventually writing her as his guide in the final third of The Divine Comedy, "Paradiso," written over 10 years after her death. Though Dante never gave a clear reason why he was so in love with her, considering their minimal contact throughout her life, evidence within his writings showed that he believed her to be the perfect example of purity and virtue and he often referred to her as his "salvation."
- When Beatrice ate the pomegranate seeds, it is a reference to the Greek myth of Persephone. Persephone is Demeter's daughter and is taken to the Underworld by Hades after he fell in love with her.
- After a few days, she ate six pomegranate seeds and because of eating food of the dead, Persephone had to stay in the Underworld for six months of every year for each of the pomegranate seeds she ate. In the game, Lucifer instead used the "Fruit of the Knowledge of Good and Evil", from the story of Adam and Eve. Some scholars believed that the forbidden fruit of the Garden of Eden was a pomegranate and not an apple (As it is commonly assumed/believed).
- In the film, Beatrice was pregnant with Dante's child while he was fighting in the Crusades, but the child was stillborn.