|Demons, Devils, Damned|
|Country of Origin:||No constant origin|
|Significant Populations:||No significant population spot|
|Related Races:||Half Demons|
- 1 General Race Information
- 2 History
- 3 Culture
- 4 Demonoids, or part demons
General Race Information
What is a demon?
Demonic entities are not born as demons. All demons begin as a humanoid creature which fulfills three requirements:
- 1. Posession of higher cognitive functions.
- 2. Ability to think and reason.
- 3. Desire and want.
A demon or a devil begins as a person who obsessively desires power and control. As with all magic users, a person who later becomes a demon has multiple paths to entertain. When the choice is made to start following a path of dark magic, black power, the person who chooses this path has chances as much as any other being to turn back, turn aside and take a lighter direction.
Descent of a magic user into demonhood
Over time the desire for power and the power itself changes the person that wields it. Over a great deal of time as dark arts are performed and the magic user takes steps into extending his or her lifetime, the soul becomes blackened and corrupted. A demon begins to form. This process takes a very long time to occur. Many lifetimes of being steeped in the blackest of arts are required.
Finally, the soul is corrupted and nearly destroyed the body which houses the soul cannot maintain a connection to it. Death occurs. Unlike in the normal process of death, however, when the soul is separated from the body, it does not dissipate, leaving nothing behind. Upon expiry of the soul, the desire for power and the amount of power that this 'person' holds must be enough to keep them alive without a soul.
Demons tend to find that they only way to maintain their existence in this plane without a soul is to feed off of the souls of others. They feed off different elements to maintain their power and thus create pockets where they keep creatures they can feed off.
Misconceptions about the religious nature of demonic entities
The origins of demons are spoken of in many different cultures. A common misconception held by many cultures is that demons are ordained a place in the universe as being the messengers and harbingers of death. Though presence of a member of the demonic race often times heralds death due to the massive amount of powers that they hold, demons are in fact not normally affiliated with any one religion.
The appearance of a demon can vary wildly even between individuals who were originally of the same race. The corruption that eventually results in their becoming demons tends to affect different individuals in different ways. They may retain all their humanoid features, adding only features for the mutation, or they may become completely devolved into an animal type of form. Not just horns, tails, and wings.
One thing that is characteristic of the race is the desire for self gratification. Much of what drives them is the need to fulfill that hunger of self. They seek for power, amusement, desires of the flesh or whatever they wish at the time.
It is possible for these creatures to love, lust and be driven by all the emotions of normal humanoid creatures. These emotions, however, tend toward the extreme. It is not uncommon for a demon to kill anything in the way of their desire, because they lack easy access to (or refuse to hold) a valued morality. If they love someone or something, they or it will be protected- and or possessed by them- at all costs.
The history of demonic entities as all things that are steeped in power, time, and dark arts, have become muddled. People confuse demons for things of religion, or fallen angels. In reality the history of the demon is more simple and more direct. People that had taken too much power and are unable to turn back. It is rare to find one such person who is able to control the level of power, maintain the drive and desire for it, and find them still at the end master of themselves to be able to funnel all that power into staying alive after the death of the soul.
Over time the legends of demons and their connection to religion or religious orders has become widely exaggerated. Either due to information spread by the race as a way of confusing and muddling their existence, giving them a greater foothold into the lives of those people that they seek to use, or due to the general public's fear of the unknown. The power of these people may also add to the general impression that they are religiously connected, the combination of tales relating to angels as well as to gods translating down into the feeling that the great degree of power they wield must be religious in nature.
Given the popular misconceptions about the nature of demonic beings themselves, it should come as a surprise to no one that the culture of these creatures is shrouded in mystery. The few things about the culture that are correct have been passed along through generations of demon hunters and scholars an suffer from an extended "chinese whispers" warping effect. Much of what is known about the demonic culture are things to aid others in defeating one of the creatures.
Interaction of demons with other demons
As a group, demons do not normally interact with one another. Much of what they do requires them be able to independently draw people to them. Having more than one demon vying for material to nourish themselves causes more trouble than it is generally considered worth. Depending on the thing that they feed on, the presence of another of their kind in their feeding grounds is something they would normally seek to correct.
Because of this they tend to not associate with each other for long, though some will do so to gather information about others of their race. Because of the nature of their culture and the darkness, the corruption connected to it and the willingness to dispose of each other, secrets and information about others of their kind are valued things.
One constant about the demonic culture is the power of a demon's name. During their descent into demonhood, the humanoid magic users will bind themselves to a name in order to more strongly consolidate their power. These names are not easily guessed and never shared with another person while the magic user lives. Demons do not give these names to other creatures willingly.
Deals with humans
The common tale of a demon rising up from some ethereal plane to make a pact with a humanoid in exchange for their soul, though a strange and unbelievable one, is steeped in truth. Because these beings base their decisions mostly off of feeding or amusement and self interest, dealing with them lightly is extremely inadvisable.
Making a deal with a demon normally leads to consequences that the other party didn't forsee. Depending on what kind of demon it is, and what kind of response they require for nourishment, the side effects may or may not outweigh the desired for gains. For example if dealing with an entity that feeds off suffering, a deal made with this demon for wealth may end up bringing that person a good deal of pain and suffering. It is not uncommon for sorrow demons to draw the family of the person in question into it so that the creature can feed off all the pain it causes.
Demonoids, or part demons
A half demon child is rare but definitely not unheard of.
Origins of demonoids
Demons, being beings of great power, can control their reproduction by force of will. Any demonoid child that exists was born with the full conscious intent of their demonic parent.
Normally the impulse for a demon to breed is based off the same impulse they have for a great deal of their lives: desire for power, amusement, or something else self motivated. Because of being so connected to an infernal creature the child of such a union doesn't normally survive passed the demon's need or desire for them.
However, there have been partial demon children in history that have lived separate from their demonic parent's plans. These have generally either sought to hide what they are, embrace it and seek to become like their demonic parentage, or are heavily discriminated against for their blood. The life of a demonoid is not a pleasant one.
Demonoid children maintain the characteristics of both parents (the demon and the humanoid). The mutation of the demon body follows into the blood of the child that is born from it and because of the sharing of the corrupted traits with their parent, the offspring of a demon have as much chance to inherit characteristics of power, personality, and features as any other child.
Because of the dilution of blood, the powers of a demonoid child are lesser than those of their demonic parent.