Thursday, April 4, 2013

D is for Demons of the Earth

A fresco detail from
the Rila Monastery, Bulgaria

The Origins of Demons of the Earth

11 "Solomon the Wise spoke to the judges of the Imperik race: 'Though we have slain Dragons of the 12 Just as Angels begot our line, so have Fallen Angels have bred with the daughters of lesser men by luring them into the dark places of the earth.'
Air and Giants of the Mountains, the land is still wild and corrupt.

13 'Their offspring are legion and come in many, many forms, corrupt as the earth itself,' Solomon instructed. 14 'These are the dwarves, who hew into the earth, seeking to find Hell and release Asmodeus from his prison. 15These are the imps, the centaurs, the hags, snakemen, and other monstrosities without permanent form or are chimerae. 16 They are not demons proper, but are demons of the earth.

17 You shall know them by the destruction in their wake, shunning of the sun, and foul scent. If the most human-like of them shall carry a mark of their infernality. 18 Be cautious when you slay them, for they will often combust into earth, sulphur, and smoke.

19 Beware them and destroy them, for it is Virtoaa's will."

--The Book of Origins 45:11-19, The Word of Virtoaa--First Testament

"Kulak of the Minquot Clan"
From Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Demons of the Earth on the Prowl
From my own miniatures collection



2 comments:

  1. The way you've split otherwise unrelated monsters up into the four or five categories like this really lends life to the culture of the game. Just like in real life, people categorize into culturally-defined mental bins.

    A possible way to root this more in the religious culture would be to correspond each genus of monster to a particular cardinal sin within the religion. F.e., chimeric demons of the earth represent unnatural and wicked carnal communion, goblins of the woods unthinking, unrighteous wrath, etc.

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