Demons are Fae beings that share a common ancestor, homeland, and a few key characteristics.
Demons are Fae beings with a few unique characteristics.
Demons can have Human skin colors as well as red, grey, black, and purple.
All Fae races have pointed ears. Demons have cupped, pointed ears (bat-like).
All Fae races have silver colored blood (similar in color and texture to mercury).
Demons can have any eye color (though red is the most common), and the whites of their eyes are black.
Demons can have any hair color/type.
Demons vary depending on the type, but all Demons have three defining characteristics. The first is that Demons have spikes and strips of bone-like material that grow out of their skin. The area where it manifests is genetic, but it can be anywhere on the body; and can be in multiple places on the body or just in one place. The second is that they have spots on their bodies in either red or black (or, in rare cases, white) that look like blood splatter. These spots are typically thought by outsiders to be birthmarks. But, in reality, Demons receive the spots when they are born from the family members taking blood from an animal that is slaughtered to celebrate the birth (aka to eat the animal later at a feast to celebrate the birth) and splashing or dripping a few drops of blood onto the baby and using magic to cause the blood to fuse with the skin. When the pattern fuses with the skin it will either stay red or turn black or white. Red or black spots are considered good fortune and a sign of a healthy baby, but white spots are considered an extremely bad omen and in many cases parents will abandon the baby. Obviously this does not apply to Demons whose families don’t follow this tradition, but given how commonplace it is, it is usually always done. The last is that Demons have slightly longer canine teeth, but for most Demons the extra length is so small that it is almost unnoticeable compared to Human canine teeth.
The three different types of Demons have exclusive characteristics. This means that (for all intents and purposes) there are no Demons with both horns and wings, or both animal ears and wings, or etc. The only time there is an exception to this, is if they are what is called a Royal Demon (WARNING: Royal Demons are NOT a playable race).
Demons are immortal in the fact that they can’t die from aging (but they can die from wounds and illnesses). Demons age normally until the age of 16, after which they age one year every 100 years. They stop aging completely at 5016 which is the Demon equivalent of 50 years old in Humans. Female Demons never experience the Human condition known as menopause, and as such they can become pregnant at any point in their lives.
Demons are of Fae ancestry, but no other Fae race will accept this fact other than the Orcs. This is likely because Demons are often associated with evil, and other races of Fae ancestry do not believe that any race ‘so evil’ could ever be associated with the Fae ancestry.
Demons' bad reputation began thousands of years ago with a Demon warlord named Lucifer. Lucifer was an experienced political figure in several Demon cities, and when he became King of Infernys (the old Demon Kingdom) 10,000 years ago, he used his political wisdom to begin spreading economic stabilization and growth throughout the Kingdom. His success was so great that eventually he decided that he wanted to ‘spread the prosperity’ by conquering and ruling over neighboring cities outside of Infernys. He was extremely successful at this, and before he knew it, his territory had enveloped all of modern day Terpes, Mina Hoth, Aethos, and Anfauglir Ardhon. At first, he did manage to accomplish his original goal, by ensuring the conquered lands’ growth and prosperity. Eventually, though, as his kingdom and his power grew larger, so did the evil within him, and he quickly changed from beloved King to merciless Dictator. His reign of terror was stained with the slaughtering of hundreds of thousands of people. He used any excuse to kill, but his most famous were murdering those that spoke back to him, those that disagreed with him, those whose appearance he did not favor, those who were weak or disabled, those that were atheist, those that cut their hair too short, those that looked too similar to him, and those who were born with yellow hair. He enjoyed the killing, and often employed researchers to find new ways to kill in order to entertain him further. The more people he killed, the more his mind began to fade into insanity, and it is said he devolved into frequently bathing in blood, killing and feasting upon the bodies of his wife and son, and wearing a lengthy robe made from the skin of the servants that defied him. Eventually, the people could not stand him anymore, and Lucifer was killed by his own subjects 9,000 years ago, causing his kingdom to crumble. By this time, though, most people in Annwn considered Demons to be pure evil, sometimes even considering them to be evil spirits of the underworld. This reputation continues to affect Demons, and the rumors only continue growing worse as other Fae beings (especially Angels) spread horrible rumors about them. Due to how other people view them, Demons tend to stay within Demon cities.
In reality, Demons are just like other races, and are no eviler than any other race. This of course does not stop a few extremist Demon groups from being evil ‘in the name of the original lord Lucifer’, but for the most part, Demons are just normal people.
Angels and Demons?
Angels and Demons have a long running feud. Angels tend to hate Demons because they believe in and spread horrible rumors about them because they feel Demons are creatures of pure evil. Demons tend to hate Angels because Angels are one of the main reasons the ‘evil’ stereotype around Demons persists. Angels also tend to become ‘Demon Hunters’ which results in the deaths of hundreds of innocent Demons, thus making the feud even worse.
Demons are not affected by heat, fire, or lava.
Demons are innately magical, and though the type of magic typically depends upon the individual, the most common ones are fire magic, storm magic, and earth magic.
Demons are the only race, other than Mirtisans, that can hear, see, touch, and speak to Lost Souls. (Since Lost Souls are in the plane of Aequether, this means that Demons (and Mirtisans) can see and interact freely with this plane.)
Despite rumors, Demons are not negatively affected by holy items (unless it’s a weapon, but who wouldn’t be hurt by a weapon?).
Demons are weak to ice magic – even if they can use ice magic.
Demons are weak to extreme cold.
Demons have Latin names; references to use: http://www.fantasynamegenerators.com/latin-names.php http://www.babynames.net/all/latin
Adarra are horned Demons.
Adarra have horns on their heads. They can have any type/number of horns. Adarra also have bull-like tails.
Adarra do not have a religion that a majority of them follow.
Adarra have an average family unit of 3 people.
Adarra don’t have any traditions that apply to their entire subrace, but they do have a greater tendency to decorate their bodies, including hanging chains and etc on their horns, covering their bodies in scar-like designs, and putting numerous piercings all over their bodies; Adarra tend to value bodily decoration.
Adarra tend to be the Demons with the most fire magic users.
Preferred Fighting Style
Adarra fighting style depends upon the individual.
Hegal are winged Demons.
Hegal are Demons with large wings on their back. These wings can be any type/color, though bat-like wings are the most common. These wings can be naturally very tattered, but it will not affect a Hegal’s ability to fly. Hegal also have black, pointed whip-like tails that can be scaly or smooth/leathery. The tips of the tails can be a straight point or they can be a unique shape, but the type is dependent upon genetics.
Hegal tend to be atheists.
Hegal have an average family unit of 5 people, as they value large families.
There is only one tradition that Hegal have, and while it is not true for all Hegal, a large majority do adhere to the practice. This tradition is that when a male Hegal turns 16, their tail is cut off as a practice of coming of age. Due to this, many tail-less Hegal that also have feathered wings are often mistaken for Angels or Cetan.
Hegal tend to be the Demons with the most storm magic users.
Preferred Fighting Style
Hegal tend to prefer distance combat, using either magic or thrown weapons like javelins or daggers.
Unlike an Angel or a Cetan, a Hegal’s wings will not grow back if they are cut off.
Piztia are Demons with animal ears and tails.
Piztia can switch between their animal ears (which are on top of their heads) and their normal ears at will.
Piztia have the ears and tails of animals, and can transform into said animal. For example, a fox Piztia will have fox ears and a fox tail, and will be able to transform into a fox at will.
Just as with their animal ears, Piztia can make their tails vanish at will. But the tail is usually regarded as a symbol of pride among Piztia, so it is rare to see a Piztia vanish their tail. One reason, though, would be if they had multiple tails. It is sometimes possible for Piztia to have multiple tails, but this is rare and generally considered a genetic deformity that is looked down upon. Those that do have this deformity will generally want to keep their tails vanished at all times.
(Options for animals are land mammals aka no birds, reptiles, insects, etc)
Piztia tend to worship The God of Creation who they call Lugus.
Piztia have an average family unit of 8 people, as 5-10 children per birth is standard.
Piztia don’t have many traditions, but have many values. Piztia value family, knowledge, and secrecy. The most respected job among Piztia is a messenger; especially those that serve the temple of Lugus.
Piztia tend to be the Demons with the most earth magic users.
Preferred Fighting Style
Piztia typically prefer rogue-like fighting.
Piztia are more vulnerable in their animal form.