WARNING: this text contains the true magickal names of the demons. DO NOT speak these names out loud unless you wish to draw the attention of the demon in question. Doing so can have strange and terrible consequences. It is always safer to simply refer to the demons by their epithets.
Demon Steeds of Zhuul
Lore: early in the history of the Aeon, the great cosmic demons travelled to the realm of Zhuul for a night-long orgy. So great was their lust they used their demonic powers to pervert the laws of Time itself and delay the orgy’s end for time inconceivable.
When the fathomless period of fornication was finally over, the demons had copulated with – or killed – every single lifeform on the planet, whether animal or vegetable. Their seed had been sown in every womb, and the bellies of the great demonesses were gravid with the spawn of countless lovers. Even some of the corpses were ready to give birth. For the cosmic demons are shape-shifters and creatures of chaos whose weird wombs and mutagenic semen allows them to procreate with almost any being, whether living or dead.
One of the many demon-blooded species they spawned during that Long Night are the so-called ‘demon steeds of Zhuul.’ Like the demon steeds of Earth, the demon steeds of Zhuul are intelligent, articulate, and physically powerful. They differ from their earthly counterparts in certain key ways, the most obvious of which is their appearance. Whilst most demon steeds of Earth look almost like ordinary horses, save for their glowing red eyes and silvery fangs, the demon steeds of Zhuul are far more overtly demonic, and often bear a distinct resemblance to certain demonic ancestors, like Zahunn the Skinless or Soliliixia the Princess of Scales.
The demon steeds of Zhuul were long ago enslaved by their humanoid counterparts and forced into specialized breeding programs. This, combined with the application of Zhuulish bio-wizardry, has created a number of unique and specialized ‘breeds’ used for various purposes. Pictured here is an example of one of those breeds, known as the Zanash Mavanzi, or “Skinless Death Horses.” Note the long tongue with razor-sharp barbs, capable of slashing foes to ribbons, as well as the sharp bony plate atop the steed’s head, which both protects the beast from injury and can be used to inflict terrible wounds.
Beloewa Pronunciation: bellow-ah
Epithets: The Black Boar of Starlight; The Demon Sow; Pig Mother
True Form: Beloewa appears as a massive boar with yellow-gold tusks, crimson fur, and gleaming eyes. Her shadow is as black as the night, and stars can be seen flickering inside it, as though it were a miniature universe, or a doorway to the void itself. On her chest are six large human-like breasts, tokens of her great fertility.
Other incarnations: the Black Boar is said to appear as a plump, beautiful woman with dark hair and starry eyes.
Lore: According to the great magus Mazentius Morgenrot, Beloewa is the sister of Skienalla the Raptor Queen, and of Xiutunash the demoness of doorways. Her fertility is legendary; she is known to have given birth to countless thousands of offspring during the Fallen Age. Sadly, all her children were destroyed during the Cosmic War and the Great Ekpyrosis. At present she is believed to exist somewhere in the desolate woods of World’s End, raising a brand new family.
Invocation: knowing how much the demoness likes to procreate, men often call upon her in the hopes of getting laid. Those who receive her carnal favors are given a strange blessing: the ability to assume the shape of her long-dead lover, the Red Boar of Ruin. Those who fail to arouse her desire are simply turned into common pigs, and often end up on somebody’s plate.
Pronunciation: Dry – gack – see – ah
Epithets: The Eater of Stillbirths; the Second Sister
True Appearance: the Second Sister appears as a massive spider covered in silvery white hair, with eyes of lurid red. Beneath her cephalothorax is another form – that of a pale, emaciated woman whose body is fused with the spider’s. In truth they are one being, one demon. The Second Sister’s human parts are frail-looking, her belly sunken, her hair snowy white. She carries a black staff in the shape of a serpent that is said to render people infertile. On the spider’s abdomen are a series of bleeding runes of unknown meaning.
Other Incarnations: The Second Sister sometimes appears as a pale, scrawny woman with spiders embroidered on her clothing or embossed on her jewelry. In this form she travels the mortal world, acting as a midwife. Her appearance is a very ill-omen, for when the Second Sister attends a birth the babe almost always dies, in which case it is taken away by her to be devoured. She may also appear as a vast horde of small white spiders.
Lore: The Second Sister lives in a gray palace amongst the stars, filled with small grey spiders. Rivers flow through the palace – rivers of stillborn babes, aborted fetuses, and miscarried embryos. Her cosmic form devours them all, drawing succor from the lost possibilities of lives unlived.
Invocation: Drygaxia is often invoked to help with an abortion, or to curse a rival woman with infertility or stillbirth. Women who summon her should beware though, for she is said to blight the wombs of those she comes in contact with, ensuring they only give birth to dead babies which she can later consume.
KurzulbelPronunciation: Kurze – ool – bell
Epithets: The Demon of Disease, The Pustulent One, Old SloughyTrue
Appearance: Kurzulbel is said to appear as a bloated giant with diseased-looking skin featuring all the colours of the sickly rainbow: black necrosis, yellow slough, green pus, and rashy redness. His eyes look like clusters of buboes. His head is crowned by large coiling horns. He often carries surgical tools, and unlike many demons, he covers his genitalia with garments made of human skin.
Other incarnations: Kurzulbel’s emissary form is that of a man in a mouldy green cloak and cowl whose face is concealed by a serene white mask. He carries a walking stick. His shadow, when glimpsed upon the ground, bears the shape of a horned monstrosity. He is said to appear in many other forms as well, including that of a handsome mortal man with a mild red rash on his face. In whatever form he assumes, he always shows some signs of being afflicted by disease. He can also manifest as a cloud of invisible miasma, thereby entering people’s bodies and ravaging them from within, just like the spores of a plague.
Lore: Little is known of Kurzulbel during the Fallen Age. Some say he was originally a sickness that attained demonic enlightenment. He is alleged to have been active during the Cosmic War, creating plagues to strike down the enemies of the Demonic Liberation Army. Kurzulbel is said to be responsible for many of the plagues that still ravage the earth in the present Aeon. He is said to travel about in the form of a sickness, living inside people’s bodies, like a passenger on a ship made of meat and blood.
Invocation: many people call upon Kurzulbel to save them from disease. Unfortunately, while the demon will sometimes stop people from dying of a sickness, he will never prevent them from feeling all the symptoms of that sickness, such as fever or boils, which he calls his ‘blessings.’
Epithets: The Demon of Portals; The Keeper of the Key; She of the Starry Flesh
Cosmic Form: Xiutunash appears as a human-sized figure dressed in a ragged cloak and cowl. She carries a key as large as a broadsword, which is often slung over her shoulders on a clanking chain. The teeth of the key are sharp and serrated, like butcher’s knives, and the key is stained with the ichor of an old dead god. Beneath the demoness’ hood is a vista of darkness dotted with stars and nebulas, as though her flesh itself were a window to the void – or a gateway. Her hands, when they emerge from the cloak, are sometimes dainty and beautiful, other times monstrous. Sometimes they are not hands at all, but glistening tentacles covered in blinking eyes.
Other incarnations: in emissary form, Xiutunash has been known to appear as a beautiful woman with skin like incarnate moonlight and a necklace of various keys around her neck.
Lore: during the Glorious Deicide, Xiutunash worked with her sisters Skienella and Beloewa to destroy the god of doorways, a being with three faces, three personalities, and three divine lives. When they slew and dismembered him, they argued over what to do with his possessions and his bodily remains. They settled their debate by playing a game, the details of which are not known. Xiutunash won, and received the god’s most powerful artifact – the Key That Opens All Doors. With it she is able to breach any barrier and travel anywhere in time and space. Her sister Beloewa received the god’s bones, while Skienella, the loser of the contest, was left only with the god’s dripping pelt.
Invocation: Xiutunash is often invoked by those seeking to escape confinement or travel great distances. She is known to be compassionate towards mortals, and often aids them when possible. Beware asking for her help however, for the demoness is keen to open doors but never to close them, and likes to send people on journeys from which there is no means of return.
Epithets: The Black Unicorn; The Horned Bridegroom; The Collector of Heads
True Appearance: Zarapetmus appears as a massive black unicorn with gleaming green eyes and silvery fangs.
Incarnations: the Black Unicorn is known to appear in three different mortal guises, often simultaneously (see Magus Fenrizian’s thesis on Demonic Panlocation). The first of these forms is that of a handsome, unassuming man with emerald eyes; the second is that of a beautiful woman with blood red skin, emerald eyes, and a robe of shimmering colors; the third form is that of a brutal warrior with smoldering armor, mounted on a black steed.
Lore: the Black Unicorn is said to have been born from a lustful impulse so great it was able to detach itself from its owner and attain independent existence. During the Great Deicide he slaked his desires by violating virgin goddesses prior – and some say even after – their deaths. Even now he makes frequent trips to earth and other planets to carry off virginal maidens. Those who are taken become his brides for a time, but are often returned to their mortal societies many decades later, gifted with strange powers, inhuman wisdom, and great longevity. Other than virgins, the Black Unicorn prizes human heads, and is said to live in a castle in the void made from billions of skulls.
Invocation: to attract the attention of the Black Unicorn it is necessary to offer him severed human heads or virgin flesh. Invoking him is unwise, for he is a truculent and murderous demon, and only the deadliest mortals have ever earned his admiration. Such people are sometimes rewarded by being allowed to ride into battle on one of his lesser incarnations. The three greatest Knights of Chaos – Sir Thuggrond the Founder, Sir Pugnace the Apostate, and Dame Killraven Deathdozer – have all been recipients of this great honor.
Art by Jaganath Venaka
Pronunciation: Zick – ee – mit – lay
Epithets: The Anti-Mother, The Third Sister
Cosmic Form: The Anti-Mother appears as a massive spider-like thing with a bulbous body and spindly legs. Large eyes devoid of pupils or irises cover her in random patterns like an outbreak of boils. Surrounding the eyes are tufts of greasy black hair. In the centre of the mass is a vertical mouth with savage teeth, perpetually hungry and drooling. Sometimes the mouth opens, revealing a hairy tongue upon which reclines a naked woman with pale skin, dark hair, and a shapely figure. She might be called beautiful, were it not for her lack of a face.
Other incarnations: The Third Sister often appears as a pallid woman with a slender figure and dark hair totally obscuring her features. Spiders crawl in her locks and she always stinks of decay.
Lore: Despite being utterly infertile, Zikimitile has nevertheless given birth to many ‘children.’ She achieves this by sucking the bodies of the dead into her demonic womb, then spitting them out in the form of monstrous revenants known as ‘The Never-Dead.’ Her children are all male, and her relations with them are known to be highly unsavoury. Those who please her most are gifted with terrible powers. Those who displease her are destroyed, or left to languish in senseless oblivion, their souls tethered to deathly flesh. Her most powerful incarnation dwells in the underworld, ruling over countless millions of souls.
Invocation: The Anti-Mother is often evoked by those who seek life after death or the resurrection of a loved one. Calling on the demoness in this manner is foolish however, for those she returns from the grave are forced to endure a tortured existence as her undead slaves.
Art by Jaganath Venaka
Epithets: The Demon of Song, The Living Cacophony, The Voice of the Void
Cosmic Form: Zilkaelee appears as a giant lamprey-like creature with iridescent skin. Her four heads are always singing. Her tentacles writhe in a strange dance, while smaller tendrils on her midsection vibrate and wriggle in tune with her song.
Other incarnations: Zilkaelee has been known to appear as a chorus of willowy women with pale skin covered in a film of iridescent oil.
Lore: Zilkaelee is said to have once been a song so beautiful it came to life. During the Cosmic War she sang to support the morale of the Demonic Liberation Army. When the gods were slain and the universe reborn, she began to sing her victory song, and has been singing it ever since. The sound of her singing travels across time and space, echoing through the holes and cracks in the cosmos. When those holes open – and reality is torn asunder – her voices can be heard as loud as thunder, along with the music of her backing band. Mortals who have heard her song often struggle to describe it, but it is known to be beautiful, terrible, and utterly inimitable.
Invocation: Zilkaelee is often called upon by those wishing to hear her unearthly voices, or those seeking singing lessons. The latter petitioners should beware, for the demoness takes only the most promising of pupils; the rest are driven insane by a song of mockery, and have their talentless tongues cut out and devoured. Those who are taken under her wing are gifted with strange powers, and have been known to sing the dead back to life or make people dance unto death.