Most everyone has heard the story of Lucifer’s battle in heaven, so this is nothing new. Lucifer betrayed God, straining against Him along with a mighty band of disgruntled angels (though a few were merely weak-willed and gullible). In the end, God and his loyals won, the opposition ripped from Heaven and hurtled into an unknown territory… Hell.Hell’s Royal Family
The fallen angels of Hell eventually multiplied; and over thousands of years, they evolved into a plethora of demonic breeds.
Lucifer, for a time, was their leader; until his subjects realized he was to blame for God’s ill graces. He had led them into the dark.
It seemed Lucifer had a mutiny of his own on his hands. He was overthrown; his own son, Belial, leading the ranks. He was banished to the Ninth Circle of Hell, his beautiful wings torn bare and ripped from his back.
As a marker of his new power, Belial took the barren and blood-soaked wings and wore them as his own. He was the new Prince of Darkness, the Ruler of Hell.
Coming to Earth
For eons, Demons have been physically confined to the depths of Hell. Though, it never stopped them from wreaking havoc on Earth. To visit Earth, a demon had a few options. First, to take on an inhuman form of some sort. This is how all the images of great creatures with horns, tails, and scales came to be. And why else would a beautiful succubus such as Lilith choose the form of a snake? She didn’t have much of a choice, now did she? Second, demons could maintain their natural appearance while sacrificing their corporeal presence. Essentially, they take on the form of a ghost or apparition. Then, of course, the other option was to possess a human host; though, this option was limited to primarily Infernal types.
Now… remember how many thought June 6th, 2006 to be the end of the world? Obviously, they were wrong; however, on that day, a monstrous change occurred. Demons gained complete access to the Earth. Gone were the days of facades and indirect influence; the demons were free to indulge and nurture sin in the human race unabated.
Generally, Demons look very much human. Yet, they show conspicuous signs of their heritage.Physiological Characteristics
Ears: Their ears are long and pointed. The taper has no other purpose but aesthetic, but the length serves to keep the demonic body temperature stable in the hostile environment of Hell. Furthermore, Demonic hearing is ten times more acute than Human hearing. Loud or screeching noises do well in driving them mad.
Last note about the ears… they’re a highly erogenous zone for Demons. Fantastic way to distract a hostile attack, which is why most Demons don’t let human become privy to this information. If you touch a Demon’s ear, you might as well just plunge your hand down their pants. Don’t. Touch. The. Ears.
Teeth: Demonic canines are long and sharp, much like the fangs of a carnivorous animal. Additionally, they have the benefit of no Wisdom teeth, a lovely Human-exclusive curse courtesy of Adam and Eve.
Eyes: You’d never find a human with naturally purple, orange, teal, or red eyes, but Demonic irises come in every color under the sun. A couple races even have slitted pupils or completely black eyes.
Life Span: A Demonic soul can survive up to 500 years. Demons progress through childhood and adolescence at the same rate as Humans. Though, once matured and at their peak, they stay young for nearly 100 years. Once reaching 100 (20 in Demonic years), they age five times more slowly than a Human.Powers/Breeds
Once expired, a Demon’s soul is limited to Hell. (Should a Demon possess abnormally expansive power, he or she can still return to Earth in non-corporeal form or via possession. Satan is one such example.)
Immunity: Should a Demon suffer an unnatural death, they resurrect after a brief stint in Hell. They are fully healed of any injury pertaining to the death, granted it wasn’t given time to heal on Earth. Conversely, illness or a natural shut down of homeostasis is the death knoll for a Demon. Due to lack of exposure over the last few millennia, Demonic immune systems are more susceptible to disease. Thusly, Humans arm themselves with biochemical weapons to deal with any unwanted Demons; though, these are almost exclusively administered to Police and Military forces.
Sin: Demons are basically plague rats of venereal disease. They’re bred to commit and spread sin; so it’s only natural they’d be immune to anything that would directly hinder them. On the same note, Demons have a higher tolerance to alcohol, not to mention they're naturally fantastic sexual companions.
What’s a Demon without some sort of awe-inspiring/fear-invoking power? Some powers apply to Demons of all types, while others are constricted to certain breeds.
Universal: All Demons are capable of teleportation, both themselves and objects. When applied to themselves, the ability is referred to as “Poofing”, thanks to the noise made upon transportation. Distance traveled is not limitless. On average, a Demon can poof up to 100 miles without exhausting themselves. Fatigue grows exponentially outside the average radius.
To bring an object into their possession, Demons must think of the object and snap their fingers. Not surprisingly, this technique is called “Snapping”. Snapping cannot create what doesn’t already exist; rather the subject is pulled from elsewhere in the world. As most Demons aren’t adverse to theft, snapped objects are generally illegally acquired.
Infernal: Your basic Biblical devil: fire, brimstone, possession. Hell’s Royal line is made-up primarily of Infernal Demons. Infernal powers include Pyrokinesis, Possession, and “Mind-Fuckery” (ability to put thoughts/images into a person’s head). One related power is Damnation, bequeathed only unto the current Ruler of Hell.
Lilitu: These Demons are more commonly known as Incubi and Succubi. They thrive on seduction of the innocent. To aid in this task, their pheromones are heavily enhanced and near irresistible. Starting at the onset of puberty, their libidos sky-rocket; controlling their appetites is nigh impossible.
Imps: These little guys cause mischief more than anything else. They’re compact, quick, unintelligent, and live for a good laugh. If you’re missing a sock, your car keys, or a remote control, it’s likely their fault. Invisibility is their specialty. Gremlins and Leprechauns fall under this breed.
Kodama: As demonstrated by the imps, not all Demons are inherently evil. Kodama are Japanese Demons who guard forests and the like. They get their vaguely cruel kicks from scaring away any threat to their territory. Voice Mimicry, Shape Shifting, and Invisibility are their most common powers.
Siren: Sirens have a manipulative voice. Not only can they cause sailors to follow their lofty vocals to an aquatic death, but when properly controlled, Sirens can manifest specific emotions (anger, lust, sorrow, serenity, etc) in their target merely by talking. Sirens are not, as depicted in Greek mythology, all female.
Other: There are far more breeds and powers than can be named in this summary. However, other common powers include: Electrokinesis (Electricity), Hyrdokinesis (Water), Kryokinesis (Ice), Time Manipulation, Technopathy, Manipulation of Plants, Telepathy, etc.