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The Prince of Darkeness; Dagol; c. 1775 Wellcome L0025428

The early 17th century “Compendium Maleficarum” identifies six different types of Demons – Fiery (or Empyreal), Aerial, Terrestrial, Water, Subterranean, and Lucifugous (light-fleeing). The Possessor Demons presented in the Ghastly Affair Presenter’s Manual correspond to the Lucifugous Demons. Here then are the “Fiery”.

Fire Demon

A malevolent entity that embodies the power of flame.

Creature Class: Spirit (Demon)
Number Appearing: 1 – 6
Initial Impression: A bizarrely composite humanoid whose body is shrouded in flames.
Size: Small (4′ tall, 1 – 2 HD), Human-Sized (7′ tall, 3 – 6 HD), or Large (10′ tall, 7 – 9 HD)

Perversity: 30
Disposition: Aggressive
Charisma: 13 Intelligence: 9 Wisdom: 12
Strength: 10 (1 – 2 HD), 20 (3 – 6 HD), or 30 (7 – 9 HD) Dexterity: 15 Constitution: 20
Speed: 12 walking, 18 Flying

Armor Class: 3 (1 – 2 HD), 5 (3 – 6 HD), or 7 (7 – 9 HD)
Hit Dice: 1 – 9
Attacks: 1 (weapon, punch, or claws and bite)
Special Abilities: Demonic Characteristics, Burning Hot to the Touch, Sage of Fire,
Weaknesses: Demonic Weaknesses, Vulnerable to Cold and Water
Assets: Difficult to Control
Afflictions: Easily Angered
Preternatural Powers: Darkness; Invisibility; Transform Self into Snake, Scorpion, Lion, Lizard, Salamander, or Jackal. 1 – 3 HD Demons have 1 additional Power, 4 – 6 HD have 2 additional Powers, and 7 – 9 HD have 3 additional Powers. (See Below)

Natural Habitat: The Outer Darkness, the upper atmosphere of the Earth, volcanoes, any place that has been recently destroyed by fire.
Level: Equal to Hit Dice

Fire Demons are entities of pure evil that delight in causing destruction. They ultimately serve the terrible Fire Kings who desire the complete immolation of the Mundane World. Since they are beings of chaos, however, they usually work at cross-purposes to each other. Magicians who would enslave Fire Demons find them to be particularly rebellious and troublesome.

The upper atmosphere is said to imprison innumerable Fire Demons who cannot descend without being Summoned by a Magician, or one of the Fire Kings. Supposedly, the Demons will attack anything that passes into their domain, and are responsible for the fireballs and meteors that occasionally strike the earth.

The natural forms of Fire Demons are of varied appearance, but in all cases they will appear to be aflame, their eyes will glow like coals, and their mouths will vomit flames and smoke. They stink of sulfur, burning flesh, and heated metal. Although their bodies are burning hot to the touch, Fire Demons do not warm the air around them. Rather, like all Demons, they actually suck the heat out of the environment.

A Fire Demon’s flames are unnatural, and the Fairy Folk are therefore not particularly vulnerable to them. For that reason, malicious Fairies will often associate with those Fire Demons who have managed to make their way to the surface of the Earth. Fire Demons of 1 to 2 HD in strength are in fact sometimes called “Fire Sprites”, although they are not actually Fairies themselves. Likewise, the demonic Fire Kings hold court with the Fairy Erlkings, Cloud Kings, and Water Kings who torment humanity.

Special Abilities of Fire Demons

Demonic Characteristics: Fire Demons are immune to all weapons, except those which are made of iron, blessed, or otherwise enchanted. They cannot be harmed by acid, cold, disease, or any Special Ability or Preternatural Effect which targets minds or emotions (except those that specifically target Spirits, of course). They can see perfectly regardless of illumination, are immune to blindness or any other debility caused by extremely bright light, retain the ability to distinguish colors in conditions of total darkness, and do not need time to adjust their eyes to changing light. Fire Demons can speak, write, and understand all languages and forms of communication.

Burning Hot to the Touch: A character that deliberately touches a Fire Demon with their hand (or other body part) will be burned for 1d6 points of Lethal Damage.

Sage of Fire: Fire Demons have perfect knowledge of all arts, sciences, and crafts involving fire – metallurgy, glassblowing, blacksmithing, artillery use, etc. They are sometimes Summoned expressly for their knowledge, but preternatural means such as Bind Spirit are usually required to force the Demons to answer truthfully.

Weaknesses of Fire Demons

Vulnerable to Cold and Water: Cold and water-based attacks against a Fire Demon grant the aggressor a +2 Bonus on the Attack Check, and inflict an additional 2 point of Lethal Damage. Holy Water does double normal damage to Fire Demons. Fire Demons must Check Morale whenever they are damaged by cold or water-based attacks.

Demonic Weaknesses: Fire Demons are burned by holy water as if it was acid, cannot enter holy ground or touch blessed objects, and are subject to the power of Faith. Like all Demons, they are Vulnerable to Iron, and will not voluntarily touch it. Additionally, they are repelled by pure crystalline salt. As Spirits, they are susceptible to all Preternatural Effects that target spiritual entities. Strangely, they cause the entire Nearby Area to become discernibly cold rather than hot.

Preternatural Powers of Fire Demons

All Fire Demons can create Darkness, Detect Evil, become Invisible, and Transform into snakes, scorpions, lions, lizards, salamanders, or jackals. In addition, every Fire Demon will possess one of the following powers: (d6)
1 | Burning Hands
2 | Continual Flame
3 | Create Flame
4 | Enhanced Vision (to teach others)
5 | Light
6 | Resist Fire (to teach others)

Fire Demons of at least 3 – 6 HD will have an additional power from this list: (d8)
1 | Ball Lightning
2 | Fireball
3 | Fog (Smoke) Cloud
4 | Hypnotic Pattern
5 | Levitate
6 | Protection from Bullets
7 | Pyrotechnics
8 | Stinking Cloud

Fire Demon Powers of 7 – 9 HD will also have one of these powers: (d6)
1 | Explosive Runes
2 | Fire Shield
3 | Fire Trap
4 | Flame Strike
5 | Quench Fire
6 | Wall of Fire

Appearance of a Fire Demon

The demon’s HEAD is… (d20)
1 | absent, but it has eyes in its chest and a mouth in its belly.
2 | that of a brutal man, with the horns of a bull, goat, or ram.
3 | that of a woman with goat horns.
4 | that of a boy with small horns.
5 | that of girl with small horns.
6 | double – a man and a woman.
7 | like a man’s with three faces.
8 | that of a man with 6 eyes.
9 | like that of man, but nearly split in two by the enormous mouth filled with sharp teeth.
10 | that of a man with a single eye.
11 | draconic.
12 | serpentine.
13 | lizard-like.
14 | skull-like.
15 | that of a jackal.
16 | that of a lion.
17 | a plume of flame.
18 | that of a rooster.
19 | grotesquely simian.
20 | completely enshrouded in a helmet of hot bronze.

Its flame-enshrouded BODY is… (d10)
1 | man-like,
2 | womanly,
3 | humanoid, but scaly
4 | emaciated and skeletal,
5 | serpentine,
6 | draconic,
7 | lizard-like,
8 | a tortoise’s
9 | just a fiery pillar,
10 | leonine,
11 | that of a man wrapped in hissing snakes,
12 | scaly and covered in spines,

and its overall COLOR is… (d10)
1 | like pale human flesh
2 | like dark human flesh
3 | red.
4 | yellow
5 | orange.
6 | golden.
7 | brassy.
8 | black.
9 | like glowing steel.
10 | a riot of hues.

Its WINGS are… (d8)
1 | fan-like.
2 | bird-like.
3 | like a bird’s, but feathered with copper blades.
4 | bat-like.
5 | bat-like and colorfully patterned.
6 | bat-like and tattered.
7 | membranes stretched under its arms.
8 | sheets of flame.

Its ARMS are… (d6)
1 | like those of a muscular man,
2 | a woman’s,
3 | like the bodies of snakes,
4 | like tentacles of fire,
5 | like the front legs of a wolf,
6 | covered in spikes and spines,

and its HANDS are… (d6)
1 | human-like.
2 | human-like, but clawed.
3 | a lizard’s.
4 | the paws of a lion.
5 | like the tails of snakes.
6 | just two jets of flame.

Its LEGS are… (d10)
1 | like a muscular man’s,
2 | like a woman’s,
3 | a lizard’s,
4 | bird-like,
5 | like a dog’s, but scaly,
6 | leonine,
7 | replaced with a single serpentine tail.
8 | two pillars of flame.
9 | emaciated and skeletal,
10 | like two serpents,

its FEET are… (d8)
1 | lizard-like,
2 | leonine,
3 | taloned like a hawk’s,
4 | emaciated and skeletal,
5 | human,
6 | cloven hooves,
7 | flames.
8 | two hissing serpents,

and the TAIL is… (d8)
1 | absent.
2 | serpentine.
3 | serpentine and covered with spines.
4 | scorpion-like.
5 | (1d8) writing snakes with flickering tongues.
6 | leonine.
7 | smooth and prehensile, with a wedge-shaped stinger at the end.
8 | a peacock’s

It bears… (d12)
1 | a brazen crown.
2 | armor of red-hot bronze.
3 | a flaming sword.
4 | a glowing spear.
5 | a snake in its hand.
6 | a fiery mace.
7 | a torch.
8 | a heavy chain.
9 | a glowing bronze hammer.
10 | red-hot pinchers.
11 | a flaming whip (or cat-o-nine-tails).
12 | a pitchfork.

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