“To be haunted is to glimpse a truth that might best be hidden.”
– James Herbert
Daemon is a word derived from Ancient Greek and in it’s original usage referred a divinity or supernatural being of a nature between gods and humans. Daemon in Terror Firma is a catchall term for any kind of spirit, and they are one of the most diverse forms of life, assuming they can be said to be alive at all. Daemons can be anything from full on gods to simple ghosts and everything in between.
Daemons do not have a shared origin, some of them came to be after a being’s death while other had simply always been a daemon. Daemons are not stuck in a single state either, over time many of them merge, split and evolve.
OF ANGELS AND DEMONS
When translating biblical texts through Ancient Greek and Latin, the word daemon, later adjusted to demon, was employed to translate the concept of fallen angels in the Bible. The world angel itself deriving from the Latin angelus meaning messenger. In more common usage demon can refer to any kind of evil spirit or more generally any creature regarded as evil. Its important to note that in Terror Firma many daemons are beyond mundane concepts of morality and do not conform to a Christian cosmology.
BETTER THE DAEMON YOU KNOW
"In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order."
– Carl Jung
There are many types of daemons, possibly more than even deviants know about. The most common kinds of daemons are:
• Umbrates which are the shades of Vespertine, they are responsible for the existence of vampires and without them they wouldn’t be able to continue to exist at all.
• Grimalkins which are the daemonic animals created by Margus as pets, guardians, and familiars.
• Druden which are the daemons of death and dreams that come from Drudenhiem. All changelings are half Druden.
• Lumeia which were worshipped by the inhabitations of the Lost City of Edinnu and they cursed their worshippers when they sided with the Asuries in the Divine War.
Daemonic possession occurs when a daemon enters a body, either living or dead. Possession of the living is usually voluntary as involuntary possession generally requires a deviant to control the process. Extended possession is a dangerous proposition since it damages the mental faculties of the living and in the dead, it causes rot.
Umbrates and vampires participate in their own form of daemonic possession known as umbral channelling where the vampire welcomes one or more Umbrates into their body in order to increase their power but over time it makes them dependent on their presence.
Daemonic possession of changelings is rare since they themselves are half daemon and the existence of an external spirit in their body can cause their bodies to tear apart.
Magical folk have extra resilience to the ill effects of possession than the average human and will experience no such effects from allowing their grimalkin to possess them since they are in a way apart of themselves.
Skinchangers cannot be possessed since they are themselves spiritual creatures clinging to the skins of humans and animals. Its important to note that a skinchanger could not possess a full body in the way a proper daemon can.
Beholders have no additional resilience to the unpleasant effects of possession than other humans though they are better at sensing its impact on them.
Daemons can be cast out and while a religious exorcism (Christian or otherwise) is very much possible, it relies not on the power of a deity but in the faith and conviction (religious or otherwise) of the exorcist. A confident atheist has more chance of casting out daemons than a priest having a crisis of faith.