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11 11  = Classification =
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13 -Broadly speaking, Demons can be divided into four major classes: Arch-Demons, which are the ruling class of demons, holding at least some degree of rule over the Pits of The Abyss, Greater Demons, which are the most powerful of the non-ruling demons, Lesser Demons, which are the rank and file "soldiers" of the demons, making up the Legions, and Sub-Demons, which are effectively the vermin of Hell. Frequently, the Greater, Lesser, and Sub-Demons are collectively referred to as "Common Demons," as opposed to the Arch-Demons who are sometimes referred to as the "Demon Royalty."
13 +Broadly speaking, Demons can be divided into four major classes: Arch-Demons, which are the ruling class of demons, holding at least some degree of rule over the Pits of The Abyss, Greater Demons, which are the most powerful of the non-ruling demons, Lesser Demons, which are the rank and file "soldiers" of the demons, making up the Legions, and Sub-Demons, which are humans who, on their own accord, have transformed themselves into demons. Frequently, the Greater, Lesser, and Sub-Demons are collectively referred to as "Common Demons," as opposed to the Arch-Demons who are sometimes referred to as the "Demon Royalty."
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15 15  In addition, some of Arch-Demons have rule not only over The Abyss but, to some degree, over Abaddon as well. In addition, there are some Greater Demons who, while still lacking any rule, have some dominion over Abaddon and Infernum. These demons are referred to as Devils. All Devils are Demons, but not all Demons are Devils.
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17 -=== Greater Demons ===
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19 -Greater Demons have established themselves as individuals, both in terms of having a personal name and sigil as well as having an appearance which is generally their own. While the Greater Demons are generally divided into two "races," the Fiends and the Unholy Beasts, the individuals within these two races have vastly different appearances. Greater Demons generally are not the property of other demons, though they may be heavily beholden to one or more Arch-Demon in terms of deals made over their existence. Greater Demons often have begun to gain the ability to manifest more than one Aspect at a time, and often venture into the mortal realm with the intent of acting as a demon of possession rather than manifesting a body upon their arrival.
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21 -Among the Demons, there is power in their names. On one hand, it is a weakness, in that it allows them to be summoned and bound, making them subject to being controlled by someone else, mortal or immortal. On the other, having a name allows them to make use of the identity which goes along with the name to build their own power. Greater Demons can become very powerful, at times rivaling or exceeding the power of the lower ranking Arch-Demons.
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23 -Most Greater Demons are unable to maintain their own territory within Hell, as others Demons, in particular Arch-Demons, are able to simply wait for the Greater Demon to have some task which requires its presence elsewhere then overrun their territory and take it as their own. As such, most Greater Demons belong to an Arch-Demon.
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25 25  = Biology =
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27 27  Demons are supernatural creatures, which means they don't necessarily possess a functional "natural" biology. At their core, they are nothing more than accumulations of supernatural energy with power over some particular area of The Abyss. Mortals (as well as many other supernatural creatures) are largely incapable of actually interacting with a Demon in its true nature, as they lack any sort of physical form in this state.
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53 53  It could be said "A Soul never lies," and this would apply to a Demon's Essence as well. Because Demons' (and other Immortals') very being is centered around their Essence, they do not lie and virtually always keep any oath they give. While technically they //can// lie or break an oath, doing so weakens them seriously: Their minds are attached to their core being rather than a single body which means their words and oaths directly reflect on their Essence.
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47 +=== Reproduction ===
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49 +Demons cannot reproduce among themselves; while it is not uncommon for two demons to engage in sexual intercourse, such actions never result in the creation of new life, demonic or otherwise. Greater and Arch-Demons can, however, reproduce as a result of intercourse with humans, though the conditions of such reproduction are challenging to meet. When a demon and human successfully reproduce, the offspring are Cambion, a particular subspecies of Sub-Demon.
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51 +In order to reproduce, the actual act of mating between the demon and human need not be consensual, but once the mating has completed, a number of specific conditions must be met for the child to be born. Approximately three months after the intercourse, the female (even if human) will lay an egg containing the cambion and the demon parent must be present when the egg is laid. As soon as the egg is laid, the demon must immediately depart, leaving the egg with the human parent. It will take around four months for the egg to hatch, during which time the human parent must personally care for the egg, ensuring it is properly incubated and kept safe, and furthermore, there can be no demonic contact with the human or the egg (including mutated demonic priests) until it hatches. If any of these conditions are not met, the egg will fail to hatch. The freshly hatched Cambion will show hooved feet but lack a tail at this point in its life.
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53 +Once the egg hatches, the Cambion may be taken into the company of demonic priests, but must avoid direct contact with actual demons until it reaches some degree of adulthood (usually around 15 years for most Cambion), at which point its tail will grow out. Any contact with a demon of any form (including other Cambion children) prior to its tail forming will result in immediate death of the child; once the tail is visible, the Cambion is fully formed, and is no longer subject to such restrictions.
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55 +Note that, because the egg must not come into contact with any corrupt priests during its incubation but must remain in the presence of its human parent, corrupt priests are unable to parent children with demons. In some priesthoods, parenting a Cambion child with the demon being worshiped is a requirement to attain the first level of corruption in some temples, particularly those in worlds where demon presence is common and the demons are in combat over control over the world.
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55 55  = Terminology =
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57 57  == Beast ==
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63 63  == It ==
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65 -At their core, Demons are not He or She, but rather It. They are not mortal and do not reproduce in any conventional manner, thus have no actual gender (despite the appearance of it in their manifest forms as well as potentially engaging in recreational sexual activity). They take no offense at the pronoun "it" being used in reference to them and will commonly use that term for each other, even if they are clearly presenting themselves in some specific gender. That being said, ones which clearly appear male or female generally don't object to the use of a gendered pronoun for themselves.
67 +At their core, Demons are not He or She, but rather It. They are not mortal and do not reproduce in any conventional manner, thus have no actual gender (despite the appearance of it in their manifest forms as well as potentially engaging in recreational sexual activity). They take no offense at the pronoun "it" being used in reference to them and will commonly use that term for each other, even if they are clearly presenting themselves in some specific gender. That being said, most demons tend to favor one gender over the other, and referring to them in the gender they present themselves in is common.
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67 67  The Demogorgon, as a dual-faceted creature (with two distinct essences for the one being) is always referred to in the plural "they."
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