These beings relish in chaos, bloodshed, and trickery. Like their vampire and werewolf cousins, Demons prospered for a time in the Dark. The absence of light increased their powers and thus great swathes of the Wild were converted to meet the Lyerian Empire’s demands.
The Dark began to push back, forcing demons to take refuge in Verdisol when the Lyerian Empire was consumed by the Rift Lands. Now returned, either through luck or fate, demons will not lose a second opportunity to make the world their own.
All demons, regardless of ancestry, home, or creed, recognize the Obsidian Throne of Lyeria as the royal demon line. Within Lyeria there are over 50 royal houses, some of which have strayed into the wilderness beyond the King's sight to plot nefarious deeds.
As demons do not believe in a central higher power, one is awarded Kingship (or Queenship, on rare occasions) by proving themselves in battle, both physical and through wit. A significant amount of subterfuge is employed among the houses to see that their son or daughter ascend to the Obsidian Throne.
Demons come in a wide variety of physical appearances. They have enhanced strength, speed, stamina and typically live to be around 300-400 years old on the mortal plane. Many have unique abilities that typically focus on possession, mind control, lower elemental use, and body manipulation. While some demons opt to morph their bodies to be beautiful and godlike others take inspiration from monstrosities.
Most demons, regardless of their wanted physical attributes, will have horns (either visible or removed) as well as a forked tongue.
These horns can be hidden using illusion magic. Having one's horns removed or shaven down will cause the demon to have less control of their mana subjecting them to more drawbacks when using spells.
The majority of demons within Twilight Realm are a standard demon type. This means that they exhibit demonic traits but can disguise themselves to look like humans if they chose. Within Lyeria, there are different classes of demons, ranging from common, lower house, and upper house.
Dastardly little agents of chaos, imps are prevalent throughout Lyeria. It is thought that they were once related to dwarves or goblins, these full demons are often in employ among the houses. They are shorter in stature than their demonic cousins, and are often scorned by the Imperial demons to be servants.
An unusual subspecies of demon that typically reside within brothels, entertainment venues, or anywhere an opportunity for corruption might strike. These creatures feed off of the living essence of their victims, which can either be sexual in nature or through the corruption of their victim's spirit and will. For example, these demons might look to corrupt a lawmaker or religious figure head. Incubus (male) are astonishingly handsome and prey on both sexes. Likewise, their female counterparts (succubus) prey and feed on both men and women given the opportunity that arises for them. This class of demons will not gain substance or feel ‘fed’ from eating or drinking normal foods. They will need to feed off of living essence at least once a week, in a large portion, to not starve.