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Would the blood of Immortal beings be dangerous? [closed]

I am currently writing a world with several very very old mammal adjacent beings. I’m wondering to what extent their blood could be a hazard if spilled or given? if say a demon with warm blood and ...
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How to prevent demon slayers from murdering their own en masse? [closed]

Set in 1000AD. Demon exists and are hunting people. People retaliate and become demon slayers. Demon drops crystal upon being killed. Crystal emanates magical energy. (Intensity follows inverse square ...
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Demonic possession - incubating in different lobes of the brain yielding different trauma? [closed]

When demons possess a person, my world has a stylized framework for how they will manipulate and terrorize the victim. This is determined by which lobe of the brain the demons incubate in: From which ...
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Why would a catarrhine species from the Homo genus be MUCH more likely to be colour blind than Homo sapiens?

In my story, there is a species of catarrhinian primate named demons (their scientific name is Homo demonus) (so there are still humans, just not Homo sapiens). They look like a mixture of Afro-...
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How can an increase in demonic summoning lead to significant time lags in service and response time?

Hell is the bottomless realm that devils occupy, which exists alongside the material world of humans. This realm is further broken up into infinite mini-realms, each with their own type of devils, as ...
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Shapeshifters or just no physical form? [closed]

I'm writing about demons who live in an alternate world that exists below our own. They rarely venture into the human world because it forces them into a solid body, which they find painful and ...
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What would be the ideal date and time for a magical zombie apocalypse to occur to cause the most death and destruction?

An invisible eldritch entity has enveloped the entirety of modern planet Earth. As a result of this, any human who dies becomes a zombie. This is not spread by bites or anything like that, death of ...
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How can daemonic pacts made across different realities be honored?

Our world orders the immaterial realm, a place in which daemons and otherworldly creatures reside. These separate realms have their own rules governing their realities, such as gravity, physics, and ...
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What would keep demons existing within pocket realities from entering human domains?

Planet Earth exists as two sides of a coin, with one side containing humans and the other containing demons. These two realities are separated by a barrier that keeps both races from interacting with ...
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How can a wizard make a deal with a demon without interacting face-to-face? [closed]

Remember Bob the Wizard from this question? Well, Joe's annoyed him one too many times. However, he can't kill him the normal way, so he's decided he's going to hire a demon to kill him. Bob knows all ...
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Anatomically Correct Multi-Faced Demons

Demons in medieval art were often depicted with many extra faces over their body. Specifically: The shoulders, knees, and elbows may be replaced with complete mammalian heads, with eyes, nose, and a ...
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Why do Demons look different from each other?

So this is part of a passion project of mine for an ASB alternate history scenario. Where demons from another universe invade and conquer North America. The demons have been recorded in artwork in the ...
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How advanced would Lanka under Ravana (and thus the Rākṣasas/Yakṣas) have to be to supply a 100 billion population of meat eaters?

The population of Lanka under Ravana is 100 billion, over 10 times the world population now (see my answer here for details), in a space of one, not that big country, and the population eats meat. ...
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How can I make animal teeth look MUCH more demonic?

I'm trying to design my interpretation of Hellbound FNAF animatronics to be as terrifying as possible, and one of those methods is making their teeth, and claws be inspired by, heavily based off of, ...
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How can two disciplines of the same magic system be made incompatible?

Daemons are malevolent spirits that inhabit the astral plane. This religion views these spirits as divine beings and worship them as gods. They are heavily revered in the faith, and are considered ...
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Is it possible to democratically handle the immaterium?

I'm creating a world inspired by Immaterium from warhammer 40K. TL/DR There is an alternate dimension which is a realm of chaos, which enables lot of goodies in the real world, like faster than light ...
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How can a religion rationalize worshipping deities it has enslaved?

Daemons are malevolent spirits that inhabit the astral plane. This religion views these spirits as divine beings and worship them as gods. They are heavily revered in the faith, and are considered ...
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How can summoners be limited in their use of daemonic familiars?

I am Ashton Ketchomius, a follower of daemonology who specializes in the binding of daemons. These are malevolent spirits that inhabit the astral plane and are worshipped as divine beings or higher ...
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How can an inter-dimensional rift between worlds prevent passengers from crossing back over?

The book of Genesis tells of how God created the earth in six days, as well as the first humans. He created Adam and Eve in his image as pure and uncorrupted beings. However, Lucifer seduced and slept ...
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How could making a soul more demonically compatible lead to a reversal in demonic possession?

Daemonhosts are created when daemonic spirits are bound to the flesh of human beings, allowing them to hijack the individual's soul and giving them control over the victim. Within this union, the ...
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Could these demons exist?

The demons are large subterranean humanoids. They are human-like in form and intelligence, and around 8ft tall when stood up. Their face is elongated, with a vaguely canine-appearing snout. They have ...
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How can supernatural social beings avoid total extermination/enslavement when the human world has the Big Brother system?

The human world has the world government (and thus the single Big Brother system, which monitors people living even in the most obscure places). For sake of being short I will call "supernatural ...
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How can the survival of mortal vessels decline with an increase in quality of life?

Every 1000 years, a total solar eclipse covers the entire disk of the sun and covers the earth in its shadow. During this event, the barrier that separates the mortal world from the spiritual world ...
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Why don't demons possess children until after puberty?

In my world's magic system there is the otherworld. It is a many layered realm that is made from the memories of the land, the animals and the people. Some spirit worlds fade away if their people have ...
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How could breaking a demonic seal weaken a demon's power?

The book of Genesis tells of how God created the earth in six days, as well as the first humans. He created Adam and Eve in his image as pure and uncorrupted beings. However, Lucifer seduced and slept ...
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What would be the practical capacities/endurance of a 1/4 inch rubbery octopus-like skin reinforced with metallic subdermal osteoderm?

As the title of the question say, I would like to know how a rubbery octopus-like skin reinforced with the subdermal osteoderm like those of a komodo dragon but metal-based(magnesium ? iron or else) ...
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Why do demons need to wear clothes when they detest everything about us?

Humanity have been fighting the outcasts since ancient time, their ancestors whom had betrayed the gods and angels now dwells in the mortal realms feasting upon our flesh and blood turning the surface ...
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What natural barriers can exist to prevent a multi-purpose demon seal from being created?

Seals are magical runes meant to restrain and restrict the movement of demons, limiting their range of movement and trapping them within the seal itself. Their are three variations of seals created ...
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My characters have been killing the same demons over and over again. How come the demons never adapt to them?

There are three "worlds" in this setting: Heaven, Hell and Midgard, Midgard being Earth and the entire Milkyway galaxy. When a demon or an angel enters Midgard, they can't just walk there, as they ...
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How can a eugenics program be the most preferable option to create a demonhost?

The warp is a realm that is separated from reality by a barrier, keeping denizens from interacting with each other Daemonic possession allows for a daemon from the warp to take possession of a human ...
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How can demonic patrons be made to value quality over quantity?

Human beings contain mana, which is the energy required for life. Mana grows over the course of a person's life, being released at the moment of death. Demons can feed on this energy to increase their ...
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How can a secret organization conceal themselves from religious authorities during the dark ages? [closed]

A Planetwide lunar eclipse occurs every 600-700 years, during which time the son of Satan will be born through a mortal vessel. This event will be followed by a solar eclipse 6 days later. During the ...
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What would be needed to have a database that contained information on people with powers in a post-apocalypse?

For a post-apocalyptic world I'm writing, I have a bunch of, essentially, demons that have killed a large majority of humanity, destroying almost everything in that stands in their way, whether that ...
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Anatomically Correct Nuckelavee

As a series of anatomically correct myths, here we have the Nuckelavee. Is there a realistic way that Nuckelavee could evolve? Using Earth or near-Earth biology, how close could I get to the classic ...
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Can I create conflict between demons and humans without using the term 'hunting?' [closed]

I am trying to find ideas for an Urban Fantasy novel, and all the ideas I've got are loosely related to Cassandra Clare's Shadowhunters series. However, I don't want to use a similar concept of ...
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How can energy seeping into reality be prevented from spreading?

Our reality is separated from the realm of chaos by a thin barrier that prevents either realm's inhabitants from interacting. The exception is during an event which occurs every 1000 years. In this ...
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How to differentiate between demonic possession and mental illness?

It turns out that all of the deities and various demons, angels, and spirits are real. The super natural world took a hiatus since the dark ages for reasons not relevant to this question and for ...
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Why would powerful mages be the least successful in binding a daemon?

Daemonism is a religion that revolves around the worship of, surprisingly, daemons. Followers practice a form of magic called chaos magic, which flows out of the daemonic realm. While it is powerful, ...
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How can I design a religion based on real demons to maintain its stability?

There is a veil which separates our reality from a parallel dimension that contains Eldritch abominations. An ancient empire has discovered that they can harness the power of this realm by summoning ...
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How can a minor demon climb the infernal heirachy? [closed]

There is a veil which separates our reality from a parallel dimension that contains Eldritch abominations. An ancient empire has discovered that they can harness the power of this realm by summoning ...
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Where would you keep a goat that is living in a manor? [closed]

There is a demon disguised as a goat who influences the wealthy lord of a manor into bequeathing him his manor and lands when he dies. He plans on using the land to perform dark rituals, sacrificing ...
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How can I synchronize a mass murder? [closed]

The veil is a barrier that separates our world from a parallel realm, in which demons inhabit. This veil prevents one reality from bleeding into another, although their our occasions in which demons ...
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How can a demon's soul be purified while retaining its arcane abilities?

A magical veil separates our realm from the demonic realm, designed to keep supernatural creatures out. A summoning spell bypasses this barrier by directly summoning a demon directly to our plane. ...
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How can possessing human beings negate a daemon's immortality?

Daemons inhabit a parallel reality known as the astral realm, and are separated from the mortal plane through an ancient barrier. This veil blocks beings above a certain threshold from crossing over, ...
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How can a demon hide the true nature of its biology? [closed]

This is a follow up question to this: How can an unholy Trinity to be worshipped as one being? The god Zoth-Ommog has been reincarnated into the world as a small child. As he grows, he will gain ...
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Summoning Circles and Time Travel

The world I am working on is a soft science fiction realm dressed up in the trappings of magic and the occult. A world where there are loosely defined scientific principles behind the rituals and ...
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How do I reconcile humans and demons?

Humans and demons are one of many races within my fantasy world. These two races gave been going at it for a couple of hundred years. No one remembers which side started it first. The humans, of ...
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What reasons would demonic supernatural beings have for giving someone a creepy phone? [closed]

The setup: Detective's office phone gets broken, so she goes out to get a new one. The one she gets will ring randomly sometimes, and she can hear events that she should not be able to hear, i.e, ...
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Giving a Will/Inheritance to a goat in a medieval setting? [closed]

A lord of a manor is dying and plans to leave his manor and fortune to a goat, who is a demon in disguise. I'm wondering how can I make this idea feasible. Being a demon, the goat could influence the ...
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Would a parasite that turns peoples into succubi/incubi be possible?

I like demons as they're portrayed in popular culture. I wanted to make a "anatomically correct" succubus question, but StackExchange tells me that this one already exists (even if it is not ...