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"Words" to them are a means of deceiving humans.
Frieren explaining the true nature of Demons.

Demons are a species of monsters known for their human-like appearance and their natural affinity to magic. They are the main antagonists of Frieren: Beyond Journey's End.

Introduction[]

Articulate monsters, who have been at war with every other race in the world. Demons are naturally proficient in magic. They devote the majority of their lives to one magic that they specialize in and master it.[1] Like other monsters, they are individualistic creatures[2] and do not have any concept of familial relationships. However, demons do maintain a basic level of interaction with one another in order to fight against mankind.[2] Their societal hierarchies are based on strength, which can be assessed at a glance through reading a demon's mana.[3] Because mana to demons is what status and assets are to humans, demons cannot imagine constantly limiting their mana, as it is akin to their very dignity.[4] They in turn expect their enemies to not hide theirs, either. They are a long-lived race and view the passage of time similarly to elves.

Origin and History[]

Demons are the descendants of an unnamed species of monsters who had the ability to shout for help as a way to attract unsuspecting victims. Over time that species would evolve, developing a more humanoid appearance as well as the ability to mimic human behavior more accurately as a way to better trick their prey, until they eventually became the monsters known as demons.

Eventually an incredibly powerful demon, simply known as the Demon King, would emerge and unite the entire species under his rule. Under his leadership, the demons alongside the Seven Sages of Destruction would wage war against the other sapient races for thousands of years, reducing mankind's sphere of influence to only a third of what once was.[5]

The elves were also targeted by the Demon King's army, with many of their villages being destroyed (including Frieren's village, with her being the only survivor). Although it is unclear how successful the demons' genocidal campaign against the elves was, it can be assumed that it is one of the reasons as to why there are so few elves in the modern era.

The Demon King would eventually meet his end at the hands of Himmel and his party. With his death, the demons would scatter, serving under the remaining high-ranking members of the Demon King's army, such as the Sage of Destruction Aura. While there are still many powerful demons around the world, none of them seem to have what is necessary to organize an army large enough to threaten the world on the same scale as the Demon King.

Biology[]

Like all other monsters, demons turn into particles of mana and disappear when they die.[6] They are a long-lived race and view the passage of time similarly to elves.

Appearance[]

Demons are monsters that have evolved to look like humans to lure them, and as a consequence, most of them look as close to humans as possible with the exception of their horns. All demons have two horns on their head, but these horns can come in a variety of shape and sizes.

Some demons possess a more monstrous appearance, such as the Elder Sage of Corruption Qual, who was tens of meters tall and had jagged teeth, and the demon general Revolte who had four arms and a lower half similar to that of a serpent.

Diet[]

Despite being omnivores, many demons eat humans for sustenance, just like their unnamed ancestors. While not all demons engage in such behavior, it is common enough to be regarded as common knowledge by humans.[7]

Behavior and Culture[]

Personality[]

Demons are defined as articulate monsters by the Great Mage Flamme. They are incompatible with other races. Demons are by their very nature liars and will talk to humans to manipulate them into dropping their guard and sparing them, though they only know how to use words without knowing its meaning. Aura, for example, feigned a peace mission to destroy Graf Granat's Domain, and a young demon girl would cry for "mother" whenever cornered in an attempt to gather pity from humans that would kill her otherwise. While demons have been shown to feel emotions, they do not feel the same emotions as humans do, and as a result, are incompatible with human ideas of morality. Demons look down on humans and only view them as prey. Demons mock human empathy and think they are weak, which is why they constantly underestimate mankind.[citation needed] They are deeply proud of their mana levels, and due to the power-based hierarchies they form, they will not and cannot conceal their mana for long periods of time.[8] Even temporarily concealing it to avoid detection—something which any demon can do according to Lügner—is considered to be inappropriate in a battle between mages.[9][10]

They may temporarily suppress their mana for the sake of stealth, but none of them are foolish enough to suppress their mana all the time.
Flamme explaining why Demons don't constantly suppress their mana.[8]

Social Hierarchy[]

For demons, strength determines one's position in their social hierarchy, which can be assessed at a glance through reading a demon's mana.[3] Because mana to demons is what status and assets are to humans, demons cannot imagine constantly limiting their mana, as it is akin to their very dignity.[4] They in turn expect their enemies to not hide theirs, either.

Personal Relations[]

Like all monsters, demons are anti-social creatures by nature, preferring to be alone and avoiding contact with other members of their species beyond the necessary. They only form groups so that they can fight against mankind,[2] refusing to form any deep bonds with each other. It seems unusual for demons to show a deep sense of loyalty to another or to show a desire to avenge a fallen comrade, some demons go so far as to show indifference towards the idea of ​​their entire species being in danger.

Due to their individualistic nature, the concept of family is foreign to them, and they will often abandon their children once they are born. They also seem to lack the notion of romantic relationships, as no demon couples have ever been seen.

Natural Abilities[]

  • Longevity: Demons are known for their longevity, with many powerful demons having lived for hundreds of years[11] and the Demon King himself being stated to being over a millennia old by the time of his death. Due to their longevity, they perceived time in an accelerated manner and are able to hone their skills and magic over the course of many centuries.
  • Natural magic proficiency: Demons are arguably the race with the highest affinity for the magical arts, only being possibly rivaled by the elves. Since demons base their social hierarchy on power, which is said to be assessed through mana levels,[3] it can be assumed that they naturally possess the ability to perceive and detect mana. Unlike human and elven mages, demons will often learn only one magical discipline, which they will then improve and master it for the rest of their lives, making them incredibly powerful at the cost of a lack of variety in their magical arsenal.
    • Flight magic: Due to their natural affinity to magic, demons can learn how to fly just as easily as humans can learn how to walk. The ability to fly is so common among demonkind that they don't even consider "flight magic" a proper magical discipline, but more of a natural skill.[12]
    • Curses: As monsters, demons have the potential of developing curses, a unique type of magic that can sedate, petrify, or transform the state of living or nonliving matter.[13] Since curses are not perceived as magic, they are almost impossible to defend against or evade and can only be dispelled using the Goddess's magic or other specific spells, such as the Curse Reversal Spell: Mistilziela.
  • Human mental magic resistance: As manmade mind-control magic and hypnosis was created to specifically work on the minds of humans and similar creatures, demons are naturally resistant to its effects as their brain structure is highly different.[14] For a human mage to cast mental magic on a demon successfully, they would need extraordinary talent and even then they would experience unbearable torment as a side-effect.[15]

Trivia[]

  • It is unknown why demons have horns and what purpose they serve.

References[]

  1. Frieren: Beyond Journey's End Manga: Chapter 17 (p. 3).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Frieren: Beyond Journey's End Manga: Chapter 22 (p. 4).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Frieren: Beyond Journey's End Manga: Chapter 22 (p. 5).
  4. 4.0 4.1 Frieren: Beyond Journey's End Manga: Chapter 22 (p. 6).
  5. Frieren: Beyond Journey's End Manga: Chapter 98 (p. 16).
  6. Frieren: Beyond Journey's End Manga: Chapter 16 (p. 15).
  7. Frieren: Beyond Journey's End Manga: Chapter 71 (p. 14).
  8. 8.0 8.1 Frieren: Beyond Journey's End Anime: Episode 10.
  9. Frieren: Beyond Journey's End Manga: Chapter 19 (p. 11).
  10. Frieren: Beyond Journey's End Anime: Episode 9.
  11. Frieren: Beyond Journey's End Manga: Chapter 22 (p. 20).
  12. Frieren: Beyond Journey's End Manga: Chapter 73 (p. 14).
  13. Frieren: Beyond Journey's End Manga: Chapter 82 (p. 6).
  14. Frieren: Beyond Journey's End Manga: Chapter 83 (p. 10).
  15. Frieren: Beyond Journey's End Manga: Chapter 85 (p. 17).
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