Full confession: We’re running low on Demon’s Chronicle figures. And not just ones I own, either – the remaining figures are kinda pricey, and only come in a slow trickle, and most of the big names are done, even the odd figures out. So, this Halloween tradition may not last forever. In fact, today we’re taking a look t a few traditional demons, plus a brief glimpse at Demon’s Chronicle Vol. XI – a wave that redid a bunch of characters as half-naked women. Vol. XI is kind of embarrassing, to tell the truth, which is why I have been… careful with the ones I’ve picked. Anyway, let’s start with some “normal” figures, beginning with one that has a dual identity!
This happens sometimes. The “Dagon” and “Rahab” figures are clearly the Bishop Fish and Sea Monk, the “Opossum” is obviously a Su-Beast, and “Lucifer” is really Samael. Anyway, for some quick background – yes, traditionally, Lucifer is Satan’s pre-fall name. But it’s actually a poor translation from a single verse in Isaiah meaning “bright and shining morning star,” which might be a reference to a mortal king, anyway. It could be a dual reference, too. There is also the distinct possibility that nobody will ever learn the pre-fall name of the Adversary, so it’s a moot point.
But in actuality, this figure is of Samael, the angel of death. Twelve wings, a horn… indeed, it’s him! In Talmudic and post-Talmudic tradition, Samael provokes men to sin and steals the life from their lungs. And yet, he reigns in Heaven, serving the purposes of the Almighty. Interesting how that works, with the concept of God as all-knowing and planning everything, and thus even evil in the world serve Him in the end. This is also siilar to some concepts of Satan, whether ones that draw from Zoroastrianism’s dualism, or simply a concept that The Adversary is here to tempt/test believers.
And in modern Christianity, the Angel of Death is often viewed as a pre-incarnate appearance of Christ, just like the Angel of the Lord (which is viewed as God’s personal appearance in Judaism, though they obvioudly don’t point to Jesus). So, this one figure more-or-less represents God, Satan, and an angel found nowhere in the old or new testaments. Crazy, eh?
As an aside, this is the last of the “big Three” figures – Naberius, Beelzebub, and Lucifer/Samael were the first three “chase” figures in the line, and are the most expensive by an order of magnitude. But man, this figure looks like classic art! It’s one of the tallest and widest in Demon’s Chronicle, too.
He is known by many names… Asmodeus, Asmodai, Ashmedai, Hashmodai, Hasmodai, Asmoday, Asmodei, Asmodee, Osmodeus, Osmodai, Sidonai, Chasmodai, Hammadai, Shamdon… which is the same as saying “I am known by many names. Robert, Bob, Rob, Bobby, Robby, Roberto, and Bobert.” As the demon prince of Lust, Asmodeus stalks and murders people on their wedding night – as chronicled in the Book of Tobit, though he can also be countered and defeated by the archangel Raphael.
Asmodeus does get kind of an odd depiction, with is three heads and riding dragon (making him kind of a combination between Baal and Astaroth), but he certainly fits in with the other Demon Princes. That dragon looks like a cow, though.
THE VOYAGE OF WITCHES
This figure is not a demonper se, but it is a reproduction of a specific illustration in the Dictionnaire Infernal:
“Si elles vont au sabbat portées par un bouc ou par un mouton noir ou par un démon, dans leurs autres excursions, elles ne voyagent généralement cheval, sur un manche à balais.”
-Collin de Plancy, The Dictionnaire Infernal
TRANSLATION: ” If they go to the Sabbath carried by a goat or a black sheep or a demon in their other tours, they generally travel horse on a broom handle.”
HEAVY PARAPHRASE: “Though they(witches) go to the Black Sabbath carried by a goat or a black sheep or a demon, they generally travel on a broom handle.”
And there you go. From here, we reach Volume XI. Each Vol. XI figure comes with two heads – a lady and a monster head – and is generally pretty stripperiffic. I only have a few from that set, because they are generally kind of embarrassing, but at least some of them are a little dignified. Kinda.
Okay, remember Ukoback?
Yes, well, here’s his female counterpart.
She is a little oddly fetishtastic, but ultimately sculpted well.
Her human face is kind of pretty, though it makes it harder to draw the Ukoback connection, pretty much just turning her into a dragon hybrid.
The female version of Amon is actually pretty well-done – oddly haf the size of her counterpart, but seems like some sort of strange mermaid owl witch. I do like it, actually.
Her human head isn’t too shabby, either. The pedestal in this picture is the actual base this set comes on – it’s pretty cool, too.
Technically the female version of Naberius (there is no strict Cerberus in the line), her skull face is honestly pretty creepy, even despite the odd choice of body (pantless?) and pose.
With her human head, she just looks like she’s in a dungeon nightclub. Anyway, the next three are pretty much all good. We’ll start with Baphomet, and end with Malphas.
This one fits very well, as Baphomet (who we’ve already explained is based on a typo) has always had some female features. The Demon’s Chronicle Baphomet figure (which I do not own) is more simplistic and classic than the female version, though she certainly looks sinister enough.
Her human face just makes her look possessed.
The male Lich is another one I don’t own (hahaha), but this figure is actually a fantastic lady Grim Reaper. She is very, very nicely done, ppartly because she does not look like part of a strange fetish fever dream.
Her human head doesn’t change too much, does it?
Another Goetic demon who appears as a raven-man hybrid, Malphas is usually male, though sometimes depicted as female. He builds houses, high towers and strongholds, smashes enemy buildings, reads people’s minds and drives them into insanity, gives good familiars, and gathers disciples from around the world. However, he is second in command to Satan, and revels in deceiving his summoners. You know, I’ve been saying it for years, SUMMONING DEMONS IS A BAD IDEA. Seriously. Flat-out, this guy/gal will screw you over. But this figure isn’t really Malphas, it only sort of is. Oh?
As you can see, this is actually a changed-up version of the Voyage of Witches. Still, by adding crow part, they managed to reference a Goetic demon! Nice work!
Well, the Demon’s Chronicle line is not totally done for yet – there are still more figures, but I likely will not have huge crowds every year. Will next Halloween be different? Maybe!