Building a Demon 101
So you want to build a demon but don’t know where to start, or perhaps you’re well versed in demonology and other mythologies, folklore as well as other tales and you just want some more material to get inspiration and ideas from. Well, here’s a helpful guide to help you build a demon.
Please note, this is a player made guide to assist you building a demon and should not be used to citate lore with or dictate how you should do things on Sim. Please refer to the lore on the website of Wailing Rock or the excellent staff team which will assist you further than what this guide can.
This guide will be constantly updated with new information, new content and a friendlier system so that anyone can use it in the future and so it still pertains to the lore of the sim.
What effect do you want to have on people?
This question can be broken down into a very simple little system in regards to demons, and that is the seven deadly sins. Do you want to make people lust over you? Be angry around you? Be greedy? Prideful? Think of the seven deadly sins and think about which one you would enjoy roleplaying the most because being a lust demon who flirts with everyone can be draining at times, the same goes for wrath if you’re fighting with everyone, but also you have to think about what’s in your capability range for role play, can you flirt? Can you make someone angry without making everyone else hate you? All of these questions are what you need to think about when considering what type of effect you want to have on someone, and it doesn’t need to be a single sin, it can be multiple, or all of them, the point is of what you’re capable of and what you enjoy.
This isn't to say you can only feed off of one sin, or that your demon is strictly confined to one sin, the demons within the lore of the sim can feast off of all the deadly sins and emotions of mortals.
What kind of mythos are you wanting to base your Demon around?
I know that we use the Cthulhu mythos on Wailing Rock but that doesn’t mean your Demon needs to originate from any of the Lovecraftian lore, in fact there’s very little if any evidence of any Demon existing (It can be interpreted that Nodens and other entities are demons but the term 'demon' isn't spoken of). So you have a lot of free reign here in terms of what type of creature you want to base your Demon around in any specific mythos you’d like. I’ve found a perfect website for anyone to research through and see what creature they’d like to find for their Demon. But don’t just plagiarise, take something from the website and mold it into a new demon, maybe take half of one and half of the other to make a new demon hellspawn, also take into consideration what type of demon you have created, a lust demon isn’t going to look like it’s about to beat you into the ground with huge biceps and biological weapons like a wrath demon, or eat you in one large mouthful with a huge jaw like a gluttonous demon, they’re going to look smaller, more petite and rely on charm and good looks, elegant features.
What abilities outside of the typical Wailing Rock lore do you wish to have?
I’m not talking about being able to kill everyone on sim, I’m talking about unique features that your demon can have for example;
A lust demon having a kiss that will charm someone for an hour.
A wrath demon that will insight fear into someone via a scream.
A gluttonous demon being able to regurgitate the most delicious smelling food.
A pride demon being able to use illusion to create jewels and trinkets.
Make it unique to your character, but don’t make it overpowering, write up a racial trait and then see if it is just something that your character can do to its self, or if it does something to other people, and if it does something to other people, including a dice roll in there like having to roll a 60+ to charm someone on a kiss. Also include things like weaknesses, does that kiss wear off after an hour and make the target get angry? Think of spells and abilities that will work well with your Demon and see which works. To help with this on the Monster Vault there are sometimes racial abilities of specific creatures written in the descriptions.
Just as a note, when creating any racial ability or spell and you're unsure if it'll be allowed, or if it needs tweaking then please reach out to sim support and they'll assist you.
What is your backstory?
This is possibly the most interesting of the questions because this is something that is purely up to your imagination. Were you created at the dawn of time by a powerful entity? Were you created by another demon that just sought to increase their army, did you break away from that army and decided to live your own existence.
Think about your creation, when you were created and how you were created or even possibly why you were created. Give your Demon a purpose in life other than to just feed off of sin and cause turmoil, some demons have small sized ambitions by possibly hunting a family and their generations through the ages, some Demons have huge ambitions by swaying history a specific way, or causing so much sin in one place that they have made a historical event or large parade, here’s two examples;
Your wrath Demon caused a war in the past. Write up some history with that war and how it effected the world and why you did it.
Your pride Demon influenced so many young teenagers to create the LGBT movement and rally pride events each year to feed off of those mortals all across the globe.
Material for inspiration:
Any Horror movie or book with any non typical supernatural entity in it. (Eg: Mirrors, IT, Annabelle, Insidious)
Demons within Wailing Rock are only limited to the writer's imagination, as long as it still fits within the lore, then you’ve pretty much got free reign as long as you don’t make anything too overpowered, or attempt to be one of the great old ones or have your character influence the already defined lore of the sim. Try to be creative, bend the rules of what’s normal and remember to have fun.