(daemon, evil, extraplanar)
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Daemons (pronounced DAY-mons) are among the youngest of the fiendish races, but came into existence before demons.† Their existence is tied in with the existence of the mortals they prey upon. Their insidious evil is not influenced by notions of law and chaos, as daemons concern themselves only with the destruction of life itself. Daemons seek this destruction as it allows them to feast on mortal souls, which is the focus of their existence. They are creatures of the apocalypse and seek the utter destruction of all things, to plunge the Great Beyond into absolute oblivion. The daemons make their home on the plane of Abaddon, thought to be one of the most hostile planes of the multiverse.
The Four Horsemen
The leaders and greatest of all the daemons are the Four Horsemen, also known as the Daemons of the Apocalypse, or Archdaemons. They are Apollyon, the Horseman of Pestilence; Charon, Horseman of Death; Szuriel, the weeping angel and Horseman of War; and Trelmarixian, the black Horseman of Famine. Each is served by a race of daemons known as deacons who promote their interests on Abaddon and beyond.
Among the countless legions of daemons, a few are able to distinguish themselves and rise in power above even the deacons of the Horsemen. Most are subservient to one of the archdaemons, although they are also their greatest competitors. These individuals are collectively known as harbingers, and they maintain small cults on Abaddon and elsewhere, granting power to their worshipers.
Daemons form from the souls of evil mortals who die in an unusually violent or gruesome way. Because their very existence is tied to mortals, they view life itself as a curse, and have become personifications of the most terrible ways to die.
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