Demonspotting: Sallos

Sallos, or Saleos, is another soldier figure in the Hellish pantheon. If you put Zepar, Eligos, and Sallos all in the same room, Sallos would be the one with the… unique steed. He rides a crocodile.

Another ‘peaceful’ soldier, Sallos’ specialty is making men love women and women love men.

In Hell, this mighty duke is in charge of thirty legions.


Demonspotting: Naberius

I’m not super sure what’s so valiant about being a marquis of Hell, but the Goetia describes Naberius that way.

I’m also not sure what’s valiant about a black crane, but that’s what Naberius shows up as. He flies around the magic circle, speaking in a hoarse voice.

He’s wise in the arts and sciences, but especially in rhetoric–the art of convincing other people of your point of view. And if you’ve lost your dignity or honor, he can help you restore it.

Naberius has been associated with the three-headed dog who guards the gates of Hell, Cerberus.

Cerberus (Kerberos) - Extract to G. Doré in Da...

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Here there be dragons: Wyvern

Saint Michael and the angels fighting the Wyvern.

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Well, the wyvern is part dragon, at least. It’s got the head of a dragon, bat wings, the tail of a snake, and (sometimes) a couple of legs. It’s bigger than a lion. Its name comes from the old French word for viper. You often see them in heraldry, like these sea wyverns from the crest of West Dorset.

But wyverns don’t just spend their time holding up shields. Like other dragons, they also like to eat things.

Once upon a time in Mordiford (I love that name), Herefordshire, a little girl by the name of Maud adopted a strange looking creature the size of a puppy. She hid it in the woods, sensing her parents wouldn’t approve, and fed it on milk.

Unfortunately, as it grew, it developed leathery wings and green scales. It also developed a taste for sheep and cows. As it grew, the milk no longer satisfied it, so the local farmers started to lose livestock.

And then farmers started to lose… themselves. Humans tasty.

The wyvern terrorized everyone in the town except Maud. The villagers had no clue what to do until a wandering traveller stopped by–as they often do in legends. This guy, named Garston, hunted down the wyvern and killed it while Maud watched and wept.

You know, I like that legend. Mostly because it doesn’t end with Maud and Garston getting married. Nope, he just kills her pet and leaves.

T approves.

Demonspotting: Beleth

The forth horseman

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When Beleth was an angel, he was of the Order of Powers, and he’s no less powerful in Hell. He’s one of the four top guys, a “mighty King and terrible.” The Goetia says he rides a pale horse, which is interesting, since Revelation 6:7-8 mentions a character riding a pale horse, Death, as one of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse:

When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come!” I looked and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.

When Beleth arrives, he’s accompanied by trumpets and other musical instruments. Also, he arrives pissed off and will probably kill you unless you hold a hazel wand in your hand, strike the South and East quarters and then make a triangle outside the magic circle.

You have to then threaten Beleth (yeah, sounds like a good idea) until he goes into the triangle, and then he’ll do what you ask. Also, always wear a silver ring on the third finger of your left hand and hold it to your face as you summon him.

But the Goetia warns to treat him kindly because he’s a King.

Beleth’s specialty is making men or women love you–until your desire is fulfilled. After that… shrug.