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The Succubi race are known to be flawless and enchanting demonesses which have began biblical legends through their actions. They have the ability to shapeshift into pure human form, with their first human shift becoming their dominant appearance within the human realm. In their true form Succubi adorn either bat-like or retilian-like wings of varying colours, shapes, and lengths, but only the four Succubi Queens are known to boast the largest sets of wings. When the wings become hidden underneath their human shapeshift they appear as tattoo's down their backs until they are once again required. Alongside their wings is another demonic physical limb, their tail, a long bone that extends from the bottom of their spine which is tipped by a finely pointed arrow. A Succubi's teeth is also a defining feature with both rows of teeth being small yet pointed, with their canine's at a fairly longer length to assist them in feeding. Another notable physical attribute for a Succubi is their ability to produce a thin needle like spear from their wrist, tipped with a paralysing liquid these needles can be thrown up to 100 meters depending on the talent of the Succubi, and subsequently paralyse a target within seconds.
A rare trait that, for reasons unknown, appears on some Succubi is their horns. They do not signify anything in regards to power, but what is known is that these horns are more commonly seen on fire affinity Succubi.
Physical attributes for the Succubi vary from demoness to demoness, with their hair, eye, and skin colours showing as much variation in tones as humans. Although the Succubi are not known to boast vibrant colours such as yellow's and blues, they do have enough variation in human hair colours to warrent coming somewhere close. For example; naturally white blonde hair, or naturally blood red hair. A succubi's genetic make-up has no dependency on their parents, as there is no dominant or recessive gene for the race. Eye colours for the succubi follow the same rule, and just with their hair colour it is only via a shapeshift that they can achieve an 'unnatural' colour. Whilst in their natural form a Succubi's eyes mimic cat's eyes, and their teeth front two pure white rows of needle-esque teeth, each one around a centimeter in width and two centimeters in height. A Succubi's skin is also as soft as silk in her natural form, which aids in the alluring touch they can give to anyone about to bed them. Retractable nails (around 10 centimetres in legnth) are the final natural attrubute all Succubi posses, and while they are not a special ability for the Succubi they are sharp enough to do damage with their advanced strength.
There is no limit to the natural weight of a Succubi, nor to their shapeshift should they consider a shift 'above average' in weight. In regards to natural height Succubi are known to be no shorter than 5ft3" and no taller than 6ft1", however, this can easily be overcome by shapeshifting. Whether future Succubi will change this natural average is yet to be seen, but for now the records from all four Succubi Queens provide such information.
These abilities apply to all succubi, regardless of affinity,
Forced Sleep/Dream Manipulation
By manipulating the soft tone of their voice the Succubi are able to forcefully coax a man (and woman, in the case of the Queens) into a deep slumber, where they will remain for either approximately twelve hours or until the Succubi decides to reverse the effects. For forced sleep to be completely effective the Succubi's words have to be spoken in a fairly close range, and due to being able to selective send the hyponotic messages the Succubi will always get her target regardless of how many other people surround them. Usually a wisper in the ear is enough, but as long as their words are audible to the human or half-breed in question then it'll be just as effective.
Whether through natural fatigue or through a Succubi's power, once a human is asleep a Succubi is able to maniuplate dreams by altering, erasing, and creating leading images and thoughts that can either to serve great pleasure for the human or distressing pain. Older Succubi are known to be able to enter the dreams also, and move via a unique dream like plane from mind to mind, sometimes implenting the same disasterous dream in many.
A succubi is able to errase the memory of anyone who they had had direct contact with within the previous twenty four hours, and within that time only the memories involving the Succubus will become missing from the humans memory. Although it can create confusion and distorted memories for mortals, the Succubi is able to either toy with the human again in the future (as if it was their first time) or exist/escape/move on peacefully without being followed. After a sexual act most Succubi wipe the memories of their victims.
Although Succubi cannot communicate telepathically, they can influence the thoughts of a potential sexual partner or victim. By producing subtle messages and image cues for the human the Succubi is able to lead almost anyone to them, and furthermore have them under subtle control until they either drop the influence or the human/half-breed's mental will breaks through.
Lore and tales have depicted the Succubi as blindly leading men to their deaths, and this abilty puts truth to the fantasy.
Succubi are extremely experienced in flight from birth; they are high aerodynamic, agile, flexible, and can achieve impressive heights and speeds which increase with age. Their advanced stamina, and general sense of strong will, allows them to fly long distances before requiring rest, and through their advanced strength are capable of carrying fairly weighted loads in the sky. Due to the texture and durability of a Succubi's wings they are commonly used offensively and defensively if necessary, and with significant force can create a pocket of air strong enough to push another off their feet.
Advanced Strength, Stamina, Defence, etc.
A vaguely human appearance is the closest that a Succubi will get to looking even vaguely human, as everything else about their being is completely supernatural. The strength of a Succubi is not on par with fellow intellectual half-breeds, such as the Vampire's, but they are not far behind. For every 500 years of a Succubi's existence they mirror the strength of a 200 year old Vampire, then 1000 year old Succubi on par with a 400 year old Vampire, and so on. Succubi do not tire easily, nor do they need a lot of personal rest, and this is seen in the heavy loads that they are able to carry fair distances before having to settle on the ground. The strength of their wings in combat is evidence enough of the thickness of their skin, but with the right amount of pressure/close range a Succubi can be harmed just as easily as a human. It is due to their superior healing that they are more likely to survive.
The Queen's are known to be able to produce one from each wrist, but generally a Succubi is able to produce a needle from the bone in their forarm (which exists near the main arteries in the wrist) which is laced with a paralysis substance. Unlike telepathic speech, mind wipe, or forced sleep, the paralysis needle leaves the target fully conscious and aware to what is going on. The poison targets the motor cortex within the human or half-breed and prevents any physical movement from occuring. The paralysis is known to last for around an hour, but the poison from the Queen's is much strong as so is known to last for up to three hours maximum. There is no limit to how many needles a Succubi can produce in their lifetime, but due to the regeneration of bone before another can be produced it is hard for the needles to be created swiftly and in concession. The distance that a needle can cover all depends on the strength/angle behind the throw.
Where as severed limbs and fatal wounds are impossible for a Succubi to recover from the majority of other illnesses and injuries are far more likely. Colds and fevers come and go, almost unnoticeable, and cuts/bullet wounds heal twice (if not more) the speed of usual mortal healing. Damaged internal organs are also likely to recover, but obviously if a Succubi's heart is ripped clean from her chest then there is a zero chance of healing from the assualt.
Shapeshifting for Succubi is as easy as blinking, not only is it a requirement for them to find a permanent shift to survive (and this is usually similar to their human-esque demon apperance) it enables the soul sucking race to blend deeply into society and prowl at maximum efficiency. Although the glamour still applies to them whilst in their natural form, many Succubi choose to walk around in a shapeshift to further lower their detection in society. By taking on the shapeshift of someone else the Succubi can also manipulate their voice box to mimic the voice of the human or half-breed they are immitating, but this comes with one restriction... they would to have heard the voice prior to the shift. Otherwise they'll have to keep as quiet as possible and hope for the best! A shapeshift has no time limit, and therefore merely plays into the stamina and well-being of the Succubi. When asleep or unconscious the shapeshift, including their first dominant shift, breaks down and leaves only the glamour to disguise their beautifully demonic forms.
Specific Shadow Affinity Abilities
- Creation and manipulation of darkness and shadows - Shadow Succubi can create shadows to easily prey on the weak minds of society, and whereas they cannot go as far to make shadows come to life and physically cause mayhem they can create shadows out of thin air and turn a whole room dark with just the will of their mind. The older a shadow succubi the greater span of tricks they can perform, for example; the shadow Queens are more likely to be able to black out a football stadium, whereas younger less experienced Succubi could only manage darkening a school classroom.
- Ability to phase through solid objects - Succubi, for a maximum of around three minutes, can alter their biological make-up to either phase their entire body or parts of their body (e.g. to grab something) through a solid object or wall. Succubi as young as 100 years can go for atleast thirty seconds before they risk literally becoming stuck in the wall, which can be reveresed with the use of their shadow teleportation.
- Shadow walking/teleportation - Shadow Succubi have a rare gift to use the shadow realm to their advantage, allowing them to go far distances in a short amount of time, and allowing them to reach difficult locations. By using the shadow realm in advance a Succubi can have a vague idea of where they wish to reappear even if the new location is not visable to them at all, allowing them to reappear smoothly and without difficulty. The distance covered by shadow teleportation has known to be around 12 miles maximum, and as long as Succubi can carry or physically lead other individuals they can take others with them to the new location.
Specific Fire Affinity Abilities
- Creation and manipulation of fire - Fire Succubi have the dangerous ability to create and manipulate fire at will, with control over such an ability coming almost instantly from birth. The distance that a Succubi can manipulate/create an ember is the same as that seen within their ability to alter the temperature of an area, but the volume of fire dispensable to a Fire Succubi is almost limitless. For as long as they are conscious and vitalised with human souls a Fire Succubi can create a seeminly limitless amount of fire, and can manipluate/control it until they either decide to cease the attack or they are knocked unconscious. What Fire Succubi do with the fire is all up to the creativity in their minds, from rings of fire to balls of fire, a Fire Succubi will always come up with a new creative way of showing off.
- Ability to control the temperature of an area within a 20 meter radius - This ability allows the Succubi to either drop or raise the current temperature of an area, within a 20 meter radius, by a maximum of 30 degrees. Like their aforementioned ability, this power is dependant on their stamina and consciousness
- Creation of small marble sized fire bombs - This ability allows the Fire Succubi to create a maximum of 20 marble sized fire bombs at any one time, which until they explode can seem pretty harmless. These bombs are completely under the control of the Succubi, with only under their will will the bombs explode. Whereas they cannot set off some and leave others for later, the Succubi can create less than 20 in one go, but of course the greater number of fire bombs the greater impact they will have. All 20 bombs have the potential to bring down a standard sized restaurant or clothing store. The maximum throwable distance for the fire bombs is dependant solely on the throwing strength and skill of the Succubi.
Succubi pride themselves on sophistication, as well as a manner of flawless perfection, but many traits are influenced from the affinity that they have been birthed as. With this in mind there are still great variations in the personalites of Succubi, in regards to their individual differences and cultural influences. They are highly seductive, sensual, and provocative, with an inability to remain faithful but a firm ability in exerting their dominance over the male species, whether human or half-breed. Succubi are not naturally aggressive creatives, but they have the capabilities to be so, meaning that if provoked and pushed far enough they will not hesitate to kill.
There are no distinct personality traits which define both affinities, but there are of course influences to their split culture which create differences. Fire affinity Succubi for example will be much more defensive (in a non-submissive way), particuarly to their shadow sisters, where their patient fuses are known to be a little thinner than their shadow counterparts and furthermore like little 'fireworks' when annoyed.The shadow affinity will certainly act with a more regal and superior grace, with a much impressive span of patience and ability to toy/play games with their victims. The Shadow affinity succubus have a more alluring and sophisticated aura to them than their rash and impulsive sisters, and it is one of many reasons why the Shadow Succubus see themselves as superior.
Birth of Lilim
The pregnancy cycle of the Succubi breed is between 29 and 34 days, and unlike mortal woman no obvious 'bump' shows within their stomach. When a Lilim is born it has a week maximum in order to change into their first human shapeshift otherwise it will die, and this shift will be their dominant age appearance from then on, regardless to future shapeshifts. The only time in Succubi history when a mortal woman has been involved was during the birth of the four Succubi Queens, but from then on for a Lilim to be born a Succubi must mate with a mortal human, it is rarer for a Succubi to fall pregnant when mating with a half-breed.
Rarity of Shadow Affinity
When the four Queens first began to process of developing their race they began to associate the birth of their Lilim with the class of the men that they would sleep with. Albeit a true coincidence or a simple numbers game, the Succubi began to believe that sexual activities with the wealthy would lead to Shadow Affinity Succubi, and sleeping with the poor would result in the birth of Fire Affinity Succubi. Their beliefs stemmed from faulty assumptions, but with no-one to prove otherwise they took their words as truth. Lilith and Eisheth were in fact capable of birthing the fire-types at first, just as Agrat and Naamah could birth the shadow-types, but time and fate would soon work in the favour of two sisters, and leave the others with virtually nothing.
The reasons are truly unknown to the Queens, but internal changes within the body of the four Succubi led to Lilith and Eisheth only being able to birth the shadow affinity, leaving Agrat and Naamah only being able to birth the fire. The even split down the middle should of given a balance of power for the sisters, but with their strong preconceptions of the two affinities that they could birth, snide comments came as a result. As the fire Succubi from Lilith and Eisheth soon became non-existent, and the shadow all but a memory for Agrat and Naamah, the former sisters accused their siblings of sleeping below their standards. Petty arguments? Yes. But when power hung in the balance they began to to look for any potential flaw.
What came of the this was what has been known throughout the race as the Battle of the Fallen, which to this day has been the only major internal conflict for the Succubi breed.
Once the Queens had eventually gone their seperate ways, with no further contact, the breeding levels for Lilith and Eisheth seemed to level out. They viewed their Lilim as more powerful, and thus felt no need to feel a correlation between a level of power against the amount of Succubi under their rule. The Shadow affinity Succubi became a rarity because the two sisters, with Lilith more so, stopped birthing all together. Fights and minor conflicts led to a small reduction in numbers for both monarchies, but neither felt the need to pick up the numbers at any one point. For a while their own Lilim birthed freely, but even their views on breeding their own kind became similar to that of their Queens.
Compared to numbers of other half-breeds, and that of the fire-affinity Succubi under Agrat and Naamah, the shadow Succubi are a rare breed. However, Lilith will always choose quality, over quantity.
A Succubi's ability is to human shapeshift and their demonic forms are extrememly similar due to one particular reason; the human mother which birthed them. It was her genetic make-up mixed with that of the daemos that created a suprisingly natural human appearance, with then the wings, tail, and in some cases, horns, making up for the demonic nature of the Daemos that mated with the female human. Due to this the half-breed have a very different internal biological structure;
- Their heart beat is only once per minute.
- They can breath under water for 25 minutes without requiring air.
- They only require 2-4 hours sleep, but are capable of sleeping for more if desired.
- Their blood is pure black, and much thinner than humans.
For a Succubi to maintain a decent level of energy they must feed on a sufficient amount of 'human life force'. The life force of a human consists of their soul, stamina, and consciousness, and this can lead to similar symtoms seen when a Succubi coaxes a human into a deep sleep. A human cannot be killed via this method, instead they will feel fairly lethargic for three to four days and find their memories of the 'attack' patchy and inconsistent. A succubi will bite along the collar bone, searching for paths of energy which are undetectable to anyone but the Succubi, and once the bite has been made they will continue in sucking out their soul essence until satisfied.
History and Cultural Notes
Legend says the Succubi were born from women scorned by unfaithful lovers. Others say they were murdered by envious women or women turned into demons. All that can be known for sure is that Succubi have been around since the moment the beginning of man when the first four Succubi Queens came into being, showing up in the bibles and such to warn of their trickery.
Lilith, Agrat Bat Mahlat, Naamah and Eisheth Zenunim were the first Succubus made into existence, they were born from a Daemos that ruled over shadows and dreams who mated with a human woman for fun, not thinking of the consequences it would bring into creation: Succubi. They were one of the first 'half-breeds' to touch the earths ground and walk amongst what had then been humans. In the beginning all four Succubi Queens were able to birth shadow affinity Lilim, however as time passed Agrat Bat Mahlat and Naamah began to loose the ability to birth shadow affinities, and soon enough all that came from them were fire affinities. Soon the shadow affinity children became rarer and rarer and a rift began to grow between Lilith, Eisheth and Agrat and Naamah. Lilith and Eisheth Zenunim were smug that they could birth the rare shadow affinities while Agrat Bat Mahlat and Naamah could only birth such common Succubi as the fire abilities. They enjoyed waving it over their sisters and the rift only seemed to grow bigger.
In the beginning Succubi would have no preference of gender, Incubi and Succubi alike would manipulate both men and women but as modern times set in and peoples views began to change so did many of the Succubi and Incubi. Succubi began to tend only to men and Incubi began to tend only to women, letting human stories and myths begin to warp their views on their eating habits. however, there were a few including the four Queens that continued to manipulate both genders and get what they needed from them.
3072BC: Four Monarchies
Shortly after their birth Lilith, Agrat Bat Mahlat, Naamah and Eisheth Zenunim divided Earth into four quarters, with each Queen taking complete rule of one. Universal rules apply to the half-breed, but with self appointed councils to assist in ruling each sector there are individual aspects to accomodate the differences that began to develop within each monarchy.
Northen Quarter: Eisheth Zenunim
Greenland, Iceland, United Kingdom, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Poland, Romania, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Ukraine, as well as Western Russia.
Eastern Quarter: Agrat Bat Mahlat
Eastern Russia, Turkey, China, India, Japan, Korea, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, and Australia.
Southern Quarter: Naamah
Africa, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Columbia, and Ecuador.Western Quarter: Lilith
Usa, Canada, Alaska, Mexico, Costa Rica, Cuba.
So far these are the countries that without question fall under the rule of each respective queen, but there are smaller countries where disputes over the rule have created conflict and debate between shadow and fire affinity Succubi. The Western Quarter, despite controlling the smallest share of countries, is the wealthiest monarchy of all four Queens, followed by Eisheth Zenuim, and then Naamah and Agrat Bat Mahlat. Eisheth Zenium's monarchy boasts the strongest politcal front, Naamah a powerful army, and Agrat the most advanced in agriculture and science.
115AD: Battle of the Fallen.The Battle of the Fallen was the first and only internal conflict for the half-breed race, and it was this highly public battle which set off alot of mythological rumours from culture to culture. The battle was given it's name by a witness, a religious old man by the name of Abarran Noist, who had survived to give the worlds most accurate description of the war. As his words were only passed down from generation to generation they have become more folklore than truth, and this has only helped in mystifying the Succubi existence back to how it
The spark that had set off the war was the sudden conflict between the four Queens, with Lilith and Eisheth Zenuim expelling authority over their sisters Naamah and Agrat Bat Mahlat, who had in the year previous lost their ability to birth shadow affinity succubi. It became an obvious split of superiority and inferiority, which a true of ignorance could of solved... but with Eisheth Zenunim and Agrat Bat Mahlat sharing land, which is now known as Russia, conflicts soon began to arise between both races and their lilim. Eisheth and Agrat had requested that Lilith and Naamah, respectively, avoid direct input in the brooding war and aim in keeping their race out of the public eye as much as possible. Unfortunately, the latter was a task too difficult.
The Queens themselves were not at first directly to blame, their Lilim however... were. Verbal assaults had developed into physical attacks, with the Lilim of Eisheth making more of the assaults, and in time this developed into something far greater than mere collisions of superiority. It progressed into years of unvoiced differences between the two sisters, as well as debates over territory, so in the end it seemed that bloodshed would be the only way to settle what was too late to stop by any other means. The war lasted two weeks in total, and significant loss was noted on both sides, as well as an obvious impact in regards to the humans that had lost their lives. Villages had burned right down to the ground, and a dark mist that lasted for weeks spread for miles, and most importantly.... their existance was no longer secret. Witnesses lucky enough to live to tell the tale of the fight did so with enthusiasm and fear, in an attempt to make sense to the biblical war that had just unfolded before them. The mix of fire and darkness represented hell on Earth for the humans, a hell in which could never handle all four Queens at once.
Eisheth and Agrat agreed via representatives, Lilith and Naamah, to obtain an amicable relationship with one another.. to prevent such a barbaric error ever occuring again. Laws were put in place between all four Queens to prevent such an event ever occuring again, but when the Queens themselves still held views on 'Shadow vs Fire' then time would only tell to when something would once again occur.
Modern Succubi CultureAfter the battle the Shadow birthing Queens Lilith and Eisheth no longer consulted with the Fire birthing Queens Naamah and Agrat, and the four continued with a peaceful yet resentful relationship with one another. They symbolised their re-start with four identitical necklaces, a signal of truce but it was obviou
The four Queens continued to be the highly intelligent and advanced race that had been born as, with each Queen soon enough finding a particular sector of the human world which held greater interest. Lilith had become quite the influence in buisness, with her own selection of nightclubs, bars, stocks, and part ownership of one of America's largest lingerie companies, as well as significant influence within the black market. Eisheth Zenium's monarchy boasts the strongest politcal front, with strong ties to Lilith's monarchy. Her political influence extends into the human realm, with her own Lilim posing as various important political figures in each country of her rule. Naamah is known for her powerful army, as ever since the Battle she sought for the option of certain victory if it were to ever happen again. She has slight dealings politics and business, but this is mainly to gain wealth behind her monarchy, as they are nowhere near as influential as her Shadow birthing sisters. Finally Agrat, the most advanced in agriculture and science, which has proven in assisting alot of scientific advancement seeing as the Succubi themselves are vulnerable to a fair amount of normal human illness.
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