Sunday, July 1, 2012

FIRST LOOK: Demavoths

Ever wondered what one of these so-called Demavoths looks like? Here is the very first partially released illustration of one of the key Demavoths in the Legend of the Twelve Gems. Although all Demavoths are pure spirit and are genderless, this one appears in the form of an attractive Seer who goes by the name of Tashfateen or "Tash" as she nicknames herself. In this partial illustration, she is depicted in the early stages of her transformation from her alluring appearance to a beastly demon. Already claws are sprouting and her long braid with a living serpent's head at the end is lashing back and forth.

Things you did not know about Tash and the Demavoths-

  • Tash has a gemstone in the shape of an upside-down triangle embedded in her forehead. The downturned triangle has a double meaning for the Demavoths: first, it blatantly opposes the upturned triangle used within the triune symbol of the IAM; second, in some Eastern practices, the downturned triangle denotes knowledge. Demavoths possess a thorough knowledge of good and evil, so this downturned triangle is very appropriate.
  • Demavoths prey on other mortals, including the Twelve Gems, by playing with and twisting their minds, emotions, and wills, and tempting their human appetites. Each mortal unknowingly has at least one of these Demavoths as a prime tormentor just as they have one Gem Lord to guard them and help protect them from such dangers. Tash is Turquoise's (a.k.a. Galvin's) prime Demavoth.
  • As mentioned in an earlier post, all spirits have a specific function that helps to define their form. Tash's function is to seduce and destroy. Now in Nocristian tradition, the serpent is a symbol of power and seduction as are the colors red and green - a deadly combination. Tash wears a green blouse and has hypnotic green eyes when she first meets Turquoise in her physical form, and when she begins her transformation into her true Demavothic form, her long braid turns into a snake. Connecting the dots yet?
  • Have you ever had those moments where you thought you saw something or someone out of the corner of your eye, and when you looked, nothing was there? It could have easily been a Gem Lord or a Demavoth. It's true! The Gem Lords and Demavoths are based on real angels and demons. Although they are usually invisible to the mortal eye, sometimes they want to make their presence known, so they might imitate a shadow or some kind of movement in a person's peripheral vision. A Demavoth might do this to tease the mortal and instill a fear in its prey which empowers it, while a Gem Lord might do this to reassure the mortal they he/she is being guarded against evil. Regardless of the type of spirit, the mortal could take this as a hint that they are always being watched by someone.

I hope this has helped you understand a little more about the Demavoths and Tashfateen. Any more questions? Don't hesitate to ask them in the comments below. Until next time, beware of the Demavoths!