With the impending end to my new book looming, I wanted to widen my spread on paranormal creatures to the thirteen main creature categories in my new YA world for THE LILY GRAVES SERIES.
According to the Ethology textbook Lily studies in GIRL WITH THE GLOWING HAIR, “angels are bred of silence to go unnoticed as they influence the world. They whisper those words in the back of your consciousness. Angelic communities teach their young to dance as they walk to learn the grace of the world.
Some more powerful angels can all but disappear at will.”
Seen as the warriors of god and the agents of fate, which is true across several texts, they branch out to several interpretations—like, the “sons of God,” the fallen angels who mated with human women and resulted in the unnatural Nephilim; the jinn or genies take the role of angels and demons in ability to be commanded and lack of physical form; and the cherub, who is the closest to god, serving him directly rather than being a messenger, they guard the Tree of Life—pretty far from the small, child-like depictions that litter our culture come February.
But overall, they’re known to drive peace and perform “miracles” because of their invisible nature.
“The counterpart of the angelic community, born demons are trained to openly and discreetly police the wayward via physical prowess and observational testing. They often don’t need to communicate verbally as their thoughts manifest reactions in those around them.”
Most demons can possess a human host, or they need to in order to walk in Earth’s physical realm; however, possession is different for Lily’s demon friends. They have to be close, using mind control rather than embodiment of another being. Only strong demons can enter someone else.
“This is the other side of the demon—the use of intimidation, formation of gangs, and being violent for violence’s sake.” Many of them grow old and bored, leading to some interesting results, like the search for alchemical immortality, the widespread torture of humanity, and of course, frequent cross-breeding with humans.
Demons are often depicted as evil in other texts. In fact, Lilith (Lily’s namesake) was the first demon, corrupted by the fallen archangel Lucifer. In Greek, daimon means intelligent, and they were seen as Satan’s personal army. Persian mythology depicted daevas as the personifications of evil, destruction, and disorder.
Overall, demons hold tight onto their stereotypical manipulation tactics, whether for good or evil, but most still continue to serve GOD in the ways best fit for them.
Stay tuned for more mini-ethology lessons from Lily Graves’s world and sign up for an ARC of the first in her series.