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    This is an updated version of my Cuthun demon entry. It should be clearer what these beings are now.

    Cuthun Demons (Also called Cuthunians)

    Defining Characteristics
    Cuthun demons are in reality mortal beings which have all been changed by coming in contact with the demonic essence. So they can all be very different depending on what kind of creature they were before they became a cuthunian demon.

    They all share a few characteristics however, granted to them by the demonic essence that course through their bodies. This essence (also known as muk or corruption) makes a cuthunian demon able to survive things that normally would kill most living creatures such as surviving in a vacuum, without any form of nutriment, immunity to the ravishes of age and most poisons and diseases. Cuthunians, if not born adults only age until they reach that adult-hood and then stop.

    They are also identified by that they are all magical creatures who can sense each other and are also detectable by silver who is one of the metals theyíre vulnerable against. Silver, mithril and dragon bone can all cause burns to cuthunians if in contact with their skin. These burns canít be healed by their normal regeneration and is also known for being able to pierce their various forms of magic as well. A person may protect themselves from the abilities of a cuthunian by wearing mithril however which is known to be capable of negate their effects, especially mental influencing ones.

    The Corruption
    Muk which is the life essence of these beings is a thick oily substance that shares many of the characteristics of blood. Muk is commonly seen as disease matter but in reality it's actually something else. The essence consist of pure spiritual energy which have been infused into matter, creating something which reacts to the persons being rather than their body. What they and others see themselves as (or perhaps what they really are) rather than attacking the body like diseases do.

    Since muk isn't trying to harm the person, the opposite actually. It wants to improve upon them. Only a few can resist this effect as it effects the conscious mind as well as the subconscious one.

    The change can just take a few seconds or weeks depending on the host which is then granted all the capabilities of a cuthunian in addition to whatever abilities the host had before turning into a Cuthunian (in some very rare cases a few abilities such as speech might be lost in the process). The exact nature of this mutation is not known but it seems to be tied to the personality and the abilities of the host. Itís known to be countered by dragon bone but other less known cures for it might also exist.

    Types (or classes) of Cuthunian demons
    The cuthunians divide themselves into various groups, Tuul (lesser), Reik (greater), Pau (pure), Soghv (true) and skaar (half-demons). Demons of a Ďhigherí status appear to be able to hold a form of mental influence of demons of a lesser one. This influence can take different forms depending on the class of demon.

    Tuul or Lesser demons only defining characteristic is that they arenít sapient. These beings are usually under the direct control of a demon with a higher status than they are but are otherwise usually extremely aggressive, actively seeking out any non-cuthunian life to end it unless kept in check by an greater intelligence.

    Reik or greater demons are the various forms of sapient life which have been changed by muk. They tend to either life as free agents or work under the influence of demons with a higher class if they ever came in contact with them. Reik-class cuthunians appear to have a hard time resisting the commands of a pure or a true demon, but some have proven capable to.

    Pau or pure demons are creatures which never have been anything other than cuthunians. They have been born directly from Cuthun the sea of muk all these demons spawn from and are said to be the clones of non-cuthunian creatures that came there long ago. Note that 'lesser demons' technically can be Pau classified as well.

    Soghv or true demons are said to be the original beings which spawned from Cuthun and are the leaders of their kind. Soghv are characterized by the fact they are all immaterial and lack bodies of their own. Instead they use the great mental influence they have upon lesser classed demons to control and even possess them, assuming direct control. Some of them even build metallic bodies for themselves which they prefer before using bodies of flesh.

    Half-demons or Skaar only appear if a cuthunian breeds with another being (which may or may not be another cuthuinian.) These beings have unlike the other classes the need to sleep, eat and breathe and even age as their host race. They still share some of the cuthunians regeneration and immunities however but this is only true for the first skaar generation. All generations after the first lose more and more of what defines a cuthunian until they are just like their host race. Itís only then however they may be infected by muk again as skaar are actually immune to it otherwise.

    Cuthun, death and gating
    Cuthun, also known as 'nether space' by some is the birthplace of all pure and true demons (and many other types as well). Cuthun is at first glance a endless featureless plane of nothingness but in truth this world is completely filled with the demonic essence. Like dark sea of corruption it fills any being that enters it with it's essence, corrupting them completely. This space is a plane in-between all planes, a nothingness that was given form when pure spiritual essence was infused into it.

    When a cuthtunian die its body quickly turns into pure energy which returns to Cuthun which will cause it to eventually to reform. However, they do not return as they once were, they are in a way just a clone of the person that died and lack a great deal of the memories they once had. In addition, thanks to their connection to this 'nether space' which in turn is connected to nearly every other plane in existence, they can travel to these worlds through a method commonly refereed to as 'gating'.

    Gating is a method known by all sapient demons and is used to transport themselves between planes through force of will alone. The demon simply picture the location it wishes to go and they will turn into energy (just like when they die) which will then be transferred through Cuthun to the location they pictured. Unless they got a direct view of the place (like on a TV screen or in a scry pool) however, the closest the demons can get is at a random nearby location near the place they wish to go.

    As they have to be transferred through cuthun gating is not an instant process; an experienced demon can only take about 1 minute or less to teleport while a first-time user one can take days to reach their location.

    Soghv demons are especially good at this form of teleportation and can even mass-gate other demons in a instant.
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