I had to, it’s Samhain and that means a party at Ceri and Lily’s place.
So, kicking off the first in what should be a series of articles on the demons of the Thaumatology universe with… det.
What is a demon? Well, there are two answers to that. To most humans and practitioners, a demon is an entity from another universe which can be summoned into ours. To the demons themselves, that kind of demon is a “higher demon,” but there are plenty of other kinds and they are collectively known as “det” in the Devotik language most demons speak. The actual difference between the two classes of demon is that det have no talent for working magic. They can work magic, just as any human can do so in a strong enough magical field, but they don’t have any particular aptitude for it, they can’t work more complex or powerful spells, and in many regions they are actually banned from learning it.
There are many species and sub-species of demons, and even more variety of det. In our world anthropologists are just beginning to realise that the line which created us, homo sapiens, has a lot more branches than they originally thought. They were all clipped out leaving us as the dominant species, and a bottleneck in our numbers around 70,000 years ago has left us with little genetic diversity. That never happened in the demons’ world. Demons evolved to fill a vast number of ecological niches, and with a high magic field pervading the world that evolution took some bizarre twists. While humans have a very limited variation between individuals, skin, hair, and eye colour mostly, demons come in all shapes and sizes.
A typical det is between four and six feet in height, and beyond that there is no such thing as a typical det. The illustration shows two variations (with a Devos higher demon behind them for comparison). The blue one there should be recognisable to readers of the books; that’s Hiffy the blue-skinned barmaid with a very nimble tail. The other det in the picture has toughened hide, pointed ears, and a ridged skull. There are red det, green det, det who live exclusively underwater, det who can’t stand light, and they can range in intelligence from barely sentient to near genii.
One thing, however, is common to all det; they can never become higher demons and the higher demons look down upon them for it. Enslaving det is commonplace. In some regions all det are slaves of one kind or another and most areas will allow the enslavement of a det without legal repercussions. There are rich det, but very few in any positions of power. Det are the common, normal people of the demons’ world; be thankful you’re a human, rather than a det.
I’ve made a post over on my other blog for Steel Beneath the Skin, because it applies most directly to that book. However, if you’re a reader of the Thaumatology series, go over there and bask in some author-sent glory. It applies to you too.
No, not Lily, or even Tera, but Bo. Available for iOS and Android is a mobile Lost Girl game allowing you to create your own, customised fae character and go on adventures in the world of Lost Girl.
I’ve got it on download from the Play store (it’s free) so I’ll let you know what I think.
I’ve finally kicked off the blog for my other little project. Coming to an on-line store when I get the first one finished, the story of Aneka Jansen, 21st Century girl who wakes up in the future.
So, finally, a geo-grafted tail for Lily. I know most of you don’t know what that means in the technical sense, but… TAIL!
So, after the cut, Ceri and Lily, with Lily doing her demon thing.
For Whom the Wedding Bells Toll, the eleventh Thaumatology novel, is now available on Smashwords and Amazon. As usual, there’s a coupon for 50% off for the first week at Smashwords; the code is TY72J to be used at checkout.
I hope you enjoy it; this will be the last story about Ceri and Lily for a while. There’s still plenty of things to write about them and their world, however, so there may well be more in the future.
- Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/291222
- Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BNSQ4AS
- Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00BNSQ4AS
Okay, barring unforeseen circumstances For Whom the Wedding Bells Toll, the last Thaumatology novel for a while anyway, will be coming out this weekend, March 2nd.
I know I’ve been a bit quiet recently, so here’s an update.
The next Thaumatology book will be out sometime around the end of February. For Whom the Wedding Bells Toll will be the last in the series, at least for a while. It wraps up most of the major plot threads, so it’s a good place to pause.
I’ve been working on a different project over Christmas and it’s got its fangs into me. I’ll be revealing that soon, though I should point out that it’s science fiction rather than urban fantasy.