Created By: Earnest on April 25, 2010

Ascended Demon

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When a hell-bell rings, a hellspawn gets its wings.

There is something upsetting about those Goddamn Orks and Always Chaotic Evil. Sure, it's not like you feel regret at wiping the floor with them, but the mere existence of irredeemable sentient / soul possessing beings flies in the face of Forgiveness. This can be especially depressing when the demons, vampires, or monsters can infect normal humans too, making innocents doomed to some pretty abysmal fates.

Even the Defector from Decadence who did a Heel–Face Turn or held onto their humanity with Heroic Willpower can't hope to atone for their evil when it's based not on what they do but what they are.

But what if there were a way to atone? Some form of quest for a cure that could at the least assure a Died Happily Ever After, the loss of suck part of Blessed with Suck, or the return to plain jane humanity?

Well, the Ascended Demon is a character who wants to find it... or in the case of a mentor, already has!

The Ascended Demon is the formerly Evil Twin to the Fallen Angel. They fought their base nature and either through a quest or a divine epiphany shed their evil ways. In extreme cases, they may even change "species" and become an angel... or return to being an angel, if they were once. Because Good Is Dumb, there's a fair chance that the refusing evil may weaken them, though it also likely removes several weaknesses. Of course, such a feat may well do the opposite and make them a top tier angel.
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  • April 25, 2010
    I have no examples to contribute, but holy crap that's an awesome image considering it's Spawn.
  • April 25, 2010
    There's a Dn D sourcebook (Book of Exalted Deeds) on good-aligned characters, one chapter on forgiveness features an orc chieftain sparing a girl's village because she had saved his life years earlier and a good-aligned illithid (Cthulhu knockoffs).

  • April 25, 2010
    Forever Knight, sometimes.
  • April 25, 2010
    @Rottweiler: It's canon too, Spawn does eventually get to atone.

    On the off chance someone else launches this, here's my examples.

    Tabletop RPG
    • In Vampire: The Masquerade the fabled state of Golconda allows a vampire to transcend just about every physical and spiritual weakness of vampirism. The Enemy Within is muzzled, blood requirement drops to almost nothing, and various caps and restrictions vanish. Tellingly, the vampire is immune to Diablerie... their soul is no longer tied to their blood/body and can't be eaten.
      • In Requiem the above is one of three possible outcomes for reaching Golconda. The best one is a return to humanity. The worst one? Complete balance with the Enemy Within... which means the vampire is in perfect harmony with a remorseless glutinous raging monster.
    • Another World Of Darkness gameline with this possibility is Demon: The Fallen. The titular demons have the choice to either try to recover their lost grace by reaching zero torment (only possible with RP, no game system allowed that) or spurning their newfound humanity and chance at redemption by Jumping Off The Slippery Slope. Unlike Vampire, Demons who eschew use of their demonic powers and One Winged Angel form are at a disadvantage compared to their morally laxer peers.

    • In The Deaths Of Ian Stone the Harvesters aren't really evil per se... but being extra-dimensional spirits that live off fear, and have long ago become addicted to the fear of a human facing death (and the easiest way to get that is to kill people), they are pretty close to Always Chaotic Evil. However a renegade Harvester has found an alternate power source capable of killing the other evil Harvesters... Love.
  • April 28, 2010
    So... bump? Name ideas, more examples, Just Launch It Already?
  • April 29, 2010
  • April 29, 2010
    Not to be confused with ascending to demonhood (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Berserk, (possibly) Mahou Sensei Negima...)
  • April 29, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    Tabletop RPG
    • In Legend Of The Five Rings the demon Okura no Oni affected the honor of the Lion Clan through Kitsu Okura, and at Oblivion's Gate slew her father, Akuma no Oni. She ascended to become the Guardian of Tengoku and she is now seen guarding the Gates of the Celestial Heavens.
  • April 29, 2010
    Simon R Green's Tales from the Nightside series has Pretty Poison, an angel who fell to become a succubus and then re-ascended to angel.
  • April 29, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    One of the (Many) nicknames for Planescape's Lady of Pain is "The Fiend of blades", started by someone with the theory she is an ascended fiend. Given that he hasn't been flayed (like people who give... less than flattering nicknames) it is at least neutral.
  • April 29, 2010
    @Prime32: here are the stats, and here is the adventure.

    Not sure whether the title characters of Blade or Hellboy really count.

    I was going to mention Spawn but I see that's the image. And an appropriate one it is.