So, something that I kind of forgot (since it's been a while since I've followed the lore of your setting) is how much your demons remind me of the Apostles from Berserk—-in the sense that they were once ordinary--or not so ordinary---people who became immortal monsters in service to a dark force.
It may seem odd, but it adds a human element to them, in spite of their inhumanity if that makes sense. The reason I bring this up in Satori's profile is because of how much this paradigm is turned on its head with him. He was never human, he was something we would already consider somewhat "supernatural"—-an alien. So in a way, he's sort of a Hybrid Monster. I just find that fascinating and thought I'd start out the review with that observation.
This probably won't be explained well, so I do apologize but Satori's whole thing reminds me of that meme of a man in the white suit laughing and joking and then abruptly snapping into a murderous glare.
At first one gets the impression of a parody—-yes, this entity is powerful, ancient and possessed of terrible knowledge, but he's also a blowhard who takes himself far too seriously and seems to ham it up when playing into his nature as a dark eldritch being. Again, this would fit perfectly into a character and setting made to draw humor from the genre.
And yet...then we have the evidence of what he can do. His eldritch knowledge is real and damaging, he is an ambitious and deadly creature, and he is devoid of empathy and compassion, a monster right up there with Berserk's denizens. He lashes back and forth from parody to true horror and it's amazing.
He is in fact going to be heavily involved in an upcoming roleplay of mine, the sequel to my Shadows of Sandfield Roleplay, which is nearing its conclusion.
One thing I'll include is going to be "The Orpheus Game", a short story chronicling Ericksen, Dan, and the manipulation by Satori they can't even perceive.
Edited by NickTheSwing on Mar 19th 2023 at 10:40:12 AM
I love the aspect that this really formidable and crazy, dangerous predator ultimately has his own feared adversary. That he was ultimately a crazed, greedy human at the start, desperate to hold on to the things he obtained through raids and carnage - and ultimately, how despite being a vampire at the story's start, his behavior now versus his backstory isn't terribly different. He wants so he takes - whether he's a human or a vampire. And the vampires around him aren't different, only chafing at the restrictions he imposes. Not the immorality involved.
Edited by NickTheSwing on Jan 30th 2023 at 9:24:36 AM