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Succubus (Dungeons and Dragons)
In the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game, a succubus is a female demon.
The succubus is based on the succubi from Western medieval legend.
The objective of succubi is to tempt and ensnare men to lie with them for their own purposes.
Succubi are native to the Abyss.
Typical physical characteristics
A succubus in its natural state is in the shape and form of a beautiful human woman with demonic features, such as bat-like wings, tiny horns, and/ or a tail. However, the succubus may shape-shift into many forms. They often appear in the guise of a human woman sans demonic features. In the first edition of Dungeons and Dragons, a succubus shapechanged into male form was known as an incubus. However, in the third edition of D&D, the succubus is the female form of the incubus (ie the succubus and the incubus are the female and male manifestations of the same type of demon).
Succubi are chaotic evil.
Succubi are tanar'ri demons, and they are quite numerous. Many are under the command of the Abyssal Lord Graz'zt, but most are ruled by their "Queen," Malcanthet. In Dungeons & Dragons the female child of a succubus and a human is traditionally called an "Alu-Demon" and the male child a "cambion" (though the latter term can be applied to any demon-mortal offspring). However, the offspring of an alu-demon or cambion, as a result of a union with a human, has no specific name but falls into the larger category of tiefling. Succubi are featured prominently in the Planescape games.
Fall-From-Grace is a succubus, a notable character from the Planescape: Torment computer role-playing game.
DeVarque, Aardy. Literary Sources of D&D. Retrieved on 2007-02-23.
Gygax, Gary. Monster Manual (TSR, 1977).
- Known succubi at the d20 NPC Wiki.