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The Book of the Vishanti: Explained

Crack open the ancient spell book that has served Doctor Strange and all of Earth’s Sorcerer Supremes!



Certain demons feed not on souls but on negative emotions, such as fear. These demons were ruled by the Fear Lords: D'spayre, the Dweller-In-Darkness, Kkallakku, Lurking Unknown, Nightmare, Nox, Straw Man. Nightmare and the Dweller-In-Darkness both originate from the Everinnye dimension, though the Dweller-In-Darkness turned his back on his ectoplasmic fellow denizens, by following the"Way of the Shumblu," disembodying his head and existing in physical form. Nightmare has taken physical form occasionally, such as when he raped the demoness Zhilla Char, who then mothered the Dreamqueen, and when he seduced a human woman in her sleep, thus parenting Daydream. Nightmare's legions include Doggerel, Succubus and the Hanon Tramps (who smothered sleeping people), while Grit is Nightmare's own personal nightmare. D'spayre was created by the Dweller-In-Darkness via the fear unleashed during the sinking of Atlantis; the Dweller also created the demoness Spite, while D'spayre later spawned the minature D'sprytes and possibly Avandalia. Kkallakku is the hatch-lord of the Kkallakki/Fear-Eaters and believed to be extradimensional in origin. Virtually nothing is known of the enigmatic Lurking Unknown. Nox is an ancient goddess loosely associated with the Olympian pantheon, though she may have undergone demonic degeneration. Nox is mother to Deimos and Phobos, gods of terror and fear, respectively. The Straw Man (aka Scarecrow) acts more as a protector of humanity and opposed the fear Lords in their recent assault on mankind; other than his extradimensional nature and fear-based powers, he does not demonstrate demonic characteristics. Dusk rules the Realm of Madness, which borders Nightmare's realm. Dusk commands legions such as Delusion, Dementia, Fetish, Megalomania, Necromancer, Obsession, Paranoia, Phobia and Psychosis; some of these demons have served Nightmare. Cobweb and the demons of Mindscape - the Agents of Despair, the Bad Ideas, the Cannibak, Depression, the Mindspawn (N'ogskak, Sk'obe, Sv'ara, T'opalli, Esk'odin), Manic, and Paranoia - dwell within the psychic Mindscape and feeds off of the thoughts and dreams of mortals; they are opposed by the benevolent Sleepwalkers. It is uncertain if the Mindscape and Nightmare realms overlap or if some of these demons also serve Nightmare. Ekl'r, the demon without humor, promotes hopelessness and despair. The Myth Monster feeds on fear, distrust and prejudice. Null, the Living Darkness, was spawned from the S'raphh race, and draws power from negative emotions. The Scarlet Personage drew power form the fear of death.
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