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A succubus is a demon or supernatural entity in folklore, in female form, that appears in dreams to seduce men, usually through sexual activity. According to religious tradition, a succubus needs semen to survive; repeated sexual activity with a succubus will result in a bond being formed between the succubus and the man; and a succubus cannot drain or harm the man with whom she is having intercourse. In modern representations, a succubus is often depicted as a beautiful seductress or enchantress, rather than as demonic or frightening. The male counterpart to the succubus is the incubus.
The term derives from Late Latin succubacode: lat promoted to code: la "paramour" from succubarecode: lat promoted to code: la "to lie beneath" (subcode: lat promoted to code: la - "under" and cubarecode: lat promoted to code: la "to lie"), used to describe this being's implied sexual position relative to the sleeper's position. The English word "succubus" dates from the late 14th century. The succubus is also known as the earth wanderer.
As depicted in the Jewish mystical treatise Zohar and the medieval Jewish satirical text Alphabet of Ben Sira, Lilith was Adam's first wife, who later became a succubus. She left Adam and refused to return to the Garden of Eden after she mated with the archangel Samael. In Zoharistic Kabbalah, there were four succubi who mated with the archangel Samael. The four original queens of the demons were Lilith, Eisheth Zenunim, Agrat bat Mahlat, and Naamah. A succubus may take a form of a beautiful young girl, but closer inspection may reveal deformities of her body, such as bird-like claws or serpentine tails. Folklore also describes the act of cunnilingus on their vulvas, which drip with urine and other fluids. In later folklore, a succubus took the form of a siren.
In Arabian mythology, the qarînahcode: ara promoted to code: ar (قرينة) is a spirit similar to the succubus, with origins possibly in ancient Egyptian religion or in the animistic beliefs of pre-Islamic Arabia. A qarînahcode: ara promoted to code: ar "sleeps with the person and has relations during sleep as is known by the dreams". They are said to be invisible, but a person with "second sight" can see them, often in the form of a cat, dog, or other household pet. "In Omdurman it is a spirit which possesses. ... Only certain people are possessed and such people cannot marry or the qarina will harm them."
well in my campaign we did a level zero where we went though everyone's origin it did work for my genasi fighter warlock. he had him a slave gladiator to a fire genie and basically had the story of him having a succubus slowly wanting to corrupt him well he wouldn't break his rule of only killing if his life depended on. she slowly fell in love with him because she saw the way he would act in the terrible situation he was in caring for others being this light in the darkness, and at the end of his origin she would make him her warlock so that he may escape the captivity he was in. well we had some fun with that idea like if he tried to sleep or be with any other woman he would lose his spell slots until he could entertain her and she had a desire for him to become stronger so she could create and offspring together and when he was almost killed by poison was given immortality from age and sickness the only way he could fall was in battle.
I imagine as a dm you could set it up that the souls the succubus captures are 'their property' and they trade them to more powerful devils and demons to increase their own abilities. Though the idea for them is that the draining kiss is the last act before they leave, so typically they don't need it to give them anything immediately.
Just to address both of these comments and anyone else coming by that may be thinking the same; a succubus is not a vampire. The draining kiss is already extremely potent; reducing max hit points by such a huge amount can effectively take a player character out of the rest of the adventuring day, and it makes for an excellent departing move to make an adventuring party think twice about pursuing it.The important thing to note about playing a succubus is that it's not really the type of creature to get into a straight-up fight. They make for excellent manipulators and spies who work more subtly, either charming an important figure and forcing them to further her plans (and making that figure appear to be the antagonist to the players) or methodically corrupting men and women in a community to claim their souls. Often, a succubus will do both, using their charms to manipulate an authority figure to whatever nefarious purposes their master has set them to, and corrupting the souls of some commonfolk on the side.
"imaginary being or demon, credited with causing nightmares, and, in male form, consorting with women in their sleep," c. 1200, from Late Latin incubus (Augustine), from Latin incubo "nightmare, one who lies down on (the sleeper)," from incubare "to lie upon" (see incubate). Plural is incubi. Compare succubus.
A succubus is a demon who enters a man's dreams in the form of a woman, sometimes attractive and sometimes grotesque, and either seduces or rapes them in order to both take their semen for use in birthing new demons, and steal their souls for consumption.
Succubi are not warriors. They flee combat whenever they can. If forced to fight, they can attack with their claws, but they prefer to turn foes against one another. Succubi use their polymorph change shape ability to assume humanoid guise, and can maintain this deception indefinitely. Their preferred tactic when dealing with heroes is to feign friendship and create an opportunity to be alone with one of them, whereupon the succubus applies her life-draining kiss. Succubi are not above taking on the role of a damsel in distress when encountered within a dungeon.
Acting as English liaison to the Imperial Fifth Regiment of Hanoverian Foot, Major Lord John Grey finds himself in the town of Gundwitz during the Seven Years' War, and drawn into investigating a series of mysterious deaths among the encamped German and English soldiers. The local rumor is that a succubus is to blame, but Grey chooses logic and reason over superstition, and pursues a line of inquiry into the deaths of an English private and a Hanoverian soldier, as well as the involvement of the nearby gypsy population and a local saint by the name of Orgevald. Grey must also contend with his increasingly ambiguous relationship with Stephan von Namtzen, as well as the unwanted attentions of a Prussian princess.
Minutes after he's returned to his office, Lord John is interrupted by Stephan von Namtzen and Herr Blomberg, an important city official. The city has been plagued by a "succubus" of late, and Blomberg wishes to borrow Lord John's white horse to discover it. The locals believe that the succubus is possessing the body of someone in the churchyard, and that a white horse can identify the offending body.
That night, Lord John, Stephan, Tom, Blomberg, and a handful of local men go to the graveyard, where Lord John's rides his reluctant horse, Karolus, through the graveyard. All goes well until Karolus is spoked by the body of Private Bodger, propped up against a gravestone. As the men discuss Private Bodger's unexpected demise, Karolus wanders over to the grave of Herr Blomberg's mother, thereby indicting her as the succubus.
Tom tells Lord John that the Siggy's nursemaid, Hannah Koenig, has still not returned, and that she was the wife to Private Koenig, the succubus's first victim. The rumour among the servants is that Private Koenig is the true father of Louisa von Lowenstein's son Siggy.
When Lord John visits the bridge at Aschenwald the next morning, he finds that a group of soldiers near the French lines were ambushed by Austrian soldiers. One of the survivors, Lieutenant Dundas, tells Lord John that French and Austrians had deliberately started the succubus rumour, in the hopes of rendering the other side demoralized and sleep-deprived. Local gypsy women had been recruited to slip opium into the drinks of German and English soldiers, inducing erotic dreams in those soldiers and mass panic in the ranks at large.
In Succubus Stories you play as a peasant girl turned succubus, plotting her revenge against the powerful people who ruined her life and stole her family's land. She needs semen to survive, and has to manage her ravenous lust as she gets closer to her goals.
In some legends, Satan himself changed shape to be both incubus and succubus. See, Old Scratch wants kids but can't produce human seed, so he becomes a succubus, receives some sperm from a guy, turns into an incubus, and passes it on to a woman. How this transmits satanic genes is a question not addressed as the theory was invented before Mendel's time, never mind Rosalind Franklin's. In some other legends, the first succubi and incubi were the children of Lilith, who was the true First Woman who got kicked out of Eden for fighting too fiercely for dominance over Adam, via laying with various Fallen Angels. 59ce067264