Abiressia, Lilim Princess of the Wild
By Michael Walton
The world is wild and must never be tamed.
Abiressia is one of the oldest Lilim in existence. She
began as a Free because her wild spirit refused to accept
the yoke of a Prince. Abiressia paid off her Geasa to
Lilith (all but the last one that "Mother" insists on
keeping) as fast as she could manage. This was both the
start of her troubles and the key to the eventual gaining
of her Princedom.
When Abiressia got down to her last Geas, she received a
visit from a demon named Teba'at. The Habbalah informed
her that he was from the Game and had been watching her for
some time. Hell, he said, had reasons to question her
loyalty. Teba'at smiled as he reminded her of what
happened to Free Lilim who were found guilty of treason.
It would, of course, be best if she were to seek service
with some Prince; then he wouldn't have to turn her in.
Abiressia managed to fast-talk her way into getting more
time to decide on a Prince to serve. What she was really
after was time to find another option, but the Gamester
didn't need to know that. No sooner did Teba'at leave than
Abiressia went running to Lilith -- owing another Geas was
better than getting stuck with any Prince.
The situation would've ended with Abiressia binding
herself to Lilith in exchange for protection from the Game
if not for the timing. As Abiressia was arriving at the
Guildhall, Lilith was engaged in a Superior-level game with
Andrealphus. The stakes were small by the standards of
such beings; the loser would serve the winner for a period
of seven years. The final move was made just as Abiressia
entered the gallery -- and the Prince of Lust won. Lilith
could barely conceal her distress as the terms of the wager
forced her into conflict, however slight, with her Word.
The Princess of Freedom racked her brain for a way out when
a voice rang out from the gallery.
"I will take my mother's place." All eyes turned to
Abiressia as she continued, "I owe my mother a debt for my
very existence. It is only fitting that I show my
appreciation by this sacrifice. And in return," she said
with obvious triumph in her voice, "I ask only that,
because of this act, we will be even." Lilith was torn
between her desire to be free of the wager and the
temptation to blast her insolent daughter into loose
Fortunately for Abiressia, Andrealphus stepped in before
Lilith made up her mind. "What loyalty! What devotion!
Truly, my dear, your daughters are rare creatures indeed to
offer you such a gift. Would that my Servitors would do as
much for me. I am honored to accept such a generous offer
as this. And I promise," he said, his eyes agleam, "That I
will treat her just as delicately as I would've treated
you." And Lilith scowled, for she knew as well as
Andrealphus did that the Prince of Lust accepted the offer
for one reason alone - to gall the Princess of Freedom as
she lost her last remaining hold on one of her daughters.
But, seeing no way out of it, Lilith agreed and removed the
last chain from Abiressia's neck. Then Andrealphus led his
new prize off to Shal-Mari.
Abiressia never speaks of her first years of service to
the Beautiful Prince; all that is known is that she truly
won his favor. Within three years she was arranging orgies
in Hell and throwing parties on Earth, but she found her
true calling in the wildernesses. Abiressia reveled in
instincts both sensual and predatory -- and there's no
place better than Hell for learning to appreciate the law
of the jungle. She also saw that Humans who were caught up
in satisfying their instinctual needs were less likely to
use their free will to avoid damnation. This insight and
the brilliant use to which Abiressia put it led Andrealphus
to sponsor her for the Word of Instinct. Abiressia's
meeting with Lucifer is shrouded in mystery (even Alaemon
hasn't been able to find out anything about it, much to his
chagrin). But when she emerged from the Lightbringer's
chambers, she came out with a Word and a Princedom.
Lucifer set the newly crowned Feral Princess the task of
opposing Jordi in the Corporeal realm. Abiressia relishes
this task despite knowing that she is not yet strong enough
to oppose Jordi directly. For now she walks softly in the
wild places and concentrates her efforts on making people
act like animals. Abiressia sees Humanity's bestial side
as the key to its damnation.
Demons of the Wild can never allow themselves to be
tamed. They must act out of instinct and passion rather
than intellect. It is all right to think and plan, but
such thought must employ base cunning rather than cold
reason. The demon can maintain a civilized veneer for a
number of days equal to her Corporeal Forces. After that,
she must cast off all vestiges of civilization and give in
to her instincts, running naked and free through the
wilderness for at least a day.
Balseraphs: Abiressia's Liars are masters of stealth. They subtract
their Corporeal Forces from the TN of any attempt to track
or detect them.
Djinn (restricted): Djinn of the Wild can Attune to a living animal --
including a Human -- if they have a sample of its tissue (a
lock of hair, toenail clippings, a blood stain, etc.).
Calabim: Destroyers in Abiressia's service don't Disturb the
Symphony when playing any Numinous Corpus that duplicates
the natural weapons or defenses of an animal. For example,
they create no Disturbance with NC: Claws or NC: Wings, but
they create a normal Disturbance with NC: Flame.
Habbalah (restricted): These Punishers can destroy inhibitions and make their
victims go wild. They add their Corporeal Forces to the CD
of a successful roll when using their Resonance to amplify
whatever emotion the target is feeling at the time.
Lilim (restricted): Abiressia's Lilim can focus their Resonance so as to
only detect basic instinctual Needs without penalty
(hunger, thirst, sex, etc.; refer to the Infernal Player's
Guide, p. 50 under "More Sophisticated Uses of Resonance").
When they satisfy such a Need, they add their Corporeal
Forces to the TN of any attempt to Geas that person.
Shedim (restricted): A Shedite of the Wild knows the Celestial Song of Beasts
and can play it on a Human Host without creating a
Disturbance (playing it on a Vessel taken over by means of
the Song of Possession is another story). The Song is
known at a level equal to the demon's Celestial Forces.
Impudites (restricted): A Taker of the Wild can invest stolen Essence into
bones, thus creating temporary Reliquaries. The bones must
be buried in earth in order to retain the Essence. Once a
Reliquary bone is dug up or before it is buried, it bleeds
off 1 Essence into the Symphony at the end of each hour
(creating a normal Disturbance) until it is empty or
reburied. The maximum Essence that one bone can hold is
equal to the demon's Celestial Forces, and the total number
of bones held by one demon can never exceed his Corporeal
Alpha: Demons of the Wild understand social hierarchies and how
to move up in them. The demon has a bonus of +2 to the CD
of any successful roll to establish dominance. An
Abiressian with this Attunement and a Role is treated as if
her Status is one level higher than it actually is.
Regeneration: The demon's current Vessel heals at twice the normal
rate, and any use of the Corporeal Song of Healing on the
possessor of this Attunement heals twice the normal amount
of Body Hits (the wound might still leave a scar). Even
lost limbs or organs will grow back eventually (GM's call
as to how long that takes; a finger or eye might grow back
in a few weeks while a lost arm would take at least six
months). Abiressia often grants this Attunement to her
Sense of Scents: The demon's sense of smell is superhumanly acute. She
has +3 to the TN of any Tracking roll if she knows and can
smell the target's scent. She can also smell pheromones;
with a successful Perception roll, the demon knows the
subject's basic emotional state (equal to the Elohite
Resonance on a CD of 1).
Knight of Proteus: Abiressia's Knights are proficient shapeshifters. With
no Essence expenditure at all, they can play the Celestial
Song of Form on themselves as if they had spent Essence
equal to their Corporeal Forces. They can still spend
Essence normally for greater effects.
Captain of Chameleons: As above, but it also applies to the Corporeal Song of
Form and the Celestial Song of Beasts. None of these three
Songs creates Disturbance.
Baron of Devolution: As above, but all of the effected Songs can now be
played on others. The subject always takes on an
Abiressia only offers two Higher Distinctions outside of
Hell's normal peerage system.
Askari: These demons have proven their loyalty in promoting the
Word of the Wild. They are also proficient hunters of
angels. All are quite powerful, and most are Word-bound.
Shikari: The Shikari are Abiressia's most fearsome fighters. A
demon must be Word-bound and Distincted and must have
killed a Word-bound angel in order to earn this
Distinction. Each Shikari has a squad of Askari at his disposal.
Abiressia is a gifted politician who has made a number
of friends during her short tenure -- she knows how to roll
over and expose her throat to the alphas. Her success has
also made her a few enemies.
Allied: Valefor (Valefor is allied to her)
Associated: Andrealphus, Haagenti (Andrealphus and Furfur
consider her an associate)
Neutral: Everyone else except...
Hostile: Fleurity, Lilith
Enemy: Vapula (Vapula is neutral toward Abiressia)
- Hunt and kill an animal with your bare hands.
- Persuade someone to give in to his or her instincts.
- Spend a day in the wild naked, without tools and without
spending Essence (+3 Essence).
Chance of Invocation: 3
Abiressia is ready and willing to help her Servitors
when they call on her. Just remember that she is a Lilim,
so any such help constitutes a favor.
+1: After satisfying a basic need (i.e. food, water or
+2: Surrounded by wilderness.
+3: A group of Humans reveling in their instincts.
+4: An animal that doesn't recognize the sight or scent of
+5: A wild place that no Human has ever visited.
+6: An animal of a species thought to be extinct.
The Skin You're In
The Princess of the Wild has been quite active in
infernal politics during her short tenure, and it shows in
her peers' opinions of her.
Alaemon: Such a pretty package must hide some really
ugly things. He wants my secrets? He's welcome to
them... for a price.
Andrealphus: When she was mine, she gave excellent value
for a fair price. I'm pleased to see that success hasn't
spoiled her. Abiressia is one of the best I've ever
trained - and you can take that however you like. He was
once my master, and he never misses an opportunity to
remind me of that. That's all right. He is no longer my
master, and I never miss an opportunity to remind him of
that. But no other Prince does so much for my Word, so it
behooves me to work with him.
Asmodeus: She keeps proper control of her organization.
She is of little utility, but she is of equally little
concern. The solution to dealing with Asmodeus is to not
do anything that would attract his attention. Discretion
serves me better than boldness when it comes to the Game.
Baal: Are all of Andrealphus' former playthings going to
get Words now? Oh, please, we don't need this! He
doesn't think that I've earned my place. But when Baal
goes back to being a brand new demon, works his way up the
ranks and carves out a Princedom for himself instead of
having it handed to him for parroting the party line, he
can talk to me about not having earned a place.
Beleth: Animals have nightmares, too, oh yes. I know
what scares her charges, and I know what scares her. Fear
is instinctual, and therefore part of my Word. But so are
rage and fighting tooth and nail when cornered. Let Beleth
remember that when dealing with me.
Belial: As animals fear fire, so Abiressia fears me.
I avoid Belial, for he destroys all that I build. I will
not weep when he is gone.
Fleurity: Critters don't do drugs -- but drugs get
tested on them. She helps me out without even trying.
Those who put wild things in cages -- whether to gawk at
them or experiment on them -- earn my wrath. Fleurity is
almost as bad as Vapula.
Furfur: Yeah! This girl knows how to party! Too bad
about the chastity belt, though. When he's not breaking
things, Furfur has a one-track mind. He wasn't good enough
for me when I was just a demon of Lust, and he's no more to
my liking now. He's the one to call when you need chaos,
Haagenti: What an incredible cook! She made this
casserole for me once -- it was worth what she asked in
return! A disgusting, malodorous, execrable mass that is
far too useful to do without.
Kobal: Do I like Abbie? Are you kidding? I looooove
the look on her face when Lilith shows up wearing a fur
coat! Not the most potent Prince, but he makes up for it
with subtlety. His Word involves too much thinking and not
enough instinct to suit me, though.
Kronos: The beasts of the field also have Fates. I have
more important things to see to, so I am pleased that
Abiressia takes care of such minor details. If he thinks
my work is useful but unimportant, he'll stay out of my
way. Which is exactly how I like it.
Lilith: It was a real surprise, her getting her Word and
Princedom. I wonder what sort of... favors... she did for
Lucifer to get them. Ah, Mother, what need is there for
envy? I guarantee that I love you as much as you'd expect
any of your daughters to.
Malphas: Even in packs and prides, there are divisions
and cliques. But Abiressia knows this, and she knows that
the strongest will always lead. That makes her smarter
than most of her so-called peers. Malphas is the
archetypal alpha, always clawing his way to the top of the
pecking order. He can't be trusted, but he can be
understood -- and as long as he's understood and properly
managed, he's no threat.
Mammon: Who needs her and her dumb, moneyless animals?
Dragons hoarded wealth. I miss dragons. In the wild,
everything you need is there if you have the strength to
take it. I have no use for Mammon or his goods.
Nybbas: Picture this; former demon of Lust... hot,
sweaty animals... Discovery Channel. Can you say,
"ratings?" His dependence on machines is a weakness that
I cannot abide. Only the power of his Word makes him
worthy of respect.
Pazuzu: Animals do not sin. She and her Word are of no
concern to me. Her plagues destroy the wilderness. I do
not tolerate her.
Saminga: Abiressia is pretty, but so is roadkill.
Saminga is part of the cycle of life, just not so
important a part as he thinks.
Valefor: How can I not like Abiressia? Ferrets,
raccoons, magpies... many of her charges instinctively
support my Word. He takes what he wants when he wants it.
He moves with his prey. He establishes his dominance
whenever necessary. Here is a Prince who knows how to live
Vapula: An excellent provider of experimental subjects
and a pretty ornament for one's arm. Quite useless
otherwise. He destroys habitats and the creatures who
live in them. His foul experiments must cease!
Blandine: Did you know that she has a special pack of
demons devoted to nightmares of pursuit? She has much to
answer for, oh, yes. So much power -- without the will to
use it. Blandine is no threat.
Christopher: You know those reports of loving pets that
suddenly turn on their owners? A lot of that is
Abiressia's doing. No child should be afraid of his own
dog! The master-slave relationship between Humans and
animals must end. A tie of affection is just another kind
of leash. If Christopher wants to stop me, let him try...
but you know what happens when a little boy takes on a
David: The value of the pack is the only thing she's
right about. As for the rest, she's merely a nuisance.
David is a being of raw, primal force. I can respect
Dominic: There are Princes who are greater threats than
she is. Abiressia will be dealt with in her turn. I've
heard him called a hyena. It's meant as an insult, but
uttered by those who don't appreciate what a powerful
predator the hyena really is. Dominic is dangerous, never
Eli: Abiressia? Oh, yeah, she throws great parties.
I've met him. I don't understand him. I certainly can't
fathom his instincts. This disturbs me.
Gabriel: Should she be punished with the cruel? Then
she will be punished. Otherwise, why should I know of her?
I... avoid... Gabriel. You needn't concern yourself with
Janus: Claws can't rend the wind. Fangs can't bite the
wind. Stripes can't hide from the wind. She can't touch
me, and she can't escape me, and she knows that. Janus is
as primal as David and far less predictable. And so like
Valefor, my favorite Prince! Mmmm, I wonder...
Jean: In her quest to sabotage Vapula's operations, she
sometimes hits one of mine by mistake. She has proven to be
an annoyance. He is just like Vapula, only more
civilized. And that's a fault as far as I'm concerned.
Jordi: I feel her presence, the irritating burr of her
Word against mine. Someday when I don't have more
important things to deal with, I will scratch that itch
until it itches no more. I may act on instinct, but I'm
no fool. I'm not ready to handle Jordi... yet.
Khalid: The beasts of the field have no faith, nor do
they need it. But she would make a mere beast out of Man,
and that is contrary to God's will. Religion is just one
more crutch that Humans rely on instead of trusting their
instincts. Khalid keeps the breed weak.
Laurence: She has no honor and denies its value. So be
it -- put her Servitors down as you would rabid dogs.
Honor is another way to respect the natural order.
Laurence just cares too much for artificial rules instead
of focusing on the natural, instinctive rules as I do. The
weak are supposed to fear -- and feed -- the strong.
Litheroy: I part the tall grass and reveal the stalker
to her prey. The Princess of the Wild has no power where I
hold sway. Revelation is a nuisance to those who stalk
and ambush, but those who live by instinct have no other
secrets to keep. Litheroy will never be more than a
nuisance to me.
Marc: I stay out of her jungle, she stays out of mine.
It's a fair trade. I have my agents in the concrete
jungle, but legal eagles and corporate sharks are creatures
beyond my ken. Leave them to Marc.
Michael: She's all about results and the most efficient
means to an end. She'd be almost respectable if she wasn't
Fallen. You know where you stand with Michael -- in the
center of a bullseye.
Novalis: She's vicious without really being cruel, and
nurtures without really being compassionate. Her idea of
nature really is a mother. I value Novalis highly.
Without something to feed the prey, there would be nothing
to feed the predators.
Raziel: No thought, all action -- easy to misdirect. In
her desire to be ruled by instinct, she forgets how easily
instincts can be fooled. If he's not a Superior, he's
prey rather than predator.
Vocatiel: All those voices, so little to say. What a
sadly limited being. Whenever Haagenti works up the nerve
to dine on Archangel, I'll be happy to help him hunt this
pathetic piece of soul-meat.
Yves: Not as big a threat as she would like to think,
but she's more than bad enough. Why should I concern
myself with a tired old thing who never fights? The aged
are easy prey.
Zadkiel: (smiling wickedly) I can't help wondering when
Jordi's going to show her who the real alpha is. I plan a
lingering agony for Zadkiel, and each victim that she
snatches from my jaws adds another decade to the time that
she will suffer it. Of course I'm following my instincts
when I say that -- have you ever seen a cat play with a mouse?
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