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Monster Monday

Are you all recovered from the effects of the Poison Demon’s emanations? Good. I have something a little sweeter smelling for you today.

Admittedly, this is one demon that I am nervous about having in the room with me.

You weren’t nervous about the poison demon?

Well, no, I had that one under strict control. Today’s… Guest… is far more dangerous.

Who is it?

Well,  he is one of the more articulate dungeon dwellers, as well as a force to be reckoned with on the wrong side of the battle lines.  I have the distinct…um… honour to introduce to you – Dr. Cutznstix.

*A tall figure strides into the room. As he gets closer you can see that he wears a long white lab coat over what looks like furry trousers, odd looking black shoes and a tight fitting red silk shirt.

Then you realise that the furry trousers are actually his legs and they end in shiny black cloven hooves. Likewise, the red silk shirt is actually his bright red skinned chest.

You let your gaze travel upward to find a handsome, red skinned face with amused gold eyes and see huge horns scraping the ceiling, the same colour as is hooves*

KM: Welcome Dr. Cutznstix. I am pleased that you consented to this meeting.

Dr C: Well Dear Lady, how could I refuse such a charming request to further the understanding of our world.

KM: Precisely. Will you acquaint us with the way that Devil Demons are born?

Dr C: *laughs* Dear Lady, Devil demons like myself are not born. We are created in a procedure that requires the utmost delicacy and dedication of the subject.

*gestures at himself*

Can you really see such a creature as myself being born of a female?

KM: Um… well, maybe not. So how are Devil Demons created?

Dr C:  Ah well, the precise process is a trade secret, however, I can give you a little information. Created from the willing flesh of an Arch Mage or High Necromancer, the transformation adds great physical strength to the other attributes the subject already has.

KM: Why are Devil Demons so violent?

Dr C: Not all of us are. Passive Devil Demons are rare. Even rarer are those who manage to control the violent side of their personalities, such as myself.

However, the transformation brings out latent abilities and often an aggressive violent side to the subject, that makes the resulting Devil Demon a danger to their own side, let alone the enemy. *he smiles*

KM: Are all Devil Demons so…well toned?

Dr C: Sadly, no. The physical attributes of a devil demon vary greatly, depending on the state of the subject before transformation.

Many applicants deliberately get themselves in shape before the process is performed, so that they might look at their best.

Occasionally the applicants feel that it is beneath them to actually sweat in the training room and very few of these make it through the procedure alive or whole.

KM: What is your greatest achievement in the Overlord’s Service?

Dr C: Ah… I shall leave that one for your readers to find out. Wouldn’t want to spoil the surprise.

KM: What about your greatest Personal Achievement then?

Dr C: That would be the fact that I have retained my sanity. Most Devil Demons lose their minds during the lengthy Transformation Process, adding to their ability to kill anything placed in their path.

This is the main reason that Devil Demons are given their own suite of rooms within the Custodian’s Dungeon that they are assigned to and are locked in. They are just too dangerous to allow to run free.

KM: Thank you for your information and the honour of your presence, Dr. Cutznstix.

Dr C: No, thank you, dear lady for allowing me into the presence of someone so charming and learned. May I ask if you are free for a small tete a tete?

KM: Sorry, I must decline, despite the charming offer. I was told that you are to return to the Tower as soon as we have finished…*presses a button on the desk*… thank you again.

*There is a buzzing noise and a shimmering force field surrounds Dr. Citznstix. He looks disappointed, then sighs and shrugs.*

Dr C: I can understand your feelings in this matter… *he blows a kiss as he disappears*

Thank you for tuning in and I hope that this has been interesting. If you’ll excuse me, I need to go have a shower.