|“||We are Incubi! We are beings born of Lust and Wrath, our bodies crafted from the darkest of shadows and our hearts born of hellish flames! Sons of the Great and Terrifying Lord Asmodeus himself! We are loyal to him and to him only. Not to his son, or his replacements, or his semi-competent enforcers. Only him. That's how we used to be, and that's how we will always be.||„|
They possess many of the abilities of the succubus, including their ability to take vessels and their supernatural ability to seduce. However, whereas Succubi target men (and often have an easier job), Incubi target women.
The origins of the incubus are unknown, though it is more than likely that they originated from Lilith or one of her sisters. It is said that the incubi were also known as Asmodai which are considered a second horde of demons that were birthed from Lilith after mating with Asmodeus. Moreover, the Asmodai consisted of both incubi and succubi, the latter of which were a lesser species of the Lilim, the first and strongest of the succubi that came into existence when Lilith mated with Samael.
Incubi are often incredibly handsome, slim, and athletic men, cultured and highly intelligent. They appear to know a myriad of information on topics of politics, theology of various religious, and demonology of the Judeo-Christian faiths. When a human has intercourse with a succubi/incubi over long amounts of time (say a month) they will start feeling a need for more sex with the incubi/succubi or go insane from how much life force they have lost.
Incubi, unlike Succubi, are able to reproduce with females. These births always result in either a pureblood Succubus or Incubus being born, and always kill the mother. The child is taken to Hell to be trained and raised as a member of their race. When they do, they will obtain supernatural abilities and can become extremely persuasive. These human/incubi or succubi hybrid is called a Cambion. Unless the Incubus slept with a succubus then the succubi would give birth to a new incubi or succubi.
It is also generally believed that incubus and succubus are actually the same demon, able to swap genders at specific points. For example, they would become succubi whenever they required semen, their life source. They would then become incubi and use that semen to impregnate women. Many believe that incubi are bisexual but that would strictly contradict their purpose of impregnation. But some people believe that when the Incubi slept with another male he would absorb his seed and use it as his own.
Their true forms consist of a large and serpentine demonic creature with skeletal phantom limbs that possess qualities of a bird, and their underbellies are constantly bathed in the blood of the victims they have taken over the ages, with their backs bearing striped fur.
Powers and Abilities
One of the earliest mentions of an incubus comes from Mesopotamia on the Sumerian King List, where the hero Gilgamesh's father is listed as Lilu. It is said that Lilu disturbs and seduces women in their sleep, while Lilitu, a female demon, appears to men in their erotic dreams. Two other corresponding demons appear as well: Ardat lili, who visits men by night and begets ghostly children from them, and Idlu lili, who is known as a male counterpart to Ardat lili and visits women by night and begets from them.
Myths and Legends
Religious tradition holds that repeated intercourse with an incubus or succubus may result in the deterioration of health or even death. In medieval times, the church would use incubi and succubi to explain sexual functions, which were taboo subjects.
Though many tales claim that the incubus is bisexual, others indicate that it is strictly heterosexual and finds attacking a male victim either unpleasant or detrimental. Incubi are also sometimes said to be able to conceive children. The half-human offspring of such a union is sometimes referred to as a cambion. An incubus may pursue sexual relations with a woman in order to father a child, as in the legend of Merlin.
In Islam and Arabian folklore incubus is known as Hadun الحضون Al-Hadun lit. incubator) and Kaboos (Arabic: الكابوس Al-Kabūs, lit. incubus "colloquial for bad-dreams") only difference with Judeo-Christian incubi is being a type or a class of the jinn.
- An incubus may pursue sexual relations with a woman in order to father a child, as in the legend of Merlin.
- Incubus and Succubus are both sometimes depicted as wearing anklets, with a bolt for Incubus and a nut for Succubus, attached as an innuendo reference.