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Phenex is one of the nicer demons in the Ars Goetia, as well as one of the few that genuinely wish to return to Heaven. Because of this, many tend to forget that he used to be one of the most terrifying and bloodthirsty demons as well.
Matt Wright.

Phenex is the 37th demonic spirit of the Ars Goetia summoned by King Solomon and a Great Marquis of Hell.

Overview

Phenex's Sigil (Art from the Lesser Key of Solomon)

He teaches all wonderful sciences, is an excellent poet, and is very obedient to the conjurer. He is said to converse in rhymes. Phenex hopes to return to Heaven after 1,200 years, but he is deceived in this hope. He formerly was in the angelic order of thrones.

He is depicted as a phoenix, which sings sweet notes with the voice of a child, but the conjurer must warn his companions (for he has not to be alone) not to hear them and ask him to take a human shape, which the demon supposedly does after a certain amount of time and fulfills all commands well.

He has 20 legions of demons with the leaders of the 20 legions serving under Phenex being named. Their names are Gizrallat, Gothon, Astrat, Ergarun, Ageez, Zargor, Zulgath, Turdas, Oleveth, Xagros, Digrazon, Zulgis, Dastriros, Melvurth, Enidro, Istarfi, Uminzu, Yirzun, Ramdur, Salduir and Alduin.

Appearance

He mainly appears as a phoenix bird, that sings sweetly in a child's voice, though can also take a human form.

Personality

Phenex is very obedient to the conjurer and will fulfills all commands well. Phenex has the futile hope that he will return to the seventh throne in 1,200 years.

Powers and Abilities

Aside from the standard abilities displayed by the Ars Goetia, Phenex is a demon governing death and rebirth, seen in a similar fashion to the Phoenix. As such, it is capable of reviving by itself after being killed. Phenex is also capable of assuming a humanoid form.

Phenex's best ability is the use of fire and anything related to pyrokinesis. He has the ability make fire bend to his will, whether it be stove fire, bonfire, whatever is related to the use of fire itself he can use it. He can even heat water just by using his hands. He can also use this in his human form. He can turn into a Phoenix himself and give out an ear-piercing screech or even use sound itself against his opponents. With his demonic self, he can easily absorb martial arts teachings and abilities

He can teach all of the wonderful sciences, is an excellent user of poetry, and possess a siren’s voice, and so the magician must take precautions not to be seduced by it. Phenex can fly whether as a Phoenix or not.

  • Fire Whip: He can create a Whip of Fire out of his own flames though he rarely ever uses it.

History

Myths and Legends

Quotes

Phoenix is a great marquesse, appearing like the bird Phoenix, having a childs voice: but before he standeth still before the conjuror, he singeth manie sweet notes. Then the exorcist with his companions must beware he give no eare to the melodie, but must by and by bid him put on humane shape; then will he speake marvellouslie of all woonderfull sciences. He is an excellent poet, and obedient, he hopeth to returne to the seventh throne after a thousand two hundreth yeares, and governeth twentie legions.
The Pseudomonarchia Daemonum.
The Thirty-Seventh Spirit is Phenex (or Pheynix). He is a great Marquis, and appeareth like the Bird Phoenix, having the Voice of a Child. He singeth many sweet notes before the Exorcist, which he must not regard, but by-and-by he must bid him put on Human Shape. Then he will speak marvellously of all wonderful Sciences if required. He is a Poet, good and excellent. And he will be willing to perform thy requests. He hath hopes also to return to the Seventh Throne after 1,200 years more, as he said unto Solomon. He governeth 20 Legions of Spirits. And his Seal is this, which wear thou, etc.
The Lesser Key of Solomon.

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Trivia

  • In the Dictionnaire Infernal, he only hopes that after 1000 years (and not 1200) he will return to the order of Thrones.
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