In folklore, a succubus (plural succubi) is a demon who takes the form of a highly attractive woman to seduce men (although the attractive part is a modern invention, historically succubi were ugly), in dreams to have sexual intercourse, according to the medieval European legend. Its male counterpart is the incubus. They draw energy from the men to sustain themselves, often until the point of exhaustion or death of the victim.
In The Witcher series, Geralt was asked by the Duchess of Toussaint, Anna Henrietta to get rid of the (unnamed) succubus who, according to her and many other court Ladies, was bothering their virtuous husbands. They assure the witcher that he shall be rewarded appropriately. Later on Geralt meets the two barons (husbands), who ask him the exact opposite, stating that the succubus doesn't hurt anyone, appears in dreams from time to time and is interested only in men that have already come of age. They also wants that this be kept between them and to not say anything to the Her Grace or their wives. It is agreed that Geralt will ignore the matter for a sum of coins (likely Temerian orens or Novigradian crown) transferred to his account in Bank of Cianfanelli's, exceeding the one promised by the Ladies and that will "amaze him with their munificence", though Geralt warns them that he is "not easy to amaze".
Regis had a romanced with the very same succubus that Geralt agreed not to kill, while he, the witcher and their Hansa were in capital of fairytale duchy - Beauclair. Due to Higher Vampire' romance and thanks to focusing her attention on himself during their stay, it was Geralt to whom the disposal of the "monster" was attributed. Thus, he was paid by both, the glad wives whose woe was temporarily over and the happy husbands who knew that in the end the harmless temptress was never hurt.
|“||This is a request from many noble dames of Toussaint and Ours (royal plural) at the same time. A nightly monster blights local homesteads. A devil, spectre, succubus in a feminine guise, but so shameless that dare We (royal plural) not to describe it, it torments the virtuous and faithful husbands. At night it haunts alcoves, perpetrates meretricious lecheries and vile perversions, talking about which Our (royal plural) modesty does not permit. You (royal plural; showing utmost respect for Geralt), as an expert, surely must know what is the matter.||”|
— pg(s). 79, Pani Jeziora
In this comic there is one major succubus character named Vara of Vengerberg. She is depicted as similar to succubi from game series, except that she lacks cloven hoves. She does have wings and can look very like a human, and she is shown in her true form only once in the comic.The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. She appears only during the quest With Flickering Heart. Depending on Geralt's choices he will either slay her or clear her name of accusations sparing her and earning her gratitude which she will show in a traditional succubine way.
- The torched village near Vergen proved to be the home of a real succubus. This beautiful creature, possessing hooves instead of feet, drew handsome young men to it in order to seduce them and feed on their life forces. The seductress was accused of brutally murdering many young men, and the accusation seemed to be solid. For you must know that the unpleasant scent of sulfur is not the sole inconvenience one must endure when encountering succubi, which can be as dangerous as vampires.
- Geralt investigated the murders and concluded that the succubus was indeed guilty of the murders of which it was accused. The witcher had no choice but to slay the dangerous, though intensely beautiful, creature.
- If Geralt chooses to side with the Succubus during Chapter II - With Flickering Heart:
- Geralt investigated the murders thoroughly. He concluded that the succubus was innocent and that it was being framed by a jealous lover. The witcher cleared the seductress of the charges, and she proceeded to thank him for it in her customary, beautiful manner.
Bestiary entry Edit
“Again?! Good grief, woman, I’m spent…”
— Lester of Smallton to a succubus, a few days before taking a vow of celibacy
Unlike other monsters, succubi and menads feel no desire to kill, do not crave human blood and usually do not, in fact, mean any harm at all. They are motivated by one thing and one thing only—an insatiable lust. They try in vain to slake this by engaging in sexual acts with any other humanoid species they encounter. While it must be admitted that their “victims” rarely put up much resistance, this does not mean succubi and menads do not present any danger: their never-ending advances, though pleasurable at first, have pushed more than one man to madness or even death.
Succubi and menads usually can be found near human settlements, including small villages and populous cities. They prowl at night, though when stricken by serious need they will leave their lairs during the day as well. They shower their affections on men as well as women, the young as well as the old, the ugly as well as the beautiful. Some of them are particularly fond of pastors and other holy men, whose seduction they treat as a sort of game.
Although succubi are peaceful by nature, when forced to fight, they will defend themselves fiercely. One should not be fooled by their fair appearance—under the velvety skin of their arms, lie muscles of underestimated power. A blow delivered from their goat-like legs or horns, can easily crush bone.
Combat Tactics Edit
Clever witchers may be able to talk down a succubus, with stories of witchers seducing a succubus and allowing them to flee a region whispered among commoners. Should a witcher choose to slay a succubus, they must act quickly. Succubi are known for the surprising brute strength.
They can also be accomplished spell-slingers in their own right, commanding fire with natural aptitude. The simple flashes of fire that a succubus can call upon can disrupt any sword technique a witcher is capable of, and there is no defense save for Quen, or frantic rolls away from the flames.
Relentlessness is key. A succubus cannot be allowed to control a battle. Explosive bolts or Aard can disrupt their spell-weaving, Northern Wind can freeze them in place. A witcher will succeed in slaying a succubus if they can pin them down and unleash a flurry of silver sword strikes.
Notes & references Edit
- ↑ This is an unofficial translation from the Polish 4th edition of the book, ISBN 978-83-7578-034-5.
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