The Demons that swept across the face of the Earth when the gate of hell opened are varied in size, shape, and power. They have maintained a violent, deadly system of ascension where only the strongest survive. Only The First remained unchallenged over the eons, the power structure shifting beneath its dark malevolence. The ranks of the Demons as a whole have been called The Shadow in ancient texts found by the Cabalist and Templar. Whether Lesser or Greater Demons, Dark Will or Eldest, the careful observer will note that these abominations fall into one of the four distinct categories, Castes.
These creatures are the lower forms of life in Hell. They are the naturally-occuring fauna of the Underworld, made evil by their surroundings and their masters. True Demons see them as fodder to subjugate, abuse, brand, armor, and train for battle. Beasts are unintelligent and commonly oriented towards melee combat, attacking with fangs and claws. While susceptible to most types of damage Beasts of greater power and age can be extremely large and strong, a few reportedly towering over city buildings. Some of these creatures also employ attacks representative of their infernal origins, unleashing corrosive, poisonous, or fiery effects on their unlucky targets. In terms of natural defenses, the more brutish varieties have thick, armored hides while their smaller, wiry kin rely on agility to avoid attacks.
This caste includes both the undead and the Demons that create and command them. Necros often swarm in semi-organized packs, using strenght of numbers to overcome the limitations of their commonly weakened and decayed forms. Although usually simple to knock down, soem may rise again unless appropriate measures are taken. Their masters are more powerful, and eliminationg their commanding presence should be of the highest priority when encountering them. Creatures within the Necros caste commonly use attacks that pierce, the flesh, poison blood, and corrupt the soul. It is important to note that they are particulary resistant to these same sorts of attacks.
These are semi-corporeal beings with powerful magical abilities at their disposal. They exist, at least partially, in an alternate and parallel realm of existence known as the Spectral plane, making them difficult to fight using normal physical means. Spectral Demons are visually the strangest and most shocking creatures encountered by the survivors of the Burn, and some have hidden forms that can only be seen by adventurers with a means to peer into their unearthly realm. Their Spectral power sometimes manifest itself in our world as a form of electricity, and attacks based on similar energy spectrums have been found to be highly effective.
Also called True Demons, The Primus are the organized beings that command the lesser castes and are the primary cause of the apocalypse. Mostly humanoid in form, they often use weapons and equipment in their vile pursuits, and some have even been seen using human-created technology, although they tend to favor devices of their own fabrication. Their intelligence, use of weaponry, and the ability to attack from both range or in in hand-to-hand combat make them dangerous and unpredictable enemies. True Demons also wear armor that is commonly resistant to traditionally infernal types of damage, such as fire, and employ mystical shields to safeguard them against more temporal forms of damage.