- "Succubus" redirects here. For the warlock pet, see Succubus (warlock minion).
The sayaad (or sayaadi) are a species of demons, who look similar to the nathrezim. Only the females of the species are commonly seen, and are known as succubi. The males are named incubi.
Succubus (plural succubi) demons revel in causing anguish, and serve the Burning Legion by conducting nightmarish interrogations. Creatures of incredible mental powers, they can lull those of weak minds into their servitude. Succubi know much about love and slake their lust with coupling. They are described as devourers of souls, destroyers of hearts, dominators of minds, and tempters of men.
The cruel sayaadi temptresses exemplify the subtler side of the Legion's nihilistic crusade. They revel in causing anguish and pain, and their murderous interrogations are the stuff of nightmares. Succubi have a tendency to keep detailed logs of their day-to-day activities. Their accounts are often lurid, almost always grotesque, and were typically written onto "paper" made from the skin of an enemy or a captive.
An unidentified species of demon believed to be an incubus.
Incubi have never been observed before by mortals, but they were stated to be amongst the Burning Legion's forces by a demon that Aegwynn and Khadgar once encountered. There are many rumors about them, all of which are perpetrated by the succubi themselves. One such rumor is that incubi are kept as slaves on their home planet, having been rendered incapable of escape or independent movement. Another is that the spell to summon incubi has been conveniently forgotten by mortal practitioners and Burning Legion agents. The last one is that succubi consumed the incubi when they were brought into the Burning Legion. Alternatively, the act of devouring the males is what caught the attention of the Burning Legion.
Mistress Nesala, a Succubus Warlock.
Warcraft III creeps
This section concerns content exclusive to Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos or its expansion The Frozen Throne.
Succubi appeared as creeps in missions and maps with the Outland tileset.
As a companion pet
- Main article: Sultry Grimoire
[Sultry Grimoire] drops from Mother Shahraz in Black Temple.
In the RPG
This section concerns content exclusive to the Warcraft RPG and is considered non-canon.
A succubus is a stunningly beautiful woman. Her voluptuous form is squeezed into a tight leather bodice. Large bat wings unfurl from her back, and she lets out a short gasp as she cracks a small whip against her milky thigh. A succubus is pleasure and pain rolled into one deadly package. Like all demons, she enjoys bringing death and misery to the mortal races — but that doesn't mean she can't have fun with them first. Many warlocks choose a succubus as a fellow companion for their ability to manipulate those weak of will. It is not uncommon for a succubus in a mortal's servitude to fall uncontrollably in love with him or her; this occurrence is not always to the master's advantage, though, for a devoted succubus can be prone to fits of extreme jealousy, especially when her master deals with those of the opposite sex. A succubus usually tries to avoid direct confrontation, preferring instead to use her natural (and supernatural) charm to gain a creature's trust, then to lure her victim into a defenseless position. In open combat, a succubus is far from helpless, however. She is surprisingly agile, always attempting to feint or flank an opponent, thus allowing her to backstab with her lash of pain. Most warlocks tend to trust their succubus's natural instincts in combat. This trust comes as much from respect for her abilities as it does from the realization that a succubus may ignore an order she doesn’t agree with anyway. This is especially true when an opponent threatens her master directly, as she may become reckless trying to save him.
As members of the Burning Legion, succubi speak Eredun, and most also speak Common. Common is a language known by most races who would summon these beings, those who summon them likely know Eredun as well.
Notes and trivia
- In the Ultimate Visual Guide, the sayaad entry is written as "sayaad (succubus)", paring the two names like nathrezim (dreadlord) and shivarra (shivan). This could imply that the sayaad is the demon term, while the succubus is the Common language term.
- Sayaad means "Hunter" or "Trapper" in Arabic.
- One succubus whip was formed of the plaited flesh of several different creatures, some of them likely humanoid.
- Without being born of the sayaadi species, some people were known to have been transformed into succubi, like Sensiria.
- One of the demons Sargeras fought before his corruption resembled a masculine sayaad and is believed to be an incubus.
- When incubi were requested as a warlock pet, Zarhym responded that Blizzard had plans for offering players a choice between male and female versions of all warlock demons, and that they are commited to making this happen, but that they don't have a time frame for when it might be implemented.
A Blood Elf warlock and her succubus.
Selora, a succubus in the TCG.
Rakaiah having fun torturing a human.
Angrida, another succubus in the TCG.
Sarlia, another succubus in the TCG.
Sister of Seduction in the TCG.
Concept art of a "Demoness" that looks similar to the Warcraft III Succubus.
A succubus as seen in Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne.
Succubus, prior to patch 1.4.0.
Succubus in World of Warcraft.
- Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): The succubus model received another update.
- Patch 1.4.0 (2005-05-05): The succubus model has been updated.