- Main article: Demon
The daemon (pronounced the same as "demon") was the original infernal creature of the Warcraft series — the chaotic evil denizens of the Lower Planes. Daemons were summonable by the warlock unit of Warcraft: Orcs & Humans and later appeared as the minions of Gul'dan in a mission of Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness. The daemon design was scrapped for Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos.
Daemons of the First War
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- Main article: Daemon (Warcraft I)
- Denizens of the underworld, these creatures are the most powerful entities to ever exist in the lands of Azeroth. Their aptitude in the arts of deception and combat are only equaled by their sadistic nature, and the puissance they possess in the black arts of magic. They command the searing fires of Hell as if it were their plaything. They are the true lords of chaos, wreaking havoc at every step and destroying what they wish. There is rumored to be a gateway that appears every thirteenth full moon that bridges the gap between Azeroth and the underworld, and it is during these brief moments that the daemons can come to this place. Legend also states that some have the power to summon these creatures and control them, but if this is so, none are alive to tell the tale of how it is accomplished.
- These hellspawn are evil incarnate. The ability to summon these dark minions of the underworld has long been lost, though the Warlocks seek to find those secrets once again. Breathing flame and wielding a blade forged in the fires of Hades, destruction and death are their greatest desire. These daemons possess cruelty beyond the imagining of even the sickest mind, and delight in the execution of their plans. If there is a way to send these monsters back into the pits that spawned them without the loss of many lives, it too is a secret locked away in time.
Daemons of the Second War
- Main article: Daemon (Warcraft II)
- Daemons are the ancient and corrupt denizens of the lower planes. These winged creatures of fire are legendary for their fondness of destruction and brutal cruelty. Daemons harbor a lustful hatred for all mortals and hunger for any chance to bring pain and death upon them. It is rumored that Gul'dan has entered into a pact with a sect of Daemons loyal to the Daemonlord Sargeras who are willing to aid the Warlock in finding their master's Tomb.
Daemons in The Burning Crusade
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- "Dae'mon" (with an apostrophe) means "twisted soul" or "demon" in Orcish and was used by Ner'zhul to describe warlock pets and orcs who drank Mannoroth's blood. "Daemon" (without the apostrophe) is a term used by both the Horde and Alliance in varying sources such as Warcraft I, Warcraft II and World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade. It is a variant spelling of "demon" and means the same thing.
- In the Warcraft II manual Kil'jaeden was called a "daemon" and Sargeras was called "Daemonlord Sargeras". Medivh was said to have consorted with daemons and Gul'dan learned from Kil'jaeden about countless daemon races.
- In Greek mythology and religion, dæmon was a word used to describe benevolent or benign nature spirits and minor deities.
Daemons are ered'ruin?
The model used for the Summoned Daemon is that of a doomguard, which fits with speculation that the daemons of the first two Warcraft games are, in fact, ered'ruin. If this is the case, it may be possible that "daemon" is a name for this particular type of ered'ruin, in contrast to the other possible ered'ruin sub-type known as fiend. It is still possible that daemons may be a third race within the ered'ruin. The Warcraft I appearance for Daemon closely resembles Doomguards, and they both use flaming swords. The Warcraft II appearance for Daemon's shares much less similarities due to its more lithe, and humanoid appearance, having more similarities with Kil'jaeden's appearance in the Sunwell.
- Although, it is also possible and more likely that Blizzard may have just chosen to use an in-game model that looked the most similar to daemons from the early Warcraft games and never intended for them to be directly connected to the ered'ruin. Either way, we may never know. However the presence of the Doom spell in Warcraft 3, which functions very similarly to Summon Daemon, suggests further that daemons were retconned as doomguards.
- ^ Warcraft: Orcs & Humans manual, Monster Descriptions, Daemon
- ^ Warcraft: Orcs & Humans manual, Creatures of the Land, Daemon
- ^ a b Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness manual, Creatures of the Land, Daemons
- ^ Golden, Christie. Rise of the Horde, 311. ISBN 978-0-7434-7138-1.
- ^ Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness manual, The History of Orcish Ascension, The Mastery of Forces - Medivh and Blackhand