Vetus

Creatures


Constructed Beings

Golem
動く石像 ugoku sekizou

Moving statues. A basic magic where an inanimate object is magically powered and controlled by a mage. Haruna can summon simple golems using Imperium Graphices.

Shikigami
式神

The Onmyoujutsu equivalent of familiars, with two differing methods.

In the first method, papers (charms) or wooden blocks in the shape of humans or animals are animated and controlled like a living being. This is similar to a technique used by the Immortals of Chinese mythology.

In the second method, oni and kishin are used. Controlling shikigami in this fashion is the mark of a powerful mage or onmyoushi; this is because, regardless of the rank of their existence, oni and kishin are embodiments of malevolent power.

The onmyoujutsu tactics of zenki and goki are based on summoning oni in this fashion.


Youkai

妖怪

Phantoms. A general classification for various preternatural creatures, frequently part-human and part-animal. While this specific category seems to be limited to Japan, Zecht has been described in passing as a youkai – whether this has any significance is unknown.

Kuzoku
狗族

Dog race. A mutation of wolves and foxes. Essentially, the Eastern equivalent of werewolves (狼男 ookamiotoko).

Kotarou is a half-blood kuzoku who can take on an imperfect human form.

Uzoku
烏族 uzoku

Crow race. Human-like beings but with the heads and wings of crows.

Setsuna is a half-blood uzoku and a particularly special case, having been born white.

Yuurei
幽霊 yuurei

Ghosts. Lingering spirits of the deceased.

Sayo is specifically a jibakurei (地縛霊, restligeist) and along with her natural secretiveness – professional exorcists like Mana and Setsuna did not notice her despite being classmates – she is capable of possession and psychokinesis, like a poltergeist.

Oni

Ogres and demons. They are frequently malicious in nature, preying on humans figuratively or literally. However, they are not entirely good or evil, but simply another race of beings; it is possible that they are another group under the wide category of mazoku.

More powerful oni are known as kishin (鬼神, demon god) – like oni, they can be summoned like spirits for combat purposes. Many of Tsukuyomi’s and Amagasaki’s summons are oni or kishin.

One notable kishin is Ryoumen-Sukuna (両面宿儺), the two-faced, four-armed, sixty metres tall great oni who terrorised Hida 1600 years ago; a previous rampage was stopped by Nagi and Eishun eighteen years ago. Amagasaki Chigusa later summoned it by offering Konoka’s soul and spiritual force, but it is sealed once again after Evangeline destroyed its physical form.


Demon Race

魔族 mazoku

Monstrous creatures and humanoids, neither man nor god, but something else… is what this very vague category of beings seem to be. Most seem to originate from the Demon Realm (魔界 makai) and are summoned by magic to the other worlds. However, it has been stated that it is possible, albeit very rare, to travel between these worlds ‘normally’.

Zazie and her sister (?) Poyo are demons and could sprout horns and wings. Mana is a half-blood, hence her possession of a (normally inactive) demon eye; she also seems to possess wings once her demon form is released.

Daemon [δαίμων]
悪魔 akuma

An existence of exceedingly high spiritual rank and power, rivalling the Gods yet distinct from Them. Despite their label as malovolent spirits and enemies of the Gods (or God) they have the capacity to be both good nor evil, beneficial or harmful. They seem to be a member of the Demon Race, though the distinction is unclear.

The only known individual in this category is Hermann, a Greater Daemon (上位悪魔 joui akuma) of Court rank who can disguise himself in a human form and perform attacks on the scale of magic without any incantation, including a powerful petrification beam fired from his mouth.

Lesser Daemons (下位悪魔 kai akuma) function similarly to summoned spirits, filling various roles in combat. The daemon Fate summoned using paper charms, Rubicante, seems to be of this category.

Daemon Soldier
鬼神兵 kishinhei

Giant humanoid creatures used by the armies of the Magic World. Their exact nature is unknown, though their names would imply that they are summoned demons.


Dragon Species

竜種 ryuushu

The classic mythological serpents: wise (and cunning), powerful, and capable of flight and magic. ‘Dragon’ itself is a blanket term including Western and Eastern dragons as well as certain mythological serpents (eg. naga); as well, there are the various mixed-blood dragons native to the Magic World, such as the tiger-dragon Negi encountered, which could erect magic shields and attack using electricity. All dragons seem to share a similar weakpoint in their horns, becoming severely weakened for a moment when they are broken.

The overall strength of a dragon seems to be reflected in their nomenclature: older, stronger dragons are designated 龍 (ryuu) while the weaker, more numerous dragons are 竜 (ryuu).

Dracogryps
鷹竜 takaryuu

Griffin dragon, the wild beast that attacked Yue’s group during the Broom Rally. It is capable of a cutting wind attack called Kamaitachi Breath and a wind shield constantly surrounds its body.

Vrkso Nagasya
龍樹 ryuuju

Dragon’s wood, an ancient and sacred guardian beast of the Empire, wise beyond the reach of humanity. As a spiritually powerful existence close to that of a God, even if it is physically destroyed, it cannot be annihilated. Exactly why a creature of this calibre would serve as a guardian for Hellas is unknown.

One of the strongest creatures in existence, on the same rank as High Daylight Walkers. Apparently became friends with Rakan after they tied in some sort of match.

Wyvern

The giant, armless, fire-breathing dragon living beneath Mahora. A typical Western dragon.


Vampire

吸血鬼 kyuuketsuki

Your classic blood-suckers.

High Daylight Walker
真祖 shinso

True ancestors. One of the most powerful forms of existence. Humans who became vampires through secret esoterica now lost to time. As their name implies, they are not susceptible to the Sun as traditional vampires are.

By sucking blood, they can turn their victims into puppets, half-vampires with increased physical abilities.


God

かみ kami

A divine entity. Depending on the context, it can refer to the one true omnipotent God, a patheon of Gods, or natural forces.

The monotheist God would be kamisama (神様, “God”) whereas a polytheist God would be generally be simply kami (神, a “God” out of “Gods”). These are distinct from the Japanese spirits of kami.

The Creator of the Magic World has also been once referred to as kamisama (かみさま).

Kami

A vast blanket term for Japanese nature spirits, from ancient forces of nature to powerful anthropomorphisms and members of the Shinto pantheon to animistic spirits of trees and plants.


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