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Demonic Language, Demonic Culture
Demonic is the spoken and written language of the high demons. Because of differences in our vocal tracts, humans are incapable of properly pronouncing most demonic sounds, especially vowels. This inability is seen by demons as yet one more reason that other intelligent species are inferior. Demonic is a harsh language with mostly hard consonants.
The following table provides the international standard spelling of relevant demonic sounds:
|Vowels||Closest English Pronunciation|
|Å å||A as in hat, but very raspy|
|Ã ã||A as in ate, but rolled like a German “r”|
|Ê ê||E as in bet, but with a faint hissing sound|
|Õ õ||O as in boat, but very breathy|
|Ů ů||U as in but, but very short and low pitch|
|Consonant||Closest English Pronunciation|
|H h||H as in Harry, but made by breathing in|
|Ķ ķ||K as in Kate, but combined with a teeth-clacking sound|
|Ṕ ṕ||P as in Peter, but made by breathing in (similar to a kissing sound)|
|Ṣ ṣ||S as in Sue, but low pitch and made by breathing in|
|Ṭ ṭ||T as in Tom, but combined with a teeth-snapping clacking sound|
|Ж ж||a cork-popping sound that does not have an English analog|
Since correctly speaking accent-free demonic is anatomically impossible, the easiest way to read demonic is to simply ignore the specialized symbols (except for the cork-popping Ж) and merely pronounce them according to the corresponding English sound.
Demons society is based on the military conquest and subjugation of what they consider to be inherently inferior alien creatures. They have conquered roughly a dozen planets and Earth is now in their cross-hairs. Due to their great strength and ability to instantly heal from almost any wound, they are relatively fearless. They feel contempt for any creatures they can capture or kill, believing them to be worthy of nothing more than food or gladiatorial entertainment. They believe they cannot be defeated and are destined to dominate the galaxy.
In addition to the different types of high and low demons, Hell is populated by the slaves of conquered planets. Many are destined as food for their masters. Some work as slaves in the fields to grow food for the others. Some fight as gladiators for the amusement of their masters. Although the main invasion is only now occurring, demon slavers have long taken humans back to Hell, and there are currently tens of thousands of people currently living short and wretched lives in captivity in Hell. A major source of conflict comes near the end of the book when we blow up the demons’ portal system to save Earth, thereby dooming these human slaves to stay in Hell with only the hope that the demon plague enables the slaves to overthrow their masters and try to make a new life on the demon homeworld.
Based on the torture of the occasional captured devil or imp, member of The Order have gradually learned Demonic, the spoken and written language of Hell. No human can properly speak Demonic as demon and human physiology is too different, but some demon fighters have learned enough to be understood. Devils have no problem “speaking” accent-free English because of their devil stones at the base of their brains.
Hell is ruled by an all-powerful dictator referred to as the Supreme Leader, Empress of a Hundred Worlds.