|Demon of Greed|
|Romaji||Gouyoku no Akuma|
The Demon of Greed was one of the demons residing in the vessels of sin. Taking a spoon as his vessel, the demon caused numerous incidents over the centuries. After the spoon was acquired by Dark Star Bureau Director Gallerian Marlon, the Demon forged a contract with the judge and aided him in amassing wealth through his corrupt court tactics.
Since time immemorial, the gods and their kin enjoyed paradise in their world. When their world suddenly collapsed, they boarded the ark Sin and traversed the black sea until finding a new place. There, they created the Second Period and prospered in the new paradise for a thousand years. When the Second Period faced destruction, the gods dubbed the cause "Malice". As HERs contaminated the world, four of the gods and 68 of the kin boarded Sin and successfully escaped the world's destruction.
They then sailed to another new place. With the sun god heading the creation of the Third Period, other gods and kin were tasked with helping create the individual aspects of the third paradise. During the process, 62 of their kin died and the god Held had them reincarnate as forest spirits on the ground world. The surviving four gods and six kin then completed their creation by BT 528.
When the sun god shared his plans to leave their new paradise in the hands of the humans they created, the six kin opposed the decision along with the twin gods Levia and Behemo. At some point, the six kin swore their allegiance to the twin gods. After the sun god transformed the twins into a twin-headed dragon and tasked "Levia-Behemo" as the "temporary gods" for the humans of the new world, the six kin joined the wrathful twin gods in breaking the sun god's rules and attempting to destroy the Third Period. The sun god then sealed Levia-Behemo and the kin in Sin and buried the ark in the world's north.
Mantle of GreedEdit
Sometime after, the kin escaped Sin and reincarnated as demons. When Hänsel and Gretel split Eve Moonlit's Original Sin into seven fragments in EC 014, the demons slipped in while they created the vessels of sin, one becoming the "Demon of Greed". Afterwards, the demons and their vessels of sin were scattered across the world. Armed with the knowledge of the sun god's rules for demons, the Demon of Greed eventually inhabited a blue spoon as his vessel.
Story of EvilEdit
After Queen Prim Marlon gave the spoon to Mikina Freezis in EC 492, the Demon of Greed invoked his power to attract wealth to the merchant's wife, bringing her and her husband massive success with their shop in Aceid, Elphegort. Two years later, the Demon of Greed heard Mikina's thoughts of wanting her son Shaw and incinerated her father, his henchman, and their nanny before they could steal Shaw, forging a contract with the aristocrat.
In EC 505, Abyss I.R. possessed Mikina and used the demon's power from the spoon to fight off the guards at Lioness Castle in Marlon. Several weeks later, Abyss I.R. used the demon's power to battle Germaine Avadonia. After Mikina's consciousness resurged in Lucifenia, Abyss used the Demon of Greed's connection to Mikina to regain control of her body. The mage then used the spoon's flames to trap Yukina Freezis before being interrupted by Rin. After Abyss was defeated, Elluka Clockworker and Gumillia collected the spoon from Mikina and subsequently sealed it. At some point, the demon became absent from the spoon.
Defying the EndEdit
After the Third Period's destruction and subsequent merging with the Hellish Yard in EC 998, the demons were approached by the sun god, tasking each of them with helping Michaela have Allen Avadonia meet one of their previous contractors, the Demon of Greed's being Gallerian Marlon. After the demons agreed to cooperate, the Demon of Greed waited in its vessel for its turn.
The demon later manifested and traveled to Enbizaka, Jakoku. Observing Allen's attempt to climb up the steep city slope to meet Kayo Sudou, the demon noticed that space-time distortions were preventing him from reaching the top and flew down to him. Noting he seemed to be having trouble, the owl demon landed on the ground and asked the boy if he wanted him to lend him his power. He then added he would expect appropriate compensation for the task.
After the boy said he would though possessing no currency and pointing out the pointlessness of it with the world destroyed, the Demon of Greed acquiesced, reminding him that he would be stuck there forever without his help. Once Allen told him to break him out of there, the demon enthusiastically replied to leave everything to him. The demon then invoked its power in a flash to cast a shadow leading out of the spatial loop. Encouraging Allen to press forward, the Demon instructed him to follow the shadow before it disappeared and the boy abided, leaving.
Personality and TraitsEdit
- "Honestly, as usual, the guy's as greedy as his namesake."
- ―The Master of the Hellish Yard regarding the demon[src]
At the time of taking his role as one of the demons for the vessels of sin, the Demon of Greed existed as a blank slate, having no aspirations or goals save for sating his own boredom, the same as his fellow demons. Holding a businesslike demeanor, the Demon of Greed was unwilling to do anything unless given appropriate compensation, save for special cases.
While appearing to value material wealth above all, this behavior also manifested in his method of forging contracts with humans, possessing them in exchange for fulfilling their heartfelt desire even if lacking their knowledge or consent beforehand. As a result, the demon was more than willing to take advantage of any profitable opportunity given to him. Despite his deceptive and greedy nature, the Demon ordinarily appeared truthful.
Skills and AbilitiesEdit
As a Demon of Sin, the Demon of Greed was able to possess those who wielded his vessel. While possessing a host, the Demon of Greed was able to influence their personality and actions, fueling their greed and avarice. If a contract was forged between an individual and the Demon, the Demon's host would have access to powers provided by the Demon.
Among the Demon's powers were attracting wealth and conjuring fire. Those who wielded the Demon's vessel were blessed with success in business, allowing them to amass a great amount of wealth. Similarly, the Demon's fire powers could also be utilized by the wielder, causing them to be able to conjure scorching blue flames and manipulate them at will. The Demon was also, while in the Third Period merged with the Hellish Yard, capable of emitting light that allowed the target to move through the spatial distortions caused by the merge, although the effect was temporary.
Although inhabiting the body of his host while possessing them, the Demon of Greed's true essence remained in the Marlon Spoon. Because of this, the Demon's powers could be inhibited by a sealing spell; similarly, the demon was forced to abide by the "rules" put in place by Sickle until the end of the Third Period.
Allen Avadonia: One of the demon's temporary charges. While ordinarily not willing to help unless given a compensation, the Demon was persuaded by the former chamberlain to help him reach Kayo Sudou, although expressing no interest in helping him find Gallerian or even observing his progress.
Mikina Freezis: One of the demon's hosts. The Demon of Greed saw Mikina's desperate need to reclaim her child as an opportunity to forge a contract without her knowledge, giving her the power of the spoon in exchange for possessing her.
Conceptualization and OriginEdit
- The demon's representative sin is derived from Greed of the Seven Deadly Sins.
- The Demon of Greed manifests itself as an owl; fittingly, the Ancient Greeks used images of owls on their coins and associated owls with wealth.
- Owls are also the mounts of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth in Hindu mythology.
- The Daughter of Evil: Praefacio of Blue (first mentioned)
- Epic of Evil: The Daughter of Evil Fanbook (mentioned only)
- Seven Crimes and Punishments (story)
- Seven Crimes and Punishments! (non-canon appearance)
- Seven Crimes and Punishments (album) (first appearance)