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I am evil? I create calamities? Foolish, as if humans think they're in the right while I am in the wrong. It all doesn't make sense and never will. Your kind started adversity, my only role remains in listening and fulfilling their desires. Don't call me evil when I am nothing but auxiliary to your endless calamities.
~ Andras

Andras is the sixty-third demon spirit that was summoned by King Solomon that was added in the Ars Goetia.

Appearance

He is depicted as a humanoid with an angel's wings and an owl's head, riding a strong black wolf and holding a gleaming bright sharp sword.

Only a strong enough summoner is able to call Andras, who manifests as a near-naked elf with an owl's head riding a giant wolf and carrying a greatsword.

Personality

Among the spirits of the Ars Goetia, Andras is one of the most violent and dangerous to summon. The conjurer and any attendants he may have must stay within a magic circle at all times no matter how much Andras tempts them to leave it, or he will surely kill them.

If so asked, Andras will gladly kill any person the conjurer desires, and in certain demonology it is suggested that Flauros is his servant. Despite his sheer ferocity in combat and volatile nature, Andras is surprisingly honorable as he offered his loyalty towards Vergil after his defeat at the hands of the son of Sparda. He can also express respect and admiration towards other mighty warriors that prove their worth and skill.

History

Background

Andras was once an angel residing in Heaven although much of his activities in Heaven was unknown. What is known is that he joined Lucifer's rebellion and warred against the Heavenly Host and the Almighty only to be cast out like the rest of his fellow fallen cohorts. Andras recalls, like most other fallen angels, that his fall and awakening were highly unpleasant and took part in the construction of the newly established Hell.

Slowly but surely, Andras began to build up his reputation and power in the newly-formed hierarchy of Ars Goetia. He was appointed as a Great Marquis of Hell with thirty legions of demons under his command whose only directive is to hunt and kill men. Andras served for centuries as first a paladin and then a blackguard.

His skills with the sword and ferocity in combat were quite known among the legions of Hell. At some point in time, Andras revealed that he even sparred against the Legendary Dark Knight himself but each time he would be defeated much to his chagrin but this sparked a sort of friendly rivalry between him and Sparda. In fact, Andras further revealed that his code as a warrior was in thanks to Sparda's teachings.

Modern History

In the modern days of humanity, Andras was possessing a girl in East Africa in the year 1890. A priest named Ota Benga was called in to perform an exorcism, but he decided that the demon should not return to Hell , ither. Instead he imprisoned the creature in his own body.

Andras remained a demon within the body of Benga for over a century, until he was visited by B.P.R.D. agent Ashley Strode. Strode was contacted by Sybacco, one of Andras' servants who wanted to release his master in order to stabilize the hierarchy of Hell. The demon revealed that he held the soul of a young boy hostage, and threatened to drag the child's soul to the Inferno if his demands were not met.

At first seeing that there were no other options, Benga and Strode instead made a plan on how to at least banish the Marquis as killing him would be almost impossible. Benga and Strode traveled to the Spiritual Plane, where they battled Andras with extreme difficulty, managing to drive him out Benga's old body by the skin of their teeth. Andras possessed a goat which was then killed by Strode forcing him back to Hell.

Power and Abilities

Andras was responsible for sowing discord and for this reason was allegedly summoned quite often by military leaders, to use his abilities to incite wars that last for decades, redefining peoples and continents.

Andras was also believed in being very skilled in using people's own anger against them, being able of infecting humans with uncontrollable dooming rage. He is able to control a person's anger or inflict rage upon any person the conjurer desires and tempt people to kill their servants or masters. He teaches people how to kill their enemies. It is also declared that Andras was the one who played on high with the storms, the warrior-god whose smile is the lighting, who, in order to give freshness to the meadows, hurls down the waters which crush the ripening wheat, and seems, to the agriculturist, a cruel magician.

He creates discord and kills those who are not careful and wary, including the master, servants, and all assistants of any household. In addition, due to the subtle nature of his work, Andras was supposedly extremely difficult to detect.

Myth and Legends

Original text from the Ars Goetia

“The sixty-third spirit is Andras. He is a great Marquis, appearing in the form of an angel with a head like a black night raven, riding upon a strong black wolf, and having a sharp and bright sword flourished aloft in his hand. His office is to sow discords. If the exorcist have not a care, he will slay both him and his fellows. He governeth 30 legions of spirits, and this is his seal, etc.”

From the Luciferian Goetia by Michael Ford

“Andras is a spirit and guide of the dead, and of Infernal Initiation. He teaches the assumption of bestial forms, of lycanthropy and astral transformation. He also sows discords and destroys enemies of the sorcerer. He is a spirit of death, and will slay many by natural means.”

From the Daemonolatry Goetia by S. Connolly

“To help conceal the truth from others. Invoke Andras to resolve ongoing situations between people (usually by bringing them to a confrontation). While confrontation may not be desired, it will prove a quick resolution. You may invoke Andras with any demon of strength or influence to give you an edge.”

From Pseudomonarchia Daemonum (Liber officiorum spirituum) by Johann Weyer

“(53) Andras is a great Marquis , and is seen in an angelic form, with the head of the blacke night raven, riding a strong black wolf, with a sharpe sword in his hand . He can kill the servant, and all assistants, he is author of discords . He rules 30 legions.

Trivia

  • Andras was also one of the Demons that was summoned and written about by Aleister Crowley in the 777 And Other Qabalistic Writings of Aleister Crowley.
  • Magicians traditionally had at least one assistant, usually more than one, to help them in their rituals. They stood inside a magic circle for protection, if the evoked Demon was able tempt or deceive the magician or his assistants to step out from the circle, the Demon could then injure the careless human beings.

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