Eligos

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Eligos, menacing characters from Ash vs. Evil Dead...

Eligos (AKA Abigor, Eligor, "Duke Eligos", "Great Duke of Hell", "Demon of the Mind", "Discoverer of Hidden Things", "Keeper of Secrets")

Origin: (Eligos appears in the "Ars Goetia" of the Lesser Keys of Solomon and other real-world occult books as a "Duke of Hell", and is featured in Evil Dead (1981 franchise) as a "weak" Kandarian Demon of the mind)


In the Mythos

In the real-life occult book Lesser Keys of Solomon, Eligos (also Abigor or Eligor) is a Great Duke of Hell, ruling 60 legions of demons. He discovers hidden things and knows the future of wars and how soldiers should meet. He also attracts the favor of lords, knights and other important persons.

In The Evil Dead (1981 franchise) Eligos is a "Demon of the Mind" summoned from the Necronomicon, first appearing in the "Books from Beyond" episode of Ash vs Evil Dead, where it is described by a character after skimming the the Necronomicon as the "weakest" of the demonic entities; it nevertheless displays impressive amounts power, breaking loose from a protective summoning circle, rendering characters helpless, and even possessing one of them undetected for a period of time.

Eligos is depicted in more classical illustrations in the form of either a ghostly spectre, or a charismatic masked knight carrying a lance, a banner, and a sceptre, and riding upon a strange steed said to have been fashioned from the corpse of the first unicorn which dwelt in the Garden of Eden. The sceptre or badge of Eligos is described by Cotton Mather and Aleister Crowley as a serpent.


Cult

Eligos/Abigor seems to have maintained no active cult among humans, and instead appears to have been listed among the demons that might be summoned and forced to serve solitary wizards. Eligos is, however, said to have "60 Legions" of warrior (Kandarian?) "demons" as followers who serve him in "hell" (whether this is the literal, scriptural Hell, or a dimension, plane, or world that might be described that way is unknown); these followers are, presumably, organized in a chain-of-command as in some sort of mercenary military order.


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