Nice ideas and conversions, Uther and Nicodemus! Can’t help with counts-as, but will try to share some things that might help inspire conversions.
First some input from historical Mesopotamian mythology’s demons and modern reinterpretations based on them. Anything based upon them would likely work better with bat wings instead of feathered wings:
Pazuzu, king of the demons of the wind.
Mesopotamian terracotta relief circa 1700 BC, showing a god cutting a one-eyed female demon down the middle. Rays come from her head and her hands are tied behind her back. God and demon unidentified. Perhaps a cloven Daemon with fire for its head and a cyclopean eye?
Amulet with a figure of Lamashtu, a demonic divinity who preys on mothers and children.
Asag to the left, a demon so hideous his presence alone makes fish boil alive in the rivers, accompanied into battle by an army of rock demon offspring.
Humbaba, guardian of the cedar forest from the Epic of Gilgamesh. Here depicted with intestines for a head instead of a lion’s head.
Humbaba from Michael Bukowski’s blog.
Huwawa, by KingOvRats.[/align]
[align=center]Mazhkra the Leaden Trampled, from the Shackled Consorts of the Bull God.
One theme I’ve tried to carry across in my own writings, is that of the Shackled Court of Hashut, a Daemonic gaggle of broken spirits chained to the overbearing will of the Father of Darkness. While a minor Chaos deity, He who is Hashut consists of a boundless hunger for power and a ravenous desire to subjugate and dominate, possessing a virile cruelty and fiery temper of fickleness and unforgiving brutality that is to be truly feared.
What follows are glimpses of Daemons under Hashut, as well as non-Daemonic subjects that could nevertheless inspire Daemonic conversions: A molten gold Daemon idol
punishing a smith who cheated the Temple of its due. Treacherous Daemonic vassals
under the heavy yoke of the Father of Darkness. The First Soulfurnace
, brought about by a commandment to enslave and break the Daemons of other Dark Gods. A fiery bastard son of the Bull God
. Next, the first and allegedly only Chaos Dwarf to achieve Daemonood, yet heretically so not under Hashut! Hunted down and broken into the K’daai Oracle of Daemon’s Stump
after a massive bloody ritual. The Grim Fate of In’kari the Damned
, a tale all about a once mighty Daemon falling under the cloven hoof of the Father of Darkness. A sacrificer asking advice from an Oracle Fire
, cousin of K’daai. The Breaking of the Three Spellkeepers
, where Hashut defeats three independent Daemon Princes, breaks and reforges them into Daemons more akin to horned cages and fanged strongboxes than any kind of mortal creaturs (He then out of jealousy locks away magical Lores in them, but ultimately fails). And speaking of greed and treasure chests
Less related to Daemons of Hashut, but possibly of inspirational value: Beloss’ excellent the Acolytes Progress, and the Four Slanders of Hashut
, where the true worshipper of Hashut shows who is boss to apostates and cursed deviants. Fuggit Khan cutting to the core of Chaos Dwarfs, in the Will To Make Power Over Life
. Revlid’s On Daemon’s Stump
. Hashut in the guise of the Great Firebull
and the Great Thunderbull
respectively. Stonecarved idol
running amok, and a Stone Golem dissatisfied
with its mortal creator. Likewise with a Daemonforged Golem
. Metals arguing
and items of subjugation
arguing. And lastly connection to Minotaurs
and volcanic power
Just some themes: Shackled Daemon court, fire, lava, rock, madness, bovines, metal, tools, oppression, cruelty, greed and darkness. Themes which should ring true to the baleful Blacksmiths of Chaos.
And Grimstonefire’s WIP Liber Chaotica: Hashut
is always worth checking out!