After binge-watching Netflix’s latest success, Stranger Things, I found myself obsessed with the upside-down world and the monster, the Demogorgon. After some research, I discovered that the Demogorgon has a rich history and as such, should be our November creature.
WHAT IS IT
The Demogorgon is a creature of darkness living in a parallel world that can only be found through despair and anguish. Often called the prince of demons, the Demogorgon enforces his reign of terror with tentacle-like arms and a wide, gaping mouth filled with razor sharp teeth. In all of the Dungeons and Dragons depictions (see above), the Demogorgon has two heads (that twice the amount of mouths needed to eat you!), is 18 feet tall and your worst nightmare.
Contrary to popular belief, the Demogorgon wasn’t created by D&D designers Dave Arneson and Gary Gygax. One of the earliest recorded uses of Demogorgon is 1590 in Christopher Marlowe’s play Doctor Faustus. There’s debate on just when the Demogorgon was created but one of the most amusing theories is that it’s a mistranslation of the Greek word dēmiourgon, which means God.
From there, the concept of a deity that fosters darkness morphed and changed as time processed and eventually the Demogorgon in its current incarnation was created.
As mentioned before, the Demogorgon has most recently been seen in Stranger Things. With a second season coming next year, viewers can be sure that there will be more Demogorgon screen time in the coming months.
Besides the show, the Demogorgon is a reoccurring character in D&D games, with expansions adding features like hypnotic abilities, magic resistance and the kind of being that puts the empty milk jug back in the fridge.
Other than that, this prince of darkness has avoided the limelight.
Writers don’t want to copy Stranger Things and have the Demogorgon as their main monster, but it would be interesting to see the mythology of a prince of demons used as motivation for the antagonist.
Maybe the villain of the story worships the Demogorgon and is hunting for their next victim. Maybe a cult was wiped out an entire village and it’s the protagonist’s responsibility to stop them.
Or maybe all the D&D creatures are coming into existence and if the Demogorgon breaks the barrier, the world will be doomed.
Let us know how you’d use the Demogorgon in a story in the comments.