Vassago

Vassago

Vassago, in demonology, is a mighty Prince of Hell (see Hierarchy of demons), ruling over twenty-six legions of demons. He can be persuaded to tell the magician of events past and future, can discover hidden and lost things, and has a "good" nature.

Vassago in literature

Vassago plays a significant role in the novel The Day After Judgement by James Blish, where an ambiguous relationship to the majority of the Infernal forces is implied. A psychotic serial killer character takes on the name Vassago in the novel Hideaway by Dean Koontz.

Vassago in ancient literature

The Third Spirit is a Mighty Prince, being of the same nature as Agares. He is called Vassago. This Spirit is of a Good Nature, and his office is to declare things Past and to Come, and to discover all things Hid or Lost. And he governeth 26 Legions of Spirits, and this is his Seal.
Joseph H. Peterson - The Lesser Key of Solomon

Vassago has sometimes been called a Prince of Prophecy.

Depiction

There are some ancient descriptions of the demon and its appearance. Below are a few quotes from various magicians who have called on this demon spirit. Fact or fiction, they are interesting...

One early description of Vassago was that he appeared "as an aged man riding a crocodile and carrying on his right wrist a Goshawk. His eyes are hollow and see into other dimensions, but he is blind in this dimension."
James Donahue - Vassago: An Impish Spirit
Still another description is that Vassago appears as "a blood-red dragon, extending one slithe (30 feet) long." The creature was observed by this summoner as having large, red wings. It walked on four legs, had green eyes and white fangs.
James Donahue - Vassago: An Impish Spirit

Vassago enjoys changing form and has been know to play games with magicians that call on him. Once seen as a dark and menacing entity, in recent years he is now being thought of as being, playful, and mostly harmless.

Related books

  • Keys to the Gateway of Magic: Summoning the Solomonic Archangels and Demon Princes, Stephen Skinner, David Rankine
  • Summoning Spirits: The Art of Magical Evocation by Konstantinos
  • Ars Notoria: The Magical Art of Solomon by Dracy Kuntz
  • Book of Black Magic & Ceremonial Magic by Arthur Edward Waite
  • The Magick of Solomon, VHS by Carroll "Poke" Runyon
  • The Book of Solomon's Magick by Carroll "Poke" Runyon
  • The Greater Key of Solomon

There are dozens of books on the subject of magick and the Keys of Solomon. This is a short list of some of the more informative books relating to the subject.

In popular culture

  • In Castlevania, Vassago appears in Lament of Innocence as a minor enemy. It resembles a floating, ghost-like creature armed with axes.
  • A monster named Vassago appears in Tales of Destiny 2 as the second boss.
  • In the novel Hideaway written by Dean Koontz, the primary antagonist who is a serial killer returned from Hell uses the name Vassago rather than his real name.
  • In the Chaos Comics!, in old Lady Death Continuity (prior Avatar) the loyal steed of Lady Death in Hell, was a demonic unicorn called Vassago, used for the Diva of Death in her hellwars.
  • In the fantasy-terror movie Hideaway (U.S.A., 1995, dir. Brett Leonard, starring Jeff Goldblum, Christine Lahti, Alice Silverstone, Alfred Molina),the villain, the psycho-possessed artist was called Vassago, for the demon that lived within him.
  • In the MMORPG Final Fantasy 11, there is a Dark Knight exclusive weapon know as Vassago's Scythe
  • In the early 1990s, Vassago was a popular IRC personality and author of the IRC script "PhOeNiX.irc"
  • In the Yu-Gi-Oh Trading Card Game, there is a Monster Card based on Vassago, named "Versago the Destroyer".

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