Friday, April 19, 2013

Q is for Quareen

Qareen, or qarīn, are another demon from Islamic literature.  They are kind of an interesting idea.  I think they have some origins of the idea of a personal daemon like the Greeks talked about, but I have no data to support this.

In a game I would treat them much like another demon I created a while back called the Never Was. Though I would give them a much darker edge.


These creatures are lesser Jinn also known as Personal Demons.  Occult scholars suspect that everyone has at least one, maybe even several.  Unlike other demons, the Qareen rarely if ever manifest in our world as physical beings.  They influence their host by goading them on to do evil. The Qareen are also unique in that they work with nearly any demon.  If a succubus has targeted a particular mortal in order to steal his soul, his Qareen will aid the succubus in the temptation by suggestion.  The succubus gains the soul on the death of the victim.  It is unknown what the qareen get. They seem motivated by evil for evil’s sake.
If the qareen is made manifest (some rare magical books detail how this can be done) they have the same stats as the person they belong too.  Killing the qareen doesn’t affect the person, save for making them feel “good” and want to do good. Sooner or later another qareen will take over.
A carefully worded remove curse spell can remove a qareen, but they usually return when the character is faced with temptation again.

Game Stats:
The Quareen uses the same stats as whatever person it is attached to. They can't normally attack and do not physically manifest.  Though the days when a Qareen is most active the character must make a Wisdom-based save (or Will or Magic with Wisdom mods) to avoid giving into temptation.


Lucy said...

I am not very good with games and I can tell you these little devils would irritate me to no end. Lucy from Lucy's Reality

Trey said...

This has been an interesting series of posts.

Jeremy [Retro] said...

have been enjoying the steps you have made to make a great set of a to z choices... makes me want to drag out the games i have.

Maggie Winter said...

Excellent 'Q' thanks,
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Gwen Gardner said...

Quareen sound dastardly! How I the world do you contain them?

Samantha Jones said...

Oh, crap! They suspect everyone has at least one???? Why didn't someone tell me this earlier? Have you heard of the Greek's Eurynomos, demons from the Underworld - sounds like they'd be Qareen's bff - very cool posts, I'll be back:)

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Tim .. games aren't my 'thing' .. yet I love the word Qareen, or Quareen ..

Cheers Hilary

Hawa K said...

Some things here are alright.

The rest is completely wrong.

I'm a Muslim, and in my religion, the Qareens do try to tempt you into commit sin, but there are Quranic verses that not only keeps their whisperings at bay but also keeps other malevolent jinns away from them and the person they're with.

If you resist the temptations they can ultimately start to encourage you to do good.

On the Day of Judgment, it is believed that the Qareen and wrongdoer person will bicker. The human's soul will say that the Qareen made them commit whatever sins, and the Qareen will say that they only suggested it, but didn't force to person to do it.

Then God will tell them not to argue before Him. He will say that he warned of evil companions, and that the Qur'an and prophets were sent down to inform you, but you heeded them not.

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