"Vepar. – The Forty-second Spirit is Vepar, or Vephar. He is a Duke Great and Strong and appeareth like a Mermaid. His office is to govern the Waters, and to guide Ships laden with Arms, Armour, and Ammunition, etc., thereon. And at the request of the Exorcist he can cause the seas to be right stormy and to appear full of ships. Also he maketh men to die in Three Days by Putrefying Wounds or Sores, and causing Worms to breed in them. He governeth 29 Legions of Spirits, and his Seal is this, etc. "
-The Lesser Key of Solomon
So in short, Duke Vepar is very bad, and you don’t want to summon him unless you want putrefying sores the moment he thinks he can get away with it.
I wasn’t satisfied with my previous picture of this dude ( www.flickr.com/photos/74529773@N07/7088118155/ ), so I did another one. Vepar is kind of interesting – explicitly referred to as male, but described as appearing as "a mermaid" (this figure is not based on Collin de Plancy’s art). Not only does it raise a few interesting questions (though we’ll see a female demon with a male body soon enough), it inspires my imagination in another way.
When the Starbucks people were looking for a logo, they wanted to find a picture that would give them an air of antiquity, so they leafed through lots of old books of medieval art, eventually settling on a woodcut of a twin-tailed siren before even realizing what it was. Wouldn’t it have been a little funnier if they found this guy?
"Wow, that’s a pretty mermaid!"
"Yeah, uh, he’s… a demon. Who sinks ships. And causes plagues."
"That sounds appropriate."
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