Cacodemon

cacodemon-0I’m sure you won’t mind me taking you back to the shores of Hell for another encounter with the loathsome Doom troupethis time, the Cacodemon. With their crown of horns, piercing green eye and mouth a perma-sadistic grin, these were indeed quite the unwelcome beast on first encounter, and every other that followed. I gave him fur, though I’m not sure he’s supposed to be furry. Oh well.

As you can probably gauge by the drawing, this beast does not amble around but instead floats, making evasion all the more difficult while also posing particular irritation if fending off others on ground level. They do not need to get close to mount an attack, either; they can take a chunk out of you with those huge gnashers, but they more often stay at long distance and belch balls of lightning in your direction. I shouldn’t imagine that’ll do you much good.

They’re by no means a ‘boss’ and as such aren’t terribly hard to best with relatively decent weapons, but that certainly doesn’t mean they should go underestimated, especially if facing a pack of them as often happens later in the game.

Caceys

You’re gonna need a bigger weapon.

In researching the development of the character, I found that the Cacodemon was basically lifted from the cover of the 1987 Dungeons & Dragons book, Manual of the Planes. Interesting to see…

AD&D_Manual_of_the_Planes

…goodness, it is the Cacodemon! Every day’s a school day. You may also be questioning the etymology of the name (though I doubt you’re much bothered). To be Susie Dent momentarily: The English word ‘cacodemon’ derives from the Greek ‘kakodaimon’, meaning ‘malevolent spirit’, which indeed is very suitable of such a monster. I’d long thought it a play on the general exclamation of the player whenever they appeared – that being, “oh, cack!” – but evidently I was wrong.

No doubt we’ll be making another plunge to the depths and meeting more hideous hellspawn soon.

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23 comments
  1. Geke Hop-Wassink said:

    I think you are better in other drawings, like the animals, singers and the other drawings like Countdown. I don’t want to offend you in any way, but I never expected anything like this, sorry Jacob ❤

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    • Jacob said:

      That’s perfectly okay, Geke – sorry you aren’t enjoying the Doom series. There’s only one more left in the series after this. I can understand why it wouldn’t appeal to some, but I find them fascinating creations, they have strong nostalgic value and I enjoy drawing them.

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      • Geke Hop-Wassink said:

        It’s okay it’s your blog, I just wanted to be honest but not offend you, and I always respond on a drawing, I decided to be honest to you. I know a lot of people like these caracters, but I never did, but don’t let me spoil the fun ❤

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      • Jacob said:

        I appreciate your honest comment. And don’t worry – I won’t let you nor anyone else spoil my fun 😉 but I do try and keep things as varied as possible in terms of subject, to keep me motivated and keep the place fresh for viewers (old and new).

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      • Geke Hop-Wassink said:

        Thank you for your honest comment, and don’t let anyone spoil your fun, specially me 😉 Just keep on drawing ❤

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      • Geke Hop-Wassink said:

        😉

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  2. Aiskhan said:

    I remember trying to fight these when I used to play Doom. Great job!

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks so much, Ayesha! I’m glad to have another Doom player here! 😉

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      • Aiskhan said:

        You’re welcome! I haven’t played Doom since I was 15 but I certainly used to enjoy it

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  3. Bill Fufkin said:

    Nice drawing, Jacob. Do only as you are inclined…it’s absolutely the only way to go. B

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    • Jacob said:

      Yes – wise words, Bill, as indeed I’ve come to expect. Thank you.

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    • Jacob said:

      Not sure if you’re referring to me or the Cacodemon… 😉 though in either case, the answer is the same: yes, that’s exactly what I was going for. Thanks so much, Teresa!

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      • Hahaha! You’re fabulous and Cacodemon is creepy? 😉

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      • Jacob said:

        Yes, I’ll definitely take that! 😉

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    • Jacob said:

      Just as I love your kind and encouraging comments, Sharon! Thank you ever so much!

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  4. Oh Jacob, I’ll happily go back to the shores of hell with you! These are fun! I wasn’t familiar with this guy, but he looks ridiculously awesome. And I have to admit a certain jealousy to his ability to belch balls of fire. I can only imagine this coming in handy during meetings. Love that you mix things up with these! 😉👍🏻

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    • Jacob said:

      Hahaha, oh dear – yes, having done several design pitches and sat in meetings back in the day, I’m definitely with you there; that’d put the raised hands back down in a hurry wouldn’t it – no more questions! Cheers, Charlie! I’m glad people appreciate the variety. I can only go on about Countdown for so long, you see 😉

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  5. Lee Hesketh said:

    Scary as hell, Jay! Nice!

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    • Jacob said:

      Many thanks, Lee! Glad you like the creepy Cacodemon.

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      • Lee Hesketh said:

        Like? I’m scared!!! But I do like your drawing yes 😛

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