My Favourite Monsters A-Z – Imp

October 11, 2012 at 10:59 pm (Casualties of War, fantasy, Magic University, writing) (, , , , , , , )

Imps are by far my favourite demonic monster and can be found in a variety of literature, usually bound to an evil wizard or in service to a greater demon. They are most often depicted as small winged and horned creatures with sharp little fangs and claws and a pointed tail. I was so drawn to the idea of these nasty little beasties that I had to include one in my fantasy series, Masters & Renegades.

Stiggle makes an appearance in both Magic University, the first book in the series, and Casualties of War, the second. He is often getting into some kind of mischief or another:

Reid stood to approach the stage, momentarily loosening his hold on Stiggle’s collar. Stiggle had already decided that the closest basin of flowers looked very much like lunch, and feeling the tension on his collar relax, made a break for it. He launched himself at the basin, coming to rest on the lip at its edge. Said basin was precariously perched on the top of a lopsided pillar, which had been recently repaired with somewhat sloppy and fragile results. The entire construct teetered and collapsed, dowsing the crowd with water, flowers, sawdust and ceramic shards – along with one soggy and bruised imp. Reid rushed over and scooped Stiggle from the pile of unhappy and damp ceremony attendees. Pulling a bag from his belt, Reid shook the water from the demonic creature and tossed its wriggling body inside. Ignoring its ear-piercing shrieks, he slung it over his shoulder and made for the stage, a determined look settling across his features. He stepped into his spot on the stage, purposefully avoiding the grim stares from Fortia and Burrell. Fortia shook her head and turned back to the scrolls. Burrell glanced into the crowd, waiting for the chaos to settle before continuing.

Above is one of my sketches of an imp.

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