The writing prompt I found today was to create your monster and tell what it ate, where it lived, etc. So I’m going to use that to tell you about Marionettes. Marionettes are a class of supernatural beings that do not have corporeal bodies of their own – angels, demons and ghosts specifically.
All three species of Marionettes live in another dimension, another plane of existence. They have their own rules and their own way of living. Ghosts are as you all know living souls who haven’t moved on. They usually have some unfinished business and can get stuck in the real world indefinitely which leads to malevolent spirits. It are these spirits we hunt because they are usually killing humans or supernatural creatures.
Ghosts start out with one goal, some get stuck trying to finish that goal and then the longer they stay here the harder it is for them to move on. If they don’t possess a human body it’s fine and well and even the Venatori wouldn’t know anything about them. Most Venatori kill ghost hosts – it’s the best and easiest way to expunge them, in death they are released from the host and the host’s soul lifts or drags the ghost with it. At least that’s the theory – unless you are a ghost you really don’t know what happens after death – we just know they are gone. I however do not kill the host. I found an priest who believed in the demons and taught me how to exorcise a demon – I found that it works for all marionettes.
Angels and Demons are exactly what you think they are, two sides of the same coin. While I don’t believe in heaven or hell as it relates to religion I do believe they exist to some extent. Angels are usually harbingers of good while Demons of evil. But even angels go bad once and a while. Angel’s don’t take unwilling hosts, Demons do. Exorcism works on either kind without any real adaptation. It’s a bunch of magic that you call upon from the ether that expels them to their realm.
Angels and Demons are rare to be found in the mortal world though the Venatori have been seeing a rise in their activity over the course of this past century.