In folklore, a succubus (plural succubi) is a demon who takes the form of a highly attractive woman to seduce men (although the attractive part is a modern invention, historically succubi were ugly), in dreams to have sexual intercourse, according to the medieval European legend. Its male counterpart is the incubus. They draw energy from the men to sustain themselves, often until the point of exhaustion or death of the victim.
In The Lady of the Lake
This succubus in never named, nor is her physical appearance described in detail. Only once, at some point it is mentioned she has blonde hair.
In The Witcher saga, Geralt was asked by the Duchess Anna Henrietta of Toussaint to get rid of the (unnamed) succubus who, according to her and many other court Ladies, was bothering their virtuous husbands. They assure the witcher that he shall be rewarded appropriately. Later on Geralt meets the husbands, who ask him the exact opposite, stating that the succubus doesn't hurt anyone, appears in dreams from time to time and is interested only in men that have already come of age. In addition they ask that this be kept between them and to not say anything to the Duchess or their wives. It is agreed that Geralt will ignore the matter for a sum of orens transferred to his Cianfanelli Bank account, exceeding the one promised by the Ladies and that will "amaze him with their generosity", though Geralt warns he is "not easily amazed". Regis had a romantic relationship with the very same succubus that Geralt agreed not to kill, while he, the witcher and their companions were in Beauclair. Due to Regis' romance and thanks to focusing her attention on himself during their stay, it was Geralt to whom the disposal of the "monster" was attributed. Thus, he was paid by both, the glad wives whose woe was temporarily over and the happy husbands who knew that in the end the harmless temptress was never hurt. Due to how facts are shown in the book, the reader is pointed towards a conclusion that after Geralt's party had left Beauclair things went to "normal" and the husbands' wet dreams resumed. However, there is no clear, unequivocal conclusion ever given.
In The Witcher: House of Glass comic book
Vara is the succubus who appears in the comic book mini series. She has long, brown, partially braided hair, red eyes and freckles. She is depicted a little differently from succubi in The Witcher game series. In addition to her horns she also has wings but at no point she is shown to have hooves nor fur. In fact her "succubus form" is shown only once throughout the whole series and after that she is always physically depicted as any other, human woman would be.
- Again?! Good grief, woman, I'm spent...
- — Lester of Smallton to a succubus, a few days before taking a vow of celibacy
- Unlike other monsters, succubi and menads feel no desire to kill, do not crave human blood and usually do not, in fact, mean any harm at all. They are motivated by one thing and one thing only: an insatiable lust. They try in vain to slake this by engaging in sexual acts with any other humanoid species they encounter. While it must be admitted that their "victims" rarely put up much resistance, this does not mean succubi and menads do not present any danger: their never-ending advances, though pleasurable at first, have pushed more than one man to madness or even death.
- Succubi and menads usually can be found near human settlement, including small villages and populous cities. They prowl at night, though when stricken by serious need they will leave their lairs during the day as well. They shower their affections on men as well as women, the young as well as the old, the ugly as well as the beautiful. Some of them are particularly fond of pastors and other holy men, whose seduction they treat as a sort of game.
- Though succubi are peaceful by nature, when forced to fight they will defend themselves fiercely. One should thus not be fooled by their fair appearance – under the velvety skin of their arms lie muscles of iron, and a blow delivered with their rear, goat-like legs or the thick horns on their head can easily crush bone.
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The Succubus is a secondary character encountered in The Witcher 2.
- The torched village near Vergen proved to be the home of a real succubus. This beautiful creature, possessing hooves instead of feet, drew handsome young men to it in order to seduce them and feed on their life forces. The seductress was accused of brutally murdering many young men, and the accusation seemed to be solid. For you must know that the unpleasant scent of sulfur is not the sole inconvenience one must endure when encountering succubi, which can be as dangerous as vampires.
- If Geralt chooses to side with Ele'yas during Chapter II - With Flickering Heart:
- Geralt investigated the murders and concluded that the succubus was indeed guilty of the murders of which it was accused. The witcher had no choice but to slay the dangerous, though intensely beautiful, creature.
- If Geralt chooses to side with the Succubus during Chapter II - With Flickering Heart:
- Geralt investigated the murders thoroughly. He concluded that the succubus was innocent and that it was being framed by a jealous lover. The witcher cleared the seductress of the charges, and she proceeded to thank him for it in her customary, beautiful manner.
In The Witcher computer game
There is only one succubus appearing in the original game and she is by far the least known one. Her whole appearance is rather a mention only during one side quest. There are literally no particular details given regarding her, apart from ones which are obvious, i.e. she likes men.
The Murky Waters' blacksmith has taken a liking in a(n) (unnamed) succubus much to his wife distress and irritation. She asks Geralt to collect the ingredients needed for a special folk remedy which will repel the "demoness" permanently. The White Wolf can do as she asks or alternatively can side with the blacksmith listening to his pleas and reasons that there is no harm in some frolicking in the night. The latter also requires gathering ingredients but for a sleeping spell instead. It would temporarily put the succubus to sleep until the wife calms down. After that, the blacksmith would wake the temptress up to resume his affair.
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