Marchosias is a great and mighty Marquis Ranking Demon.
- Commands thirty legions of demons.
- Goetia Rank: Marquis
Quotes from Other Sources about Marchosias
Marchosias is seen as a wolf with gryphon’s wings and a serpent’s tail, spewing fire from his mouth, but at the request of the magician he may take the form of a man. He is a strong fighter and gives true answers to all questions, and is very faithful to the magician in following his commands. Before his fall he belonged to the angelic order of Dominations (or Dominions), and when he was bound by Solomon he told him that after 1,200 years he hoped to return to Heaven (“unto the Seventh Throne”).
The demon is called Marchocias and his description is much the same as that given in the Goetia except that his gender when appearing as a wolf is female (“a cruel she wolf”) and spewing forth “I cannot tell what” from his mouth. He likewise hopes to eventually return to the Seventh Throne but is “deceived in that hope.”
Marchosias featured in media, books, and films
- Marchosias is referenced repeatedly in the 1973 Leonard Nimoy film “Baffled!”
- Marchosias appears in the comic book B.P.R.D.: The Universal Machine, depicted as a monstrous red demon with a lupine face. Marchosias and Iblifika, another demon, are prisoners of an ageless marquis and are freed by Kate Corrigan.
- Marchosias appears in Alan Moore’s comic book series Promethea where he and Andras are summoned by magician Benny Solomon to kill the title character. Promethea defeats them at a fight at a nightclub. Later in the series, when Benny Solomon summons the entire Ars Goetia to attack Promethea, Marchosias appears again.
- Marchosias appears in the light novel, anime, and manga series Shakugan no Shana as a Crimson Lord bound to the Flame Haze Margery Daw, the Chanter of Elegies. He manifests through a grimoire and is portrayed as bloodthirsty.
- Marchosias appears in Shin Megami Tensei.
- In the 2006 Dungeons & Dragons supplement Tome of Magic: Pact, Shadow, and True Name Magic, Marchosias appears as a “vestige” with whom characters can make a pact in return for power.
- Marchosias appears in the Doctor Who audio production Minuet in Hell as a demon summoned by the Hellfire Club.
- Marchosias is the leader of the daimons in Melissa Marr’s book Carnival of Souls.
- In Kevin Kauffmann’s Forsaken Comedy book trilogy, Judas Iscariot falls to Hell after his death and takes on the name Marchosias. In his afterlife, he is a friend and guardian to Jesus Christ, who takes the name Phenex after his death.
- In the pulp series Rogue Angel, Marchosias faces off briefly against Annja Creed in the second title Solomon’s Jar before being corporeally killed by Joan of Arc’s sword and then fully obliterated with a gas explosion.
- In the anime Musaigen no Phantom World, the protagonist Haruhiko learns to summon Marchosias to fight against the phantoms. However, initially the summon is incomplete and Marchosias appears in the form of a cute puppy with wings.