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"Just remember, if this is a Lamia, we're dealing with a high-level psychic."
Julia Wicker[src]

Lamiae are old magical creatures, which were prestigious and authoritative figures during the times when humans respected Deities, as they were strongly associated as their messengers.

History

"Lamiae were servants of a goddess."
"Back before the birth of fire, maybe."
Julia Wicker and Lamia[src]

Lamiae are an ancient race of powerful psychic creatures that once served Our Lady Underground. As millennia passed, and the gods abandoned them, Lamiae began to slowly die out and eventually were forced to live underground in squalor.[1]

Free Trader Beowulf's Search for Gods

The Lamia Julia and Kady approached in an abandoned New York sewer system glamoured itself to appear as Hannah, Kady's mother, though Kady was unaffected by its attempt. Julia informed the Lamia that the pair carried knives dipped in gold, silver, and sharks blood to defend themselves, to which the Lamia stated was overkill.[1]

When the pair stated that they were looking to petition Persephone, the Lamia told them that she was dead, as were the rest of the gods.[1]

Characteristic Traits

"If you can read my mind then you know we both have knives in our pockets dipped in gold and silver and coated with shark's blood."
"Jesus, that's overkill."
"We weren't sure which legends were true"
Julia Wicker and Lamia[src]

Lamiae are notoriously powerful psychics, able to easily access a person's mind, completely bypassing the wards of trained Magicians such as Kady, to glamour themselves and appear as anyone, even loved ones of the person they are reading. A Lamia's true form is that of a bald woman covered in yellow and orange reptilian scales and they possess a long, slender tail with a barbed tip They are generally grouped with other snake-women, such as Gorgons and French Sirens, but are distinguished due to the former having snakes for hair and the latter's lower half is a snake's tail.

Lamiae can be weakened by a blade covered in either gold, silver and shark's blood.

Trivia

  • In ancient Greek mythology, Lamia was a beautiful queen of Libya who became a child-eating demon. Her story begins when Hera, the goddess of marriages, became jealous of Lamia's beautiful family and ordered that all Lamia's children to be executed, transforming her into a monster that hunted and devoured the children of others.
  • Another version says Hera stole all of Lamia's children, who then lost her mind from grief and despair. In envy, she began stealing and devouring the children of others', which transformed her into a monster. This monster has a serpent's tail in place of her legs.

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