Saturday, 13 August 2016
An afreet is a Muslim demon.
A salamander resembles a demon but is not a separate individual. It is raised out of an energy matrix and given temporary individuality but then returned to the matrix. Thus, it is like a personified flame, with no understanding of moral constraints, whereas a demon, like a human being, knowingly transgresses a moral law.
An incubus or succubus is a demon adopting human form for sexual purposes.
A changeling is an organism resembling a particular human child but left in place of that child when the latter is kidnapped to a supernatural realm.
If there are any slight differences in Anderson's use of these terms, then I will find out as I continue to reread Operation Chaos.