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from Collin de Plancy's Dictionnaire Infernal

In demonology, Shax is a Great Marquis of Hell.

Other spellings: Chax, Shan, Shass, Shaz, Scox.


Rank

Shax is a Great Marquis (and a Duke to some authors) of Hell with thirty legions of demons under command.


Appearance

Shax is depicted as a stork that speaks with a hoarse but subtle voice; his voice changes into a beautiful one once he entered the magic triangle.


Powers

Shax takes away the sight, hearing and understanding of any person under the conjurer's request, and steals money out of kings' houses, only to return it 1200 years later if everything is still in order. He also steals horses and everything the conjurer asks. Shax can also discover hidden things if they are not kept by evil spirits, and sometimes gives good familiars, but sometimes those familiars deceive the conjurer.

If he is confined to a triangle, he will speak truth on supernatural matters, point out hidden treasures not guarded by evil spirits, and obey the exorcist. If he is not confined, he will lie and not always obey the exorcist.


Quotes

Shax, alias Scox, is a darke and a great marquesse, like unto a storke, with a hoarse and subtill voice: he dooth marvellouslie take awaie the sight, hearing and understanding of anie man, at the commandement of the conjuror: he taketh awaie monie out of everie kings house, and carrieth it backe after 1200. yeares, if he be commanded, he is a horssestealer, he is thought to be faithfull in all commandements: and although he promise to be obedient to the conjuror in all things; yet is he not so, he is a lier, except he be brought into a triangle, and there he speaketh divinelie, and telleth of things which are hidden, and not kept of wicked spirits, he promiseth good familiars, which are accepted if they be not deceivers, he hath thirtie legions. Pseudomonarchia daemonum - Johann Wier (1583)

Shax seal

The Forty-fourth Spirit is Shax, or Shaz (or Shass). He is a Great Marquis and appeareth in the Form of a Stock-Dove, speaking with a voice hoarse, but yet subtle. His Office is to take away the Sight, Hearing, or Understanding of any Man or Woman at the command of the Exorcist; and to steal money out of the houses of Kings, and to carry it again in 1,200 years. If commanded he will fetch Horses at the request of the Exorcist, or any other thing. But he must first be commanded into a Triangle, Ò, or else he will deceive him, and tell him many Lies. He can discover all things that are Hidden, and not kept by Wicked Spirits. He giveth good Familiars, sometimes. He governeth 30 Legions of Spirits, and his Seal is this, etc. Goetia - S. L. MacGregor Mathers

Shax, alias Scox[or Shass or Shaz], is a darke and a great marquesse, like unto a storke, with a hoarse and subtill voice; he dooth marvellouslie take awaie the sight, hearing and understanding of anie man, at the commandement of the conjuror: he taketh awaie monie out of everie kings house, and carrieth it backe after 1200 yeares, if he be commanded, he is a horssestealer, he is thought to be faithfull in all commandements: and although he promise to be obedient to the conjuror in all things; yet is he not so, he is a lier, except he be brought into a triangle, and there he speaketh divinelie, and telleth of things which are hidden, and not kept of wicked spirits; he promiseth good familiars, which are accepted if they be not deceivers, he hath thirtie legions. Scott, Discoverie of Witchcraft, pages 222-3

Art/Fiction

  • Shax has made several appearances in the comic book series Hellboy by Mike Mignola
  • Shax appears several times in the Japanese video game series Megami Tensei as a demon or persona.
  • Shax is the nickname of the famous Tonbridge Grammar School's curly oak tree.
  • Author Shirley Jackson used the name "Shax" in several of her short stories, and her black cat Shax appears in two of her semi-autobiographical works, "Life Among the Savages" and "Raising Demons."
  • Shax.dk is a Danish online community where you can debate with other belivers of the true existence and form of the demon/daemon Shax.


Shax in Charmed

Shax appeared twice in the fantasy WB drama "Charmed" where he was manifested as the demonic, personal assassin of the Source of All Evil. He appears as an evil personification of the air, supernaturally appearing and disappearing in sudden gusts of wind, and killing his targets with large blasts of wind energy summoned in his hands.

Vanquishing Spell

   Evil wind that blows,
   That which forms below,
   No longer may you dwell,
   Death takes you with this spell.