Today on the blog, we have a translator’s corner from Momimomi!
First, let us talk about the word “daemon” and why its spelling was changed from “demon,” which was used in the translation of Funbag Fantasy 1. Actually, the answer is simple. The main definition of the word “demon” is “an evil supernatural being” while “daemon” is “a supernatural being whose nature is intermediate between that of a god and that of a human being.” The important nuance here is that daemons are not necessary evil. They can be both good and evil.
In fact, the word daemon originates in Greek mythology and to discern evil and good daemons the word can be prefixed with caco- and agatho- (originally Greek words kakos — evil and agathos — good) to make words cacodaemon and agathodaemon, which meaning I suppose is obvious. Therefore, I believe the word “daemon” is a better translation for the Japanese word “魔族” about which you can read more in part 1.
So, who exactly are daemons in the world of Funbag Fantasy? Well, they are your usual fantasy races like elves, orcs, succubi, etc. But unlike humans, their numbers are steadily dwindling in the world of Funbag Fantasy. Why? The reasons are probably different for all races. Some daemons (like orcs and ghouls) are just not as smart as humans and therefore their settlements were annexed by human kingdoms.
Truth be told, these not-so-bright daemons even have trouble understanding technological advancements like introduction of money. As for the superior daemons, they are usually so unique (like succubi) that they just do not have the numbers necessary to create a society of their own.
In the end, most daemonic races failed to found their own countries and therefore they live as minorities among humans. In fact, in no town of Hillsland their numbers exceed 50%. Incidentally, England… err, I mean Hillsland is the kingdom where most events of Funbag Fantasy 2 take place and its population of daemons is considered relatively large. The only other country of Eurodia that has a comparable population of daemons is Iberia. In other kingdoms the number of daemons is much smaller and somewhere they are on the brink of extinction. Moreover, the Church of Holy Rood, which was introduced in Sideboob Story, is a vocal proponent of subjugation of all daemons of Eurodia.
However, there is one exception: the kingdom of elves. The high elves is the only daemonic race that has founded their own kingdom. But since they are so classically arrogant, they treat other races even worse than humans do. Other daemons are very rare in the elven kingdom. And it goes without saying, high elves abhor dark elves the most. Speaking of which, the dark elven race is declining much like other daemonic races.
All in all, there are many daemons in the world of Funbag Fantasy. And all of them have their own features. But it is humans who are probably the most versatile of all and that must have been the crucial advantage that helped them to become the dominant race of Eurodia.