So, another novel I'm planning to write, a Fantasy Novel for a yet-unspecified target audience, features demons (or daemons). These guys will be the main "baddies" of the novel (or will they? Ooh...) so they're something that I need to get right. The way I plan to describe them is as follows. As the MC will put it "Demons (or Daemons) are beings made of emotion and thought, held together by magic". Both parts are central to the plot, as the relates to the manner in which these demons (or daemons) are able to manipulate humans and the latter because... well, I don't think that's important and it's hard to explain. Anyway, I am, as the title suggests, struggling on which version of the word to use. From research so far, it seems that "demon" has more religious connotations. This is the spelling that Christianity uses when referring to Satan's servants (or whatever, I'm not exactly religious myself). This part is a negative as far as I'm concerned as, in the novel, they will be in no way related to religion and religion, will, in fact, feature very rarely. However, demons in Christianity are always referred to in a negative context, which is something I like as ALL d(a)emons are ALL evil in the novel. Finally, the phrase "one's demons" uses this spelling, which rather nicely fits into the part of them being made of emotion and thought that I mentioned earlier. "Daemons" on the other hand is more of a throwback to Greek Mythology. In these instances, the daemons were more like spirits and hence they are not always "evil" or "bad". I don't mind the spirit idea, but, as I said, all of the d(a)emons will be evil. And, I really like the look of the word "daemon" as well XD So, I'm still stuck on which version to go with. I'm leaning towards "demon", but I don't like the religious link. Any thoughts, fellow forum-goers?