Buer (demon)

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For the suburb of Gelsenkirchen, see Buer, Germany.
Buer, the 10th spirit, who teaches "Moral and Natural Philosophy". Illustration by Louis Breton from Dictionnaire Infernal

Buer is a spirit that appears in the 16th century grimoire Pseudomonarchia Daemonum and its derivatives, where he is described as a Great President of Hell, having fifty legions of demons under his command. He appears when the Sun is in Sagittarius. He teaches natural and moral philosophy, logic, and the virtues of all herbs and plants, and is also capable of healing all infirmities (especially of men) and bestows good familiars.[1]

He has been described as being in the shape of Sagittarius, which is as a centaur with a bow and arrows. Additionally, Louis Le Breton created an illustration of Buer, later engraved by M. Jarrault, depicting the demon as having the head of a lion and five goat legs surrounding his body to walk in every direction.

In popular culture[edit]

'Use in Heavy Metal cover art'

The illustration of Buer with a lion's head and five goat legs by Louis Le Breton has been adapted extensively for use on the covers of heavy metal music releases.

'Other uses'

  • Buer appears as a "vestige" in the Dungeons & Dragons handbook, Tome of Magic. He also lends his form to the derided Roving Mauler.[2]
  • Buer appears in Pandora in the Crimson Shell: Ghost Urn as giant boring robot and also a perverted lion-esque creature with five legs. He likes thighs, flat chests, normal chests, and large breasts.
  • Buer sometimes appear as enemies in the Final Fantasy series of video games. In Final Fantasy VIII, the name was mistranslated as Buel.
  • Buer also appears in the popular indie game Pony Island, as a character who briefly interacts with the player.

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