Question by princton_girl: What are the differences between maleficia and diabolism?
Specifically what are the differences, also please include your sources, i would be greatly in debt to you. thank you again

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Answer by Emanuel S
Out of curiousity, Why couldn’t you look this up yourself? Nevertheless. Diabolism is the worship in Satan with Satan as your leader. Look that one up yourself. How malefecia relates is that maleficia is the harm to ones property and some some case harm to others but not by direct involvement but more like a spell, wish, or by diabolic prayer.
A word carried over into medieval literature from the Latin for ‘evil doings’ and applied to misfortunes and calamities of all kinds for which no immediate causal explanation might be given.

Maleficia became inextricably woven into the idea of witchcraft, and with the work of the Devil, to a point where the word became a synonym for ‘witch’.


Any malicious acts which were contributed to witches and sorcerers in past times that were believed to cause harm or death to humans, animals or crops. Since antiquity it has been thought witches, sorcerers and magicians could possess the ability to cast negative spells out of revenge, spite or malice.

During the medieval witch-hunting mania maleficia, which implied a pact with the Devil, was generally used to explain any natural disaster, accident, illness, or personal misfortune. Also it was believed witches just had to think of causing trouble for others to have it occur.

In its narrowest definition maleficia meant damage to crops and illness or death to animals. In its broadest sense it could include anything which resulted in causing a negative impact upon a person. These negative impacts included loss of love, storms, insanity, disease, bad luck, financial problems, lice infestations and even death. Anything which went wrong was blamed on witches, during the age of witch mania, to increase convictions.

The so-called witch, or a wise-woman, was fair game to be convicted of maleficia. If a woman administered a remedy to heal a patient and the patient got worse, she was guilty of maleficia. If a hailstorm destroyed crops, or a cow dried up, or a horse went lame, surely someone was guilty of maleficia. Disease was a prime suspect of being the result of maleficia, this was especially true if a priest administered the last sacrament and the patient broke out in a sweat.

Witches were believed to be able to bring on maleficia through a variety of ways including: incantations, powders, potions, ointments, herbs, effigies stuck with thorns and nails, and the Hand of Glory.

Maleficia was thought to be combatted by charms, powders and potions made from certain herbs such as sage or christianwort, and incantations.

The belief in and the practice of malefic magic still presently exists, especially in tribal societies and rural areas steeped in folk magic. Many cultures believe in the use of amulets and charms as protection against general evil, but specific curses can only be removed by specific remedies, usually administered by another witch or sorcerer.

Neo-pagan witches object to the practice and acts of maleficia because such actions violate their code of ethics which holds that witches should harm no living thing. A.G.H.

The Maleficia Discipline is the power to use the evil eye, to bestow curses and to invoke plagues. Maleficia inflicts madness and misfortune on its targets. It is said that infernalist Malkavians developed this Discipline with the aid of demonic patrons.

Maleficia’s effects may be turned on the infemalist. Should the target of this Discipline realize she is being affected, she may make an opposed Wits + Occult roll (difficulty of the infernalist’s Willpower); if the roll is successful, the infernalist suffers the effects of the Discipline. This can only be done if the victim knows that she is being afflicted and can confront the infernalist. Likewise, if the inferalist’s attempt botches, she suffers the effect herself. The victim can also flee to the Church, where an exorcism or blessing ritual will free her from a curse. All of the powers of Maleficia are dispelled if the infernalist is killed.

Maleficia is an dark Discipline supposedly invented by infernalist Malkavians with the aid of demons in the dark ages of Europe. It encompasses a variety of curses to bring misery and misfortune upon others. It can only be used by infernalist vampires.

Maleficia was never updated into either Vampire: The Masquerade Revised Edition or Dark Ages: Vampire, and thus may be considered defunct.

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