If you’ve been playing genshin for a while now, you may start to recognize the darker undertone of some of the characters’ names in the game. For example, the upcoming Electro Archon, “Baal” is a pretty well known name for most religions. In many Middle Eastern religions, Baal is considered a fertility deity and in Egypt, Baal was the god of the sky, clouds, tempests, thunder and war. Both countries recognize Baal as a powerful deity.
However, for many Christian beliefs, according to the book, “The Lesser Key of Solomon”, Baal/Bael is actually a demon, “described as a hoarsely-voiced king with the power to make men invisible and ruling over sixty-six legions of demons.” But, our Electro Archon isn’t the only one named after a demon in this novel, look back at our Anemo and Geo Archons, “Barbatos” and “Morax”, both also referencing this book as well.
Yet why would genshin purposely name their Archons after demons? Or maybe we’re just looking too deeply into this since Baal does also represent some positive attributes in MIddle Eastern cultures. But having now three archons following into this theory, you know how the saying goes, “one’s an incident, two’s a coincidence, and three’s a pattern”.
First, let’s discuss the demonology of “The Lesser Key of Solomon” and what it is all about and its origins.
According to Wikipedia, it states,
“The Lesser Key of Solomon, also known as Lemegeton Clavicula Salomonis or simply Lemegeton, is an anonymous grimoire on demonology. It was compiled in the mid-17th century, mostly from materials a couple of centuries older. It is divided into five books—the Ars Goetia, Ars Theurgia-Goetia, Ars Paulina, Ars Almadel, and Ars Notoria.”
That being said, in Johann Weyer’s Ars Goetia (a.k.a “The Book of Demons”) there are a total of 72 demons. Each of these demons are also ranked specifically according to to their summoning points on a compass (to conjure them), with “four emperors are tied to the cardinal points (Carnesiel in the east, Amenadiel in the west, Demoriel in the north and Caspiel in the south), and sixteen dukes are tied to cardinal points, inter-cardinal points, and additional directions between those. There are an additional eleven ‘wandering princes’, totalling thirty-one spirit leaders who each rule several to a few dozen spirits.”
Now I’m not sure if the ranking has anything to do with “power” or just simply ranked based on their “conjuring location”, so for now I won’t consider the number to mean much.
Let’s start off with our very first introduced character in the game, Venti, himself. So, as we progress through the game we find that “Venti” is actually just his persona name with his actual local alis and archon name being “Lord Barbatos”. This holds a lot of significance, as the name Barbatos is one of the 72 listed demons.
Of these known official archon names, here’s what we know,