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Emperor of the Tainted Coil
Gender Female
Race Demon
Faction Tainted Coil
Eye Color Yellow
Weapons The Separator
“This soggy puppet couldn't hold a candle to Emperor Succoria. The emperor was our most fierce, our most bloodthirsty warrior.” — Doviculus

Succoria, also known as the Grand Demon Witch and White-Winged Death, was a fearsome Demon warrior and a former Emperor of the Tainted Coil.


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After enslaving much of humanity, the Tainted Coil started a large ritual to send one of their own into the future - Succoria herself. In search of the secrets of the Titans, she went forward to the future, bringing with her an idol of Ormagöden, which would return her to her own time with a blood offering, and some slaves, among which was the legendary warrior Riggnarok in disguise, who intended to assassinate her on her mission.

Upon arriving in the future, however, Succoria was shocked to find that demons were nonexistent and that humans were the dominant species - they had inherited the legacy of the Titans, and erected many civilizations. Defeated, she freed her slaves and took refuge in a cave, unwilling to return to lead the Coil with the knowledge that her people were doomed. Back in the past, when she failed to return, a demon named Doviculus took her place as Emperor of the Tainted Coil.

Meanwhile, Riggnarok, who had intended to slay her, pitied Succoria in her utter and hopeless defeat, and could not bring himself to kill her. Instead, while the other slaves fled, he stayed with her, and cared for her. Far away from the taboos and prejudice of their time, a certain desire (or possibly love) was formed from their companionship and eventually a child.

Succoria would eventually die after giving birth to their son, Eddie Riggs. Riggnarok took the infant from the cave that day, along with the Idol of Ormagöden, Succoria's shirt and necklace. Years later Riggnarok gave Edward his necklace, which would become an important item for Eddie as well, being the only thing he has from his mother. After Riggnarok's death Eddie would also find the idol in his father's attic, and choose to wear it, thinking it was a belt buckle. When Eddie bled on his mother's idol during a Kabbage Boy concert, it would finally fulfill its purpose and return its wearer to the Age of Metal.


  • Succoria is never seen outside of the "Abomination Overdrive" Legend. Thus, her appearance is unknown, and only hints as to what she may look like are given.
    • Her nickname, "The White-winged Death" hints that she had white wings.
    • During the Abomination Overdrive mission, before the battle with Doviculus, he tells Eddie to "Come and see me when you grow a pair as big as your mother's", to which Eddie responds "Hope he's talking about horns". This would suggest that Succoria had horns underneath her hood.
    • If the player fails the final stage battle, Doviculus stands over Eddie and says "You have your mother's eyes..." suggesting that Succoria's eyes were yellow, as Eddie's are in Demon form.
    • In Multiplayer Mode, if the player should choose to have the competing factions be Ironheade and The Tainted Coil, it will sometimes trigger automatic dialogue from Doviculus when engaging Eddie in battle. Should Eddie attempt to fly away after attacking or being attacked directly, Doviculus will remark "Those wings surely bring back some memories for me." This suggests that Succoria's wings may have resembled Eddie's in his Demon form.
    • Eddie expressed his belief that the only thing he had from his mother was the shark's tooth necklace he gave to Ophelia. It is possible that the tooth was in fact one of Succoria's. If so, she may have had sharp teeth. This would make sense, as many members of The Tainted Coil have fangs.
      • If the tooth is in fact Succoria's, then it parallels the titular "Pick of Destiny" from the Tenacious D movie. In it, The Pick is a tooth taken from Satan himself that has made all of the best rock stars famous (by granting them the ability to play guitar exceptionally). This also parallels Eddie's status as "The Greatest Roadie of all time".
  • A drawing in The "Abomination Overdrive" Artifact of Legend depicts Succoria as a large demon with hooves, wearing a Druid's robe and a cape that bears the mark of The Tainted Coil.
  • DeviantArt user Joonzy (who has played Brütal Legend), made a sketch of what he imagines Succoria looked like to commemorate his completion of Campaign Mode on Brütal Difficulty in under 24 hours. It can be found here.
  • Despite being female, every character in the game constantly refers to Succoria as the "Emperor", rather than "Empress". This could mean that The Tainted Coil assigns the title of "Emperor" to their leader, regardless of gender. However, it is more likely that this was done to intentionally mislead the player. That way, they would be less likely to discover the plot twist that Succoria was Eddie's mother before Doviculus reveals it during the final mission.
  • The fact that Succoria died giving birth to Eddie could mean that a Half-Demon Half-Human child puts significant strain on the mother during childbirth. Alternatively, it's possible that this was due to the fact that Eddie was the offspring of two such powerful beings, or it could simply be that Succoria had reached such a weakened state that she could no longer survive giving birth at all.
  • The two nicknames Doviculus uses to refer to her: "The Grand Demon Witch" and "The White-winged Death" could indicate that Succoria was inspired by the song "Angel Witch" by the British heavy metal band, Angel Witch (which is one of the songs in the game's soundtrack), as Succoria is a Demon witch with white wings (a characteristic commonly attributed to angels in Catholic mythology).
  • Upon the first head being taken down during Abomination Overdrive, Doviculus states that he was glad Succoria turned down his advances because now he knows Eddie isn't his child and "not many people can say that".
    • The fact that Doviculus made advances to Succoria suggests he may have been attracted to her, or at least felt she would make an ideal mate.


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