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The Empusa is a creature with origins in Greek mythology, legend and folklore. In particular, accounts of its existence number it among numerous other frightening specters spoken of to children to warn them from harmful, dangerous or destructive behavior.
They are said to exist first and foremost as companions and emissaries of the elder goddess Hecate.