I feel like talking about demons today, so let’s talk about demons:
In their simplest form, demons are shadowy beings with the ability to steal souls, and by extension, physical appearances. There are only two ways in which a demon can be born: either a person dies naturally and is reborn as a demon for reasons that are not fully understood, or a person is killed by a demon and is consequently reborn as one (this is called “blighting” and the resulting demons are referred to as “blights”).
"Blessed blights" (which is the kind of demon that Sprylee is) are blights that have sworn their unlives to serving the holy families; they go through rigorous training and background checks before being blessed, which marks the beginning of their apprenticeship to the family (or families) of their choice. The blessing also alters their appearance, giving them a unique grey coloration - as such, they are the only demons that are visually distinct from the rest of the population.
Blessed blights collectively operate under the family name of “Halloway”, which is also the name of the household which governs them (i.e. it ensures its members’ well-being, educates new members, finds them work, etc.). This model is identical to the model used by all holy families and for this reason, there was a lot of controversy surrounding the establishment of the Halloways (supposedly it constituted some form of sacrilege). Nevertheless, the necessary laws were passed and blessed blights enjoy a level of prestige that no demons have ever attained before.