Before forming the Seven Deadly Sins, Meliodas was a member of the Demon Clan and leader of the Ten Commandments. Who are they, and what exactly is this clan?
The Seven Deadly Sins manga reached its end at the beginning of this year and finally concluded the long battle between the Demon King and the Seven Deadly Sins.
The convoluted backstories of Meliodas, Elizabeth, and other major characters were finally revealed, and we were given the backstory of the Demon Clan and Ten Commandments.
While the manga has not yet fully explained the mysteries surrounding their history, you can conveniently read all information about them in this article without the worry of coming across major spoilers!
The Demon Clan, created by the Demon King, is one of the five major races that occupy the world of Nanatsu no Taizai.
There are several known types of demons in this clan, such as the lower Red or Gray demons, or the upper-level demons, such as the Ten Commandments.
Going by their name, the clan members are known to possess monstrous appearances, though it is not always the case, especially when considering the more powerful ones.
One major factor that distinguishes them from humans is that they have more than one heart, depending on their status and power in the clan.
The Demon Clan’s overall strength makes them one of the most powerful clans with only the Goddess Clan as their equal. However, during the great war, they fall and face defeat against the latter.
The Great War
The Demon Clan is one of the strongest races in Nanatsu no Taizai with only the Goddess Clan as their equal. Despite the bitter rivalry between their two rulers, both the clans had signed a treaty due to their similar strength.
However, at some point, the Goddess Clan broke it and initiated a war.
Around the same time, the then leader of the Demon Clan’s Ten Commandments – our protagonist Meliodas – ended up falling in love with the Supreme Deity’s daughter, Elizabeth.
Due to this, he ended up betraying his own clan, and in its process, killed two Commandments. This resulted in a significant loss of power on the Demon Clan’s side and was seen as an opportunity by the Goddess Clan to defeat them once and for all.
Thus, after allying with the Giants, Fairies, and humans, the Great War ended with the Demon Clan being ultimately defeated and sealed away in the Coffin of Eternal Darkness.
Who is the Demon King?
The Demon King is the ruler of the Demon Clan and the father of Meliodas and Zeldris, two of the most powerful demons.
He is known to be quite principled and regards matters related to his clan with utmost sincerity even if it borders evil.
Due to the Demon Realm’s chaotic nature, he distributed his power to ten warriors amongst the Demon Clan to maintain it, known as the Ten Commandments.
He contains terrifyingly massive amounts of power, as even after giving half it away, he still shows incredible might in battle.
The Supreme Deity is the only being whose level of power is equivalent to his.
Who is the Original Demon?
The Original Demon was created by the Demon King and given some of his powers, prior to the formation of the Ten Commandments.
He ruled over the Underworld as the King’s most trusted retainer until his rebellion to take the throne for himself.
As a punishment for his betrayal, the Demon King divided the Original Demon into two, Chandler, the ‘Pacifier Fiend,’ and Cusack the ‘Napping Reaper,’ and made them the instructors of his two sons in order to raise them to be his successors.
Who are the Ten Commandments?
To increase his clan’s overall strength, the Demon King divided half of his power among the strongest warriors who later came to be known as the Ten Commandments.
Each member of the Ten Commandments possesses a unique power associated with a certain commandment that they’re bestowed. This power is absolute and delivers a unique curse to whoever breaks a rule related to it.
Below I have listed all the Commandments from the weakest one to the strongest.
Galand is the oldest member of The Ten Commandments and a powerful demon of the Demon Clan.
He represents the commandment of Truth, and anybody who stands before him and knowingly lies is turned to stone. However, he himself is not exempt from this rule, and therefore, turns to stone after lying to Escanor.
Fraudrin represents the Commandment of Selflessness, and those with feelings of desire and greed would end up losing their memories, feelings, and sense of self in his presence.
He had been using the Great Holy Knight Dreyfus’ body as a vessel using his Soshin no Jutsu to unseal his fellow Commandments. Later on, Fraudrin ended up committing suicide by giving into Meliodas’ killing intent.
Melascula represents the commandment of Faith, and anybody who shows faithlessness in her presence will have their eyes set ablaze. Her ability “Hell Gate” allows her to invoke demons of the lower ranks through her portals.
Grayroad is a mutated Gray Demon who represents the commandment of Pacifism. Anyone who kills in her presence has time stolen from them that causes rapid aging.
Grayroad’s ability “Curse” enables her to inflict enemies with various kinds of ailments, making it possible to defeat them without resorting to physical violence.
Her body is covered with darkness that hides numerous small gray demons that are able to speak and move freely.
Gloxinia is the first king of the Fairy King’s Forest, who later defected and became the Commandment of Repose. He possesses the Ability “Disaster,” which basically allows him to control life and death.
Derieri represents the commandment of Purity, and her power Star Combo allows her to increase the strengths of her shots by 200,000 pounds if released consecutively. While usually calm, she harbors great hatred towards the Goddess Clan.
Mosnpeet represents the Commandment of Reticence, and anyone who expresses hidden feelings in front of him will have their voices blocked. Monspreet’s innate magic ability is called Trick Star, which allows him to switch two objects with each other.
Drole was the first king of the Giant Clan and a dear friend of Meliodas and the other warrior, Gloxinia. He later defected to the Demon Clan and became the Commandment of Patience.
His ability “Ground” is a variant of the giant’s standard power: “Creation.” His control over the earth is incredible, and he’s able to dissipate the Creation magic of lesser giants due to his greater connection with the ground.
Estarossa is the son of the Demon King and the Commandment of Love. Anybody who stands before him with hatred in their heart is rendered powerless.
Like Meliodas, he can also use Full Counter; however, unlike the former, he can repel any physical attacks, no matter how powerful.
Before becoming a Commandment, he was known as Mael – one of the Four Archangels of the Goddess Clan.
Who is Mael?
Mael is one of the Four Archangels of the Goddess Clan. After Meliodas betrayed the Demon Clan during the Holy War 3,000 years ago, Gowther was forced to reforge Mael’s memories.
By doing so, he gave him a new identity as Estarossa – a member of the Ten Commandments and the second son of the Demon King, to tilt the power balance in favor of the Demon Clan.
Zeldris is the younger brother of Meliodas, who is the Ten Commandments’ leader and possesses the Commandment of Piety.
Anybody who turns his back against him is treated as committing an act of betrayal and is cursed into serving the Demon King, and as an extension, Zeldris himself.
His innate ability “Ominous Nebula” creates a vortex that surrounds and attracts all living beings around him that are sliced at a god-like speed by pure reflexes when anyone comes in contact.
5. Former Commandments
The protagonist of this series, Meliodas, was the former member and leader of the Ten Commandments as the Commandment of Love.
However, after falling in love with the Supreme Deity’s daughter, Elizabeth, he ended up leaving the Commandments and betraying his clan.
Gowther is the Commandment of Selflessness. He was trapped in the Demon Prison for five hundred years for refusing to fight in the war.
During this time, his only contact with the outside world was through Gowther, a doll he created, who became a part of the Seven Deadly Sins.
Aranak, and Zeno, are two other former members who were killed by Meliodas after his betrayal, and Calmadios, who had the Commandment of Piety before Zeldris 3000 years ago.
Seven Deadly Sins
Elizabeth Liones, princess of Liones Kingdom, embarks upon a journey to find the most vicious criminals Seven Deadly Sins (Nanatsu no Taizai).
They are Meliodas(Dragon’ sin of Wrath), Ban (Fox’ sin of greed), Dianne (Serpent’s sin of Envy), Merlin (Boar’s sin of Gluttony), Escanor (Lion’ sin of Pride), Gowther (Goat’s sin of Lust) and King (Grizzly’ sin of Sloth).
Ten years ago, all the sins were banished from the Kingdom after they were wrongly framed for the murder of Great Holy Knight, Zaratars.
Now, the Kingdom is about to fall in the hands of the corrupt Holy Knights, and Elizabeth must find the Sins and their leader Meliodas to save the Kingdom.Originally Written By Epic Dope