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"You forfeited any choice in the matter the moment you used my power..."
—Lahmu to Sahori, Shin Megami Tensei V

Lahmu is a demon first seen in Shin Megami Tensei V. In there, he is a vile demon responsible for the attack against Jouin High School and manipulating Sahori Itsukishima to do his bidding.

History

Lahmu is a type of apotropaic creature from Mesopotamian mythology, attested in both Sumerian and Akkadian texts. The name is derived from an Akkadian word meaning "hairy" or "shaggy."

Like other similar creatures such as Mushussu, scorpion men or bison men, Lahmu were usually imagined as servants of gods, especially Enki, the god of water, and later on his son Marduk, the tutelary god of Babylon, though they were not gods themselves, and their names weren't usually written with the dingir sign indicating divinity. They seemingly served as guardians of waterways and were associated with fishing and domestic animals as well. Early scholarship erroneously identified Lahmu as star gods instead. As apotropaic creatures, they were invoked in rituals meant to ward off malign spirits and demons. They were commonly imagined as inhabitants of the mythical underground sea, Apsu, and a number of Lahmu were sometimes described as its guards or doorkeepers.

In various Mesopotamian god lists and incantations documenting genealogies of major gods, especially Enlil, a pair of beings named Lahmu and Lahamu (a feminine form of the name) appear among ancestors of the sky god Anu. They also appear in this role in the late epic Enuma Elish, which identifies them as children of Tiamat, an antagonistic primordial figure absent from earlier sources, and Apsu, in this myth personified as another primordial entity. They play no major role in the narrative, though they are among the gods who bestow Marduk's titles upon him. However, more conventional Lahmu appear among Tiamat's monster soldiers in another section of the myth too. Their defeat at the hands of Marduk was likely regarded as the origin of their apotropaic role. It is presently unknown if the motif of defeat of Lahmu as the source of the creature's role as a servant of gods was known in earlier periods already, though seals depicting battles between Lahmu themselves or between Lahmu and gods are known.

In art, Lahmu were depicted as human-like and can be identified by six characteristic curls of hair on their heads. Depictions of Lahmu are sometimes labeled as "naked heroes" in modern literature, and in the past they were commonly misidentified as representations of Gilgamesh.

Appearances

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Shin Megami Tensei V

"A god that appears in Babylonian mythology.
Born from Apsu and Tiamat, he and his sister, Lahamu, gave birth to Anshar and Kishar. Lahmu is at times depicted as a large serpent, but has also been illustrated as a man wearing a red sash with six curls in his hair. Regardless, he is always shown alongside Lahamu, and it is thought that together they represent the silt in the sea where Apsu's fresh water and Tiamat's sea water mix."
Shin Megami Tensei V lore

Lahmu, seeking to become a Nahobino by fusing with another, reached out to Sahori Itsukishima as a faint voice, promising her revenge against her bullies. He and his followers then orchestrate an attack that shatters the barrier separating Tokyo from Da'at. He fights the protagonist personally, but he realizes he cannot win as he had lost his former power. However, he realizes where he can find Sahori, and begins his hunt for her. When his followers start attacking Jouin High School, Lahmu joined the attack, killing three Angels that tried to stop him. He preyed on Sahori’s hatred towards her bullies to tempt her to seek vengeance, getting her to join him. Under Lahmu's influence, Sahori kills her bullies despite her friend Tao Isonokami's pleas. As she was unwillingly in his debt, he kidnaps Sahori, taking her with him back to Da'at.

After saving all the students being held hostage in Da'at, the protagonist and Tao find Lahmu attempting to fuse himself with Sahori to transform into a Nahobino in an attempt to "restore his magnificence." The protagonist challenges him to a battle and defeats him, but unbeknownst to Tao who wanted to tend to Sahori, he managed to survive by possessing her body. The entity now has Sahori's appearance yet assumes Lahmu's voice and personality. He almost kills Tao before the protagonist and Aogami protect her, getting themselves killed. Tao sacrificed her life to revive the two, disappearing, with the protagonist approaching Sahori, slaying Lahmu together with her. Following this event, Lahmu is unlocked for fusion, and will always appear in his true form when used by the protagonist. He is later mentioned posthumously when Yakumo discusses how demons manipulate their victims and corrupt them as well.

In the first phase of the main boss, debuffs are initially ineffective against Lahmu, as his attacking body cannot be interacted with while other tentacles are still up. As such, Kannabi Veil may be a useful substitute for Tarunda.

Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance

Lahmu's role in the Canon of Vengeance begins the same as in the original Shin Megami Tensei V, trying to influence Sahori Itsukishima with promises of revenge before attacking Jouin High School with a band of demons. However, thanks to the harsh but wise words of Yoko Hiromine, Tao's determination to save Sahori proves much greater, and Sahori's concern for Tao eventually shakes off Lahmu's influence before she can carry out her revenge against the bullies.

Enraged that his plans have been foiled and his own Knowledge has rejected him, Lahmu vows to murder Tao where she stands. Despite his wrath, the dark god is swiftly dispatched by the Nahobino, Yoko and Tao, and he dies having never assumed his true form in this Canon, and his goals of being a Nahobino farther away from his grip. Sahori also survives the encounter, although she is ambushed and killed by Lilith alongside Tao shortly after (though Tao is swiftly resurrected).

Despite failing to merge with Sahori in the Canon of Vengeance, Lahmu's true form is still available as a special fusion.

In the Demon Haunt conversations, he shows himself to be a very bitter loser, despising the Nahobino for his “humiliation”, while being unable to defy his “master”.

Stats

Shin Megami Tensei V

  • Lahmu's Tentacles appear alongside the first phase of Lahmu's battle in Shinagawa. While the tentacles are still active, Lahmu's main body cannot be targeted by any attacks, including buffs or debuffs. The tentacles do not have attacks and do not generate or use Press Turns.
  • Lahmu's main body has two Press Turns.
  • Defeating the first phase of the battle in Shinagawa will grant the party EXP before switching to the second phase.

Mini-boss (Jozoji)

Race Level HP MP
Strength 18
Vitality 18
Magic 18
Agility 18
Luck 17
Vile 23 700
Physical Phys Fire Fire Ice Ice Electricity Elec Force Force Light Light Dark Dark
- Resist - - Weak Weak Null
Ailment Resistance Null:Sleep/Mirage/Poison/Confusion/Charm/Seal
Skill Potential
Physical
Phys
Fire
Fire
Ice
Ice
Electricity
Elec
Force
Force
Light
Light
Dark
Dark
Almighty
Almi.
Ailment
Ailm.
Healing
Heal.
Support
Supp.
+2 +2 - - -4 - +3 - +3 - -
List of Skills
Skill Effect
Mudo Weak Dark attack to 1 foe. Chance of instakill when striking weakness.
Omagatoki: Critical All attacks, including magical attacks, will become Critical hits for all allies for 1 turn.


Lahmu's Tentacle

Race Level HP MP
Strength 27
Vitality 23
Magic 27
Agility 6
Luck 6
Vile 38 800
Physical Phys Fire Fire Ice Ice Electricity Elec Force Force Light Light Dark Dark
- Resist - - Weak Weak Null
Ailment Resistance Null:Sleep/Mirage/Poison/Confusion/Charm/Seal
List of Skills
Skill Effect
Omagatoki: Critical All attacks, including magical attacks, will become Critical hits for all allies for 1 turn.


Boss (1st phase)

Race Level HP MP
Strength 22
Vitality 28
Magic 27
Agility 26
Luck 26
Vile 38 350
Physical Phys Fire Fire Ice Ice Electricity Elec Force Force Light Light Dark Dark
- Resist Resist - Weak Weak Null
Ailment Resistance Null:Sleep/Mirage/Poison/Confusion/Charm/Seal
Skill Potential
Physical
Phys
Fire
Fire
Ice
Ice
Electricity
Elec
Force
Force
Light
Light
Dark
Dark
Almighty
Almi.
Ailment
Ailm.
Healing
Heal.
Support
Supp.
+2 +2 +3 - -4 - +3 - +3 - -
List of Skills
Skill Effect
Babylon Curse Weak Almighty attack to one foe. Inflicts Mud.
Bufula Medium Ice attack to 1 foe.
Zionga Medium Electric attack to 1 foe.
Mudo Weak Dark attack to 1 foe. Chance of instakill when striking weakness.
Charge Greatly increases the damage of the next physical attack performed by all allies.
Omagatoki: Critical All attacks, including magical attacks, will become Critical hits for all allies for 1 turn.


Boss (2nd phase)

Race Level HP MP
Strength 32
Vitality 23
Magic 34
Agility 26
Luck 30
Vile 38 3,600
Physical Phys Fire Fire Ice Ice Electricity Elec Force Force Light Light Dark Dark
- Weak Resist - Resist - Null
Ailment Resistance Resist:Sleep/Mirage/Poison/Charm/Seal
Null:Confusion
Skill Potential
Physical
Phys
Fire
Fire
Ice
Ice
Electricity
Elec
Force
Force
Light
Light
Dark
Dark
Almighty
Almi.
Ailment
Ailm.
Healing
Heal.
Support
Supp.
+2 -4 +3 - +2 - +3 +2 +3 - -
List of Skills
Skill Effect
Silt of Ruin (Unique) Medium Almighty attack to all foes. Lowers target's Accuracy/Evasion by 1 rank for 3 turns.
Mudoon Heavy Dark attack to 1 foe. Chance of instakill when striking weakness.
Bufula Medium Ice attack to 1 foe.
Purple Smoke 3 weak Physical attacks to 1 foe. Greater effect if target is Confused.
Tentarafoo Chance of inflicting Confusion to all foes.
Mazionga Medium Electric attack to all foes.
Omagatoki: Critical All attacks, including magical attacks, will become Critical hits for all allies for 1 turn.


Ally

Race Level HP MP
Strength 30
Vitality 36
Magic 47
Agility 27
Luck 39
Vile 48 253 264
Physical Phys Fire Fire Ice Ice Electricity Elec Force Force Light Light Dark Dark
- Weak Resist - Resist - Null
Ailment Resistance Null:Confusion
Skill Potential
Physical
Phys
Fire
Fire
Ice
Ice
Electricity
Elec
Force
Force
Light
Light
Dark
Dark
Almighty
Almi.
Ailment
Ailm.
Healing
Heal.
Support
Supp.
+2 -4 +3 - +2 - +3 +2 +3 - -
Special fusion Snake Naga Raja + Fallen Forneus + Foul Black Ooze
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Purple Smoke 25 MP 3 weak Physical attacks to 1 foe. Greater effect if target is Confused. Innate
Bufudyne 35 MP Heavy Ice attack to 1 foe. Innate
Mudoon 25 MP Heavy Dark attack to 1 foe. Chance of instakill when striking weakness. Innate
Silt of Ruin 45 MP (Unique) Medium Almighty attack to all foes. Lowers target's Accuracy/Evasion by 1 rank for 3 turns. Innate
Tentarafoo 25 MP Chance of inflicting Confusion to all foes. 49
Mazionga 30 MP Medium Electric attack to all foes. 50
Great Mana Spring Auto Greatly increases MAX MP. 51
Impaler's Glory Magatsuhi Greatly increases the damage of the next attack of self and adds Pierce effect. Talisman


Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance

Lahmu's Tentacle

Race Level HP MP
Strength 13
Vitality 14
Magic 14
Agility 12
Luck 14
Vile 24 ~300
Physical Phys Fire Fire Ice Ice Electricity Elec Force Force Light Light Dark Dark
- Resist - - Weak Weak Null
Ailment Resistance Null:Sleep/Mirage/Poison/Confusion/Charm/Seal
List of Skills
Skill Effect
Ironclad Defense When user is in the active party, ally Lahmu cannot be targeted by attacks.


Lahmu

Race Level HP MP
Strength 13
Vitality 14
Magic 14
Agility 12
Luck 14
Vile 24 ~300
Physical Phys Fire Fire Ice Ice Electricity Elec Force Force Light Light Dark Dark
- Resist Resist - Weak Weak Null
Ailment Resistance Null:Sleep/Mirage/Poison/Confusion/Charm/Seal
List of Skills
Skill Effect
Divine Decree While in the active party, all allies' attacks, including Magic, with positive skill potential may become Critical hits.
Babylon Curse Weak Almighty attack to one foe. Inflicts Mud.
Bufula Medium Ice attack to 1 foe.
Mudo Weak Dark attack to 1 foe. Chance of instakill when striking weakness.


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Trivia

  • Lahmu’s presence in the game was foreshadowed by Aogami warning the protagonist that there are demons that would feign kindness in order to prey on him, as he does this in order to persuade Sahori to merge with him.


Shin Megami Tensei V - Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance
Characters
Main Characters Nahobino - Aogami - Tao Isonokami - Yuzuru Atsuta - Ichiro Dazai - Yoko Hiromine
Supporting Characters Sophia - Gustave - Goko - Amanozako - Fionn mac Cumhaill - Miyazu Atsuta - Hayao Koshimizu - Sahori Itsukishima - Shohei Yakumo - Nuwa - Mastema - Demi-fiend - Artemis - Cleopatra - Mephisto
Antagonists Bethel: Abdiel - Khonsu - Vasuki - Zeus - Odin - Shiva
Qadištu: Lilith - Naamah - Eisheth - Agrat
Others: Lahmu - Tiamat - Mastema - Tehom - Lucifer
Locations
Tokyo Jouin High School - Shinagawa Station - Takanawa Tunnel - Jozoji
Da'at Minato - Shinagawa - Chiyoda - Taito - Demon King's Castle - Temple of Eternity - Empyrean - Tree of Knowledge
Music
Albums Original Soundtrack - Premium Edition Soundtrack
Songs N/A
Archives
Terminology Nahobino - Bethel - Knowledge - Magatsuhi - Qadištu - Shekinah Glory - Demon Summoning Program - Conception - Armageddon
Mechanics Demon - Press Turn - Moon Phase System - Alignment‎ - Negotiation (Dialogue) - Encounters - Fusion - Race and species - Difficulty
Skill Potential - Magatsuhi Skills - Essence - Glory - Miracles - Menorah
World of Shadows - Cadaver's Hollow - Miman - Treasure Boxes - Vending Machines - Demon Statues - Abscess - Magatsuhi Crystals - Leyline Fount - Terminal - Gifts - Search Points
Lists Bosses - Skills - Items - Status Changes - Quests - Demons (Vengeance)
Other Script - Updates - Trophies - Steam Profile Items
Other Media
Promotion Daily Demon (Vengeance) - News
TGS 2021
Other Demon Colosseum - Merchandise
Recruitable
Avatar Makami - Anubis - Barong
Avian Feng Huang - Jatayu - Thunderbird - Zhuque - Yatagarasu - Garuda
Beast Cait Sith - Inugami - Nekomata - Orthrus - Orobas - Loup-garou - Cerberus
Brute Daemon - Azumi - Ippon-Datara - Oni - Shiki-Ouji - Kin-Ki - Sui-Ki - Fuu-Ki - Ongyo-Ki
Deity Thoth - Horus - Atavaka - Khonsu - Mitra - Odin - Khonsu Ra - Zeus - Vishnu - Baal
Divine Angel - Archangel - Principality - Power - Dominion - Throne
Dragon Xuanwu - Quetzalcoatl - Qing Long - Ananta - Huang Long
Drake Aitvaras - Basilisk - Hydra - Fafnir - Seth - Vasuki
Element Erthys - Aeros - Aquans - Flaemis
Fairy Pixie - High Pixie - Jack-o'-Lantern - Jack Frost - Kelpie - Setanta - Silky - Oberon - Titania
Fallen Andras - Berith - Forneus - Eligor - Ose - Flauros - Decarabia - Nebiros - Adramelech - Abdiel
Femme Mermaid - Leanan Sidhe - Manananggal - Yaksini - Lamia - Dakini - Clotho - Lachesis - Cleopatra - Atropos - Rangda - Kali
Fiend Matador - Daisoujou - Hell Biker - Alice - White Rider - Red Rider - Black Rider - Pale Rider - Mother Harlot - Trumpeter
Foul Slime - Legion - Black Ooze
Fury Dionysus - Chernobog - Mot - Zaou-Gongen - Asura - Shiva
Genma Kurama Tengu - Hanuman - Cu Chulainn - Fionn mac Cumhaill - Amanozako
Haunt Preta - Obariyon - Poltergeist - Pisaca - Kumbhanda
Herald Melchizedek - Camael - Sraosha - Abdiel - Uriel - Raphael - Gabriel - Sandalphon - Michael - Metatron
Holy Shiisaa - Chironnup - Hayataro - Baihu - Chimera
Jaki Turdak - Rakshasa - Loa - Macabre - Hecatoncheires
Jirae Kodama - Tsuchigumo - Sudama - Kaya-no-Hime - Koropokkur - Hua Po - Narcissus
Kishin Attis - Zouchouten - Koumokuten - Jikokuten - Bishamonten - Thor
Kunitsu Take-Minakata - Sukuna-Hikona - Oyamatsumi - Kushinada-Hime - Okuninushi - Arahabaki
Lady Kikuri-Hime - Hariti - Isis - Cybele - Ishtar - Skadi - Alilat - Inanna - Danu - Nuwa - Nuwa
Megami Fortuna - Ame-no-Uzume - Anahita - Parvati - Artemis - Idun - Sarasvati - Scathach - Norn - Lakshmi - Demeter - Maria
Night Sandman - Mokoi - Incubus - Lilim - Succubus - Black Frost - Kaiwan - Queen Medb - Lilith
Raptor Onmoraki - Zhen - Muu Shuwuu - Anzu
Snake Naga - Raja Naga - Yurlungur - Yamata-no-Orochi
Tyrant King Frost - Belphegor - Moloch - Loki - Surt - Mara - Abaddon - Arioch - Mithras - Mephisto - Amon - Chi You - Belial - Beelzebub
Vile Baphomet - Mishaguji - Lahmu - Pazuzu - Girimekhala - Mada
Wargod Neko Shogun - Yoshitsune - Ganesha - Siegfried - Futsunushi
Wilder Bicorn - Bugs - Mothman - Nue
Yoma Mandrake - Agathion - Apsaras - Koppa Tengu - Valkyrie
Panagia Tao
Enemy Only
Meta Shohei Yakumo
Matter Lucifer
Mitama Saki Mitama - Kusi Mitama - Ara Mitama - Nigi Mitama
Nahobino Abdiel - Tsukuyomi - Nuwa
Recruitable
Avatar Makami - Xiezhai - Anubis - Barong
Avian Feng Huang - Jatayu - Thunderbird - Zhuque - Yatagarasu - Garuda
Beast Cait Sith - Inugami - Nekomata - Orthrus - Orobas - Loup-garou - Glasya-Labolas - Cerberus
Brute Daemon - Azumi - Ippon-Datara - Oni - Shiki-Ouji - Karasu Tengu - Kin-Ki - Sui-Ki - Fuu-Ki - Ongyo-Ki
Deity Thoth - Horus - Atavaka - Khonsu - Mitra - Odin - Khonsu Ra - Dagda - Zeus - Vishnu - Baal
Divine Angel - Archangel - Principality - Power - Dominion - Throne - Cherub
Dragon Nyami Nyami - Xuanwu - Quetzalcoatl - Qing Long Vritra - Ananta - Huang Long
Drake Zhu Tun She - Aitvaras - Basilisk - Hydra - Fafnir - Seth - Vasuki - Samael
Element Erthys - Aeros - Aquans - Flaemis
Enigma Amabie - Onyankopon - Kinmamon
Fairy Pixie - High Pixie - Jack-o'-Lantern - Jack Frost - Kelpie - Setanta - Silky - Oberon - Titania - Nahobeeho
Fallen Halphas - Andras - Berith - Forneus - Eligor - Ose - Flauros - Decarabia - Azazel - Nebiros - Adramelech - Abdiel
Femme Mermaid - Leanan Sidhe - Manananggal - Yaksini - Lamia - Dakini - Clotho - Lachesis - Cleopatra - Atropos - Rangda - Kali
Fiend Matador - Daisoujou - Hell Biker - Alice - White Rider - Red Rider - Black Rider - Pale Rider - Mother Harlot - Trumpeter
Foul Slime - Legion - Turbo-Granny - Black Ooze - Mad Gasser
Fury Dionysus - Chernobog - Mot - Zaou-Gongen - Asura - Shiva
Genma Kurama Tengu - Hanuman - Anansi - Cu Chulainn - Kresnik - Fionn mac Cumhaill - Amanozako
Haunt Preta - Obariyon - Poltergeist - Pisaca - Kumbhanda - Kudlak
Herald Armaiti - Melchizedek - Camael - Sraosha - Abdiel - Uriel - Raphael - Mastema - Gabriel - Sandalphon - Michael - Metatron
Holy Unicorn - Shiisaa - Chironnup - Hayataro - Senri - Baihu - Chimera
Jaki Gremlin - Turdak - Rakshasa - Loa - Macabre - Hecatoncheires
Jirae Kodama - Tsuchigumo - Sudama - Kaya-no-Hime - Koropokkur - Hua Po - Narcissus - Gogmagog
Kishin Attis - Zouchouten - Koumokuten - Jikokuten - Bishamonten - Thor
Kunitsu Take-Minakata - Sukuna-Hikona - Oyamatsumi - Kushinada-Hime - Konohana Sakuya - Okuninushi - Arahabaki
Lady Kikuri-Hime - Hariti - Isis - Cybele - Ishtar - Skadi - Alilat - Inanna - Danu - Nuwa - Nuwa
Megami Fortuna - Ame-no-Uzume - Anahita - Parvati - Artemis - Idun - Sarasvati - Scathach - Norn - Lakshmi - Demeter - Maria
Night Sandman - Mokoi - Incubus - Lilim - Succubus - Black Frost - Kaiwan - Queen Medb - Lilith
Raptor Onmoraki - Zhen - Muu Shuwuu - Anzu - Gurulu
Snake Nozuchi - Vouivre - Naga - Raja Naga - Yurlungur - Yamata-no-Orochi
UMA Hare of Inaba
Tyrant King Frost - Belphegor - Moloch - Loki - Surt - Mara - Abaddon - Arioch - Mithras - Mephisto - Amon - Chi You - Belial - Beelzebub
Vile Baphomet - Mishaguji - Lahmu - Pazuzu - Girimekhala - Tzitzimitl - Mada - Saturnus
Wargod Neko Shogun - Nezha Taizi- Yoshitsune - Ganesha - Siegfried - Futsunushi - Masakado
Wilder Peallaidh - Bicorn - Bugs - Mothman - Dormarth - Nue - Fenrir
Yoma Mandrake - Agathion - Apsaras - Koppa Tengu - Dis - Valkyrie - Efreet
Panagia Tao - Yoko
Qadištu Naamah - Eisheth - Agrat - Lilith
Primal Satan
Devil Lucifer
Enemy Only
Meta Shohei Yakumo
Matter Lucifer
Mitama Saki Mitama - Kusi Mitama - Ara Mitama - Nigi Mitama
Nahobino Abdiel - Tsukuyomi - Nuwa
Drake Tiamat
Void Tehom
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