Leraje has his origins as a demon in the medieval grimoires. One of Leraje's earliest known appearances as a demon is from the Pseudomonarchia Daemonum (1577) as Loray or Oray. Most of the information from this book appears to have been copied by the author of the Ars Goetia (mid-17th century), a section from the book Lesser Key of Solomon, also known as the Clavicula Salomonis Regis or Lemegeton.
Leraje is the 14th demon listed in the Ars Goetia and is described as a mighty Great Marquis of Hell who commands thirty legions of demons. He causes great battles and disputes and can cause arrow wounds to develop gangrene.
The name Leraje appears to be derived from the angel Leyraiell, "one of the angels of the day of Venus", from the Liber Juratus Honorii or The Sworne Booke of Honorius (13th century or earlier). Notably, Leyraiell is not mentioned to be a fallen angel, but appears to have received the label of demon in later grimoires.
How exactly Lerajie's appearance in the Castlevania series was inspired is uncertain, but her using a hunting rifle and having a green skin tone may be a reference to Leraje's depiction as a handsome archer wearing green clothes and carrying a bow and arrows in the various grimoires.
|Item Data: Lerajie|
|Image||Name - Game|
|Type / Users||Attributes / Consume||Statistics / Sell||Found||Notes|
|A corset decorated with bright amethysts.|| Body Gear (Dress)|
| DEF +11|
| Find: Forest of Doom|
|A weapon that bounces back after hitting walls.|| Sub-Weapon|
| Attrib: Slash|
Consume: 22 MP
| 10/28 (0 SP/Mastered)|| Drop: Lerajie|| Effect: Throws a rock that ricochets from walls.|
Special: Mastered - Another rock is thrown upward.
Evolve: 1,000 SP to master.
|Weapon that bounces back after hitting walls.|| Sub-Weapon|
Jonathan, Julius, Richter
|Consume: MP|| ATK +6|| Rarity: **|
Drop: Lerajie (6.3%)
|The sauce's tart flavor makes for a perfect match.|| Item (Food - Sweet)|
| HP +25, MP +25, INT +1, LCK +1|
| Rarity: *|
Drop: Lerajie (3.30%)
|Fire magical bullets that ricochet.|| Bullet Soul|
|Consume: 15 MP|| ATK +6|| Rarity: ***|
Steal: Lerajie (2.8%)
- Even though Leraje, the demon from which Lerajie is based on, is a male, the Castlevania enemy is actually a female, and her voice fits accordingly in the Japanese audio of Portrait of Ruin. Oddly enough, her voice was changed to that of a male in the English audio, which may bring some controversy to her already ambiguous gender, as her overall design has a proper female body, but with a hairstyle and wearing a suit more fitting to that of a male character.
- The appearance of Lerajie in the games could also be inspired by the fictional character of Rip van Winkle from the Hellsing anime series, as Van Winkle also wears a dark purple suit, has blueish black hair and uses an old-fashioned rifle with golden ornaments on the stock (even though she uses a flintlock musket instead of a hunting rifle, but then again Lerajie's weapon might as well be a musket). Van Winkle has the ability to control her bullets' flight, even making them fly around corners and hitting the same target multiple times, which shares some similarity with the ricochetting bullets from Lerajie's weapon, and even Lerajie's death animation resembles the way most antagonists in the Hellsing anime dissolve.
- Wallpapers - Official site (Japan).