He gained the gift that no man could kill him. The devi were defeated and forced to retreat into the mountains. There they prayed for help and the goddess Shakti hearing the devi, who were like her own children, crying out in despair came to render aid with her mercy. Their prayers coalesced and the Mother-Of-Many transformed into a form that was as terrible and mighty as it was beautiful and serene: Durga the Merciful.
No man could kill Mahisha. But Durga was no man. Durga was a goddess.
She knocked him off of his own buffalo and the lion that durga rode upon swallowed the buffalo in one bite. Mahisha's joy turned to fear. He backpedaled and tried to join his fleeing army. The goddess and her lion maimed and devoured his forces as they chased him, turning the soil red with their blood, until finally the lion pounced upon him. The demon was scared, overwhelmed and desperate but the goddess was calm, collected, and serene as she took his life.
The buffalo was slain and Durga, the merciful counterpart of Kali, completed the female Trimurti.
Durga the Merciful
Title(s)The She-Lion, The Serene, The Warrior Princess, The Wailing of the Gods
Power LevelGreater Deity
A warrior goddess astride a lion
PortfolioSinging, mercy, grace, female warriors, combat
WorshipersWarriors, righteously vengeful women (especially mothers), catfolk, dancers
Mahisha the Buffalo Demon
Title(s)The Stubborn Bull, The Invincible General, The Iron Buffalo
Power LevelLesser Deity
A water buffalo's horns with an upside down crown
PortfolioStrength, durability, pride, determination, cruelty
Warlords, minotaurs, beastfolk, demons, cultists