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Devils

So I have been looking for information to put in the site and I thought, why not images! So I did a search for Devils and guess what Devils tend to be? Sexy females.

Guess what Demons tend to be? Distorted monsters from your worst nightmares. So, it looks like artists have a an odd view of the Lawful Evil Devils and the Chaotic Evil Demons. Not that I am complaining on sexy ladies, err Devils.

So, with that I will create the post with some galleries of images. This theme that I am using is a blogging theme that is designed around images so I guess I need to put some out to get the default images changed.

Devils

In Dungeons and Dragons, devils are a lawful evil race of fiends who hail from the Nine Hells of Baator, a dominion of the Astral Sea ruled over by the god Asmodeus. True to their alignment, devils are locked into a strict hierarchy which culminates with the Lords of the Nine, the powerful rulers of the Hells.

Baatezu
This ruling class of devils rule tyrannically over their domains in Baator.

The archdevils are the rulers of the Nine Hells. They are also called the Lords of the Nine, the Archdukes of Hell, and the Lords of Hell. They each control one of the plane’s nine layers and are the most powerful and highest-ranking devils. Unlike the chaotic evil demon lords of the Abyss, the Lords of the Nine (and all the baatezu of the Hells for that matter) are arranged in a strict hierarchy. The lord of the first layer has the lowest rank of the nine archdevils, while the lord of the ninth layer has the highest rank. While the demons of the Abyss answer only to their own basic instincts, every single devil, at least in theory, answers to the Lord of the Ninth, Asmodeus.

Each archduke is a unique devil of immense power and influence, with his own resources: military, magical, and political, to rely on in the endless scheming that characterizes devilish politics.

Abishai
Abishai are a subgroup of baatezu created by Tiamat.

Imps
Imps are relatively weak devils typically used as wizards’ familiars.

The Arch Devils:

It must be said that Baator is not only home to the archdevils and Devils, but Gods and Demigods and other powerful beings. While there are only 9 realms in Baator, it is noted that there have been and will be more Arch Devils than levels. Garguath is one of those.

Gargauth

“The Tenth Lord of the Nine”: Gargauth

Gargoth, a powerful archdevil, once dwelled in the Hells, but left for reasons known only to himself. Some say he challenged Asmodeus and was exiled, some say he was cast from the Hells for his foul nature, while others say he left because Asmodeus destroyed his closest friend, the archdevil Beherit. One, none, or all of these reasons may be true.

Gargoth took to wandering the planes, and eventually founded a cult on Toril, where he is known as Gargauth.

Gargauth (pronounced GAR-goth), or The Lord Who Watches, is the lawful evil demigod of betrayal, cruelty, political corruption and power brokers. He embodies the inevitable decay and corruption that accompanied all self-serving, greedy, and power-hungry leaders and groups. Gargauth holds to the letter of any agreement, not the spirit, and relished betraying anyone with whom he forges a pact by twisting the contract to serve his own ends.

The church of Gargauth is a secretive faith, although there are some significant exceptions. Clerics worked to increase their personal power, the power of the church, and by extension, the power of Gargauth; they are expected to be Gargauth’s eyes and ears throughout Faerûn. They are to entice and corrupt powerful individuals and leaders in communities throughout Faerûn and bind them into strict contracts favorable to Gargauth’s goals. They seek to seize positions of power whenever possible and integrate their positions into the secretive hierarchy of the faith. Gargauth directs his followers to undermine other evil faiths and steal their worshipers rather than waste energy in conflicts with good deities. Clerics of Gargauth pray for their spells at dusk, when night first begins to corrupt the day. Gargauth’s clergy mark all agreements with signed contracts consecrated in the name of the Lord Who Watches. Many clerics multi-classed as divine disciples or sorcerers.

Holy Days

The Unveiling

This occurs each Midwinter night. This horrific ceremony, believed to involve many gruesome sacrifices, heralded the imminent time when Gargauth would seize Faerûn as his unholy kingdom and transport it to Baator to form the Tenth Pit of Hell.

The Binding

This is celebrated on the eve of the Feast of the Moon. It is a personal ritual in which each cleric renewed his eternal contract with Gargauth, trading absolute fealty for increased power. This unholy ritual is believed to involve personal sacrifices of money, magic, and hoarded knowledge and the casting of many horrific spells.

Gargauth was opposed to evil deities such as Cyric and Shar. He posed a particular threat to Siamorphe, given his interest in corrupting those who she held up as shining paragons of virtue.

Gargauth sometimes employs a powerful blue dragon named Rathguul as a steed.

The only complete record of Gargauth journeys during his exile exist in a journal he wrote while making them which is kept in Oghma’s library. During this time, as he established his cult following on Toril and absorbed the powers of baatezu who had become stranded on that world.

He almost achieved lesser god status when his cult blossomed during the Harpstar Wars but the concerted effort of Bane, Bhaal, Loviatar and Talona crushed his followers to prevent such an occurrence.

Asmodeus Symbol

Asmodeus Symbol

Asmodeus, an archdevil before the Spellplague, Supreme of the Nine Hells (or Baator), was the god of sin. An ever ambitious and careful creature, Asmodeus retained his position all through the Reckoning of Hell, unlike many of the other archdevils. Asmodeus was lord of Nessus, the Ninth Layer of Hell, though he was generally recognized as lord of all of his divine dominion of Baator, which lay within the Astral Sea.

Asmodeus was the undisputed master of the Nine Hells, commanding fear and respect from all those who occupied his realm. Even the gods who dwelt in the Nine Hells gave Asmodeus his proper due. Though the archdevils might work to usurp him, few had the courage to act openly. Asmodeus’s machinations were long in the making, and they might take centuries, if not millennia, to see resolution. He worked on a grand scale, carefully constructing insidious and inexplicable intrigues, maneuvering the forces of wickedness like chess pieces on a board that encompasses all the planes. His core concerns were simple. First, he wanted the power structure currently in place to remain exactly as it stood, with him in charge. He had spies on every layer, plants in every court. No fiend knew for sure which of its minions actually served Asmodeus, so the climate was one of justified paranoia. Asmodeus also expanded evil. He directly opposed celestials and good-aligned deities. His minions combated the agents of the Celestial Planes, murdering them whenever and wherever they could. Finally, Asmodeus waged war against the demons throughout the period of the Blood War. He saw the untold legions as a direct threat to his supremacy. Asmodeus was aware of every plot hatched against him. Older than the oldest archdevil, he watched the rise and fall of other archdevils far craftier than any of Asmodeus’s contemporaries. He kept to himself, letting his minions stew in fear of what he would do next. Of course, few forgot that Asmodeus emerged unscathed in the Reckoning, proving to all that he was their better. On the Prime Material Plane, Asmodeus had more cultists than all the other archdevils combined. Mortals who worshiped devils actually drew power from Asmodeus. He influenced all levels of society and had followers of nearly every race, even within the strongest bastions for good. His path was the way to great and unattainable power, so his clerics were mighty men and women with influence and personal magnetism that made them natural leaders among their kind.

Asmodeus was depicted as the strongest, most cunning, and most beautiful of all devils. He was typically described as appearing as a human, 13 feet tall, he has lustrous dark skin and black hair, handsome and dangerous, his crimson eyes shown with infernal power, a pair of small sharp horns crowned his forehead. He dressed in regal finery of red and black robes studded with black diamonds and fiery rubies, which were of unimaginable expense. Beneath his clothing, Asmodeus’s body was covered in bloody wounds which he sustained when he fell from heaven. His wounds oozed blood daily, and the drops of his blood which touched the ground grew into powerful devils and demons.

Asmodeus was never seen without his Ruby Rod of Asmodeus, seemingly made of a single carved ruby that shone with the power of Hell, that served as a badge of office as well as having several powerful offensive and defensive powers. The Rod allowed Asmodeus to attack with elemental forces, force his enemies to cower in fear, or cover himself with a field which healed and protected him.

Asmodeus, chief of the Lords of the Nine.

Asmodeus, chief of the Lords of the Nine.

Like the other archdevils of Baator, Asmodeus had the ability to cast many spells at will, and it was nearly impossible to hurt him without the use of very powerful holy magic weapons. Asmodeus’s Ruby Rod allowed him to use several powerful offensive and defensive spells at will. In addition, Asmodeus had the power to alter the form of lesser devils, including the other lords of Baator. He transformed Mammon into a humanoid/serpent hybrid, and cursed Baalzebul with the form of a gigantic slug with tiny, useless arms.

In Dragon #28, the article “The Politics of Hell” by Alexander von Thorn details the history and politics of Hell. This gives a different history to that detailed below. Satan was more powerful than any other Devil, but lacked support, having been exiled from hell by Beelzebub following a revolution. Beelzebub (meaning Lord of the Arch Devils) was later himself overthrown by Asmodeus and was forever after known as Baalzebul (Lord of the Flies).

In the Book of Vile Darkness, it is stated that while Asmodeus is the oldest devil in the Nine Hells, he may not be the original ruler. However, the origin myth which appears in Fiendish Codex II: Tyrants of the Nine Hells contradicts this. According to the Codex, Asmodeus began as a servant of the lawful gods. Asmodeus is described in some versions of the myth as an “angel” (though this is self-contradictory given the time period during which this would have occurred). He was “the bravest, toughest, fiercest and most beautiful of angels.” He and the other angels were created to fight the demons of the Abyss, so that the gods could concern themselves with creating worlds and sentient beings.

After eons of fighting the creatures from the abyss, Asmodeus and some of his fellows began to change. They grew similar in appearance and methods to the demons which they fought. Afraid of his power and of the changes he had undergone, the gods put Asmodeus on trial and demanded that he be cast out of the Upper Planes. However, he argued effectively (and correctly) that he and his fellows had not violated the law. Asmodeus and his followers successfully sued for access to the Upper Planes and the honors to which they were entitled.

Once the gods created worlds and sentient beings, the demons attacked these, too. The gods created mountains, oceans, and wastelands to seal up the gates to the Abyss, but their creations defied their orders and explored their worlds, accidentally unsealing the gates. The gods could not understand why their creations did not follow their instructions, until Asmodeus explained to them that their system did not work because it relied solely upon voluntary compliance. Asmodeus explained that the only way to ensure obedience was to threaten mortals with a disincentive; hence, Asmodeus invented the concept of punishment.

Asmodeus convinced the gods to sign a contract called the Pact Primeval. This contract allowed Asmodeus and his fellow devils to take up residence in the abandoned realm of Baator, to punish the souls of wicked mortals, and to extract magical energy from the souls under their care in order to fuel their powers. Otherwise, Asmodeus reasoned, they would have to be granted the powers of godhood in order to do their job, which the current gods would surely find unacceptable.

At first, the gods found the arrangement agreeable. However, they eventually realized that fewer and fewer mortal souls were ascending to the Upper Planes, and Asmodeus was deliberately tempting mortals to damnation. When they arrived in Baator, the gods found that Asmodeus had turned it into a nightmarish world of endless suffering, filled with countless new devils. When called to account for his actions, Asmodeus uttered the famous words, “Read the fine print.”

This story is presented as mythology, and the Codex itself admits that it does not tell the whole truth. For example, it is known that Asmodeus did not depart from the Upper Planes under amicable circumstances: He was cast out, and literally fell into the Lower Planes, sustaining serious wounds which have never healed. Part of Asmodeus’ long-term plans includes using the magical energy harvested from souls in order to heal his wounds, and ultimately, the complete destruction of the Upper Planes.

The names of the “gods” involved seem to change depending on what world and source the myth is told on, and some aspects and versions of the origin myth contradict others. For example, the version told in the Fiendish Codex II states that St. Cuthbert became a distinct deity when he agreed with Asmodeus that “Retribution is the basis of all law,” while the Deities & Demigods sourcebook states that he is a mortal who ascended to godhood.

The Manual of the Planes suggests a similar but different story. According to the section about the Nine Hells, Asmodeus’ true form is that of a giant serpent, hundreds of miles long. He was cast out of the Upper Planes before the creation of the current gods, and his fall created the 8th and 9th planes of Hell. He is currently still recovering from his wounds in the pits of the 9th level, and his devil form is just an avatar of the real Asmodeus. No one who tells the story of the true form of Asmodeus survives more than 24 hours after the telling.

In the Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide, Asmodeus is established as an ancient deity who was relegated to the position of archdevil and toiled for untold millenia to regain his divinity.

When Dweomerheart collapsed in the wake of Mystra’s death, her servant Azuth fell into the Hells where Asmodeus, sensing his opportunity, devoured the lesser deity and became a god himself. He then ended the Blood War by forcing the Abyss underneath the Elemental Chaos.