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Abishai (pronounced: /ˈæbɪʃÆB-i-shy[3] Loudspeaker listen), also known as scaly devils,[4] were medium-sized baatezu devils from the first two circles of the Nine Hells, who were servants of Tiamat. They were guards and torturers.[5]

Tiamat is a force of Chaos bound to a place of Law. Are abishai her servants or her jailors?
  — Mordenkainen

DescriptionEdit

They resembled cornugons, the only difference was their color and the size.[citation needed] They could be found in various colors: red, white, black, green and blue.[5]

CombatEdit

In battle, they relied on their claws, but the elder ones could possess some magic abilities, such as opening a gate between the Nine Hells and the Prime Material Plane, and some lesser confusing spells.[citation needed]

HistoryEdit

During the Time of Troubles, a group of thirteen abishai were marooned in Unther. The Cult of the Dragon in Unther considered this a blessing from Tiamat. Each of the thirteen maintained a lair in the Underdark below the city of Unthalass. In truth, Tiamat did not send them as a blessing; the thirteen enjoyed their freedom from serving Tiamat, and the high priest of the Cult was blackmailing them into following his orders lest he send them back to Tiamat in Hell.[5]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford (May 29, 2018). Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes. Edited by Kim Mohan, Michele Carter. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 160–163. ISBN 978-0786966240.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 James Wyatt and Rob Heinsoo (February 2001). Monster Compendium: Monsters of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 12–14. ISBN 0-7869-1832-2.
  3. Frank Mentzer (January 1985). “Ay pronunseeAYshun gyd”. In Kim Mohan ed. Dragon #93 (TSR, Inc.), p. 25.
  4. Gary Gygax (August 1983). Monster Manual II 1st edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 45. ISBN 0-88038-031-4.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 James Wyatt and Rob Heinsoo (February 2001). Monster Compendium: Monsters of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 12–14. ISBN 0-7869-1832-2.

ConnectionsEdit

Baatezu
Least: AdvespaLemureNupperibo
Lesser: AbishaiBarbazuHamatulaMalebrancheSpinagon
Greater: AmnizuCornugonErinyesGelugonOsyluthPit fiend
Miscellaneous Devils
Alu-fiendArchdevilCambionDuergarFimbrul devilHellcatImpKytonSeared devilSuccubusTar devil