Adimarchus, called the Demon Prince of Madness, was a demon lord and the former ruler of the abyssal layer of Occipitus.[2]

Description[edit | edit source]

Adimarchus had two forms, and could shift between them at will. The first one was reminiscent of his past self as a planetar: a beautiful androgynous angel with pale purple skin, a pair of metallic golden wings, and black eyes. While similar in stature, his second form had ash-black skin and white eyes, and the wings were replaced by four shadowy tentacles ending in lamprey's maws. In both forms, Adimarchus' right eye burned with a smoking flame, a sign bestowed on any creature destined to rule Occipitus.[2]

Powers[edit | edit source]

As the ruler of Occipitus, Adimarchus could draw tremendous evil power from the fabric of the layer itself. He could remake the landscape with a wave of his hand, and could control magic use across the layer. He had the power to create powerful mummy lords[1] and to summon other tanar'ri and he had access to various spell-like abilities.[2]

As the Demon Prince of Madness, Adimarchus had the power to plant fragments of his consciousness into the minds of distant creatures, even on different planes.[2]

History[edit | edit source]

Adimarchus was a fallen planetar[1] who once led a demonic army with the goal to invade Celestia. During that battle and in order to contain the invasion, the angels detached a portion of the plane and cast it into the Abyss, where it merged with the existing layer of Occipitus.[2]

Adimarchus survived the battle, and became the ruler of the layer by incorporating the wreckage of Celestia into Occipitus, becoming a demon lord in the process. As a demon lord he often waged war against his most powerful rival, the demon lord Graz'zt.[1]

During his reign, Adimarchus created the Test of the Smoking eye, a difficult challenge that would be used to find a suitable successor should anything happen to him.[1]

After several hundred years of rule, Adimarchus was betrayed by Athux, the son of Graz'zt, and disappeared from Occipitus.[3][4] He was imprisoned in Orthrys, the first layer of Carceri, where he was driven to madness.[2][5] Some sages suggested that Adimarchus's deposition, together with Waukeen's imprisonment in Azzagrat in 1370 DR and his numerous other schemes, was a component of Graz'zt's plot to unify all demons of the Abyss.[6][7]

Appendix[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 David Noonan (February 2004). “Test of the Smoking Eye”. In Erik Mona ed. Dungeon #107 (Paizo Publishing, LLC), p. 62.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Christopher Perkins (November 2004). “Asylum”. In Erik Mona ed. Dungeon #116 (Paizo Publishing, LLC), pp. 61–62.
  3. Ed Stark, James Jacobs, Erik Mona (June 13, 2006). Fiendish Codex I: Hordes of the Abyss. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 65. ISBN 0-7869-3919-2.
  4. Mike Mearls, Brian R. James, Steve Townshend (July 2010). Demonomicon. Edited by Scott Fitzgerald Gray. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 58. ISBN 978-0786954926.
  5. James Jacobs (October 2007). “The Demonomicon of Iggwilv: Graz'zt, the Dark Prince”. In Kim Mohan ed. Dragon #360 (Wizards of the Coast), p. 13. Archived from the original on 2009-06-03. Retrieved on 2019-08-27.
  6. James Jacobs (October 2007). “The Demonomicon of Iggwilv: Graz'zt, the Dark Prince”. In Kim Mohan ed. Dragon #360 (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 13–14. Archived from the original on 2009-06-03. Retrieved on 2019-08-27.
  7. Dale Donovan (May 1998). For Duty & Deity. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 3. ISBN 0-7869-1234-0.
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