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Alu-fiends (pronounced: /ˈælfindÆL-oo-feend[2]) were the product of successful procreation between a succubus and a male mortal (usually human).[citation needed] The male equivalent to an alu-fiend was generally called a cambion. Successive offspring from either (with mortals) were demonic tieflings.[citation needed]


Females were, generally, attractive or beautiful, going to great lengths at times to conceal their needle-like teeth and diminutive wings. They often possessed a high degree of sexual proclivity. Males, however, were harder to distinguish, as its "cousin", the cambion (produced from a female mortal), possessed many of the same "abyssal" traits. This led to a diminishing use of the patrilineal- and matrilineal-influenced terms as a whole; rather, products of both partnerings were considered "half-fiend".[citation needed]


Alu-fiends were known to serve the goddess of bad luck Beshaba, with two of the winged creatures being among the deity's closest attendants.[3]

Notable Alu-Fiends[]

A tapestry depicting an alu-fiend and a knight.

Though apparently not the daughter of a succubus, Graz'zt's daughter Thraxxia appeared in the form of an alu-fiend.[6]



Alu-fiends, also referred to as alu-demons, first appeared in the Monster Manual II 1st edition. They were described in the Monstrous Compendium Outer Planes Appendix and the Monstrous Compendium Planescape Appendix. While their exact statistics varied slightly, the general concept as the offspring of a succubus and a mortal male remained true.

Although alu-fiends were mostly evil in 2nd edition, in 3rd edition at least some of them were chaotic neutral.[7]

In the 3rd-edition Dungeons & Dragons, half-fiends are presented as a more general template, in lieu of specific entries for each instance. There was no specific publishing of an alu-fiend template by official sources. However, a half-succubus template was included in a Dragon magazine[8] and in a web article written by Robert Wiese, on half-fiendish variety, that appears on the Wizards of the Coast website.


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See Also[]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual v.3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 147–148. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
  2. Frank Mentzer (January 1985). “Ay pronunseeAYshun gyd”. In Kim Mohan ed. Dragon #93 (TSR, Inc.), p. 25.
  3. Kate Novak, Jeff Grubb (December 1997). Tymora's Luck. (TSR, Inc.), chap. 1, p. 8. ISBN 0-7869-0726-6.
  4. Thomas M. Reid (May 2007). The Gossamer Plain. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 978-0786940240.
  5. Jason Carl (May 2000). The Dungeon of Death. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 978-1560761327.
  6. Dale Donovan (May 1998). For Duty & Deity. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 33. ISBN 0-7869-1234-0.
  7. Carl Sargent (1995). Night Below. (TSR, Inc.), pp. 14, BookIII–TheSunlessSea. ISBN B01MRIGIR9.
  8.  (May 2007). “Scale Mail”. Dragon #355 (Paizo Publishing, LLC), p. 10.



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