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The archdevils were powerful, unique devils. The most powerful archdevils were the Lords of the Nine.

HierarchyEdit

The position of archdevils in the hierarchy of Baator was clear: archdevils were the most powerful and were, therefore, on top. The most powerful of the archdevils were the archdukes, also called the Lords of the Nine. Other archdevils were dukes, ruling portions of a layer, generals, or bureaucrats of various sorts.[2]

Archdevils by layerEdit

Archdevils of AvernusEdit

Zariel 
The Lord of the First and commander of the diabolical armies in the Blood War, Zariel was a fallen angel and had been appointed to her archdukedom by Asmodeus himself.
Bel 
A general under the command of Zariel and a former archduke himself.

Under Tiamat's rule of Avernus, her generals included the archdevils Amduscias and Malphas.[3]


Archdevils of DisEdit

Dispater

Dispater, Lord of Dis

Dispater 
The Lord of the Second, Dispater rarely left his Iron Tower due to his extreme paranoia.
Lilis 
The loyal consort of Dispater.[3]
Titivilus 
Although not very powerful personally, Titivilus was Dispater's closest adviser.
Bitru 
A duke of Dis in the service of Dispater.[4]
Arioch 
A vassal of Dispater who meted out vengeance on those who dared defy his master.[3]
Biffant 
The loyal provost of Dispater.[3]
Merodach 
A duke of Dis.[3]
Alocer 
A duke of Dis.[3]

Archdevils of MinaurosEdit

Mammon 
The ruler of Minauros and patron of greed.
Bael 
A powerful general in the service of Mammon.
Focalor 
The cautious seneschal of Mammon.[3]
Caarcrinolaas 
A duke of Minauros.[3]
Melchon 
A duke of Minauros.[3]

Archdevils of PhlegethosEdit

Belial and Fierna

Belial & Fierna, Lords of Phlegethos

Fierna 
The official Lord of the Fourth.
Belial 
The father of Fierna as well as her predecessor, Belial was in part the power behind the throne of Phlegethos.
Chamo 
An archdevil who served Belial as legate.[3]
Balan 
A duke of Phelgethos who served Belial.[3]
Bathym 
A duke of Phlegethos who served Belial.[3]
Gaziel 
A duke of Phlegethos who served Belial.[3]

Archdevils of StygiaEdit

Levistus 
The Lord of the Fifth, Levistus, was imprisoned in an iceberg by Asmodeus for past crimes. He was therefore forced to telepathically relay instructions to his minions, even as he also had to deal with his predecessor's continued existence.
Geryon 
The deposed Lord of the Fifth, Geryon was a savage archdevil who sought to reclaim his former position.
Cozbi 
The consort of Geryon.[3]
Gorson 
The bailiff of Geryon.[3]
Herodias 
An archdevil who served Geryon as a magistrate.[3]
Amon 
A vassal and former duke in the service of Geryon.[4]
Agares 
A vassal and duke under Geryon's reign.[3]
Machalas 
The weakest duke who served Geryon.[3]

Archdevils of MalbolgeEdit

Glasya 
The daughter of Asmodeus, Glasya was the Lord of the Sixth.

Archdevils of MaladominiEdit

Baalzebul 
Also called the Lord of Lies, the Lord of the Seventh was the repulsive fallen angel who was once called Triel.
Baftis 

The quiet consort of Baalzebul.[5]

Neabaz 
The herald of Baalzebul.[5]
Barbatos 
The marshal of Maladomini.[5]
Abigor 
A duke of Maladomini.[5]
Zepar 
A duke of Maladomini.[5]

Archdevils of CaniaEdit

Mephistopheles - Eric Deschamps

Mephistopheles, by Eric Deschamps

Mephistopheles 
The Lord of Cania, Mephistopheles was always plotting against Asmodeus.
Baalphegor 
Consort of Mephistopheles and quite possibly the reason why the Lord of the Eighth was not demoted.
Hutijin 
A duke of Cania and powerful general who loyally served Mephistopheles.
Bele 
The justiciar of Cania.[5]
Adonides 
The steward of Cania.[5]
Barbas 
An archdevil who served Mephistopheles as chamberlain.[5]
Bifrons 
A powerful duke and vassal of Mephistopheles.[5]

Archdevils of NessusEdit

Asmodeus - Eric Deschamps

Asmodeus, chief of the Lords of the Nine.

Asmodeus 

The Lord of the Ninth and King of the Hells, Asmodeus was deity in his own right.

Adramalech 
The Chancellor of Hell and Keeper of Records, Adramalech answered only to Asmodeus.[5]
Phongor 
The dreaded Inquisitor of Hell.[5]
Buer 
A duke of Nessus.[5]
Bune 
A duke of Nessus.[5]
Morax 
A duke of Nessus.[5]
Rimmon 
A duke of Nessus[5] and former Lord of the Eighth.[citation needed]
Zagum 
A duke in the service of Asmodeus.[5]

Other ArchdevilsEdit

Of course, due to the nature of politics in the Nine Hells, archdevils wound up exiled or dead at various times. Some exiles remained in the Nine Hells (such as Geryon and his court, listed above), while others were forced to leave completely.

Additionally, the dragon goddess Tiamat spent some time as an archdevil after her Untheric aspect was killed. She was ruler of Avernus during her time there.

Exiled ArchdevilsEdit

Some archdevils, former archdukes, were exiled or imprisoned, but survived. These included:

Gargauth 

A once-powerful archdevil who left the Hells for unknown reason.

Malkizid 

Also called The Branded King, Malkizid was a fallen solar who became an archdevil. He appeared similar to a solar, but with white skin, gray feathered wings, and bird-like talons on his hands and feet. He was exiled after earning Asmodeus' disfavor, and went to reside in the Blood Rift.

Nergal 

An archdevil exiled by Asmodeus.[3]

Moloch 

Former Lord of the Sixth, Moloch was exiled for rebellion by Asmodeus. The various vassals and servitors of Moloch, now presumably deposed and possibly exiled as well, included his consort Lilith, his legate Tartach, and the tribune Bileth.[5]

Other exiled archdevils included Armaros,[6] Azazel,[6] Bist,[3] Cahor,[6] Caim,[3] Duskur,[6] Jaqon,[6] Kochbiel,[6] Malarea,[6] Nisroch,[6] and Rumjal,[6] all of whom lived as wandering outcasts in Avernus.

Deceased ArchdevilsEdit

Bensozia 

The consort of Asmodeus and Queen of the Hells, Bensozia was slain by Levistus.[5]

Naome 

The consort of Belial and mother of Fierna.[3]

Beherit 

The original Lord of Sixth.[citation needed]

AppendixEdit

Further ReadingEdit

ConnectionsEdit

The Lords of the Nine
Asmodeus
The Archdevils
BaalzebulBelialDispaterFiernaGlasyaLevistusMammonMephistophelesZariel
Other Unique Devils
BelGargauthGeryonThe Hag CountessMolochTiamat
Baatezu
Least: AdvespaLemureMerregonNupperibo
Lesser: Abishai (BlackBlueGreenRedWhite)BarbazuHamatulaNarzugonOsyluthSpinagon
Greater: AmnizuCornugonErinyesGelugonPaeliryonPit fiendWar devil
Miscellaneous Devils
Alu-fiendArchdevilCambionFimbrul devilHellcatImpKytonSeared devilSuccubusTar devil

ReferencesEdit

  1. Monte Cook (Oct 2002). Book of Vile Darkness. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 143–165. ISBN 0-7869-0672-3.
  2. Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford (May 29, 2018). Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes. Edited by Kim Mohan, Michele Carter. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 17. ISBN 978-0786966240.
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 3.17 3.18 3.19 3.20 3.21 Ed Greenwood (July 1983). “The Nine Hells, Part I”. In Kim Mohan ed. Dragon #75 (TSR, Inc.), pp. 16–33.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Gary Gygax (July 1983). “From the Sorcerer's Scroll: New denizens of devildom”. In Kim Mohan ed. Dragon #75 (TSR, Inc.), pp. 8–14.
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 5.12 5.13 5.14 5.15 5.16 5.17 Ed Greenwood (August 1983). “The Nine Hells, Part II”. In Kim Mohan ed. Dragon #76 (TSR, Inc.), pp. 22–44.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 6.8 Ed Greenwood (November 1984). “Nine Hells revisited”. In Kim Mohan ed. Dragon #91 (TSR, Inc.), pp. 18–34.
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