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Azers (plazers[3] orazer[5]; pronounced: /ˈzɜːrAY-zur[6] about this audio file listen) were elemental creatures native to the Elemental Plane of Fire and Elemental Chaos.[7]


Azers bore a resemblance to dwarves, but with brass-colored skin and hair, their hair and beards composed of flames. Azer bodies were so hot that their weapons conducted heat, so much so that any creature within reach of an azer was injured by the intense heat.[7] Many azers wore kilts and apron-like garments made from beaten brass, bronze, or copper.[3][4][5]


Azer often wielded broad-bladed javelins and mallet-like weaponry in combat.[4]


Azer society was best described as communal, as every individual had a place in society and matters of the state were more important than that of the individual. Living within fortresses made of bronze on the Elemental Plane of Fire, azer nobles wielded absolute power.[3] Their outposts and cities were typically complexes of tower built from basalt, granite, or metal. Within these cities they grew strange trees with metallic bark and leaves.[4]

Despite loving gems and constantly waging war against the efreet, Azers never started a fight unless the foe was carrying gems and in which case they might take them prisoner.[3]


Azers were often slaves of fire giants and titans.[7] As for the other races, azers despised efreet, with whom they were often at war.[3] They maintained good relations with the yak folk found on the planes.[8]

Azer often acted as servants of the deities Dumathoin, Gorm Gulthyn, Kossuth, Laduguer, and Moradin.[9]


Some sages claimed that dwarves were once all enslaved to giants and titans; modern dwarves descended from those who escaped slavery, while azers were the descendants of those who'd remained enslaved and were unable to escape their captors. Exposure to the Plane of Fire produced their unique fire qualities.[2]

Others maintained that azers were in fact native to the Elemental Plane of Fire and that their dwarvish appearance was merely a façade.[1]

The azers had once been allies of the efreet, and even helped build the City of Brass. When construction was finished, the efreet betrayed the azers, trying to enslave them to prevent their knowledge of the city's secrets from spreading. Since then, the fact that the azers knew secret ways into the city had prevented the efreet from unleashing an all-out conflict, so that only skirmishes between them happened.[1]

At some point, the archmage Trobriand summoned five azers to work for him on his layer of Trobriand's Graveyard in Undermountain. Later, the gnome Zox Clammersham was able to trick them into serving him, claiming to be Trobriand's apprentice.[10]

Notable azer


See Also

  • Noble azer



Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage
The Gossamer Plain
Video games
Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide

External Links

  • Nwnwiki logo.png Azer article at the NWNWiki, a wiki for the Neverwinter Nights games.
  • Eberron logo.png Azer article at the Eberron Wiki, a wiki for the Eberron campaign setting.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford, Christopher Perkins (2014-09-30). Monster Manual 5th edition. Edited by Scott Fitzgerald Gray. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 22. ISBN 978-0786965614.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Mike Mearls, Stephen Schubert, James Wyatt (June 2008). Monster Manual 4th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 22–23. ISBN 978-0-7869-4852-9.
  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 Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual v.3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 21–22. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 Wolfgang Baur (1993). Secrets of the Lamp (Monstrous Compendium Pages). (TSR, Inc.). ISBN 1-56076-647-6.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Gary Gygax (August 1983). Monster Manual II 1st edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 12. ISBN 0-88038-031-4.
  6. Frank Mentzer (January 1985). “Ay pronunseeAYshun gyd”. In Kim Mohan ed. Dragon #93 (TSR, Inc.), p. 25.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Mike Mearls, Stephen Schubert, James Wyatt (June 2008). Monster Manual 4th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 22. ISBN 978-0-7869-4852-9.
  8. Wolfgang Baur (November 1997). “Campaign Classics: The Roof of the World”. In Dave Gross ed. Dragon #241 (TSR, Inc.), pp. 88–95.
  9. Sean K. Reynolds (2002-05-04). Deity Do's and Don'ts (Zipped PDF). Web Enhancement for Faiths and Pantheons. Wizards of the Coast. pp. 10–15. Archived from the original on 2016-11-01. Retrieved on 2018-09-08.
  10. Christopher Perkins (November 2018). Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage. Edited by Jeremy Crawford. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 177. ISBN 978-0-7869-6626-4.
  11. Thomas M. Reid (May 2007). The Gossamer Plain. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 222. ISBN 978-0786940240.
  12. Thomas M. Reid (May 2007). The Gossamer Plain. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 223. ISBN 978-0786940240.


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