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Baphomet (pronounced: /bɑːˈfmɛtba-FOM-et[9] about this audio file listen or: /ˈbɑːfʌmɛtBAF-u-met[9] about this audio file listen or: /ˈbɑːfmɛtBAF-oh-met[10]) was a demon lord who ruled a layer of the Abyss called the Endless Maze. He was the Prince of Beasts and the Demon Lord of Minotaurs, an embodiment of savagery and an insidious force that wormed its way into the heart of his followers to deceive them into embracing brutality.[citation needed]

We are all beasts, and only delusion prevents you from seeing the truth.
— Oostarix, Eater of Men and cultist of Baphomet.[11]

Description

Baphomet had the appearance of a 12 ft (3.7 m) tall humanoid with a bull's head, a bovine tail, and broad, stubby hands and feet. His body was covered with coarse black hair. His horns curved downward and outward.

Powers

Baphomet could spit out gouts of unholy water.[citation needed]

Possessions

He wielded a giant bardiche.

Realm

Baphomet's realm was the Endless Maze, the 600th layer of the Abyss, supposedly infinite in size. Here, Baphomet dwelt in his palace, the Lyktion, and spent his time creating various new demonic breeds in his infamous Tower of Science. Some of his more successful creations were the goristroi, the bulezaus, the ghours, and the feral ankashars.[citation needed]

Relationships

Baphomet, the Horned King.

Baphomet hated Yeenoghu, and the two were bitter enemies. They'd warred against each other for as long as they could remember, and both forgot the origin of their feud. Baphomet's other enemies included the demon lord Orcus who imprisoned him,[12] and the Demon Queen of Harpies, Ardat.[13]

The hatred between Baphomet and Yeenoghu started with an alliance. Both lords had allied to invade an elven kingdom, but were eventually pushed back by the elves, Bahamut, and an alliance of good dragons. Both demon lords blamed the other for the defeat.[citation needed]

Baphomet had an unusual relationship (for a tanar'ri) with Pale Night, who shared his lair. The two were neighbors with what amounted to an unofficial noninterference pact, as Pale Night's influence did not really extend much further than the edges of her plateau. Though they never joined forces to accomplish a goal, it was possible that any attempt to lay siege to the holdings of one might provoke the other.[4]

Worshipers

Horned King! Remove the veil of deception and reveal unto us the true nature of mortality!
— A knight of the Horned King[11]

Baphomet had a multitude of minotaur, ogre, and giant followers and minions. He was also served by ghour demons, a race of demons resembling burly, hairless minotaurs that commanded troops of these mortal minions. He sought to use them to further his schemes, notably to gain the upper hand in his battles against Yeenoghu. A multitude of other twisted creatures revered Baphomet as well, some becoming his thralls, and if they pleased their bestial patron, they would be granted rulership of a portion of the Endless Maze. Those who displeased Baphomet were eaten.[citation needed]

Cult of Baphomet

Cultists of Baphomet rampaging.

Baphomet increasingly attracted a following amongst minotaurs. A multitude of other twisted creatures revered Baphomet as well, some becoming his thralls, and if they pleased their bestial patron, they would be granted rulership of a portion of the Endless Maze. Those who displeased Baphomet were eaten, of course.[citation needed]

Baphomet granted spells as a lesser deity[5] and had as his symbol a twisted circular maze awash in blood.[4]

History

By the Year of the Prince, 1357 DR, Baphoment had been captured by an alliance between Yeenoghu and Orcus and resided as prisoner in Orcus' layer.[12][14][note 2]

Rumors and Legends

It was suggested that Baphomet began his existence as a mortal creature, though it was unclear whether he was a beast that lived as a man or a man who lived as a beast. It was also suggested that he was cursed by the gods for daring to treat them like cattle, and thus banished to the Abyss. In any case, Baphomet reveled in his power, seeing the curse more as a blessing.[citation needed]

Appendix

See Also

Background

The D&D demon lord Baphomet is based on the middle-eastern entity Baphomet, whom the Knights Templar were later accused of worshiping and later adopted in Western occultism. His appearance is similarly based on the goat-like figure depicted by occultist Eliphas Lévi. Baphomet first appeared in D&D in the 1st-edition Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth (1982)

Notes

  1. Baphomet had vengeance and minotaurs as his portfolio according to the Realms source Giantcraft. According to the Core and Planescape sources Monster Mythology and On Hallowed Ground, it was battle and minotaurs instead.
  2. The year 1357 DR was derived from the event of King Virdin's death which is mentioned as a past event in The Throne of Bloodstone on page 3.

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Appearances

Adventures
The Throne of BloodstoneOut of the AbyssBaldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus
Novels
Referenced only
Archmage

Sources & Further Reading

References

  1. Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford (May 29, 2018). Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes. Edited by Kim Mohan, Michele Carter. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 142–143. ISBN 978-0786966240.
  2. Christopher Perkins, Adam Lee, Richard Whitters (September 1, 2015). Out of the Abyss. Edited by Jeremy Crawford. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 234–235. ISBN 978-0-7869-6581-6.
  3. James Jacobs (March 2006). “The Demonomicon of Iggwilv: Baphomet: Prince of Beasts”. In Erik Mona ed. Dragon #341 (Paizo Publishing, LLC), p. 27.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Ed Stark, James Jacobs, Erik Mona (June 13, 2006). Fiendish Codex I: Hordes of the Abyss. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 58–59. ISBN 0-7869-3919-2.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Eric L. Boyd, Erik Mona (May 2002). Faiths and Pantheons. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 221. ISBN 0-7869-2759-3.
  6. Ray Winninger (September 1995). Giantcraft. Edited by Karen S. Boomgarden. (TSR, Inc.), pp. 56–67. ISBN 0-7869-0163-2.
  7. Carl Sargent (May 1992). Monster Mythology. (TSR, Inc), p. 81. ISBN 1-5607-6362-0.
  8. Colin McComb (1996). On Hallowed Ground. Edited by Ray Vallese. (TSR, Inc), p. 176. ISBN 0-7869-0430-5.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Frank Mentzer (January 1985). “Ay pronunseeAYshun gyd”. In Kim Mohan ed. Dragon #93 (TSR, Inc.), p. 25.
  10. Adam Lee, Christopher Perkins (September 17, 2019). Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 4. ISBN 0786966769.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Robert J. Schwalb (November 2008). “The Demonomicon of Iggwilv: Baphomet, the Prince of Beasts”. In Chris Youngs ed. Dragon #369 (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 18–30.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Douglas Niles and Michael Dobson (1988). The Throne of Bloodstone. (TSR, Inc), p. 64. ISBN 0-8803-8560-X.
  13. James Jacobs (September 2007). “The Demonomicon of Iggwilv: Apocrypha”. In Erik Mona ed. Dragon #359 (Paizo Publishing, LLC), p. 57.
  14. Brian R. James, Ed Greenwood (September 2007). The Grand History of the Realms. Edited by Kim Mohan, Penny Williams. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 142. ISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.

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