Demons were the most widespread type of fiends.[citation needed] They were usually chaotic evil by nature, and were native to the Abyss. Demons had no true rulers, though powerful demon lords and deities were able to gain enough power and influence to gain control over sizable armies of demonic creatures. They were also the sworn enemies of the devils, though their ageless Blood War came to a cool upon Asmodeus' ascendance to godhood.

Subcategories of demons[edit | edit source]

There are three subcategories of demons:

Obyriths were ancient, powerful demons who once ruled the Abyss and were responsible for creating the tanar'ri demons as slaves.
The most numerous of the demonic races, they were originally slaves of the obyrith before overthrowing their masters.
The youngest race of demons, loumara demons tended to immaterial but capable of possession of various things.

Other demons[edit | edit source]

A goristro, immolith, and hezrou.

Not all known demons fit into one of the above races. Such non-typed demons included:

  • Bebelith, massive, highly aggressive spider-like demons.
  • Blood fiend, huge, four-armed abominations that fed on the blood of other fiends.
  • Deathdrinkers, egocentric demons that collected dead souls.
  • Ghazneth, humanoid, winged demons with differing magical abilities.
  • Ghour, demons that took the appearance of monstrous minotaurs, ghour demons served (and were likely created by) the demon prince Baphomet.
  • Maw demons (also called Abyssal maws), horrible looking, constantly hungry demons.
  • Nashrous, animalistic predators that hunted in packs.
  • Kazrith, aquatic demons that poisoned their prey.
  • Quasit, the demonic equivalent of the imp, were small, insidious winged demons with paralyzing claws.
  • Retriever, mindless, spider-like constructs that were created to serve stronger demons of the Abyss.
  • Shadow demon, mysterious demons with a wraith-like appearance.
  • Shoosuva, large, hyena-like demons that were created by and served the demon lord Yeenoghu.
  • Skulvyn, bestial aquatic demons with a slowing aura.
  • Whisper demons, incorporeal demons of insanity that drove mortals to suicide.
  • Yochlol, shapechanging demons that were created by and served Lolth.

Demon Lords[edit | edit source]

Main article: Demon lord
Demon lords, or Abyssal lords, were powerful demons that commanded many other demons and ruled a layer of the Abyss. Each demon lord had a unique appearance and set of abilities. The most powerful demons lords were called demon princes. Since demons had no set hierarchy, both titles were self-proclaimed, and the demon lords and princes fought against each other constantly. Demon lords were also considered archfiends.

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