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Demons were the most widespread type of fiends. 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]
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]
- archfiends. 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
Appendix[edit | edit source]
Further Reading[edit | edit source]
- Monte Cook (Oct 2002). Book of Vile Darkness. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0-7869-0672-3.
- James Jacobs (March 2006). “The Demonomicon of Iggwilv: Baphomet: Prince of Beasts”. In Erik Mona ed. Dragon #341 (Paizo Publishing, LLC), pp. 20–33.
- James Jacobs (November 2006). “The Demonomicon of Iggwilv: Dagon: Prince of Darkened Depths”. In Erik Mona ed. Dragon #349 (Paizo Publishing, LLC), pp. 30–45.
- James Jacobs (July 2005). “The Demonomicon of Iggwilv: Fraz-Urb'luu: Prince of Deception”. In Erik Mona ed. Dragon #333 (Paizo Publishing, LLC), pp. 24–39.
- James Jacobs (July 2006). “The Demonomicon of Iggwilv: Kostchtchie: Prince of Wrath”. In Erik Mona ed. Dragon #345 (Paizo Publishing, LLC), pp. 20–33.
- James Jacobs (March 2005). “The Demonomicon of Iggwilv: Pazuzu: Prince of the Lower Aerial Kingdoms”. In Erik Mona ed. Dragon #329 (Paizo Publishing, LLC), pp. 56–67.
- James Jacobs (November 2005). “The Demonomicon of Iggwilv: Zuggtmoy: Queen of Fungi”. In Erik Mona ed. Dragon #337 (Paizo Publishing, LLC), pp. 36–54.
- Eric Cagle, Jesse Decker, James Jacobs, Erik Mona, Matthew Sernett, Chris Thomasson, and James Wyatt (April 2003). Fiend Folio. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0-7869-2780-1.
- Jeff Grubb, Bruce R. Cordell, David Noonan (September 2001). Manual of the Planes 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0-7869-1850-8.
- Gary Gygax (December 1977). Monster Manual, 1st edition. (TSR, Inc). ISBN 0-9356-9600-8.
- Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual v.3.5. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
- Ed Bonny, Jeff Grubb, Rich Redman, Skip Williams, and Steve Winter (September 2002). Monster Manual II 3rd edition. (TSR, Inc). ISBN 07-8692-873-5.
- Andrew Finch, Gwendolyn Kestrel, Chris Perkins (August 2004). Monster Manual III. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0-7869-3430-1.
- Gwendolyn F.M. Kestrel (July 2006). Monster Manual IV. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0-7869-3920-6.
- Cordell, Bruce R. Expanded Psionics Handbook (Wizards of the Coast, 2004). ISBN 0-7869-3301-1
- James Jacobs, Erik Mona, and Ed Stark. Fiendish Codex I: Hordes of the Abyss (Wizards of the Coast, 2006)
- Colin McComb. Faces of Evil: The Fiends (TSR, 1997). ISBN 0-7869-0684-7
- Lester W. Smith and Wolfgang Baur. Planes of Chaos (TSR, 1994).
- Doug Stewart, ed. Monstrous Manual (TSR, 1994).
- James Wyatt and Rob Heinsoo. Monstrous Compendium: Monsters of Faerûn (Wizards of the Coast, 2001).
External Links[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford, Christopher Perkins (2014-09-30). Monster Manual 5th edition. Edited by Scott Fitzgerald Gray. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 50–65. ISBN 978-0786965614.
- Mike Mearls, Stephen Schubert, James Wyatt (June 2008). Monster Manual 4th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 52–58. ISBN 978-0-7869-4852-9.
Connections[edit | edit source]
Achaierai • Barghest • Hell hound • Howler • Larva • Maelephant • Night hag • Nightmare • Rakshasa • Succubus • Vargouille • Yeth hound
Fiendish creature • Half-fiend (Alu-fiend • Cambion • Draegloth • Durzagon) • Tiefling (Fey'ri • Maeluth • Tanarukk)
Dybbuk • Guecubu • Manitou
Adaru • Alkilith • Armanite • Arrow demon • Babau • Balor • Bar-lgura • Bulezau • Cerebrilith • Chasme • Dretch • Glabrezu • Goristro • Hezrou • Kastighur • Klurichir • Mane • Marilith • Maurezhi • Molydeus • Nabassu • Nalfeshnee • Rutterkin • Sorrowsworn • Succubus • Uridezu • Vrock • Yochlol
Alu-fiend • Bebilith • Cambion • Draudnu • Ghour • Immolith • Kazrith • Maw demon • Quasit • Retriever • Shadow demon • Shoosuva • Sibriex • Wastrilith