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Glasya was a Princess of the Nine Hells and ruler of Malbolge, the sixth layer of Hell. She was the daughter of Asmodeus and was noted as being one of the most powerful and influential of the female devils,[2][12] as well as one of the most unpredictable Lords of the Nine.[5]

Of course I love my father. Without him, whom
would I have to strive against?
  — Glasya[5]

DescriptionEdit

Glasya was said to resemble a succubus.[2] Possessing small horns, a forked tail, and leathery wings - but her skin was of a copper hue.[11][13]

PersonalityEdit

Much like her father, Glasya had a propensity for cruelty and concocting dark schemes,[2] which her rise to power as Lord of Malbolge did little to quell as she still openly flouted the rules of Hell at her leisure. Due to this inherent defiance, mortals who went up against overwhelming odds with bold plans often drew her attention, in some cases even her respect and patronage.[5]

Glasya was also known to be very mischievous and teasing, delighting in engaging in verbal games with the virtuous people her servants captured. Whenever she spoke it came across as very articulate.[14][15]

CombatEdit

Glasya rarely engaged in direct combat against her foes. Instead preferring to teleport[10] or fly around them, then using her powers to dominate their mind and summon baatezu minions to fight for her.[4] She was also known to cause fear in her enemies by going into great detail about how those who cross her are tormented.[10]

Glasya was generally known to fight with either a sword, whose effects were akin to a dagger of venom,[10] or a scourge. Out of her vast array of offensive magics she was known for exposing her foes to virulent diseases[4] or employing the spell finger of death on them.[10]

Her prowess in both combat and magic are said to have been significantly enhanced following her rise to power as Lord of the Sixth.[16]

HistoryEdit

Glasya had a long history of being rebellious towards her father,[16][3] but one of her most defining acts of rebellion was the establishment and operation of the "coin legion." This was the first known thieve's guild in the Nine Hells and she used her extensive knowledge of its laws to circumvent them.[5]

Her business involved having followers purchase souls in Minauros on her behalf and then quickly sell them at a marked up price.[5] These souls would be purchased with counterfeit coins, made by Glasya herself through transmuting lead into gold and then having them minted in Minauros, and they would eventually revert to their base metal. Having no legal recourse through which to punish his daughter's behavior, Asmodeus decided to stifle her ambitions by burdening her with the responsibility of ruling Malbolge.[17] Though this is not public knowledge in the Hells.[5]

When this occurred in relation to the Hag Countess's death in 1375 DR is uncertain, but Glasya would arrive to the sixth layer sometime following it. Carried by various winged devils and imps on a luxurious canopy with silken pillows. Upon her arrival the hag's paeliryon chanchellor, Axacrusis, immediately tried to defy her rule. Glasya quickly ordered them to be eviscerated for their insolence and ever since that day the inhabitants of Malbolge have feasted upon their undying flesh.[16] The hag's other servitors then groveled before Glasya and were assimilated into her forces.[18]

ActivitiesEdit

Prior to her rise in status, Glasya often spent her time seducing mortals into corruption. Following her rise to power, Glasya often instructed her erinye servants to conduct investigations on paladins and priests who would make worthy candidates of corruption.[16] She would spy on the activities of her erinyes under the guise of polymorph.[10]

SoulsEdit

After being given dominion over Malbolge, Glasya's father decided to punish her further by decreeing that she would only be able to draw souls to the Nine Hells by means of contracts, bargains, and legalities. As a result, the mortals who called upon her assistance were those who preferred to acquire power, money, or love through means that are "technically" legal.[17]

A significant portion of the mortals that Glasya dealt with tended to be those who wanted out of a contract they had made with another archduke. In payment for their soul, her minions would meticulously overlook the relevant document for any possible loophole through which the mortal could be freed of reimbursing the associated archduke.[17]

CultEdit

The cults of Glasya typically operated brothels as a cover for their temples. They were most often found congregating in areas with political unrest or strict traditional gender roles. In such areas they would focus on converting the mothers, daughters, and consorts of powerful men. They then would instruct the women on how to go about usurping their power.[9]

The clerics who worshiped her often did so through the domains of Evil, Trickery, and Diabolic.[9] Though she was also known to be a patron of Corruption, Growth, Agony,[4] thieves and criminals in general.[6] When faced with combat, her clerics typically wielded a scourge[9] and eluded their foes by stepping into the shadows.[6] They were also known to carry various poisons and acids derived from the bile lakes of her realm.[19]

Criminal gangs of kenku and goblins seeking to rise up against subjugation were both been known to turn towards worship of Glasya.[6]

RelationshipsEdit

Other ArchdukesEdit

Since becoming Lord of the Sixth, Glasya developed a strong friendship with her fellow archduke Fierna and encouraged her to develop a network of devils and cultists separate from that of her father Belial's forces. He in turn begun plotting a way to remove Glasya's influence over her daughter, though did so with the utmost caution as to avoid incurring Asmodeus's wrath.[20] His consort Naome, back when she was alive, also held distaste for her.[21]

The archdukes Dispater and Mammon were likewise paranoid and cautious regarding her.[22] Glasya was once the latter's consort, but after the Reckoning her father forced them to put an end to the torrid relationship.[3][16] In the years following her rise to power the state of their association was of much speculation among devils, with some claiming that they had rekindled their affair and others saying that she had grown to resent Mammon for not putting up any fight to maintain their awful union.[16]

The archduke Mephistopheles, though an enemy of Asmodeus, is sort of considered to be her godfather .[2]

Glasya harbored a special hatred for the archduke Levistus for murdering her mother. Once arising to power as an archduke, Glasya began using her intelligence network of paeliryons and fledgling cults to gather information on her nemesis, hoping to obtain enough due evidence that her father will grant her his approval to destroy the Lord of the Fifth for good.[4]

The Court and ServantsEdit

The nobility of Glasya's court was primarily made up of erinyes, paeliryons,[16] and succubi.[15] She was also known to have many elite servitors that were poached from other archdukes, especially those that had been sidelined for being overly ambitious, and they eagerly helped her in conspiring against their former lords. One of these servitors was the duke Tartach, a former servant of Baalzebul.[18] He was put in charge of her palace's elite guards and war devils.[15]

Some of her servitors had tried to avenge the death of their former master, the Hag Countess. For their insubordination they were confined to the upper reaches of the Tower of Pain and subjected to a wide variety of tortures. One such servant was Bloodcurdle, one of the Hag's favorite nightmares, who one day tossed Glasya into a lake of bile.[23]

Out of all her servants, the most belligerent and reluctant were the devils known as kalabons. Believed to have arisen from the carcass of the Hag Countess, every one of these putrid devils harbored an innate hatred towards Glasya and bided their time for the day they could one day resurrect the hag.[24]

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AppearancesEdit

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Further ReadingEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Monte Cook (Oct 2002). Book of Vile Darkness. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 167–168. ISBN 0-7869-0672-3.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford, Christopher Perkins, James Wyatt (2014). Dungeon Master's Guide 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 64–65. ISBN 978-0786965622.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Chris Pramas (1999). Guide to Hell. (TSR, Inc.), p. 46. ISBN 978-0786914319.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Robin D. Laws, Robert J. Schwalb (December 2006). Fiendish Codex II: Tyrants of the Nine Hells. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 150–151. ISBN 0-7869-3940-0.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford (May 29, 2018). Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes. Edited by Kim Mohan, Michele Carter. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 14–15. ISBN 978-0786966240.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford (May 29, 2018). Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes. Edited by Kim Mohan, Michele Carter. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 20. ISBN 978-0786966240.
  7. Monte Cook (Oct 2002). Book of Vile Darkness. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 19, 56. ISBN 0-7869-0672-3.
  8. Template:Cite dragon/197/Codex of Betrayal: Glasya
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Robin D. Laws, Robert J. Schwalb (December 2006). Fiendish Codex II: Tyrants of the Nine Hells. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 28. ISBN 0-7869-3940-0.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 Chris Pramas (1999). Guide to Hell. (TSR, Inc.), p. 47. ISBN 978-0786914319.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Gary Gygax (August 1983). Monster Manual II 1st edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 47. ISBN 0-88038-031-4.
  12. Robin D. Laws, Robert J. Schwalb (December 2006). Fiendish Codex II: Tyrants of the Nine Hells. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 150–151. ISBN 0-7869-3940-0.
  13. Template:Cite dragon/75/From the Sorcerer's Scroll: New denizens of devildom
  14. Robin D. Laws, Robert J. Schwalb (December 2006). Fiendish Codex II: Tyrants of the Nine Hells. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 60, 62. ISBN 0-7869-3940-0. Though some felt that she came across as decadent and uncaring.
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Richard Baker, John Rogers, Robert J. Schwalb, James Wyatt (December 2008). Manual of the Planes 4th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 103. ISBN 978-0-7869-5002-7.
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 16.5 16.6 Robin D. Laws, Robert J. Schwalb (December 2006). Fiendish Codex II: Tyrants of the Nine Hells. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 60–61. ISBN 0-7869-3940-0.
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford (May 29, 2018). Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes. Edited by Kim Mohan, Michele Carter. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 15. ISBN 978-0786966240.
  18. 18.0 18.1 Robin D. Laws, Robert J. Schwalb (December 2006). Fiendish Codex II: Tyrants of the Nine Hells. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 62. ISBN 0-7869-3940-0.
  19. Robin D. Laws, Robert J. Schwalb (December 2006). Fiendish Codex II: Tyrants of the Nine Hells. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 63. ISBN 0-7869-3940-0.
  20. Robin D. Laws, Robert J. Schwalb (December 2006). Fiendish Codex II: Tyrants of the Nine Hells. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 50–51. ISBN 0-7869-3940-0.
  21. Template:Cite dragon/75/The Nine Hells, Part I
  22. Robin D. Laws, Robert J. Schwalb (December 2006). Fiendish Codex II: Tyrants of the Nine Hells. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 41, 47. ISBN 0-7869-3940-0.
  23. Robin D. Laws, Robert J. Schwalb (December 2006). Fiendish Codex II: Tyrants of the Nine Hells. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 62, 64. ISBN 0-7869-3940-0.
  24. Robin D. Laws, Robert J. Schwalb (December 2006). Fiendish Codex II: Tyrants of the Nine Hells. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 121–122. ISBN 0-7869-3940-0.

ConnectionsEdit

The Lords of the Nine
Asmodeus
The Archdevils
BaalzebulBelialDispaterFiernaGlasyaLevistusMammonMephistophelesZariel
Other Unique Devils
BelGargauthGeryonThe Hag CountessMolochTiamat
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