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Imps were vicious, manipulative fiends that comprised the least powerful ranks of the infernal legions.[6] They were considered minor, non-baatezu devils,[citation needed] serving as tempters and lackeys to mortals whom devils wanted groomed to the side of evil.[citation needed]

DescriptionEdit

Although they could alter their form into that of any tiny animal, an imp normally appeared as a tiny, red-skinned humanoid with a pair of black wings and a long tail ending in a stinger containing a deadly poison. They stood about 2 feet (0.6 meters) tall and weighed only 8 pounds (3.6 kilograms).[7]

PersonalityEdit

Imps delighted in the opportunity to leave the Nine Hells and tempt mortals to evil.[6] 

SocietyEdit

Imps frequently acted as manipulators in mortal lands, tempting the greedy, gullible, or foolish into maliciously manipulative acts so as to corrupt them, ensuring a continuous supply of souls for the archdevils in the Nine Hells. While physically weak compared to some lesser devils,[6] imps were envied as the successful temptation of mortals to acts of evil was one of the surest paths to further promotions.[citation needed]

In addition to serving more powerful devils or evil spellcasters, imps were found in service to Deep Duerra, the duergar goddess.[8]

Many evil spellcasters could be found with an imp in their company, serving as a familiar.[9] Once this was done, the imps would immediately attempt to take control of their "master's" actions, via a telepathic link.[10]

VarietiesEdit

Bloodbag imp[11]Euphoric imp[12]Filth imp[13]Shadow imp

Notable ImpsEdit

AppendixEdit

GalleryEdit

AppearancesEdit

Novels
Curse of the ShadowmageKing PinchCanticleIn Sylvan ShadowsThe Fallen FortressThe Chaos CursePassage to DawnSword PlayCharon's ClawSoldiers of IceThe City of Ravens
Computer games
Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of AmnBaldur's Gate II: Throne of BhaalIcewind DaleNeverwinter NightsNeverwinter Nights: Hordes of the UnderdarkNeverwinter Nights 2Neverwinter

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Wizards RPG Team (2014). Monster Manual 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 76. ISBN 978-0786965614.
  2. Mike Mearls, Stephen Schubert, James Wyatt (June 2008). Monster Manual 4th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 63. ISBN 978-0-7869-4852-9.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual 3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 56. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
  4. Allen Varney, ed. (June 1994). Planescape Monstrous Compendium Appendix. (TSR, Inc.), p. 56. ISBN 978-1560768623.
  5. Gary Gygax (December 1977). Monster Manual, 1st edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 54. ISBN 0-9356-9600-8.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Mike Mearls, Stephen Schubert, James Wyatt (June 2008). Monster Manual 4th edition. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 978-0-7869-4852-9.
  7. Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet and Monte Cook (October 2000). Monster Manual 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 50. ISBN 0-7869-1552-1.
  8. Sean K. Reynolds (2002-05-04). Deity Do's and Don'ts (Zipped PDF). Wizards of the Coast. p. 11. Archived from the original on 2016-11-01. Retrieved on 2018-09-08.
  9. Eric Cagle, Jesse Decker, James Jacobs, Erik Mona, Matthew Sernett, Chris Thomasson, and James Wyatt (April 2003). Fiend Folio. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 97. ISBN 0-7869-2780-1.
  10. Doug Stewart (June 1993). Monstrous Manual. (TSR, Inc), p. 201. ISBN 1-5607-6619-0.
  11. Eric Cagle, Jesse Decker, James Jacobs, Erik Mona, Matthew Sernett, Chris Thomasson, and James Wyatt (April 2003). Fiend Folio. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 98. ISBN 0-7869-2780-1.
  12. Eric Cagle, Jesse Decker, James Jacobs, Erik Mona, Matthew Sernett, Chris Thomasson, and James Wyatt (April 2003). Fiend Folio. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 99. ISBN 0-7869-2780-1.
  13. Eric Cagle, Jesse Decker, James Jacobs, Erik Mona, Matthew Sernett, Chris Thomasson, and James Wyatt (April 2003). Fiend Folio. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 100. ISBN 0-7869-2780-1.

ConnectionsEdit

Baatezu
Least: AdvespaLemureMerregonNupperibo
Lesser: Abishai (BlackBlueGreenRedWhite)BarbazuHamatulaNarzugonOsyluthSpinagon
Greater: AmnizuCornugonErinyesGelugonPaeliryonPit fiendWar devil
Miscellaneous Devils
Alu-fiendArchdevilCambionFimbrul devilHellcatImpKytonSeared devilSuccubusTar devil
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