War devils, sometimes called malebranches―not to be confused with another type of devil with the same name[note 1] (pronounced: /ˈmælʌbrɑːntʃɑː/ MÆL-u-bran-cha or: /ˈmælɛbrɑːntʃɑː/ MÆL-eh-bran-cha)―were aggressive baatezu that served as warriors and champions of the Nine Hells.
War devils were bullies that enjoyed tormenting weaker creatures but cowered at anyone stronger than themselves. They were almost fanatically devoted to greater devils such as pit fiends and archdevils and took orders from no one else.
Despite their overtly brutish appearance and demeanor, war devils were capable leaders and resourceful tacticians.
The weapons war devils most commonly favored were tridents and ranseurs made of cold iron. They usually charged into combat by silently approaching their foes from the air in order to attack them by surprise. Once engaged with their opponents, they relied on brute strength rather than finesse.
They were typically employed by generals as warriors and mounts during combat, but also as enforcers and punishers within the diabolic ranks. They were also occasionally given command of their own legions of lesser devils.
In the hierarchy of the Nine Hells, devils could only be transformed into war devils through demotion from higher forms.
Notable War DevilsEdit
- ↑ In 1st edition D&D, horned devils were called "malebranche", an Italian word that can be translated as "evil horns" or "evil claws", and they were depicted as bearing either military forks or spiked chains. In 2nd edition, horned devils were now called "cornugons" and except for no longer being described with military forks, they were nearly identical in all other respects. With the coming of 3rd edition, however, cornugons and malebranche were two distinct creatures, the former a greater devil and the latter a lesser devil. The malebranche now appeared with military forks and were larger creatures, and they did not have the other powers and abilities described for the cornugons. 4th edition seems to have ignored cornugons and only has malebranche, which it calls "war devils" and never "horned devils". It used identical art as drawn for one of the 3rd-edition malebranche. These devils carry tridents but are no longer huge devils. Finally, 5th edition seems to have merged the two kinds of devils again, calling horned devils "malebranche".
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Mike Mearls, Stephen Schubert, James Wyatt (June 2008). Monster Manual 4th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 67. ISBN 978-0-7869-4852-9.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Ed Bonny, Jeff Grubb, Rich Redman, Skip Williams, and Steve Winter (September 2002). Monster Manual II 3rd edition. (TSR, Inc), pp. 67–69. ISBN 07-8692-873-5.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Robin D. Laws, Robert J. Schwalb (December 2006). Fiendish Codex II: Tyrants of the Nine Hells. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 124–125. ISBN 0-7869-3940-0.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Frank Mentzer (January 1985). “Ay pronunseeAYshun gyd”. In Kim Mohan ed. Dragon #93 (TSR, Inc.), p. 28.
- ↑ Robin D. Laws, Robert J. Schwalb (December 2006). Fiendish Codex II: Tyrants of the Nine Hells. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 10. ISBN 0-7869-3940-0.
- ↑ R.A. Salvatore (October 4, 2011). Neverwinter. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 89–91. ISBN 0786958421.
Least: Advespa • Lemure • Nupperibo
Lesser: Abishai • Barbazu • Hamatula • Spinagon
Greater: Amnizu • Cornugon • Erinyes • Gelugon • Osyluth • Pit fiend • War devil
Alu-fiend • Archdevil • Cambion • Duergar • Fimbrul devil • Hellcat • Imp • Kyton • Legion devil • Narzugon • Seared devil • Succubus • Tar devil