Baalzebul (Arch Devil)

Baalzebul is a  Arch-Devil of Hell also called the “Lord of the Flies.” Baalzebul is lord of Maladomini, the Seventh Plane of Hell. His symbols include a fly’s head, a web with flies dangling from it, and an enthroned slug. Prior to the Reckoning of Hell, Baalzebul took on the appearance of a tall, dark-skinned humanoid with compound eyes resembling a fly. However, as a result of his role in the Reckoning, Asmodeus transformed Baalzebul, who now appears as a giant slug-like creature which trails feces and garbage wherever he goes. Flies crawl over his body at all times, and his arms are tiny and malformed.However, he almost has enough divine energy to return to his original form, and his return is inevitable. Baalzebul is the sworn enemy of both Mephistopheles and Dispater and would do anything to oppose them. He also has a tentative alliance with Belial, whose aid he would probably come to if he could discover some advantage in doing so. It is worth noting that although he openly plots against Mephistopheles he also secretly nurses a hate for Asmodeus for cursing him with his current appearance. Baalzebul’s consorts are Baftis and Lilith.

Some of Baalzebul loyal servants are Abigor, Baftis, Barbatos, Erac’s Cosuin, Lilth, Neabaz, The Nyashk Cadre,Tartach, Vashaak Ratoth Bruu and Zepar. Baalzebul teaches the use of lies and charm backed with deadly force to achieve one’s desire. He wishes to regain his original form, but even more than that he desires to avenge himself against Asmodeus. Baalzebul attracts to his service nonconformists, revolutionaries, and plotters of coups. His cults are as much conspiracies as religious orders, much better at bringing down governments than ruling them. They typically undermine good or neutral governments with a combination of charm, lies, and the judicious use of assassinations.

Many of Baalzebul‘s worshippers are bugbears, who appreciate the combination of guile and violence that Baalzebul espouses. Clerics of Baalzebul customarily shave their heads and wear robes of blue and black, along with gold jewelry and piercings. Their favored weapon is the morningstar. Disciples of Baalzebul are liars, cheats, and thieves.

After Baalzebul‘s cultists successfully undermine a government, priests of Asmodeus will sometimes assume command of their temple to oversee the “establishment” phase of diabolism in the land, while Baalzebul‘s faithful will occupy a hidden shrine of Asmodeus in another land to begin the process again.

Baalzebul‘s shrines are usually filled with an overabundance of statuary and feature a heavy insect motif. Incense made from unpleasant and unsanitary materials (sometimes just offal) is burnt in their lord’s honor.

Baalzebul was originally an archon named Triel who succumbed to the temptation of power and ambition and consequentially fell into Hell. He was recruited into the ranks of the devils by Asmodeus and quickly climbed through the ranks of the fiends, assuming control of the seventh layer to become one of the most powerful devils in Hell.

Before the Reckoning of Hell, he and Mephistopheles both had three arch devils under their influence. Baalzebul was allied with Zariel, former lord of the first, Belial, lord of the fourth and Moloch, Baalzebul‘s former viceroy of the sixth plane. Baalzebul attacked Mephistopheles‘s forces and gained a quick advantage which was lost once Mephistopheles‘s armies regained footing. Soon Baalzebul‘s armies were pushed back to Maladomini, the home city of the Lord of the Flies. There, Asmodeus convinced the armies to turn on their masters. In the aftermath, Baalzebul lost the honor of having a viceroy when Moloch was replaced by the Hag Countess (who has herself since been replaced by Glasya).

Domains: Baator, Evil, Tyranny, Wraith, Pestilence

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4 thoughts on “Baalzebul (Arch Devil)

  1. Good write up. Is this for an ongoing campaign?

    • This is for most of my ongoing campaign unless I change it up for the realms. But what mostly is all the information of all the old AD&D\3.5 edition\Dungeon Adventures paths and the new Pathfinder Adventure paths all rolled up in one huge world. This is open for my players to understand what is out there. Home made maps of areas is coming soon and about another 15 kingdoms. Right now I’m working on the Arch devils and Demon Princes that my world supports under faiths. 🙂
      thanks for the comment,

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