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Apostate Devil

Apostate Devil

 

Also known as deimaviggas, armored in the ceremonial garb of some grim knight, this figure stands unnaturally still, though the intricate metalwork patterns of its sculpted mantle writhe and shift as if alive. Claws the length of longswords extend from its armored fingers in razor-sharp fans, and no head or helm rests upon its ironclad shoulders. Instead, there hovers only a plain mask, an unnatural facade devoid of all empathy, emotion, or mercy. The words of deimaviggas are poison to the mind. Regal, fearsome, and unfeeling, deimaviggas seek to turn the faithful from their gods, using cold logic to proselytize the path of atheism, the freedom of the mortal spirit, and the order offered by Hell. Their slowly ever-shifting masks speak envenomed words and imply the hollow nature of their lies. Speaking out against all deities except for Asmodeus, whom they subtly tout as a bringer of discipline even as they downplay his divinity—these deadly intellectuals know that those who turn from their deities are more likely to succumb to the temptations of their diabolical brethren. Rather than attempting to sway the souls of individual mortals, these cunning fiends take on the roles of prophets of reason, disguising themselves beneath layers of illusion to evangelize the virtues and freedoms of lives unshackled from demanding deities. Occasionally one might focus its arguments on a soul of particular piety, delighting in throwing deities’ most devoted servants into endless crises of faith. Deimaviggas care little for what gods their depredations affect, disenfranchising the worshipers of the divine and the profane alike. In their natural shapes, deimaviggas stand 7 feet tall and weigh a mere 120 pounds. When disguised, though, they typically take the forms of wise old men, priests who have “realized their folly,” and even “angels” of truth. Deimaviggas prefer to spend their time upon the Material plane, swaying the weak and corruptible souls of mortals. There they seek out either vast mortal cities, where their heresy might reach many ears, or small communities where the isolated might fall to their blasphemous philosophizing. When in Hell, though, they linger in Caina, tormenting the souls of those trapped upon its lonely islands, developing and testing complicated and often confusing arguments. Preferring to operate alone, these poison-tongued devils rarely work with others of their kind, even though their status as greater devils affords them great control over their lesser brethren. They find their arguments benefit from simplicity, their endeavors complicated by even the most obedient minions. Pit fiends and infernal dukes sometimes utilize deimaviggas as spies and spreaders of dissension and confusion, though even among devilkind these enigmatic fiends are considered strange and unnerving.

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Accuser Devil

Accuser Devil

Also known as a the Zeebub devil, this childlike blasphemy conjoins the features of a plump human infant and a gigantic, gore-fattened fly.

A accuser devil records all that it sees and may pass its visions on to another creature. By remaining in contact with a willing creature, it can replay up to 24 hours of witnessed events, or shorter incidents if it so chooses. It takes  1 round to replay 1 hour of recorded images, which the target receives in a flash of information, without sound or other sensory information. After relaying its findings, the zebub cannot replay its visions of those events again. A zebub cannot replay its visions for an unwilling creature or as an attack, no matter how horrific the events it might have witnessed.

Childlike souls tormented and scoured of innocence by the flames of Hell and then reshaped by the mad whims of the archdevil Baalzebul, accuser devils embody the foul, merciless, and pervasive corruptions of the infernal host. From the depths of the Pit they rise in buzzing, shrieking plagues unleashed to taint the land, despoil weak flesh, and reveal exploitable secrets. En masse they display little of the cunning or subtlety typical of devilkind, spreading ruin at the will of their fiendish masters. Alone, though, a zebub is a craven, deceitful thing, lurking in darkness and filth, endlessly spying and vying for the petty favors of greater evils.

Accuser devils are almost exclusively formed amid the cesspits of frozen, the eighth layer of Hell. Within the Pit they serve countless infernal lords as messengers and spies, with droves being unleashed upon myriad mortal worlds with a mandate to seek out souls ripe for corruption or those whose sins might lead to greater damnations. Many zebubs overstep the freedoms of such vague missions, seeking to manipulate weakwilled or easily intimidated mortals into all manner of trivial evils, dispensing shrill orders in their buzzing, childlike voices. Despite the fact that many zebub plots end in the zebubs’ own revelation and destruction, few diabolical lords allow the slaying of their spies to go unpunished.

The zebub’s ability to grant other creatures visions of what it has witnessed makes it an unusually useful creature to many conjurers. Relatively easy to conjure with a spell like lesser planar ally or lesser planar binding, an accuser devil can be an invaluable spy. One simply orders the foul little devil to become invisible and then inf iltrate an area where visual information is hidden, with orders to teleport back to its point of origin to grant visions of what it observed to its master. Those who make use of accuser devils in this manner should take care to watch their own actions or what they reveal, of course, for such a creature can just as easily be bribed or intimidated into revealing visions that some conjurers might not want being made public. It’s common practice among conjurers to kill their accuser devils once they’ve completed their missions of inf iltration and observation.

These lesser devils stand just over 2 feet tall and rarely weigh more than 25 pounds.

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Amnizu, Devil

Amnizu, Devil

An amnizu is a short, stocky winged guardian of the gates of the Nine Hells. Also known as the Styx devil. Controlling legions of lesser devils, they ensure that none can pass into the plane through the River Styx without answering to them.

Although the amnizu caste is considered greater in status than that of the horned devils, amnizu are required to be “demoted” to serve as horned devils before they can ascend any higher in the devil hierarchy. This is because the amnizu are dominated by Prince Levistus, and often serve his wishes rather than those of the Dark Eight.

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Nupperibo, Devil

Nupperibo, Devil

The nupperibo is a grossly fat devil one of the least powerful of its kind. In Hell hierarchy only one step higher off lemures.

They are mindless bulks, harmed permanently only by good-aligned magic and holy weapons. These creatures are the natural spawn of Hell and not considered true devil, so other higher ranking devils will usually destroy these and re-mold them into Lemures. This causes many devils uneasiness as an even more ancient race is native to their home plane. Fortunately for the devils, almost no Nupperibos survive long enough to transform into anything greater.

Many hordes of nupperibo devils are under the command of bone devils.

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Malebranche Devil

Malebranche Devil

Malebranches (also known as war devils) are the champions of the Nine Hells who only obey pit fiends and archdevils. They also lead lesser devils in skirmishes against those who get in the way of their masters’ plans. Malebranches brought to the mortal world sometimes rise as warmasters or generals, leading the armies of evil tyrannical mortals.

With their large heads and jaws the malebranche is known as hulking, horned warriors, enforcers, punishers of Hell.

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Drowning Devil (Sarglagon)

Drowning Devil (Sarglagon)

This serpentine creature has finlike wings, ram horns, four eyes, and arms that end in masses of tentacles. Called sarglagons in their Infernal tongue, drowning devils take great pride in being the best-adapted guardians of Hell’s waterways, and are among the few fiends who travel the seas and rivers of the multiverse as part of larger infernal plots. Even in the air or on the ground, a drowning devil moves with a haunting litheness as though it were swimming. A typical drowning devil weighs 600 pounds, and can exceed 15 feet from head to tail.

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Magaav Host Devil

Magaav Host Devil

The magaav host devil has twin pairs of mangy, disease-riddled vulture wings flap in concert, keeping this lean raptor fiend aloft. Twisted horns rise from a head like a monstrous skull and noxious fumes leak from between its yellowed fangs. Hovering with impossible control, its vicious foot talons clench and unclench, while its clawed hands wield a long, three-pointed ranseur.
A magaav host devil can exhale a breath that reeks of pure corruption upon a creature within five feet.

Hunters of souls, host devils retrieve Hell’s most elusive property. Whether souls that have long evaded capture upon the plains of Avernus, damned beings who have somehow managed to escape Hell, or creatures that have reneged upon infernal contracts, vast flocks of these winged fiends swarm from the Pit to recover their prey. Rarely seen alone, host devils travel in great swarms that often number in the thousands. Amid these great hosts f lap the swarm leaders, the magaav, fierce mockeries of the angelic form capable of directing and redirecting massive columns of their brethren like the brain of a single colossal infernal beast.

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Pit Fiend Devil

Pit Fiend Devil

Pit fiends are the generals of devil armies, the orchestrators of mass corruption and the bullies of their lesser devils. They appear as bestial, scaled humanoids twice the height of any human being with a pair of wings that it can wrap around its body. As venom drips from their fangs, fire wreathes the pit fiend’s entire body. When mortals think of devils, the pit fiends are the creatures that are brought to mind. These creatures appear to be large humanoids with brilliant red skin. Their heads are adorned with massive horns while their bodies are cloaked in a pair of bat-like wings. A long, prehensile tail snakes from their backside. The mouth of a pit fiend is filled with sharpened fangs whose bite carries both a terrible poison and a virulent disease.

Armed with superhuman combat prowess, the intelligence of a mighty wizard, an array of powerful spell-like abilities and usually the resources of a devilish army as well, pit fiends are incredibly dangerous foes. Powerful conjurers can summon a pit fiend to make deals. Contracts are usually written up in order to have the deal honoured, but pit fiends are masters of such things and always have ways of perverting the contract to their own ends. The next in rank of devils from a pit fiend is a Duke.

Pit fiends are the most powerful of the infernal legions. They serve not only as the generals of Hell’s armies, but also as the lower nobility of the infernal courts. These monstrous fiends are only surpassed in power, prestige, magic, authority & overall, by the archdevils.

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Hellcat Devil

Hellcat

A hellcat is an infernal, incorporeal, sometimes invisible cat-like creature the size of a lion that also has telepathic abilities.

Great beasts that hide in the daytime, hellcats are the stalkers of the Nine Hells and live in fairly lit areas– giving them a tactical advantage against others they view as more than just playtoys. Hellcats are relatively intelligent and can be tamed as hunters and sometimes as mounts to other higher-ranking devils.

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Chain Devil

Chain Devil

The chain devil (also known as kyton) are a rarity in the Hells in that hellfire weapons are not a part of their standard arsenal. In battle, they are wholly dependent on the chains that eternally bind their bodies. Chain devils are representative of those lost and forgotten; their faces are able to change shape to reflect the losses of whoever meets their gaze. When cooperating within the hierarchy of Hell, they serve as heavy gun crews and, when the occasion calls for it, shock troops. The chain devil are humanlike devils, wrapped in chains instead of clothing.

While many live in hell, they do not fit under Asmodeus‘ direct rule and many can be found in the plane of shadow as well. It is unknown from where they originally hailed, but it makes little difference, the kyton are as evil as any devil. Sadomasochistic outsiders which delight in the suffering of others, they are not known as a friendly lot at all. Literally composed of raw law and evil tends to put a damper on social skills with other creatures when they are not tormenting them. They roam the planes seeking victims to give and recieve sadistic debaucheries of pain.

A chain devil attacks by flailing away with the spiked chains that serve as its clothing, armor, and weapons.

Kytons populate in both Hell and the Plane of Shadow, but are often found wandering in search of prey to torture, or under the service of spellcasters. Lesser Kyton in particular wander the material plane, as within their homelands they are easily bullied being physically weaker than their kin.

Chain devils speak Infernal and Common.

Some cults dedicated to the evil goddess Loviatar use chain devils as servants as they have simular cause.

There other varites of kytons or chain devils but they will be detailed in their own entry.

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