Asmodeus

Asmodeus, before becoming a Fallen Angel
CategoryHigher Powers
PowerLesser
WorldNessus
RaceDevil (Archdevil)
Gendermale
Title
Hells Overlord9414 GE - present
Lord of the Ninth9414 GE - present
Fallen Angel9414 GE - present
Alignmentlawful evil
Symboljeweled scepter
DomainDiabolic, Law, Pact, Planning
EnemiesOrcus
Born19 Witchrite 7009 DE
Godhood9 War March 721 HE

Before becoming one of the Fallen Angel, Asmodeus was a Covenant leader, battling the primordials of the Creation War, and the demons in the Demon Spawn War ( 8972 GE - 9493 GE). He was a cunning tactician, feared for his skill in outwitting and outmaneuvering his opponents.

In 9069 GE, the Covenant leader Ares ascended, becoming a Higher Powers. His second-in-command was Asmoedus. Highly charismatic, skilled in battle, though of questionable temperament, he was chosen to take over as the Covenant's Supreme Commander. Some questioned whether he could keep his character intact in a war that was much turning brutal.

As supreme military commander of the Quara'tun Covenant, he divided the world up into a Modeus Grid and assigned the sectors, or regions, to generals. This was part of a plan that had been ten years in the making, mostly by Asmodeus since he thought that Ares's plan for victory was too focused on tactical victories than a grand strategy that interlocked everything together. Ares's plan wanted to hold everything, whereas Asmodeus was willing to sacrifice entire sectors and their soldiers for victory.

In the Demon Spawn War, he had a number of great leaders under him, some of which would later become gods. Bahamut fought alongside him in the Hoof Front. Lukoon served as Asmodeus's chief of intelligence and is thought to have had some doing in Asmodeus's decaying morality.

In the Demon Spawn War, Asmodeus divided the world into sectors, or what is known today as regions, and assigned them to his top generals. Silvanus was assigned Ma'Ohari, Bahamut was tasked with defending what today is called the Aerie of Dragons, and many other great names were set to guarding and patrolling a region from the demon onslaught.

In the war with the demons, Asmodeus's acts of brutality and cold rationalization corrupted him and many of those close and most loyal to him.

At the Trial of Asmodeus, the Covenant Archangel Arcana said Asmodeus is undoubtedly the most scheming and cunning individual in history.

The Covenant formed a delegation, which set off immediately for Dis. To their surprise, the once-featureless plain of Tyr-Mourn had been transformed into nine tiers of monstrous horror and torment. Within the edifice's confines they saw the Well of Afterlife, the device used to make the secret army. They saw souls emerging in their new forms, diabolic things built for fighting the demons.

"What goes on here?", Heironeous demanded.

"Higher authority has granted us the power to harvest souls", replied Asmodeus. "To build our Hell and gird our might for the task set before us, we naturally had to find ways to improve our yield."

The war deity drew forth his longsword of crackling lightning. “It is your job to punish transgressions, not to encourage them!", he cried.

Asmodeus smiled, and a venomous moth flew out from between his sharpened teeth. "Read the fine print", he replied. [1]

- Asmodeus, to Heironeous, referring to the "Soul Pact"

On 3 Lunar 9414 GE, Asmodeus and his lieutenants were found guilty of secretly capturing souls with a Well of Afterlife and building secret armies.

With loyal soldiers in charge of the Covenant war forges across Ellubôz, Asmodeus created a secret army to fight dirty. This trial is not about the success of this, but that it violated Covenant laws.

- Athena, prosecution team, from the Trial of Asmodeus

These devil legions were specially made to handle the same environments and not above using dirty tactics just like those spilling out of the Abyss in the Demon Spawn War. By this time in the war, Asmodeus and others had come to the conclusion that the only way to defeat the demons was to be unhindered by noble war, visiting misery on the demons as they had done against the Covenant since the war's start. Found guilty of building a private army of sidetracked souls, Asmodeus and his circle were stripped of their celestial status, banished from the Mortal Systems. Strangely enough they were exiled to then better known as the Forge Worlds, a place of war forges and massive armories. Across this system with its nine core worlds, the Fallen Angels took up their posts in a system that would become better known as Nine Hells. Asmodeus went to Nessus where he became Hell's Overlord, marshaling armies against the endless demon threat.

When Asmodeus was banished from the Mortal Systems, one of the units that went with him was the 82nd Last Hope. Looking to build a base of influence on the world he just left, he sent back his tritons, transformed into sinister version of their namesakes, the first of the Sahuagin race; this power to quickly transform so many, a boon for being Hells Overlord.

Before The Balance came to power, external powers like gods, primordials, archdevils, and demon lords had an easier time at messing with mortal affairs. Asmodeus was one of these. In the Year 12 HE, he lured the Piamauza tribe to his domain. From this tribe, Bal-Kriav's Piamauza race came into existence. When they were sent home, they became a force to spread his gospel. The Church of Asmodeus took off under the reign of the Mir'piamauza (526 HE - 1612 HE).

Asmodeus, 1st Edition Stat Block

At the same time, a continent and ocean away, his influence spread by way of the Mîmêk and Derro of Maleddanar. The strongest area of the Church of Asmodeus, then and today, is within the Taklumlode Monarchy.

In 1503, Asmodeus presided over the marriage of Rax and Katrana. It is believed that this was the first time that Asmodeus served in this capacity.

Across the surface lands, the fall of the Mir'piamauza Empire led to a decline in the Church of Asmodeus. Its revival came long after. This was started in the Year 1695 by his greatest champion, a hero named Rax. After Rax killed Coeus, the minotaur's patron god, religious conversion began in Ba'lith; a crusade greatly aided by the Asmodean priests of Taklumlode.

The Dark Eight are the top generals of Asmodeus. They helped Asmodeus win victory in a masterful scheme called the Reckoning. In the Reckoning, Asmodeus pitted archdevil against archdevil and had nearly all of the Hells embroiled in war. The outcome of this system spanning war was a reshuffling of the Hells, with new archdevils taking over the claims of dispatched foes. In this end, Asmodeus had the armies of their archdevils turn on them which resulted in the deaths of all the reigning archdevils except Asmodeus. His power over the Hells was displayed to all when he re-instated the slain archdevils. His old friend, and closest ally Geryon lost Stygia to Levistus. It is thought that Geryon lost Stygia because he was militarily defeated by Levistus and that by Hells military tradition, to the victor goes the spoils. Moloch lost Malbolge, to an unusual pick by Asmodeus, a non-devil named The Hag Countess. Moloch, found to have conspired with the demons by practically letting them take hold of Avernus could not be forgiven. Asmodeus imprisoned him in a place where Moloch suffers a near death experience every day.

One practice of the Church of Asmodeus is the cleansing wounds with fire. Church guidelines for healing an infection are first apply a hot iron to the wounds, then follow with the healing spell. They call this brand the Touch of Asmodeus. Even though it has nothing to do with the healing process, some see it as being closer to their god, and perhaps even garnering a bit of divine favor. In some areas, like Ba’lith, people carry such scars with pride.

The Church of Asmodeus follows a centralized command structure, akin to an army. The strongest of these religious fortresses is the Church of the Ninth Pillar, at the very heart of the city Galir-Khizad.

Church Hierarchy of Asmodeus
NameLocationNotes
Barracks Church, 1-9small churches, cult-level
Church of the Pillars, 1-6top strongholds
Church of the Seventh PillarMerorarg
Church of the Eighth PillarParadomea City
Church of the Ninth PillarGalir-Khizadtop Church of Asmodeus on Bal-Kriav
Sources of Divine Power
Core WorshipProselytizers
Ba'lithLix Tetrax
HelHouse Vrankalli
Inge'rya
Paradomea
Taklumlode
Known Powers
TraitDescription
Boss's Orderscompelled to carry-out Asmodeus's orders as if under a quest spell
Divine Toughness+4,000 hit points as Lesser Power
Modulating Energy+20 modulating energy damage for all attacks


References:

  1. Fiendish Codex II - Tyrants of the Nine Hells, pg. 5