Asmodeus

Asmodeus, before becoming a Fallen Angel
CategoryHigher Powers
PowerLesser
WorldNessus
RaceDevil (Archdevil)
Gendermale
TitleSystem Overlord - Nine Hells
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 corrupting him and many of those close and most loyal to him. Arcana said he is undoubtedly the most scheming and cunning individual in history.

The deities formed a delegation, which set off immediately for Ellubôz. To their surprise, the once-featureless plain had been transformed into nine tiers of monstrous horror and torment. Within its confines, they found countless souls writhing in pain. They saw these souls transformed, first into crawling, mindless monsters, and eventually into an army of powerful devils.

“What goes on here?" Heironeous demanded.

“You have 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 corrupting souls, building an army of beings that were lawful, but as foul and rotten as the demons in their methods. With his own loyal soldiers in charge of the Covenant war forges across Ellubôz, Asmodeus did indeed create an army. These soldiers 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 Ellubôz, 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 The Hells. Asmodeus went to Nessus, becoming the System Overlord of The Hells, and continuing to marshal armies against the demons even to this day.

When he was cast out, 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, becoming the first members of the Sahuagin race. This power of transformation is one of the boons for being a System Overlord. The side-effect of this transformation was that these Sahaugin were not so loyal as when they were tritons.

On Bal-Kriav, Asmodeus is worshiped by a number of large empires. His influence is gaining in the realm, and it is thought that Bal-Kriav may be the realm that ushers in his godhood.

Before The Balance came to power, external powers like gods, primordials, devils, and demons were actively involved in the realm. Asmodeus was one such being that interfered with mortal affairs. In the Horgon Era, the Year 12 HE, he lured the Piamauza tribe to his domain. From this tribe, Bal-Kriav's Piamauza race came into existence. When this race was sent back to Bal-Kriav, they became a force to spread the Church of Asmodeus. The rise of Asmodeus worship began during the reign of Mir'piamauza.

Asmodeus, 1st Edition Stat Block

In the Underdark, his influence began sometime in the Horgon Era. It is believed to have gained traction with the Mîmêk and derro of Maleddanar. Asmodeus's influence on Bal-Kriav continued to strengthen and spread with the establishment of Taklumlode.

In the Year 1503, Asmodeus presided over the marriage of Raxcvillibus and Katrana. It is believed that this was the first time that Asmodeus served in this capacity. It is more baffling for the fact it was done for two people that were not from the Ellubôz system.

The revival of surface worship to Asmodeus came about with his greatest champion, a hero named Raxcvillibus. After this hell knight killed the minotaur's patron god, Raxcvillibus started a crusade of conversion. He began the conversion of Ba'lith populace to worship of Asmodeus. This crusade was 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 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 Merorarg

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