Asmodeus

Asmodeus, before becoming a Fallen Angel
CategoryHigher Powers
PowerLesser
WorldNessus
TypeArchdevil
Racedevil
Gendermale
TitleOverlord of the Hells
Alignmentlawful evil
Symboljeweled scepter
DomainDiabolic, Law, Pact, Planning
EnemiesOrcus
Born19 Witchrite 7009 DE
Godhood3 Lunar 9414 GE

Asmodeus is a Fallen Angel. He once served the gods in their wars with the demons.

In 9069 GE, nearly a century into the Demon Spawn War, the archangel Ares was elevated to godhood, so a new commander was assigned to Bal-Kriav. The role was handed to Asmodeus, a protégé of Ares. 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. Loki 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 ended up corrupting him and those that served him - thousands of tritons were corrupted, thereby becoming the sahuagin.

Arcana has said that Asmodeus is undoubtedly one of the most scheming and cunning figures in all 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"

In 9414 GE, Asmodeus and his lieutenants were found guilty of corrupting souls and building an army of devils. At the war forges scattered across Hells worlds, these soldiers were made to fight on the worlds of the Abyss, places wracked with evil and destruction. Asmodeus and his circle were stripped of their celestial status, banished from the Mortal Systems. After leaving Bal-Kriav, the Fallen Angels took up their posts in the Hells. Asmodeus went to Nessus, becoming the Overlord of the Hells system. The Overlords of the system's other worlds serve him, though not always willingly.

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 Lith-Crillion Era, 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 Bael Turath. When this empire fell, for a time, Asmodeus was reduced to a cult power.

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 the 6th, 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 has him imprisoned 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.

Sources of Divine Power
Core WorshipProselytizers
Ba'lithLix Tetrax
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