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Devil Talismans

Description Source: Book of the Damned - Volume 1: Princes of Darkness
The denizens of Hell claim the crafting of devil talismans as one of their most closely guarded secrets. But in truth, knowledge of such methods is withheld only to whet mortal desires, a feint to hasten a diabolist’s willing damnation. Ultimately, any spellcaster can create a devil talisman through the use of the Craft Wondrous Item feat and planar binding. As an additional prerequisite to the creation of any type of devil talisman, the creator must summon a devil and bargain with it to be bound within the talisman. Most devils prove resistant to the idea of being trapped within a magic item, but might acquiesce to a particularly convincing summoner. A devil summoned via planar binding and coerced into being bound within a devil talisman gains a +10 bonus on its opposed Charisma check. Once convinced, the devil infuses the already prepared devil talisman, completing the profane item.

The various types of devil talismans each possess unique powers and thus require different methods of creation or specific types of bound devils to activate them.

Bilious Talisman (Artifact)

Source Book of the Damned - Volume 1: Princes of Darkness pg. 41 (Amazon)
Aura overwhelming conjuration; CL 21st
Slot neck; Price artifact; Weight


This putrid green devil talisman grants you a telepathic link with an insidious lawful evil intelligence bound within. While wearing this talisman you gain a +4 Charisma bonus and are constantly under the effects of the spell foresight. Once per day as a free action, you may use commune, find the path, legend lore, and true strike.

The devil bound within this talisman is a 45 HD pit fiend known as Aasdravox, a fiend both cunning and mighty. He speaks with a voice like grinding stones and tells the wearers of his talisman that they are destined to become great heroes and champions beloved by whole nations. Optimally, he seeks to release his power at the culmination of some festive triumph or ceremony held in his talisman wearer’s honor.


This bilious tailisman can be destroyed by being immersed in holy water for a week in an area under the effects of the spell hallow and then smashed with a +3 holy warhammer (or a bludgeoning weapon of similar or greater power). While this destroys the talisman, it also frees the potent infernal noble bound within.

Melancholic Talisman

Source Book of the Damned - Volume 1: Princes of Darkness pg. 41 (Amazon)
Aura strong conjuration; CL 18th
Slot neck; Price 50,000 gp; Weight


This sickly yellow devil talisman summons a hellmouth that connects to the Hellish layers of Dis and Malebolge. Once per day you can open a 10-foot portal to either of these layers. This portal remains open for 10 minutes (or until you dismiss it) and functions as the spell gate.

The hellmouth summoned by this talisman is an amphisbaenic being known as Alksomasic, each of its two portal-heads appearing as a massive snake with three gigantic fly-like eyes. His maws connect to a shadowy alley in the city of Dis known as the Walk of Wayward Skins and to an outlying bolgia of Malebolge where monstrous worms slither through a waist-deep sea of ash.


Requirements Craft Wondrous Item, gate, greater planar binding, ability to conjure and bind a greater devil; Cost 25,000 gp

Sanguine Talisman

Source Book of the Damned - Volume 1: Princes of Darkness pg. 41 (Amazon)
Aura strong conjuration; CL 8th
Slot neck; Price 67,500 gp; Weight


This blood-red devil talisman binds a barbazu. Wearing the talisman grants you a +3 profane bonus to your Armor Class and grants you a telepathic bond with the devil bound within. Once per day, you can make an opposed Charisma check against the barbazu’s +0 modifier to summon him forth for 8 rounds, as per the spell summon monster.

The barbazu bound within this sanguine talisman is known as Kalvaddas the Strangler. He is a blunt sadist with a love of handto- hand brawls and strangling elves. He knows much of liars and might use his Sense Motive skill to aid a master he favors.


Requirements Craft Wondrous Item, planar binding, ability to conjure and bind a barbazu; Cost 33,750 gp