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Demon

Source Pathfinder RPG Bestiary pg. 57

Demons exist for one reason—to destroy. Where their more lawful counterparts, the devils of Hell, seek to twist mortal minds and values to remake and reshape them into reflections of their own evil, demons seek only to maim, ruin, and feed. They recruit mortal life only if such cohorts speed along the eventual destruction of hope and goodness. Death is, in some ways, their enemy—for a mortal who dies can often escape a demon's depredations and flee to his just reward in the afterlife. It is the prolonging of mortal pain and suffering that fuels a demon's lusts and desires, for it is partially from mortal sin and cruelty that these monstrous fiends were born.

Demons are the most prolific and among the most destructive of the fiendish races, yet despite what some lore might preach, they were not the first forms of life to rise in the stinking pits of ruin and cruelty known across the multiverse as the Abyss. Before the first fledgling deity gazed upon reality, before mortal life drew its breath, before even the Material Plane itself had fully formed, the Abyss was infested with life.

Known to many scholars as “proto-demons,” these wretched and deadly beings were the qlippoth. Today, because of the influence of sinful mortal souls upon the Abyss, mixed with unholy tamperings at the hands of the daemonic keepers of Abaddon and the cruel whims of fate and evolution, the rule of the qlippoth has receded. The proto-demons dwell now in the noxious and forgotten corners of the Abyss, and the far more fecund and prolific demons rule now in their stead. With each evil mortal soul that finds its way into the Abyss, the ranks of the demonic hordes grows—a single soul can fuel the manifestation of dozens or even hundreds of demons, with the exact nature of the sins carried by the soul guiding the shapes and roles of the newly formed fiends.

The Abyss is a vast (some say infinite) realm, far larger than any other plane save possibly the primal chaos of the Maelstrom itself. As befits such a vast and varied realm, the demonic host is likewise diverse. Some carry in their frames humanoid shapes, while others are twisted beasts. Some flop on land while others flap in air or sea. Some are schemers and manipulators of emotion and politics, others are destructive engines of ruin. Yet all demons work to the same goal—pain and suffering for mortal life in all its forms.

Yet despite this, mortals have sought demonic aid since the start. Be it an instinctual draw to self-destruction or a misguided lust for power, conjurers to this day continue to draw forth demons with forbidden magic. Some conjure demons for lore, while others call upon them to serve as assassins or guards. Demons view such summoners with a mix of hatred and thanks, for most demons lack the ability to come to the Material Plane to wreak havoc on their own. They depend on the mad to call them up from the Abyss, and while they gnash their fangs and rail against the commands and strictures enforced, most demons find ways to twist their summoners' demands so that even the most tightly controlled demonic slave leaves a trace of ruin and despair in its wake. More often than not, a foolish spellcaster makes a fatal mistake in the conjuring and pays for it with blood, unwittingly releasing a terrible blight upon the world as his conjuration breaks free of his control.

The truly mad call upon demons to offer themselves, both body and soul, in the misguided belief that alliance with the demonic can buy salvation and protection when the demonic apocalypse finally comes to call. Tales of desperate kings who sought to engage demons to serve as generals for their armies or of lunatics who seek demonic sires to gift them with horrific children are common enough, yet worst are those mortals who worship the most powerful demons as gods, and who pledge their lives in support of that which would bring destruction to all.

Demon Subtype

Demons are chaotic evil outsiders that call the Abyss their home. Demons possess a particular suite of traits (unless otherwise noted in a creature's entry) as summarized here.
  • Immunity to electricity and poison.
  • Resistance to acid 10, cold 10, and fire 10.
  • Summon (Sp) Demons share the ability to summon others of their kind, typically another of their type or a small number of less powerful demons.
  • Telepathy.
  • Except where otherwise noted, demons speak Abyssal, Celestial, and Draconic.
  • A demon's natural weapons, as well as any weapon it wields, is treated as chaotic and evil for the purpose of resolving damage reduction

Creatures in "Demon" Category

NameCR
Abrikandilu3
Andrazku5
Babau6
Balor20
Brimorak5
Cambion2
Coloxus12
Derakni10
Dretch2
Gallu19
Gibrileth11
Glabrezu13
Hala4
Hezrou11
Incubus6
Kalavakus10
Katpaskir18
Kithangian9
Larva1
Lilitu17
Marilith17
Nabasu8
Nalfeshnee14
Omox12
Oolioddroo13
Painajai14
Quasit2
Schir4
Seraptis15
Shachath11
Shadow Demon7
Shemhazian16
Succubus7
Swaithe4
Thoxel Demon5
Ulkreth15
Vavakia18
Vermlek3
Vilsteth16
Vrock9
Vrolikai19
Yaenit6

Demon, Gibrileth

This flying, bulbous, tumor-riddled mass has numerous arms, no legs, and a leering, three-eyed face.

Gibrileth CR 11

Source The Worldwound pg. 46 (Amazon)
XP 12,800
CE Large outsider (chaotic, demon, evil, extraplanar)
Init +8; Senses darkvision 60 ft., scent; Perception +25

Defense

AC 25, touch 13, flat-footed 21 (+4 Dex, +12 natural, –1 size)
hp 137 (11d10+77)
Fort +14, Ref +9, Will +10
Defensive Abilities amorphous; DR 10/good; Immune acid, disease, electricity, poison; Resist cold 10, fire 10; SR 22

Offense

Speed 10 ft., fly 40 ft. (good)
Melee +1 scorpion whip +18/+13/+8 (1d6+8/18–20 plus disease), bite +12 (1d8+3 plus disease)
Ranged tumor +14 (2d6 acid plus disease)
Space 10 ft., Reach 10 ft. (20 ft. with whip)
Special Attacks disease (see page 29), whip specialist
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 13th; concentration +16)
At will—contagion (DC 17), grease (DC 14), greater teleport (self plus 50 lbs. of objects only), unholy blight (DC 17)
3/day—stinking cloud (DC 16)
1/day—summon (level 4, 1 gibrileth 35%), waves of fatigue

Statistics

Str 24, Dex 19, Con 24, Int 13, Wis 16, Cha 17
Base Atk +11; CMB +19 (+23 trip); CMD 35 (37 vs. trip)
Feats Combat Expertise, Combat Reflexes, Greater Trip, Improved Initiative, Improved Trip, Lightning Reflexes
Skills Fly +20, Knowledge (dungeoneering) +15, Knowledge (planes) +15, Perception +25, Sense Motive +17, Stealth +14, Survival +17; Racial Modifiers +8 Perception
Languages Abyssal, Celestial, Draconic; telepathy 100 ft.
SQ tumors

Ecology

Environment any (Abyss)
Organization solitary, pair, or infection (3–8)
Treasure standard (+1 scorpion whip, other treasure)

Special Abilities

Disease Any weapon a gibrileth wields becomes a vector for spreading the demonplague. A creature bitten by a gibrileth or damaged by a weapon it wields is exposed to this virulent disease. A successful DC 22 Fortitude save is needed to resist this creature’s particular strain of demonplague—full details on this widespread sickness appear on page 29. The save DC is Constitution-based.

Tumors (Su) As a swift action, a gibrileth can rip a grapefruitsized tumor from its body with one of its many arms and throw it as a splash weapon with a range increment of 20 feet. A direct hit deals 2d6 points of acid damage, and deals 1d4 points of acid splash damage to all creatures within 5 feet of the target. A creature can avoid the splash damage with a successful DC 22 Reflex save. The save DC is Constitution-based.

Whip Specialist (Ex) A gibrileth does not provoke attacks of opportunity when using a whip.

Gibrileths are known as filth demons because their appearance is so vile that even other demons find them appalling—including some hezrous. A gibrileth’s body is composed almost entirely of quivering, globular, acidic tumors, save for its batlike wings and the nest of spindly, atrophied arms growing from the top of its body. It can walk with a clumsy gait, using its long arms, but it prefers to be on the wing. These creatures enjoy spreading nausea and sickness, either via their spell-like abilities or through violence—in fact, they are one of the primary sources of demonplague throughout the Worldwound. Gibrileths particularly relish the taste of partially liquefied, diseased flesh, and many keep infected victims in pens like cattle for periodic snacking, allowing their sickness to season them properly before feeding. Gibrileths rise from the souls of mortals who deliberately encourage the spread of disease or sickness, many of whom died of disease themselves.

A gibrileth is approximately 10 feet in diameter, with a wingspan of 16 feet. These foul, bloated demons typically weigh about 2,400 pounds.