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Baatezu (pronounced: /beɪˈɑːtɛzuː/ bay-AT-eh-zoo or: /ˈbɑːtɛzʌ/ BAH-teh-zu) were a category of devils inhabiting the Nine Hells of Baator. Like all other devils, they were ruled by the Archdevils, or Lords of the Nine.
Baatezu on the Fugue PlaneEdit
Some baatezu stayed on the Fugue Plane from the World Tree cosmology, where they tried to convince souls of the newly deceased to join their ranks by becoming lemures. Few took up the offer, but to some the prospect of a chance of advancing in baatezu society was preferable to the fate they expected in afterlife.
Types of BaatezuEdit
- Among the weakest kinds of devils, lemures looked like semi-molten blobs of flesh with a vaguely humanoid form.
- Strange, bloated devils that were even weaker than lemures.
- Advespas were large, wasp-like devils.
- Powerful, corpulent devils that had jagged teeth and leathery wings. They often held positions of authority.
- Erinyes were powerful devils that looked like beautiful humans with large feathered wings and glowing red eyes. They were sometimes mistaken for celestials.
- Pit fiend
- Among the most powerful devils, pit fiends were generals in diabolical armies. They had wings, tails, red skin, and fangs.
- Also called barbed devils, hamatulas were large devils covered in sharp barbs that acted as guards.
- Also called bearded devils, these were the shock troops of Baator. Barbezus were humanoid, with a tentacle 'beard', tail, scaly hide, and aggressive personality.
- More commonly called bone devils, osyluths looked like skeletal humanoids with a long, barbed tail and insect-like wings. Osyluths served the archdevils as taskmasters and law enforcement officers.
- Also called horned devils, cornugons had bat-like wings, tails, large horns, and a humanoid body. They typically acted a defensive troops.
- Commonly called ice devils, these devils appeared as bipedal, insectile devils and were strategists in Hell's armies.
- Malebranches, or war devils, were the champions in the baatezu armies and led lesser devils into skirmishes.
- Spined devils were humanoid devils with large wings and spines that covered their backs.
- More commonly called assassin devils.
- More commonly called Harvester devils.
- More commonly called Legion devils.
- More commonly called pain devils.
- More commonly called pleasure devils.
- More commonly called steel devils.
- Ayperobos swarm
- Brazen devil
- ↑ J. Paul LaFountain (1991). Monstrous Compendium: Outer Planes Appendix. In Timothy B. Brown ed. (TSR, Inc.), p. 5. ISBN 1-56076-055-9.
- ↑ Dungeons & Dragons FAQ (HTML). Wizards of the Coast. (2003). Retrieved on May 22, 2018.
- ↑ Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual 3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 50. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
- ↑ Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 258–259. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
Least: Advespa • Lemure • Nupperibo
Lesser: Abishai • Barbazu • Hamatula • Malebranche • Spinagon
Greater: Amnizu • Cornugon • Erinyes • Gelugon • Osyluth • Pit fiend
Alu-fiend • Archdevil • Cambion • Duergar • Fimbrul devil • Hellcat • Hellwasp devil • Imp • Seared devil • Succubus • Tar devil