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Baphomet
Baphomet
Basic Information
Title(s) Prince of Beasts
Demon Lord of Minotaurs
Power level Demon lord
Influence
Dominion Endless Maze, the 600th layer of The Abyss
Portfolio Minotaurs
Vengeance
Domains Animal, Chaos, Evil, Hatred, Retribution[1], Strength, War[2]
Worshipers
Worshipers Minotaurs, ogres, giants
Worshiper alignments
LG NG CG
LN N CN
LE NE CE
Favored weapon club
As a Mortal
Race Tanar'ri
Rules Information
Alignment Chaotic evil

Source: Faiths and Pantheons , p. 221
Baphomet was a demon lord who ruled a layer of the Abyss called the Endless Maze. He was the Prince of Beasts and the Demon Lord of Minotaurs.

DescriptionEdit

Baphomet - dragon 369

Baphomet, the Horned King

Baphomet had the appearance of a 12' tall humanoid with a bull's head, a bovine tail, and broad, stubby hands and feet. His body was covered with coarse black hair. His horns curved downward and outward. He wielded a giant bardiche. Baphomet could spit out gouts of unholy water.[citation needed]

RealmEdit

Baphomet's realm of the Endless Maze was the 600th layer of the Abyss, supposedly infinite in size. Here, Baphomet dwelt in his palace, the Lyktion, and spent his time creating various new demonic breeds in his infamous Tower of Science. Some of his more successful creations were the goristroi, the bulezaus, the ghours, and more recently[as of when?], the feral ankashars.[citation needed]

WorshipersEdit

Baphomet had a multitude of minotaur, ogre, and giant followers and minions. He was also served by ghour demons, a race of demons resembling burly, hairless minotaurs which commanded troops of these mortal minions. He sought to use them to further his schemes, notably to gain the upper hand in his battles against Yeenoghu. A multitude of other twisted creatures revered Baphomet as well, some becoming his thralls, and if they pleased their bestial patron, they would be granted rulership of a portion of the Endless Maze. Those who displeased Baphomet were eaten.[citation needed]

Cult of BaphometEdit

Baphomet was increasingly attracting a following amongst minotaurs. He sought to use them to further his schemes, notably to gain the upper hand in his battles against Yeenoghu. A multitude of other twisted creatures revered Baphomet as well, some becoming his thralls, and if they pleased their bestial patron, they would be granted rulership of a portion of the Endless Maze. Those who displeased Baphomet were eaten, of course.[citation needed]

Baphomet granted spells as a lesser deity[1], and had as his symbol a twisted circular maze awash in blood.[2]

Minions and related creaturesEdit

Baphomet had a multitude of minotaur, ogre and giant followers and minions. He was also served by ghour demons, a race of demons resembling burly, hairless minotaurs which commanded troops of these mortal minions.[citation needed]

RelationshipsEdit

Baphomet hated Yeenoghu, and the two were bitter enemies. The two warred against each other for as long as they themselves could remember, and both forgot the origin of their feud. Baphomet's other enemies included the demon lord Graz'zt, who recently[as of when?] imprisoned him for some time much as he imprisoned Waukeen during the Time of Troubles, and the Demon Queen of Harpies Ardat.[citation needed]

The hatred between Baphomet and Yeenoghu started with an alliance. Both lords had allied to invade an elven kingdom, but were eventually pushed back by the elves, Bahamut, and an alliance of good dragons. Both demon lords blamed the other for the defeat.[citation needed]

Baphomet had an unusual relationship (for tanar'ri) with Pale Night, who shared his lair. The two were neighbors with what amounted to an unofficial noninterference pact, as Pale Night's influence did not really extend much further than the edges of her plateau. Though they never joined forces to accomplish a goal, it was possible that any attempt to lay siege to the holdings of one might have provoked the other.[2]

DogmaEdit

Baphomet was the embodiment of savagery, an insidious force that wormed its way into the heart of his followers to deceive them into embracing brutality.[citation needed]

HistoryEdit

It was suggested that Baphomet started his existence as a mortal creature; although it was unclear whether he was a beast that lived as a man or a man who lived as a beast. It was also suggested that he was cursed by the gods for daring to treat them like cattle, and thus banished to the Abyss. In any case, Baphomet reveled in his power, seeing the curse more as a blessing.[citation needed]

Publication historyEdit

The appearance of Baphomet as he is in Dungeons and Dragons is derived from fanciful depictions created by occultist Eliphas Lévi.[citation needed]

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 1st edition (1977-1988)Edit

Baphomet first appears in module Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth (1982),[3] and then appears in the first edition Monster Manual II (1983),[4] under the demon entry.

Baphomet makes another appearance in the module The Throne of Bloodstone (1988).[5]

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd edition (1989-1999)Edit

Baphomet was detailed as a deity in the book Monster Mythology (1992), including details about his priesthood.[6]

Baphomet's role among the giant deities of the Forgotten Realms campaign setting is described in detail in Giantcraft (1995).[7]

His role in the cosmology of the Planescape campaign setting was described in On Hallowed Ground (1996).[8]

Dungeons & Dragons 3.0 edition (2000-2002)Edit

Baphomet appeared, again as a demon lord, in the Book of Vile Darkness (2002).[9]

Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 edition (2003-2007)Edit

Baphomet is fully detailed in Dragon, in issue #341 (March 2006) in the "Demonomicon of Iggwilv" feature.[10]

Baphomet was featured in the Fiendish Codex I: Hordes of the Abyss (2006).[11]

Dungeons & Dragons 4th edition (2008-)Edit

Baphomet is one of the few demon lords mentioned in the 4th edition Monster Manual (2008).[12]

Baphomet is fully detailed in the online version of Dragon, in issue #369 (November 2008) in the "Demonomicon of Iggwilv" feature.[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Eric L. Boyd, Erik Mona (May 2002). Faiths and Pantheons, p. 221. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-2759-3.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Ed Stark, James Jacobs, Erik Mona (June 13, 2006). Fiendish Codex I: Hordes of the Abyss, p. 59. Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-3919-2.
  3. Gygax, Gary. The Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth (TSR, 1982)
  4. Gygax, Gary. Monster Manual II (TSR, 1983)
  5. Dobson, Michael, and Douglas Niles. The Throne of Bloodstone (TSR, 1988)
  6. Sargent, Carl. Monster Mythology (TSR, 1992)
  7. Winninger, Ray. Giantcraft (TSR, 1995)
  8. McComb, Colin. On Hallowed Ground (TSR, 1996)
  9. Cook, Monte. Book of Vile Darkness (Wizards of the Coast, 2002)
  10. Jacobs, James. "The Demonomicon of Iggwilv: Baphomet." Dragon #341 (Paizo Publishing, 2006)
  11. Jacobs, James, Erik Mona, and Ed Stark. Fiendish Codex I: Hordes of the Abyss (Wizards of the Coast, 2006)
  12. Mearls, Mike, Stephen Schubert, and James Wyatt. Monster Manual (Wizards of the Coast, 2008)
  13. Schwalb, Robert J. "Demonomicon of Iggwilv: Baphomet, Prince of Beasts." Renton, WA: Wizards of the Coast, 2008. Available online: [1]

Additional readingEdit

  • Eric L. Boyd. "Demon Cults of the Realms." Dragon #355. Bellevue, WA: Paizo Publishing, 2007.
  • Pramas, Chris. "The Empire of Ravilla." Dragon #285. Renton, WA: Wizards of the Coast, 2001.
  • Pramas, Chris. "The Gnolls of Naresh." Dragon #289. Renton, WA: Wizards of the Coast, 2001.
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