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Demons were the most widespread race of fiends. They were usually chaotic evil by nature, and were native to the Abyss. Demons had no true rulers, though powerful demon lords and deities were able to gain enough power and influence to gain control over sizable armies of demonic creatures. They were also the sworn enemies of the devils, though their ageless Blood War came to a cool upon Asmodeus' ascendance to godhood.

Subcategories of demonsEdit

There are five subcategories of demons:

Obyrith 
Obyriths were ancient, powerful demons who once ruled the Abyss and were responsible for creating the tanar'ri demons as slaves.
Tanar'ri 
The most numerous of the demonic races, they were originally slaves of the obyrith before overthrowing their masters.
Loumara 
The youngest race of demons, loumara demons tended to immaterial but capable of possession of various things.
Yugoloth 
Yugoloths were manipulative mercenaries, native to the Blood Rift and neutral in the Blood War.[1]

Other demonsEdit

Not all known demons fit into one of the above races. Such non-typed demons included:

  • Bebelith- massive, highly aggressive spider-like demons.
  • Blood fiend- huge, four-armed abominations that fed on the blood of other fiends.
  • Ghazneth- humanoid, winged demons with differing magical abilities.
  • Ghour- demons that took the appearance of monstrous minotaurs, ghour demons served (and were likely created by) the demon prince Baphomet.
  • Orlath- large, serpentine demons with two vaguely humanoid torsos and baboon-like heads, and six arms on each torso.
  • Kazrith- aquatic demons that poisoned their prey.
  • Quasit- the demonic equivalent of the imp, quasits were small, insidious winged demons with venomous fangs.
  • Retriever- mindless, spider-like constructs that were created to serve stronger demons of the Abyss.
  • Shadow demon- mysterious demons with a wraith-like appearance.
  • Shoosuva- large, hyena-like demons that were created by and served the demon lord Yeenoghu.
  • Wastrilith- aquatic demons that vaguely resembled eels.
  • Yochlol- shapechanging demons that were created by and served Lolth.

Demon LordsEdit

Main article: Demon lord

Demon lords, or Abyssal lords, were powerful demons that commanded many other demons and ruled a layer of the Abyss. Each demon lord had a unique appearance and set of abilities. The most powerful demons lords were called demon princes. Since demons had no set hierarchy, both titles were self-proclaimed, and the demon lords and princes fought against each other constantly. Demon lords were also considered archfiends.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. Mike Mearls, Stephen Schubert, James Wyatt (June 2008). Monster Manual 4th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 58. ISBN 978-0-7869-4852-9.

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