Dispater was an archdevil of the Nine Hells and the Lord of the Iron City of Dis.[1]


Paranoid and reclusive, he never left his inner sanctum. He was always stoic, emotionless, and expressionless. He remained this way constantly even in the heat of battle.[citation needed]


Dispater, along with Mephistopheles, was once an ally of Mammon, but Mammon betrayed them both.[2]


Malachlabra, Duchess of Hell, was his daughter. She had three long sinuous barbed tails, an obsidian-hued lush human body, and bat wings coming from her shoulders.[3]


The Lord of the Second, Dispater, controls the layer of Dis from his Iron Tower. He usually appears as a humanoid of supernatural height with dark hair, tiny horns, resplendent garb, and a single cloven foot. He always holds a rod of great power, his badge of office.

Dispater never takes risks and thus almost never leaves his demesne, and then, only to the call of Asmodeus. At all other times he relies on his aspect to deal with the other archdukes of the Nine Hells. Dispater's Iron Tower, a nigh-impenetrable fortress, is itself an extremely powerful magic item that amplifies his powers and makes him nearly invulnerable. The Iron Duke gets all the necessary information from his consort Lilis. Known as the Iron Maiden, Lilis is the only consort Dispater has been known to have, and her intelligence network covers all Baator and beyond, making her one of the most knowledgeable creatures in the Nine Hells. In terms of politics, Dispater and Mephistopheles, Lord of the Eighth, are allies and are usually scheming against Baalzebul, Lord of the Seventh.

Since Glasya's recent elevation and the apparent ease with which Asmodeus arranged it, Dispater's already healthy paranoia has grown, prompting him to retreat further into his Iron Tower and work harder than ever to root out traitors both actual and potential. He has also tried to distance himself from his allies and seek peace with his enemies to avoid having any enemies, a futile goal.

Dispater's touch instantly corrodes metal and can convert flesh into iron. A favorite tactic of his in combat is to transform opponent into an iron statue, then immediately rust him away into dust.



  1. 1.0 1.1 Robin D. Laws, Robert J. Schwalb (December 2006). Fiendish Codex II: Tyrants of the Nine Hells. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 143–145. ISBN 0-7869-3940-0.
  2. Monte Cook (Oct 2002). Book of Vile Darkness. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 145. ISBN 0-7869-0672-3.
  3. Ed Greenwood (May 2002). Elminster in Hell. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 198. ISBN 0-7869-2746-1.


The Lords of the Nine
The Archdevils
Other Lords of the Nine
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