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Imps were vicious, manipulative fiends that compromised the least powerful ranks of the infernal legions.[2] They were considered minor, non-Baatezu devils,[citation needed] serving as tempters and lackeys to mortals whom devils want groomed to the side of evil. Imps delighted in the opportunity to leave the Nine Hells and tempt mortals to evil.[2] In addition to serving more powerful devils or evil spellcasters, imps were found in service to Deep Duerra, the duergar goddess.[3]

FamiliarEdit

Many evil spellcasters could be found with an imp in their company, serving as a familiar.[4] Once this was done, the imps would immediately attempt to take control of their "master's" actions, via a telepathic link.[5]

AppearanceEdit

Although they could alter their form into that of any tiny animal, an imp normally appeared as a tiny, red-skinned humanoid with a pair of black wings and a long tail ending in a poisonous stinger, containing a deadly poison. They stood about 2 feet tall and weighed only 8 lbs.[6]

MotivesEdit

Imps frequently acted as manipulators in mortal lands, tempting the greedy, gullible or foolish into maliciously manipulative acts so as to corrupt them, ensuring a continuous supply of souls for the Archdevils in the Nine Hells. While physically weak compared to some lesser devils,[2] imps were envied as the successful temptation of mortals to acts of evil was one of the surest paths to further promotions.

VarietiesEdit

Bloodbag imp[7]Euphoric imp[8]Filth imp[9]Shadow imp

Notable impsEdit

AppendixEdit

AppearancesEdit

Novels
Computer games

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Wizards RPG Team (2014). Monster Manual 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 76. ISBN 978-0786965614.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Mike Mearls, Stephen Schubert, James Wyatt (June 2008). Monster Manual 4th edition. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 978-0-7869-4852-9.
  3. Sean K. Reynolds (2002). Deity Do's and Don'ts. A Faiths and Pantheons Web Enhancement. Wizards of the Coast. p. 11. Retrieved on 2014-09-22.
  4. Eric Cagle, Jesse Decker, James Jacobs, Erik Mona, Matthew Sernett, Chris Thomasson, and James Wyatt (April 2003). Fiend Folio. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 97. ISBN 0-7869-2780-1.
  5. Doug Stewart (June 1993). Monstrous Manual. (TSR, Inc), p. 201. ISBN 1-5607-6619-0.
  6. Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet and Monte Cook (October 2000). Monster Manual 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 50. ISBN 0-7869-1552-1.
  7. Eric Cagle, Jesse Decker, James Jacobs, Erik Mona, Matthew Sernett, Chris Thomasson, and James Wyatt (April 2003). Fiend Folio. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 98. ISBN 0-7869-2780-1.
  8. Eric Cagle, Jesse Decker, James Jacobs, Erik Mona, Matthew Sernett, Chris Thomasson, and James Wyatt (April 2003). Fiend Folio. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 99. ISBN 0-7869-2780-1.
  9. Eric Cagle, Jesse Decker, James Jacobs, Erik Mona, Matthew Sernett, Chris Thomasson, and James Wyatt (April 2003). Fiend Folio. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 100. ISBN 0-7869-2780-1.

ConnectionsEdit

Baatezu
Least: AdvespaLemureNupperibo
Lesser: AbishaiBarbazuHamatulaMalebrancheSpinagon
Greater: AmnizuCornugonErinyesGelugonOsyluthPit fiend
Miscellaneous Devils
Alu-fiendArchdevilCambionDuergarFimbrul devilHellcatHellwasp devilImpSeared devilSuccubusTar devil