Asmodeus (pronounced as-MO-day-us) is the most powerful of the nine archdevils that inhabit Hell, and the only one of Hell’s rulers to claim full divinity. It was he who is credited with the penning the contract of creation, within which his followers believe is hidden the means for their patron’s eventual rise to supremacy.
In addition to forging the contract of creation, then accepted by all the gods and rumored to contain a secret that will one day lead to its author’s rise to power above his fellow deities, Asmodeus played a key role in the defeat and imprisonment of Rovagug. The Rough Beast was sealed away in the Pit of Gormuz, the only key to his prison kept by the Prince of Darkness himself.
Of the evil deities, the Prince of Darkness is the most respected and trusted by his divine peers, though they realize his aid is not to be sought or accepted lightly. For his part, Asmodeus typically regards other faiths with mild amusement, seeing them as weak, temporary distractions to mortal worshipers. Unsurprisingly, he gives more respect to other lawful deities.
Appearance and Emissaries
Asmodeus is generally depicted in art as a large, flame-enshrouded man with red skin, cloven hooves and horns. He is often shows wielding a contract or a flaming mace. Though many believe that this is his true form, some speak of a more fiendish form with constantly bleeding wounds. Asmodeus is also capable of taking the shape of any creature, an ability he uses to gain an advantage in negotiations through intimidation, comfort, or pity. He is also represented by his holy symbol, an upside down red pentagram.
The Prince of Darkness has many servants who rise and fall in popularity according to his whims.
This devil serves as the Prince of Darkness’ current herald. He appears as a handsome young male possessing blond hair, perceived to be of the same species as that of any creature that encounters him. Additionally, Basileus can freely take a form of supernatural terror; this form differs from one viewer to another, each faced with the greatest fear he or she can imagine.
Church of Asmodeus
Asmodeus’ faith is strongest in Infernal Cheliax and several of its vassal states, including Isger and Nidal. He preaches strict discipline and unwavering devotion from his worshipers; the strong should rule the weak. The Prince of Darkness expects flattery from his followers, appreciating it for what it is, and delights in deals and contracts that secretly favor one party over another.
Worshipers and Clergy
Asmodeus’ priests usually dress in black decorated with red, and often wear horned masks or helmets, and his clergy includes clerics and wizards. Clothing worn is usually expensive, and clearly so, as the faith preaches that wealth attracts wealth.6 Followers of the Prince of Darkness often include nobles and bureaucrats, especially those participating in the slave trade and in those nations where his worship is openly accepted. In countries not under Cheliax’s yoke, priests are expected to abide by local laws and take sacrifices only from willing victims. It is also common for individual priests to offer the sacrifice of a small animal before preparing spells.
Knights of Asmodeus wear the typical black and red associated with the Dark Prince, often wielding a spiked mace. They seek out order to gain power. Some call themselves paladins to give their behavior a gloss of righteousness.
Clerics of Asmodeus may prepare lesser geas and a variant of geas, and the Prince of Darkness grants access to infernal healing and greater infernal healing.
The Church of Asmodeus is taking an active role in caring for the orphans left by Isger’s Goblinblood Wars. Monasteries have been established to look after these unfortunates, and indoctrinate them in the worship of Asmodeus. The most well known are the Sisters of the Golden Erinyes.
Temples and Shrines
Public temples dedicated to Asmodeus can be found in Cheliax, often existing alongside and within the nation’s government buildings. Secret houses dedicated to the Prince of Darkness exist throughout Golarion. The Midnight Temple in Egorian regularly features human sacrifices upon the Black Altar. Many of his temples were originally dedicated to other gods, but were abandoned or purchased by his faithful and profaned to serve their purposes.
The Asmodean Disciplines
Asmodeus’ doctrines and the practices of his faithful can be found within this document. It is accompanied by various additions and supplemental documents.
The Asmodean Monograph
This text records a simplified version of the doctrine of the Prince of Darkness, although it relies on many supplemental volumes and appendices.