Wrath of the Righteous
Prince of Darkness, The Archfiend, Lord of the Pit
Asmodeus is the most powerful devil that inhabits Hell, and the only one 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.
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.
Asmodeus’ faith is strongest in Imperial 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.
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. 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.
Born spontaneously from the cosmos of the Great Beyond, two motes of formless energy began. One, the form of freedom and self-will, began with the power of speech. The other, the form of fundamental creation, began with the power of meaning. Together, these two nameless energies called themselves Gods and began to sculpt creation to their liking and slowly introduced the concept of order into reality, creating stars, planets, and the fundamental laws that bind them, as well as other lesser Gods.
Then, the God of speech forever changed their creation by creating the first mortals, and bestowing them with free will, causing a schism with the God of order and meaning. War tore the two apart, and the lesser Gods rapidly took sides in battles that shook all of creation. Finally, on a distant world, the two met for the last time on the field of battle. The God or order offered his hand in brotherhood, and then performed the first act of treachery, murdering the God of speech. Henceforth, the God of treachery and order called itself Asmodeus.
In a last act of sympathy, Asmodeus allowed the dying God of speech’s dream of freedom to stand. He then created Hell as a monument to the old ways of absolute, merciless order and as a warning of what he would one day make anew. Asmodeus forged 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.