Thursday, March 14, 2013

Campaign Design - The Lords of Hell: Belial


The Scaled King; Commander of the Demon Host; The Inquisitor of Hell; Lord of the Black Flame; Demon Lord of Scaled Creatures and Domination

Alignment: Lawful Evil.
Domains: Domination, Evil, InsightReptile, (Scalykind), Summoning.
Summon Monster: Belial's clerics and favored souls can summon axiomatic and fiendish creatures using summon monster spells.
Symbol: A trident wrapped with a serpent's tongue.
Favored Weapon: "The tines of torment" (trident).

Belial is the commander of the demonic host, and is awesomely powerful to behold. His head is like that of a giant lizard or snake with black horns and fangs with deadly poison, his eyes are yellow with black pupils. His upper body is shaped like that of a man, but with four arms and his skin is plated with blue green scales, while his lower body merges into that of an immense snake tail, and a jagged row of bony spines that run up his back. He has huge dragon wings, and the tip of his tail is barbed and drips virulent poison. Belial has no legs, but travels like a snake along the ground, supporting his upper body with this serpentine lower body. He carries a massive black trident in one hand, and a cruelly barbed scourge in the other. Belial delights in cruelty, and he is also the torturer and inquisitor of Hell.

In the War in Heaven Belial led the demon host into battle, but was turned back by the combined efforts of Tiwas and Forseti. Legends hold that Belial’s great fortress of mud is located in the middle of a fetid, steaming swamp. After the War in Heaven, Belial's realm was transformed into a frozen wasteland, and he was imprisoned in an ice cavern underneath his fortress. The cold and ice has driven Belial's body into a torpor, and even his most devoted servants are kept from aiding him by the infernal chill of his surroundings.

As the ruler of infernal reptiles, Belial prefers intensely hot and humid conditions, and disease and rot are rampant throughout his realms. Snakes, crocodiles, and poisonous lizards are favorites of this demon. His realm is also home to scores of demons and other fiendish creatures that form the core of the demon host. Although he has a number of human followers, most of his adherents are drawn from the evilly inclined scaly creatures of the world that revel in his foul worship, such as evil dragons and depraved lizardfolk.

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