Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Campaign Design - The Lords of Hell: Vaßatar


The Finder of Secrets; The Deceiver; Demon Lord of Kobolds, Avarice, and Thievery

Alignment: Neutral Evil.
Domains: (Kobold), Labyrinth, Secrecy, Secrets, Snares, Trickery.
Summon Monster: Vaßatar's clerics and favored souls can summon fiendish and shadow creatures using summon monster spells.
Symbol: A halfling skull impaled with a dart.
Favored Weapon: "Greed's ally" (dart, dart thrower, or hand crossbow).

When not disguised, Vaßatar appears as a black-skinned kobold. He is physically weak and cowardly, using protective wards, disguises, and traps to keep those he imagines are his enemies at bay. And because he is paranoid, he imagines everyone to be his enemy. As he is the very essence of greed, he imagines that everyone is after his possessions as well, and so secretes them in hidden vaults protected by elaborate and deadly traps and snares. He is a liar and a cheat, advocating that one should obtain and keep wealth by any means possible, and as a result, even the other demon lords despise him.

Before the War in Heaven, Vaßatar fell in love with Aíne, and sought to woo her, but she was repelled by his grasping rapacity and selfishness and rejected his suit out of hand. In the War in Heaven, he was snubbed by the other demon lords, and only Belial regarded him as anything other than an annoyance, sending him to serve as a spy. After the demon lords seized Aíne as their prisoner, they left Vaßatar to guard her, and he surrounded her cell with an array of deadly traps and unsuccessfully renewed his attempts to win her affection. When Caire overcame his pitfalls and other deadly devices to rescue Aíne, he humiliated Vaßatar and earned the kobold lord's enmity forever.

Vaßatar is the patron of thieves, con-men, and kobolds. He is the living embodiment of greed and avarice, and is looked to by merchants who seek to fleece their customers rather than engage in honest trade. Misers, hoarders, and skinflints are also his within his concern, although many do not realize that they are honoring him through their actions.

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