Amduscias

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Greyhawk Deity
Amduscias
Title(s) Reconciliator of Foes
Home Plane Baator
Power Level Duke of Hell
Gender Male
Class(es) n/a
Alignment Lawful evil
Portfolio n/a
Domains n/a
Alias(es) None
Superior Tiamat

Amduscias is a powerful unique baatezu, a duke in the service of Tiamat, leading 29 companies of abishai. He lives on Avernus, the first layer of Baator. He is famous for his long memory, and almost as well known for his cunning strategies. Amduscias has also earned the moniker "Reconciliator of Foes," by being a skillful actor and negotiator. Tiamat often employs him to mediate disputes between devils and dragons. Amduscias is also tasked with keeping the Rabble of Devilkin in line.

Description

Amduscias usually appears as a 9-foot tall hawk-headed man wearing dark red or black robes, and never wears armor. He can also change into two distinct forms. He can resemble a dirty-yellow unicorn with eyes of flame, and a purple horn that causes terrible bleeding wounds. He can bolt from a standing start, and some say that whenever horses spook or gallop uncontrollably, Amduscias has affected them. He also likes to take the form of a dire wolf with a prehensile tail like that of a serpent.

Amduscias prefers to fight in his wolf form. He can use all of his attacks on as many targets as he wishes. One favorite tactic is to constrict a foe with his tail and immerse the victim in water to drown, batter the victim against a rock, or use whatever advantage he can gain with the tail. In human form, he dual-wields two small weapons of his choice (such as daggers or darts), and likes to point at a victim to affect with his fear ability.

Amduscias can speak with any creature that has a language.

Relationships

Amduscias is a servant of Tiamat, for whom he leads 29 companies of abishai. Each company contains 333 abishai each.

History

Amduscias originally served Zariel, the previous lord of Avernus, but was granted into the service of Tiamat in exchange for her aid in guarding the entrance to the second layer of Hell. This arrangement continued unchanged with the reign of Bel.

Creative origins

Amduscias is inspired by the real-life Amdusias.

Bibliography

  • McComb, Colin. Faces of Evil: The Fiends. (TSR, 1997).
  • Stewart, Todd, and the Paizo Staff. "1d20 Villains." Dragon #359. Bellevue, WA: 2007. Page 68.