Fiendish Codex I: Hordes of the Abyss is an optional supplemental source book for the 3. Explains a number of well known aspects of demons, including their physiology, their interactions on the Material Plane , the roles they fit into, and how possession works. Also details the Black Scrolls of Ahm. Discusses the difference between the three main subtypes of demon: loumara, obyrith, and tanar'ri. It also provides tips on advancing the demon lords so that they can be as powerful as you like. Discusses various ways of interacting with demons, from fighting them to allying with them.

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Contents Chapter 4: Trafficking with Demons. The circle glows. The Black Scrolls of Ahm teach the stench of sulfur and brimstone explodes outward. The glow fades. One bears in this tome, but there are also plenty of instances of demonic a shield emblazoned with the symbol of Heironeous.

The other carries an axe his or her game. The book covers this topic further, but it is struck with the symbol of Kord. He growls as he leaps forward. The speaks to his companions once more.

Although possession of any or all of these the dungeon passage that seems to go on a bit too long, to supplements will enhance your enjoyment of this book, none the expedition through demonic layers to wrest a soul from beyond the core rulebooks are strictly necessary. Unlike Codex I use these concepts, which were intrduced in previous a swift action, an immediate action can be performed at any supplements. A description of how they work follows.

Swift Action: A swift action consumes a very small amount of Using an immediate action on your turn is the same as using time, but represents a larger expenditure of effort and energy than a swift action, and it counts as your swift action for that turn. You can perform one swift action per turn without af- You cannot use another immediate action or a swift action until fecting your ability to perform other actions. In that regard, a swift after your next turn if you have used an immediate action when it action is like a free action.

However, you can perform only a single is not currently your turn effectively, using an immediate action swift action per turn, regardless of what other actions you take. You also cannot use an immediate action if you Casting a quickened spell is a swift action.

In addition, casting are currently flat-footed. Casting a spell with a casting time of 1 swift action does not provoke attacks of opportunity. Swekel n the beginning, there was light. As such, they are not ultimately that, chaos raged. As such, students of demonic divine? A loremaster who tempts the Abyss with left. But madness? I have neither wrestled the Abyss directly nor allowed my many encounters with the fiends that serve it yes, I said they serve It is my hope that I shall discover much more before I am it!

Those who come after myself overcome by the Abyss. However, the fiends have me might be more careful, if less skilled, and they can continue learned of my quest for knowledge, and they fear my power. But, alone in my Soon, the battle will come. I can only pray to gods I no longer explorations, I have uncovered truths they could not hope to worship that my learning survives me. Forge on. Most importantly, I have learned that the Abyss is the darkling —Surviving excerpt from the Black Scrolls of Ahm chaos from which all things come.

This genesis has nothing to do with good or evil—just pure, churning chaos, in its simplest form. Not all who study the ways of demons or the origins Who could have believed that the origin of life—of earth, of tree of the universe maintain as thin a grip on sanity as and stream—spawns from such turmoil?

Yet, it is true. It is only did the author of the Black Scrolls, Tulket nor Ahm. They create law and force order, twisting what was pure tainly bested him in caution. Luckily, his theories into something. LORE knew his work would attract the attention of his subjects, if not the Abyss itself. Ahm believed that all life in the universe As is true of many works of magical writing, transcribing Illus.

Pendergraft derives from the chaos of the Abyss, thus extrapolating that the all but the smallest and most innocuous parts of the Black Abyss itself must be alive as well. Still, even Ahm never ascribed Scrolls of Ahm remains impossible. Still, the authors of this intelligence or sentience to the Abyss. But be warned. Ahm deemed it possible that the intelligence thirst for knowledge, peruse it carefully, lest something out of the demonic creatures spawned in the Abyss were, in fact, of the darkness come to devour you.

Spawned directly from and by the forces of chaos, in one place. Others who have read more than a few of the there are incalculable kinds of demons in the universe, and stained and torn parchments believe Ahm himself enchanted even Ahm categorized the attributes of only a small percent- them, forcing them to move about the cosmos so the demons age of them. In fact, the more this ancient scholar learned of could not collect his work and destroy it. But why would there be commonalities at all?

The food seems to simply disappear after ingestion, spawned from chaos? Ahm had a very logical explanation for unless the demon prefers to expel it somehow. If they choose, why even the Abyss would abide by some vague sense of order. Indeed, nothing arcane magic or curses. One of the lowest orders of demon is the dretch. These are his actual notes, though the initial described in biological terms.

Indeed, some scholars argue that sketch has been revised based on other accounts. Muscles and Tendons: This dretch possesses wiry Ahm disagreed. As stated previously, he believed that the muscles in its thin, misshapen arms and legs. Unusually Abyss shapes demons to perform certain tasks, necessitating powerful for its size, these muscles are the key to its grasping that its creations conform in certain ways.

Unfortunately, strength. The dretch remained conscious during the exposure Ahm presents little evidence on the subject. When the dretch died, its muscles and when they die, their bodies either return immediately to quickly atrophied and became very pliable and easy to cut. Note the thin fingers.

All living Material Plane creatures share certain common After death, the bones in the hand became brittle, but before elements. It took several gnomes all eat. They all breathe.

Demons are not Material Plane creatures. As such, they 3. Abdomen: Here is where the demon diverges most do not have the same needs that we expect in other living obviously from a creature of the Material Plane. When the creatures. Demons have even been known to consume material enveloped his hand and he ran screaming from the tons of food in a single sitting, with no effect or consequence, room.

The liquid did not actually harm him, but he recalls leaving much debate about where the food actually goes. The little of the examination leading up to the incident. The odor remained a while longer, fading slowly. This also surprised me, since I fed the would kill most Material Plane creatures.

As such, demons can dretch while it remained my captive, and it consumed nearly easily breathe in any natural Material Plane atmospheres. It made Sleeping: Demons do not require sleep to function nor- a terrible mess in there as well, though I have no idea how it mally. Perhaps the creature vomited them into sleeplike states, and demons can even be rendered when no one was observing it, or perhaps the dretch simply unconscious, though not easily.

A demon can choose to exudes foulness from its pores. I hope to capture another fall asleep which it would normally only do for deceitful soon, so I can solve this riddle. There, these bathed in evil and black evil souls undergo everlasting torment at the behest of dark blood. No, demonspawn, you are not forgotten. The terror of existence powers. Now writhe, and rise forth! The Black Scrolls of Ahm put forth the posi- two important points.

However, the hierarchy looks more like a drop of blood than a circle. Black Scrolls do allow for demonic pacts and bargains. Balors, guaranteed rebirth as a powerful demon after death. He mariliths, and other powerful demons stand below their does clarify that these demonic reincarnations appear to be princes and remain somewhat removed from the masses of the exception rather than the rule.

Still, no proof for these demons. They possess some individuality and can gain favor arguments exists one way or the other, and most demons with their lords. Whatever the case, the demonic life cycle is as unpredict- Again, no one knows whether the Demonomicon or the 8 able as the Abyss.

Black Scrolls speak the truth on this subject, but Tulket nor. Ahm did make one unarguable point. He reasoned that if the a failure for a demon, so it is unlikely to avoid punishment CHAPTER 1 Abyss is home to chaos and evil, and demons are an extension altogether.

For example, a vrock sent to wreak havoc on the Material Plane faces a very real danger if it fails in its mission. In general, however, both the Black even a mane.

Even balors risk this eternal cycle when they Scrolls and the Demonomicon acknowledge the following battle for their Abyssal lords. Only the direct intervention basic concepts: of a demon prince can possibly spare this punishment. Outside the Abyss: If a demon is killed on another plane, its body eventually returns to the Abyss—unless trapped The important exception to all of this occurs when a demon through magical means, such as a dimensional anchor spell.


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