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Asmodeus, the King of the Nine Hells

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Dare to tread the boiling paths of the Nine Hells, presume to test your mettle against the King of Devils, and learn the shocking secret of the shadow behind the infernal throne of Nessus. With this PDF, you’ll have a chance to take on one of the greatest monsters in history, where a victory for the PCs means that the very balance of the planes is radically altered forever. Glimpse beyond the throne of Nessus to find the primordial beast that lurks beneath the deepest pit…

What’s inside:

• Asmodeus, a CR 27 legendary fiend.

• The Overlord of Hell, a CR 35 legendary fiend.

• Two new cleric subclasses: the Fire and Tyranny domains.

• The Ruby Rod of Hell, a new artifact.


Dedicated to the original Dicefreaks!

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Jody J June 09, 2016 6:53 pm UTC
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This product has been added to the DMs Guild Creature Index. http://www.dmsguild.com/product/184543/DMs-Guild-Creature-Index
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Dave P March 23, 2016 6:37 pm UTC
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Joe,
In general I think this is your best epic monster yet, but I wanted to ask why did you decided to change the appearance of Asmodeus? I also noticed you picked up on the dicefreaks lore of the OverLord of Hell. What was your thought with including this concept. I assume this uses your beyond 30 guidelines?
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Joe K March 24, 2016 1:57 am UTC
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Hi Dave! First, thanks for the review!
To answer your question about Asmodeus' appearance, I think that no matter how you slice it, the "King of the Nine Hells" is a ruse:

• In D&D canon, the ruse is essentially that the King of the Nine Hells is happy to rule in Hell rather than serve in Heaven, etc.

• In DF canon (IIRC), the ruse includes drawing as much attention as possible to Asmodeus' flashy style and away from the real goings-on in the deepest pits of Nessus.

Here, I tried to incorporate the two ideas: 1) that the devil's true form is a snake (ala DiceFreaks canon), and 2) that the devil's appearance is supposed to be something of a punishment from God for what he did, ala Paradise Lost.

With the Overlord being a serpent from the get-go, it doesn't make sense for his punishment to be stuck in the form of a serpent, or the form of a guy with a waxed goatee and a crushed velvet dress robe. Instead, the Overlord uses the twisted...See more
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Dave P March 31, 2016 4:46 am UTC
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i understand where you coming from for something more Judaeo-christian, but I've never taken the nine hells that way personally. And to me D&D canon is 1e MM, no concept of ruse there! :) To be clear, I don't have any issue with you taking this approach, I just find it an odd approach to selling a rather iconic epic character in D&D. He has always been portrayed as powerful and majestic (in a way) in D&D. Heck in the 1e MM he is described as the strongest, smartest, and most handsome devil. Yet, here he is something of a shriveled old raisin and, as you put it, a ruse. Not that it matters really with regard to the product, I like what the lore in general and the powers and lair actions specifically, and that is the important part.
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Joe K April 01, 2016 11:22 pm UTC
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Thanks, Dave. Yeah, it's definitely not canon D&D, nor is it canon Dicefreaks. It's more of an homage to the latter. I left both of those conceptual spaces alone while borrowing hints and hues from each, though. I also figure WotC will eventually publish an official 5E Asmodeus, and I liked the idea of having my own image for him to avoid that kind of overlap.
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Matheus F March 23, 2016 3:48 pm UTC
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First, great material! Keep coming... I hope that you release a material with the stats block of the other archdevils (cuz I'll use Mephistopheles in my campaign).

Just a thought: Isn't Asmodeus' CR to low? 27 is somewhat strong compared with archdemons of OotA, but lets compare with Tiamat's CR 30. If Tiamat is only a prisoner in Hell in this edition (kinda), the ruler of the Hell wound't have more power than she? And maybe legendary resistance 5/day make more sense if he is wielding his Rod.
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Dave P March 23, 2016 6:32 pm UTC
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Depends how you look at it. Traditionally Asmodeus is about equal to Demogorgon (he was weaker in 1e) who is CR 26 or 27 in OotA (5e), so CR 27 is about right for the official CR. Not to mention Asmodeus was CR 20 in the play test bestiary.
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Joe K March 24, 2016 2:04 am UTC
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Hi Matheus! Thanks for your compliment! The other devils are certainly in the spreadsheet, though I think WotC might beat me to the punch on them.

As for the CR point, one of the things I liked about the fight against Tiamat in RoT was how PCs could severely cripple her power based on their actions (damaging her temple, etc.). So really, Tiamat is a CR 30 only under the worst possible circumstances. I haven't done the math on her "weakest" form in RoT, but it's definitely not a CR 30, so I felt pretty safe adhering to the basic benchmarks for planar paragons set in OotA (i.e. CR 25-27 for planar lords).
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