After the extremes of Book of Vile Darkness, the two-volume Fiendish Codex once again tames demons and devils for broader audiences. ¶ The first Codex, Hordes of the Abyss, tackles demons. The approach here is similar to the 3E Draconomicon, Lords of Madness and Liber Mortis: explain demons through an ecological lens. This is a stupid idea. Demons are incarnated evil, unknowable to mortal minds. But that doesn’t stop Hordes of the Abyss from literally dissecting them anyway. ¶ Worse, it expands the demonic meta-story, introducing the obyrith, a sort of progenitor race of demons that came before the tanar’ri, which, again, reduces demons to a tangle of bloodlines and species in a way I find utterly demystifying for planar entities. ¶ On the positive side of things, Hordes reintroduces several demon lords weirdly absent from Book of Vile Darkness – Pazuzu, Baphomet, Fraz-Urb’luu and Zuggtmoy – and introduces a couple new ones (I find Malcanthet, the queen of succubi, an excellent addition). There is also an excellent King Kong-eque illustration of Demogorgon and a swell Wayne Reynolds portrait of Iggwilv (though I don’t care for his Graz’zt). I generally find 3E’s approach to the planes a bit conservative, but there are some good landmarks detailed in the 15 layers included in the book (the drooling jungle of Hollow’s Heart, the illustration of which I included here, is one of them). ¶ Patreon link in bio! #RPG#TabletopRPG#roleplayinggame#TTRPG #DnD#DungeonsAndDragons#DandD#Abyss#HordesoftheAbyss#FiendishCodex#Ecology#Demons#Pazuzu#Demogorgon
Do you ever feel the closer you get to God the harder life gets? Jesus explains the attraction of evil beings to those with the holy spirit
"Know then that it was inevitable that you should experience the hatred of Satan. Every victim soul experiences it in one way or another. Because to be a victim soul is to be, as far as one can be, like the Redeemer in one's person and ministry, and also in one's triumphs. These triumphs are defeats for Satan. Which is easy to understand. This ministry is like a sword which wounds him, and like a hook which snatches prey from him. This too is easy to understand. This resemblance [to the Redeemer] in one's person is another grief in the infinite grief of Satan, because his condemnation is to hate that which at the same time he craves.
Do you know how Satan burns with desire, with remorse, with nostalgia for what he has lost? Understand Me, it is not from a spirit of love—for he cannot love. But from the perfect pride of his spirit. What he lost is the Kingdom where he was the head of the angels. He suffers not only for not being an angel, but for not being their head, inferior in splendor only to God. But since all of Paradise is centered in God, Satan, being unable to go to God Himself by force of circumstance, goes where God is present [in the just]. God is still approachable by Satan—the Accursed One, the Outcast—God is approachable in human flesh. And that was the case when I was on Earth. Or rather—and this is what has happened for twenty centuries—Satan goes to God Who is present and active in a just man."
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#drawloween inspired me to share the harrowing #cryptid encounter I had recently. was it some new variation of the Deerman of Oklahoma, an agent of Hecate, or something different altogether? Perhaps we'll never know. (perhaps it was a very fat lamb...)