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The demon Bael, from Collin de Plancy's Dictionnaire infernal (en:1862)
The idea of Baal was created when ancient turned gods into demons and demonology divided the demonic population of Hell in several hierarchies. Baal, the Semitic god, did not escape, becoming a separate entity from Beelzebub.
Originally, Baal was a Semitic god worshipped by the Canaanites and Phoenicians, who brought his worship to other parts of the Mediterranean. His name means "Lord". Baal was mainly a god of the sun, rain, thunder, fertility and agriculture. The myths surrounding Baal are mainly of the common mythological pattern of the fertility god who is slain and resurrected, thereby creating the change in the seasons. Baal's father is Dagan or Dagon, another Semitic god.
According to demonology, Baal (Bael) was ranked as the first and principal king in Hell, ruling over the East. According to some authors Baal is a Duke, with sixty-six legions of demons under his command.
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BAEL, Lord of the First
The Warlord of Avernus
|Huge outsider (Devil, Evil, Extraplanar, Lawful)|
|Symbol||A blood red silhouette of a pit fiend surrounded by orange flames on a black, inverted triangle.|
|Cosmic Rank||9 (12 in Avernus)|
|Hit Dice||40d8 + 30d10 + 840 (1460 hp)|
|Initiative||+15 (+7 Dexterity, +8 Superior Initiative)|
|Speed||90 ft., Fly 200 ft. (perfect)|
|Armor Class||69 (-2 size, +9 armor, +10 deflection, +7 Dexterity, +26 natural, +9 profane), touch 34, flat-footed 62|
|Attack||Abyssbane + 85 melee (4d6 + 47 + 3d6 (hellfire) 17-20/x3 +9d6 (hellfire) and death (Fortitude DC 67); or claw + 75 melee (3d8 + 22 + 1 vile 19-20/x2)|
|Full Attack||Abyssbane +85/+80/+75/+70 melee (4d6 + 47 + 3d6 (hellfire) 17-20/x3 +9d6 (hellfire) and death (Fortitude DC 67); or 2 claws +75 melee (3d8 + 22 + 1 vile /19-20) and 2 wings +73 melee (3d6 + 11 + 1 vile) and bite +73 melee (6d6 + 11 + 1 vile plus poison and disease) and tail slap +73 melee (3d8 + 11 + 1 vile)|
|Space/Reach||15 ft. /15 ft.|
|Special Attacks||Aura of Hell, call devils, constrict 3d8 + 44, Hell's Fire, improved grab, Might of Hell, spell-like abilities, Genocidal Strike, Fires of Avernus|
|Special Qualities||Damage reduction 40/anarchic, epic, good and silver, Dark General of Avernus, Diabolical Decree, Diabolical Empowerment, Diabolical Prowess, divine immunities, immunity to fire and poison, Infernal Nobility, Infernal Strategist, Lord of the Nine, Master of the Infernal Gates, regeneration 24, resistance to acid 40 and cold 40, see in darkness, Spell Resistance 68, telepathy 1,000 ft.|
|Saves||Fort +49, Ref +44, Will +50|
|Abilities||Strength 55, Dexterity 25, Constitution 35, Intelligence 28, Wisdom 32, Charisma 31|
|Skills||Appraise +9 (armor +13, metal work +13, weapons +13), Balance +11, Bluff +72, Climb +73, Concentration +43, Craft (blacksmithing) +34, Craft (armorsmithing) +34, Craft (weaponsmithing) +34, Diplomacy +84 (+90 with evil creatures), Disguise +41 (+47 when acting in character), Gather Information +16, Handle Animal +37, Heal +26, Hide +30, Intimidate +93 (+99 against evil creatures), Jump +67, Knowledge (Arcana) +34, Knowledge (architecture and engineering) +19, Knowledge (history) +41, Knowledge (local [the Nine Hells of Perdition]) +19, Knowledge (nature) +13, Knowledge (the planes) +42, Knowledge (religion) +34, Listen +40, Move Silently +28, Perform (oratory) +14, Ride (Dexterity)+39, Search +40 (+42 for secret doors), Sense Motive +38, Spellcraft +38, Spot +54, Survival +54 (+56 following tracks, +58 when on another plane), Tumble +40|
|Feats||Awesome Blow, Cleave, Combat Brute, Combat Expertise, Combat Reflexes, Corrupt Spell-like Ability B , Dark Speech B , Flyby Attack, Great Cleave, Greater Weapon Focus (greatsword), greater weapon specialization (greatsword), Improved Bullrush, Improved Combat Expertise, Improved Critical (claws) Improved Critical (greatsword), Improved Disarm, Improved Initiative, Improved Sunder, Improved Trip, Iron Will, Leadership, Multiattack, Negotiator, Power Attack, Quick Draw, Quicken Spell-Like Ability (deeper darkness), Quicken Spell-Like Ability (fireball), Quicken Spell-Like Ability (greater teleport), Vile Natural Attack, Weapon Focus (greatsword), Weapon Specialization (greatsword)|
|Epic Feats||Devastating Critical (greatsword), Dire Charge, Epic Evil Brand B , Epic Leadership, Epic Reputation, Epic Weapon Focus (greatsword), Epic Weapon Specialization (greatsword), Overwhelming Critical (greatsword), Penetrate Damage Reduction (adamantine), Penetrate Damage Reduction (cold iron), Spellcasting Harrier, Superior Initiative|
|Environment||The Bronze Citadel, Avernus, First of the Nine Hells of Perdition|
|Organization||Unique (Solitary) or battalion (Bael, 2 - 8 squamugon, and 1 Duke of Hell)|
|Treasure||Abyssbane, +9 kilt of armor and moderate fortification, quintuple standard|
War is Hell. Many would
claim the statement to be a cliché unworthy of being printed in any serious
text. However, on occasion, the simplest statements are the most accurate. War
has always been and will always be a blight upon Creation. There is little doubt
that in a Cosmos in which there are all manner of monsters, mortal and immortal
alike, seeking to bring woe, injustice, and torment to others that, in the face
of such evil, the need and will to overcome such vileness is a must. It is for
this reason that there have and will continue to be righteous gods and cosmic
entities that hold war as their totem. Most war gods dedicated to holiness do
not find war as their first resort or as their primary concern. Such divine
beings see war as the final answer while they seek to spread Wisdom,
mercy, freedom, or justice in order to avoid unleashing the misery of war upon
their faithful and the innocent. Although honor can be found in battle, good-aligned
war gods know that honor and true courage can be discovered in even greater
degree through peace. Still, these paragons of righteous combat remain vigilant
for those who would ignore Diplomacy, who
would spit upon peace. They are ready and willing to make the difficult choice
for war when no other option is available.
In the Depths
Below, a completely different attitude is held with regards to war. It is in the
Depths Below that the greatest war the Cosmos has ever seen has raged for as long
as most gods and cosmic entities have existed. This conflict, the Blood War, is
the war to define the face of Evil for all Creation. Theories abound related to
the whys and hows of the Blood War, but all agree that this single, eternal event
has affected existence across the Cosmos. For the devils of the Pit, the Blood
War is an act of Wisdom, an event to articulate the cause and will of Evil, for
in Hell Evil must have meaning, even if that meaning is an illusion. With logical
precision, patience, and well-planned tactics, the Legions of Hell have sought
to define the nature of Evil as they commit to battle against the hordes of The
Abyss. Some would go as far as to argue that for a devil, everything done is for
the cause of the Blood War.
is unsurprising then, that the devils as a whole have been more committed to the
Blood War than the demons. The War unifies the vying diabolical factions under
a common goal that receives sup-port from the highest echelons of Perdition. An
entire component of diabolical society, the infamous Dark Ministry, is dedicated
to the Blood War and Asmodeus himself meets with them regularly. However, there
is one other Lord who is even more concerned with the end result of the Blood
War than The Overlord of Hell: Bael, the Warlord of Avernus.
the Depths Below, and particularly within the ranks of demons involved in Blood
War, Bael is one of the most visible of the Lords of the Nine. Of all the Lords,
he is the only one who has not only taken a vested interest in the Blood War,
but has personally fought in pitched battles against demons and daemon mercenaries.
His infamy was well established long before he became a Lord-Regent. Bael’s
name was known in the highest reaches of Heaven and throughout the divine realms.
He served as a loyal retainer to previous Lords Tiamat and Astarte. He received
more honors for his bravery and successes in the field than any other general
in Hell. And yet, all of this recognition was no more than a stepping-stone for
Bael for he always sought more than just fame. Bael wished to have the necessary
power to not just defeat demons, but to wipe them and all those that share their
destructive, chaotic ways from the face of the Cosmos. Bael wants to cleanse the
Depths Below of the Chaotic Evil before focusing his attention on systematically
eradicating all other obstacles to the hegemony of Hell.
Bael's origins are little
known to those beyond Hell and even within Perdition, Bael's background is obscure.
Before his ascendancy in Avernus,
Bael's name was associated with Minauros. Bael's supposed connection with the
Perdition known for its obsession with wealth and the corruption of the soul
through monetary gain is largely discounted by most contemporary observers of
diabolical history. After all, there seems to be little to no affiliation with
war and wealth that most can see at least as how it relates to Hell. Most of
the longer-lived beings in the Cosmos know that before there was ever a known
devil called Bael that there were a number of deities that were recognized by
the same name or title, Baal or Bael during the Days of Antiquity. Supposedly
meaning lord or perhaps god in some lost language, many of these deities were
if not exactly benign not evil. Why and how a devil came to adopt such a well-known
name during the Days of Antiquity is as unclear as how this name became identified
with Minauros. Many suspect that The Overlord himself is responsible for this
confusion. There are quite a few devils (and quite a few demons as well) that
have taken names similar, if not identical, to those of gods or other cosmic
entities. Some suspect that this confusion serves the cause of Hell as Dukes
or arch-devils may be inadvertently summoned to the mortal coil rather than
the proper god or divine servant.
any event, Bael's name and his possible connections with Minauros and other gods
is as mysterious as his history prior to rising to pit fiend status. At some point
during the so-called Classic Perdition, Bael was no longer mentioned in the context
of Minaruos, and instead found solely in Avernus.
Once Bael was located in Avernus, his nature seemed to
take on that warlike countenance so prominent in the layer. Millenia before
the founding of the Dark Ministry, Bael appeared, fighting side by side with
the likes of Dagos, Srelial, and Alusiel. Mention of him in the Infernal Charge
of Abigor has been found as well. Wherever bloody conflict occurs in Hell's
history, one can dig deeper to find Bael involved. Well into Astarte's rule
of Avernus, Bael begins to take
on a greater role in Hell's politics.
would be during the rule of Astarte that Bael would under take his most infamous
ploy, the legendary Four Cross. Told in greater detail in the apocryphal text,
Hell-bound: The Blood War (in the volume popularly called the Dark of the War),
the Four Cross was orchestrated by Bael to weed out powerful, but inept pit
it also earned him a terrible foe in the fallen angel, Balam, whose demonic armies
were among those that Bael would decimate at the end of his long plot. It is known
that he had the tacit support of Astarte who had determined that her status in
Hell was dependant upon her station as defender of the First Perdition. Bael’s
success not only eliminated pit
fiends who were detrimental to Hell as a whole
and strengthened Avernus (and Astarte), it also marked Bael as the most gifted,
brilliant warrior this side of Dagos in Hell; indeed, some claimed that Bael was
the greater of the two. If Dagos took issue with this, there was little he could
do for Bael had won the support of not just Astarte but Asmodeus himself who honored
him by placing him within the court of Avernus. Bael would continue to serve Astarte
well for centuries to come, leading gargantuan armies – even by Hell's standards
into pitched battles against countless demonic and daemonic forces and always
returning victorious. So great was Bael’s success that Astarte believed
that she would be in a prime position to eventually topple other Perditions, even
Dis. Astarte never had any reason to suspect Bael as she believed him incapable
of questioning, much less threatening, her station. Over time, she gave him significant
power not only over common devils but also within her court and among the Dukes.
This trust, this belief in Bael's loyalty would prove her undoing. At what point
Bael determined that he could overthrow Astarte is unclear, although most suspect
that the decision was made shortly before or perhaps during the Dies Irae. It
was Bael who led the armies into Dis that officially started the Days of Wrath,
but it would be end of the Dies Irae that gave Bael the opportunity he needed.
Bael was alone among the pit fiends during the
Dies Irae, in that he did not turn against his sitting Lord. Instead, he fought
most fiercely to defend her, slaying those who would try to bring harm to her.
Fearlessly, he slew her oppressors by the hundreds. Back to back, Lord and vassal
fended off all challengers. It was a concentrated effort by Dagos and Cantrum,
on top of the bodies of scores of dead fiends, that finally brought the pair
It was in this defeat that
opened Bael's eyes. He saw with clarity that not even the Lords of the Nine
(save Asmodeus) were omnipotent
and that they were prone to mistakes. Astarte had made a tremendous error in
her tactics by trusting Bael and this was a weakness to be exploited. Although
Astarte was given back her station, Bael knew he now was viewed as the single
most important devil in Avernus.
Even more importantly, his stand against his fellow devils proved his loyalty
far better than he could have ever dreamed.
found himself in the Denomination of Strategy after the reorganization of the pit
fiends. He was made a 3rd circle general and placed within the Infantry. His
successes there propelled him through the ranks despite his "betrayal"
and in no time at all, he was the 7th circle general in charge of the Infantry.
Using his ties
to both the court of Avernus and the Legions of Hell, Bael formulated a master
plan. Together with Dagos, Bael led a coup that resulted in an imprisoned Fallen
angel, a new Minister of Strategy and a new Lord of the First.
Bael imprisoned Astarte continues to be unknown. It is known that with offensive
ease that he rallied almost all of the Dukes of Avernus and the armies of the
First under his banner before somehow sealing Astarte deep within the Bronze Citadel.
Many doubt that Bael accomplished the coup on his own. Some believe that Bael
benefited from the philosophy of a faction known as the Sign of One, or Signers,
who believe that they are the center of the universe and the dictators of their
own achievements and power. Bael simply came to believe in his own success, his
own value, and found himself with the power of a Lord of Hell. Most, how ever,
scoff at this notion and are convinced that Asmodeus himself played a role in
Bael's success. These point to the fact that is was Asmodeus who named Bael to
Astarte's court and that Asmodeus was well aware of the Four Cross and Bael's
other success as well. Asmodeus was also less than pleased with Astarte's trusting
nature, viewing it as a pathetic weakness with no place in Hell. While Bael was
loyal, he was only loyal to the cause of Hell and the perpetuation of Hell across
the Cosmos, not to Astarte. The former Lord was deposed with Asmodeus’ blessing.
Still, Asmodeus knew that Bael would continue to be occupied with the Blood War,
so much so that he would never have a chance to turn his attention to Dis, much
less the rest of Hell. Furthermore, by keeping Astarte alive and allowing her
to retain elements of her cosmic power, Bael would not reach the
pinnacle of diabolical power as a new Lord. With one move, Asmodeus eliminated any threats to his plans with Bael's ascendancy.
the previous Lords of the First, Bael is wholly and totally dedicated to war.
Although demons are his current and most persistent focus, Bael believes that
all that would stand against Hell need to be annihilated. Bael does not believe
in Diplomacy or peace; as far as he is concerned, words are just weapons of a
different sort and should be used to eliminate obstacles until physical combat
and the death of an enemy can be accomplished. Peace is for the weak and the unworthy.
There is no compromise; compromise reveals little more strength than peace and
is for those without the strength of conviction of their position. War, to Bael,
is as much an end as a means. Conflict is a tempering agent, a source that fuels
success, strength, and power; however, it is not and cannot be a matter of promoting
chaos. Conflict must have a direction and a reason. If a reason does not exist,
a logical one must be created. War requires eternal preparation, eternal vigilance,
and the eternal ability to lay low and obliterate the weak, the unworthy, the
stupid, and those that stand against the will of Hell. War is meaning and meaning
is War as far as Bael is concerned. In Hell, Bael has found himself in an interesting
predicament. On the one hand, he is perceived very highly by common devils and
retains strong ties with the Dark Ministry. Although he is significantly more
powerful than his former masters, Bael continues to value their support, knowing
that through them he will always have more than enough troops. However, Bael is
slowly and methodically taking more and more authority from the Ministers. So
far, only Furcas has noticed this and only recently; the Minister of Mortal Relations
believes he has little reason to fear this power grab as he doubts that Asmodeus wants the power of Hell's Legions under the banner of one Lord. However, when
one turns to the nobles of Hell, the situation is not as simple. While many Courtiers
of Perdition respect Bael's accomplishments, few trust or admire him openly. He
is viewed as common trash by most. Dispater, his neighbor, views him as a lucky
simpleton and generally ignores Bael's overtures for an alliance; the Iron Duke
refers to him as the Pretender, a nickname that has reached the lips of all throughout
Hell. Likewise, both Beelzebub and Mephistopheles have rebuffed Bael’s offers
of friendship, knowing full well how crafty this former pit fiend can be. The
animosity between Bael and the Prince of Hell, Lixer, is legendary and on more
than one occasion, Bael has considered putting the Prince in his place regardless
of Asmodeus guaranteed retaliation. However, these historic relationships seem
to be thawing. The Order of the Lie knows that both Beelzebub and Mephistopheles have sent secret couriers to Bael to test the Lord of the First's dedication to
an alliance. It is largely believed that Bael, being a true devil and responsible
for overthrowing a Fallen, will eventually join up with Mephistopheles and Dispater.
Beyond the nobility of
Hell, Bael has plenty of allies in Perdition, chief among them the Queen of
Dragons, Tiamat. At some point, many millennia
ago, Bael pleased Tiamat enough to gain the promise
of five favors of any kind. To date, Bael has used two of these favors to great
gain. Other gods that call Hell home, like Inanna,
also perceive Bael as an ally largely because they view him as more tractable
than the older Lords. So far, non of these fools have learned that everything
they do is reported to Asmodeus.
Across the Cosmos, Bael is either hated or feared as all know that he wishes
to systematically destroy them. Still, he has some powerful foes.
every demon lord and demon prince with a vested interest in the Blood War would
like few things more than to kill Bael. One of his greatest foes is the former
fallen angel and now demon prince, Balam, who suffered a great loss of face during
the climax of Bael's Four Cross. For his part, Bael looks forward to facing and
defeating these foes. Unfortunately for the Warlord of Avernus, as he has slowly
grown more established in his role as Lord of the First, Bael has found fewer
and fewer opportunities to enter the field, so his chance to cross swords anytime
soon appears unlikely.
recently, Bael appeared as a tremendously huge pit fiend wearing elaborate bracers,
often astride a gargantuan nightmare, wielding his huge sword, Abyssbane. In the
past few decades, as the mantle of Lordship has settled on him, Bael’s physical
appearance has changed. Although he still bears the general build of a pit fiend,
Bael's head is far more humanoid in appearance with the ears, eyes, and teeth
of a great cat, the flesh the color of a rust-colored toad, and great bull-like
horns that curve up from his temples. He favors baroque attire and sports elaborate
armored kilts. Bael's voice is a brooding croak that can often be heard across
miles on any field and the very ground beneath him bubbles and gurgles with magma
if he stays in place for too long. When excited or angered, a nimbus of brimstone
and heated air surrounds his body.
Bael is always
eager for a fight. However, he never rushes into combat and prefers to spend at
least three rounds observing foes in order to take advantage of his Infernal Strategist
power. If possible, Bael will also use this time to grant all allies within the
sound of his voice bonuses to their martial skills. Once Bael is satisfied that
he understands what it is he is up against, he eagerly wades into battle.
With his Aura
of Hell activated to cause his opponents to cower, Bael will begin his offensive
with Fires of Avernus, typically targeting a spellcaster, preferably a cleric.
Then, he will blast as many opponents as possible with Hell's Fire. Bael will
then charge into melee, targeting
combatants who appear physically powerful, seeking to obliterate them with his Genocidal Strike. Rarely does Bael bother with his spell-like abilities, believing (accurately) that few can withstand his physical power in melee combat.
Bael makes extensive use of his combat feats in melee. He usually takes an initial penalty of -20 on attack rolls with Power Attack, giving him 40 additional points of damage with Abyssbane and +20 with his natural attacks. As a general rule, Bael increases the penalty on his Power Attack by -5 every round until his final attack begins to miss. He is no fool though, shifting his attacks as the battle progresses, increasing the penalty against easy to hit foes and dropping it against difficult ones. Often he will use his natural attacks in conjunction with a full attack with Abyssbane. He can use his bite, wings, and tail attacks when full attacking with his sword.
a full attack action, Bael uses the fourth attack with Abyssbane to attempt to
sunder. While this is generally directed at the main weapon of a melee foe, he
is not above targeting obvious magical gear. He uses his wing attacks to attempt
to trip his foes; if either is successful he immediately follows up with a damaging
attack thanks to his Improved
Bael begins suffering more than three physical attacks in a round, he will increase
his armor class with Improved
Combat Expertise. He initially increases it by 10
and then by 5 each round until he is no longer suffering three attacks a round.
If he is increasing his armor class with Improved
Combat Expertise, Bael does
not increase his penalty from Power
Attack, and may decrease it if the combined
penalties cause him to begin missing as described above. Should Bael increase
his penalty with Combat
Expertise to the point where his third attack is missing
and he is still getting hit, he drops his defense with this feat immediately,
shifting it to Power
Attack and focusing all his power and attacks on the nearest
foe that is hitting him.
Blow when surrounded by more than three foes. If surrounded by more
than six foes that are not falling to either Awesome
Blow or Genocidal Strike,
Bael uses his blade barrier and wall of fire spell-like abilities centered on
his person. If reduced to 700 hp or less, Bael will teleport a short distance
away, call devils to interpose themselves between him and his foes, and use greater
invisibility, divine power, and unholy
aura. After dropping down several quickened deeper darkness effects, he will then resume melee combat, using the same tactics
Aura of Hell (Ex): Bael's Aura of Hell can affect all creatures within 900 feet of him, with
a Will save DC 50 allowed to negate the effects.
Call Devils (Sp): As a move equivalent action, Bael can call devils. Nine times per day, Bael
may call a Duke of Hell, 9 pit
fiends, or 18 lesser devils; devils so called have triple standard Hit Dice,
to a maximum of 45 Hit Dice. Since these devils are called, they have the ability
to summon other devils as their Monster Manual descriptions allow. Of all the
Lords of the Nine, Bael is the most likely to single-handedly fight intruders,
enemies, and any other being that attracts his attention particularly demons.
However, Bael is no fool and will always call a squad of red squamugon to observe
such fights. As soon as matters appear to turn against Bael, these squamugon are expected to summon additional reinforcements while Bael calls in a few cornugons.
Only if sorely opposed or gravely wounded will Bael call Gelugons or pit fiends before retreating
for safer territory to recuperate.
Constrict (Ex): Bael deals 3d8 + 44 points of damage with a successful grapple check.
Dark General of Avernus (Su): Bael is the epitome of the tyrannical military leader,
and, as the Dark General of Avernus,
he gains a number of abilities that augment both his and his army's capabilities.
allies within line of sight to Bael are immune to fear effects.
times per day, the Warlord of Avernus can issue a warcry as a free action. All
allies within 900 feet of him are stirred by the call, gaining a +8 morale bonus
to Strength and Constitution, and a +4 morale bonus on Will saves.
Bael is capable of reforging those who seek his aid in his image. To those he
deems worthy, he may alter some or all of their class levels to the dark marshal
of Bael prestige class. They immediately lose all of their former class's abilities
and replace them with those of the dark marshal. Bael is capable of ignoring any
and all of the prerequisites for the class when he reforges them, however he is
unlikely to accept anyone not of a Lawful Evil alignment, or who does not possess
the Devotee of Darkness feat.
Diabolical Empowerment: Bael uses his Wisdom modifier
instead of his Charisma modifier when
deter-mining the power of special attacks and special qualities.
Disease (Su): A creature struck by Bael's bite attack must succeed on a DC 51 Fortitude
save or be infected with a vile disease known as devil chills (incubation period
1d2 days, damage 1d6 Strength).
Fires of Avernus (Su): At will, Bael can cause the ground of Avernus to erupt in flames. The blast originates at any point Bael is capable of viewing
(including remote means) and has a 60 foot radius. The blast deals 25d6 fire
and bludgeoning damage and flings those struck 200 feet into the air. A Reflex
save DC 50 negates the fling effect; there is no save against the damage. Those
flung lose their next turn while in the air, and fall to the ground back in
their original square on Bael's next turn; fallen victims suffer the appropriate
falling damage and are considered prone. Those within 120 ft of the original
blast at this time must make a Reflex save DC 50 or take 20d6 bludgeoning damage
and 10d6 fire damage from the falling rock and magma.
rank checks apply to affect deities or cosmic entities with the fling effect.
Genocidal Strike (Ex): Bael's wrath can consume entire races as he wages a devastating conflict
across the planes to reveal diabolical superiority. 9/day, he may channel this
anger into his attacks. Bael chooses a creature type and for the next three
rounds his attacks carry the power of complete destruction. The appropriate
creature struck by Bael's attacks must make a Fortitude save DC 50. Succeed
merely results in an additional 10d6 points of damage. The body of any creature
that fails its save or dies from the additional damage explodes, killing the
creature instantly and dealing the creature’s HD in d6 damage in a radius
of the creature's space x 6 feet. Bael is immune to this damage. Interestingly
enough, Bael need not select a subtype of humanoids or outsiders, but he must
select an alignment if he chooses to Genocidal Strike creatures from either
of these types.
rank checks apply to affect deities or cosmic entities with the death effect.
Hell's Fire (Su): Bael may use Hell's Fire 14/day, dealing 14d12 points of diabolical
damage in a line 10 feet wide and 1400 feet long (Ref save DC 50 for half damage).
Bael's Hell's Fire appears like a blast of red and orange flames that detonate
with a thunderous explosion, causing an additional 6d12 points of sonic and
6d12 points of fire damage to all within 10 feet of the impact.
Improved Grab (Ex): To use this ability, Bael must hit with his tail slap attack. He can
then attempt to start a grapple as a free action without provoking an attack
of opportunity. If he wins the grapple check, Bael estab-lishes a hold and can
Infernal Nobility (Ex): As the Lord of the First, Bael has a status equivalent to that of the
gods. Bael possesses a cosmic rank of 9. While in Avernus (and anywhere else on Hell that Asmodeus allows), Bael functions as an Intermediate god with a cosmic rank of 12.
(Ex): Bael’s legendary leadership skill bolsters his servants and terrifies
his foes. As an Infernal Strategist, Bael recognizes no equal when it comes
to military strategy and tactics. Bael enjoys speaking to his troops, bolstering
their courage and dedication in the cause of war. As a full round action, Bael
may give a rousing speech to his troops instructing them how to overcome even
the most impossible odds. All beings allied to Bael who hear his speech receive
a +9 circumstance bonus to their armor class, attacks, damage, and saves and
receive immunity to spells and effects from the school of Enchantment (save
those cast by Bael himself). This boon lasts for either 9 rounds or as long
as the beneficiary remains within 999 feet of Bael. If Bael does not have the
opportunity to provide such a speech to his allies before engagement, he may
do so on the field as a standard action; in this event, the bonus is +3. Although
Bael must wait at least three rounds between this use of Infernal Strategist,
he seems to have no upward limit. When in combat, Bael may also determine the
most efficient, brutal fashion to defeat his adversaries. After being engaged
in combat for three rounds against any opponent, Bael receives a +6 circumstance
bonus to all rolls made regarding that opponent, while the opponent takes a
-6 circumstance penalty to all rolls regarding Bael (these bonuses and penalties
do not apply to rank checks). Thus, if Bael is facing two fighters and one cleric for three rounds, he would gain this advantage against all three
adversaries. If a barbarian entered combat two rounds later, Bael would gain
the advantage against this new threat after three rounds. The benefits of this
aspect of Internal Strategist last as long as Bael remains in combat with the
foe or foes that initiated the benefit. If Bael and his adversary/adversaries
are separated for more than nine rounds, the effects of this ability are eliminated
until another three consecutive rounds of combat passes.
Master of the Infernal
Gates (Su): Charged with defending the First Perdition, Bael can sense the
presence of any non Lawful Evil being that enters Avernus.
He is immediately aware of the location of entry to within 100 miles, relative
strength (in levels (Hit Dice), but not class), number, and alignment and conviction
(as a detect spell) of such beings the instant they enter Avernus.
Bael suffers no discomfort even if millions of beings enter Avernus simultaneously. As Master of the Infernal Gates, Bael may also close any and
all portals in Avernus as a
full round action 3/day. Not only does this keep beings from using any portal
from any location across the Cosmos to enter Avernus,
it also sharply limits the power of planeshift and other forms of travel into and out of Avernus.
Attempts to planeshift or teleport when
Bael closes the gates require that the caster succeed in an opposed caster level
check against Bael (caster level 49th). Bael may keep the portals closed for
up to nine minutes with no adverse effects. If he needs to close them longer,
he can do so for up to nine hours by taking a full round action each round to
maintain the block. Bael is exhausted after keeping the gates open past nine
minutes, for a length of time equal to twice the amount of time the gates were
or cosmic entities can make an opposed rank check rather than a caster level check
to breach the gates of Avernus; Bael gains a +8 bonus to resist such attempts.
The Might of Hell (Su): Bael's presence is so terrible that he can corrupt an entire area with
but a thought. Thrice per day as a free action, Bael may unhallow an area equal to 1200 feet (associated spell effects function as though cast
by a 49th level sorcerer).
Poison (Ex): Injury,
Fortitude DC 51, initial damage 1d8 Constitution,
secondary damage death.
Regeneration (Ex): Bael takes normal damage from anarchic, epic, good, and silver weapons.
Spell-Like Abilities: At will - animate dead, baleful polymorph, blasphemy, charm monster, create undead, deeper darkness, delayed blast fireball, desecrate, detect chaos, detect good, Detect Magic, dominate monster, fireball, flame strike, greater dispel magic, greater invisibility, greater teleport, Magic Circle Against Chaos, magic circle against good, mass hold monster, mirage arcana, persistent image, polymorph, power word stun, produce flame, pyrotechnics, restoration, resurrection, suggestion, symbol of pain, unhallow, unholy aura, wall of fire;
9/day - blade barrier, destruction, divine power, greater restoration, magic vestment, magic weapon, meteor swarm, power word blind, power word kill, Spiritual Weapon, true resurrection;
6/day – accursed, hellball, oppress, tyranny;
3/day – wish.
level 49th; save DC 30 + spell level. Bael also casts spells from the War Domain;
these are included in the list above.
This powerful artifact,
a gift from Asmodeus for
Bael's Four Cross, is dreaded by all demons and has killed hundreds of thousands,
if not millions, in the years Bael fought against the Abyssal hordes. Abyssbane
appears as a simple single shaft of dark gray hell-forged iron with a simple
cross-guard and hilt. The blade itself has terrible Infernal runes in the bloodgrove,
and it is constantly wreathed in orange flames. Abyssbane is a +6 hellforge
iron greatsword of hellfire
blasting. It grants its wielder the ability to smite demons 6/day, dealing
an additional 60 points of damage on a successful strike. Any demon struck by
the blade must make a Fortitude save DC 50 or lose the benefits of their damage
reduction, poison immunity and Spell
Resistance for 9 rounds.
Bael always carries Abyssbane
and normally wears an enchanted kilt that functions as a +9 kilt of armor and
moderate fortification. As the Lord of the First and the commander of the largest
armies in Hell outside of those commanded by the Dark Ministry, Bael has access
to any and every non epic weapon in creation. His personal armories are said
to contain numerous epic artifacts and several artifact weapons, along with
an array of various magical items that can be turned toward war and battle.
desiring to summon and speak with the Lord of the First are few and far between.
There are those, however, who are obsessed with becoming great conquerors and
destroyers of nations and races. Such individuals may seek out the forbidden lore
to bring the Warlord of Avernus to the mortal coil.
In order to show what lengths
the invocant is prepared to go to in order to speak with Bael, all symbols must
be painted using the blood of one beloved of the invocant, such as a spouse
or child. The creature from which the blood was taken must have been killed
and bled personally by the invocant; this is an extreme sacrifice requiring
the invocant show his devotion to Bael is above that of his devotion to his
loved ones. Each symbol (of which there are nine) represents a different aspect
of the cold-hearted bloodshed and ruthlessness in warfare, the largest representing
the absolute destruction of a race in order to entrench a cause. The painting
of the symbols cannot be done by proxy and require a Craft (painting) check against DC 18 to succeed. It is allowable for an accomplished
artist to paint or draw guides for the painting to follow; such preparation
grants a +6 circumstance bonus on the check by the invocant. An artist used
for this purpose must be killed once the task is complete.
the symbols, the invocant must trace a triangle, using the same gore as paint.
Whereas the symbols can use a mixture of blood and wine (in a ratio of 1:3), the
infernal triangle must be unadulterated blood. Any blood left over at this juncture
is mixed with wine and drunk by the invocant. Wise invocants use weak wine to
avoid drunkenness during the proceedings, as any mistake can easily prove fatal.
The bones of
the loved one must be crushed into a fine powder. This powder is used as a medium
to transfer the invocant's hatred into the symbols hatred reserved for an enemy
whom the invocant wishes to conquer and destroy so strongly as to lead him down
the path of sacrifice and supplication to the Warlord of Avernus. Failure to channel
this hatred into the symbols can have terrible consequences, the least of which
might be that the summoning fails. This act also prevents the sacrificed one from
being raised or resurrected (save by a deity with the Life or Death salient divine
ability); the invocant is not ignorant of this detail.
invocant then begins to speak in words taken from the Dark Speech, as he places
a weapon or suit of armor taken from a defeated and slain enemy, covering it with
his own army’s standard. Finally, he dresses in his finest military garb,
sprinkles unicorn blood over the entire area using a desecrated aspergillum, and
then sets it all alight in a supernaturally-fed blaze. The final words of the
invocation true are repeated over and over until the flames reach their crescendo.
in the midst of the flames, with a clap of thunder like a two armies meeting.
Malevolent, dark crimson fire burns along his bat-like wings, but his face remains
hidden throughout the audience, apart from his eyes, which flash and glow like
malefic lightning. The Lord of the First does not bother with theatrics or the
like, and prefers that the invocant get straight to the point. To those he deems
worthy, he teaches the tenets of his doctrine before asking what the summoner
wishes. Bael, apart from being able to offer the benefits of his own powers and
abilities, will sometimes offer the services of members of his court in order
to fulfill his side of a contract.
When Bael is done with the audience, he spreads his wings and roars a battle-cry to the heavens. Darkness mingled with fire rolls over him, diminishing in an instant to flickering embers with no sign of the Lord of the First remaining. If Bael was displeased with the invocant, and especially if no contract was agreed to, the embers explode outward in a fury dealing 33d6 points of fire and bludgeoning damage (half each) with no save for anyone within 60 feet; however, if an affected creature has living offspring, the damage is instead apportioned equally between each child along with the parent. Otherwise the embers slowly cool and leave greasy, red ashes behind. The stain of these ashes cannot be washed away if handled, but can be used when tempering a single metallic weapon to increase its hardness by one.
The archfiend Baal feeds on the corruption of mortals who hunger for wealth and power. As the gap between rich and poor grows ever wider, Baal grows ever more powerful. In this age of nearly limitless corporate expansion and official policies that favor greed and dehumanization, his power is at an all-time high.
horrible vision has three heads - a cat, a crowned man, and a toad - which crowd
atop a bloated torso, poised upon eight taloned spider legs. The man's eyes read
the secrets of men's souls and the other two reflect the evil in men's hearts.Feeding
upon the corruption of mortals who hunger for wealth and power, Baal grows more
powers as the gap between rich and poor grows ever wider. Baal frequently appears
as a slim, black-skinned humanoid with blazing yellow eyes. His goals are nothing
short of world domination.
Source(s) Menace Manual
Also Known Fiend, Baatezu
Form (Su) At will as a free action, Baal can assume the form of a
human male or revert to his normal form. He can retain either form indefinitely.
Aura of Greed
(Su) Once per day as a free action, Baal can create an aura of greed
extending out from his body in a 20-foot radius. Except as noted here, the effect
functions like the psionic power domination (manifester level 10th). Each creature
within this area must make a successful Will save (DC 21) or be overcome with
greed. A creature that fails its saving throw must immediately attack another
random creature within 60 feet (possibly even Baal himself) and attempt to take
its valuables. If no target is within reach, the affected creature must move toward
a randomly chosen target it can see and attack it as soon as possible. This effect
is Charisma-based and lasts for 1d4 rounds. As a move action, Baal can specify
one creature for other affected creatures to attack instead of allowing random
targeting. In this case, the Will save DC drops to 15.
Reduction 10/+2 (Su) Baal ignores the first 10 points of damage dealt
by any weapon with a magical bonus lower than +2. In campaigns without magic weapons,
the GM can either disregard Baal's damage reduction or apply it only to certain
types of weapons (ballistic, bludgeoning, piercing, slashing, or sonic/concussion).
(Su) At will as a free action, Baal can create an aura of fear in
a 20-foot radius around himself. This effect is otherwise identical to that of
a fear spell (caster level 10th; Will DC 21). A creature that succeeds on the
saving throw cannot be affected again by Baal's fear aura for 24 hours.
(Ex) Baal is immune to fire and poison.
(Ex) Baal has cold resistance 20 and electricity resistance 20.
Spell-Like Abilities: At will-Augury, bane, bestow curse, command, comprehend languages, confusion, detect magical aura, discern lies, dispel magic, enhance ability, faith's fury, fireball, flaming projectiles, flaming wrath, greater command, Hold monster, inflict critical wounds, inflict light wounds, Inflict Moderate Wounds, inflict serious wounds, knock, mass inflict light wounds, passwall, prestidigitation, read magic, see invisibility, telekinesis, true seeing, wall of fire.
Caster level 10th; save DC 17 + spell level.
Baal, Charismatic Hero 10/Negotiator
8 CR 25; Huge outsider; HD 8d8+80 plus 10d6+100 plus 8d8+80; hp 367; Mas
31; Init +4; Spd 30 ft., Fly 80 ft. (poor); Defense 34, touch 12, flat-footed
30 (-2 size, +4 Dexterity, +6 class, +16 natural); BAB +19; Grap +36; Atk +26 melee
(2d6+9, claw); Full Atk +26 melee (2d6+9, 2 claws), or +26/+21/+16/+11 melee
(by weapon), or +22/+17/+12/+7 ranged; FS 10 ft. by 5 ft.; Reach 10 ft.; SQ
alternate form, aura of greed, conceal motive, damage reduction 10/+2, Darkvision 120 ft., fear aura, immune to fire and poison, no sweat, react first, resistances,
sow distrust, spell-like abilities, talk down several opponents; AL evil, law;
SV Fort +25, Ref +17, Will +24; AP 8; Rep +11; Strength 28, Dexterity 19, Constitution 31, Intelligence 30,
Wisdom 24, Charisma 25.
Skills , Bluff +44, Computer Use +18, Concentration +16, Diplomacy +44, Forgery +16, Gamble +26, Gather Information +28, Intimidate +43, Knowledge (arcane lore) +29,
Knowledge (behavioral sciences) +34, Knowledge (business) +46, Knowledge (civics)
+46, Knowledge (current events) +40, Knowledge (history) +24, Knowledge (technology)
+18, Knowledge (theology and philosophy) +16, Listen +13, Profession +41, Read/Write
Abyssal, Read/Write Arabic, Read/Write Dutch, Read/Write English, Read/Write French,
Read/Write German, Read/Write Greek, Read/ Write Italian, Read/Write Japanese,
Read/Write Russian, Read/Write Spanish, Research +19, Sense
Motive +32, Speak
Abyssal, Speak Arabic, Speak Dutch, Speak English, Speak French, Speak German,
Speak Greek, Speak Italian, Speak Japanese, Speak Russian, Speak Spanish, Spot +13.
Weapons Proficiency, Cleave, Confident, Deceptive, Educated, Frightful Presence, Iron
Will, Personal Firearms Proficiency, Power
Attack, Renown, Simple Weapons
Proficiency, Sunder, Trustworthy, Windfall (×4).
(Charismatic Hero): Charm (males), coordinate, favor, greater inspiration, inspiration.
Possessions Vast personal and corporate wealth, collection of ancient Middle Eastern religious artifacts.
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