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Pazuzu
The demonic rune of Pazuzu
(Deity)
Titles King of the Wind Demons,
Demon Lord of the Sky and Winged Creatures
Home Shibaxet in High M'Vania, the Abyss
Alignment Chaotic evil
Portfolio sky
temptation
winged creatures
Worshipers antipaladins, harpies, enemies of Lamashtu, tengus
Cleric Alignments
Domains Air, Chaos, Evil, Trickery
Subdomains Cloud, Deception, Demon, Wind
Favored Weapon Longsword
Pazuzu
Pazuzu
(Creature)
Type Outsider
(air, chaotic, demon, evil, extraplanar)
CR 30
Environment Any (Abyss)
Alignment

Source: Bestiary 4, pg(s). 50

The demon lord Pazuzu (pronounced pah-ZOO-zoo)[1] has claimed for himself the title of King of the Wind Demons and few dare dispute it.

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History

Pazuzu's breath is likened to a plague of locusts and many believe his first breath on the Material Plane brought about the entity that would become the demon lord Deskari. Pazuzu is old as is his power—he ascended to demon lordship at the same time as Lamashtu, Abraxas and Dagon.[2]

Home

Pazuzu has a 'rookery' called Shibaxet located in his vertical Abyssal realm, High M'Vania.[2]

Appearance

Pazuzu has the body of a thin and wiry man with several monstrous additions. These include having the legs and flesh-rending talons of a predatory bird, two sets of majestic eagle wings that sprout from his back, a ferociously evil-looking avian head, and a poisonous snake in place of his genitals and a scorpion's stinger as a tail.[3][2][4]

Relationships

Deskari

The Abyssal mating of Pazuzu with a giant demon resembling an insect resulted in the 'hatching' of Deskari; Pazuzu is thus considered the 'father' of Deskari. Under the protection of his father, Deskari rose in power within the Abyss eventually attaining full demon lord status himself. Deskari still admires Pazuzu and they maintain cordial relations with each other. Although Deskari and Pazuzu are now similar in levels of power, Deskari maintains a modicum of subservience to his father and Deskari's success brings credit to Pazuzu. Deskari's mother's name is unknown and she clearly was destroyed at some point as Deskari has created his brutal scythe, Riftcarver, from her remains.[5]

Lamashtu & Baphomet

Pazuzu is in constant conflict with the more popular, full-fledged demon goddess Lamashtu. This feud has been going on for eons, since before Lamashtu's ascension to godhood when she was just another demon lord. Pazuzu also covets Lamashtu's position as goddess of beasts, and desperately wishes to usurp her dominion over them.[6] This conflict and the resources it takes to fight may have cost Pazuzu greater power, even ascension to god status. In his war against the Mother of Monsters, he recruits allies from Hell and Abaddon.[2] In a small way, this battle between Lamashtu and Pazuzu has been played out by the respective cults of the two powers in the Lost Coast region of Varisia. Yet, there are also rare sources of demonology that claim a tryst between Lamashtu and Pazuzu occurred in this region during the Age of Creation giving birth to numerous spawn; this history is strongly rebuffed by their worshippers.[7]

Baphomet's closeness to Lamashtu means that, although he has no personal enmity with Pazuzu himself, Baphomet opposes Pazuzu to maintain his good relationship with the Mother of Monsters.[8]

Ylimancha

He also wars endlessly against the Agathion Empyreal lord Ylimancha for dominion over flying beasts.[9]

Influence

Unlike most other demon lords, who work their evil on the world through cultists and demonic minions, Pazuzu is fond of taking direct action on the Material Plane. His favoured method of influencing the mortal world is through possession. It is said that just saying Pazuzu's name is enough to invite the demon lord's unfriendly attention.[4] Through possession, Pazuzu has shaped many terrible events in the world,[4] from huge calamities, like the formation of the Worldwound, to more minor atrocities, such as the recent Chopper murders in the Varisian town of Sandpoint.[3][2]

Cult & worshipers

Pazuzu has declared himself the King of Wind Demons and patron of all that is evil and flies. While this is a grandiose claim, it is far from unfounded arrogance. Pazuzu is worshiped by a wide variety of evil flying creatures. His most fervent followers are the vrock demons, harpies, and the kuchrima lamia,[3] though these also pay worship to the demon lord Nocticula. While he has no specific doctrine or edict for his followers, Pazuzu's cults are nonetheless present across the world, if only in the shadows.[10]

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