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Shax
Demonic rune of Shax
(Deity)
Titles The Blood Marquis,
Demon Lord of Lies and Murder
Home Charnelhome, the Abyss
Alignment Chaotic evil
Portfolio Envy
Lies
Murder
Worshipers Babaus, chokers, derros, drow, apathetic young nobles, evil nobles, psychopaths (such as insane surgeons and serial killers), torturers
Cleric Alignments
Domains Chaos, Destruction, Evil, Nobility
Subdomains Demon, Leadership, Martyr, Rage
Favored Weapon Dagger
Symbol White bloody feather
Sacred Animal Stork
Sacred Colors Red, white
Shax
A common depiction of Shax
(Creature)
Type Outsider
(chaotic, demon, evil, extraplanar)
CR 28
Environment Charnelhome, the Abyss
Alignment Chaotic evil

Source: Sword of Valor, pg(s). 84-85

The demon lord Shax (pronounced SHAX)[1] revels in acts of sadistic torture, cruelty and bloody murder.[2]

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Background

Unholy symbol

Shax's unholy symbol features a pool of blood with a curved white feather in it.[3]

Home

Shax is said to dwell in the Abyssal realm of Charnelhome[4], which is supposed to resemble a realm of endless rooms each filled with horrific torture implements.[5]

Appearance

Shax has a statuesque human torso and is always bedecked with knives, razors and other bloody implements of torture. Shax most abnormal feature is the dove's head that sits atop his muscular neck. Shax has the unnervingly dark emotionless eyes of a psychopath and has a blood-covered beak, which he uses to eat the eyes of his still living victims: a particularly favourite activity. Shax's legs are also bird-like, not just his head, giving him a strange hybrid appearance.[6][2]

Cult and worshipers

Shax does not really have any sort of organised church thanks to the deranged nature of most of his worshipers: his cultists are generally lone deranged killers or warmongers seeking luck and glory in their deeds.[2] Some of these monstrous sadists are not insane loners, but the corrupted scions of decadent noble houses, led through hedonism and cruelty to kidnap the poor and unfortunate and exact Shax's bloody will upon them.[5]

As well as lone, surface-dwelling psychopaths, in the depths of the Darklands, Shax is worshiped by the drow of House Vexidyre, who serve as deadly controllers of Zirnakaynin's markets.[7] He is also worshiped there by chokers and derros.[8] The marilith Varmirhias, who dwells within Zirnakaynin, is known as the "Daughter of Shax", but it is not clear if she is actually related to the demon lord.[9]

Shax is worshiped by his creations, the babau demons, whom he still creates. Shax makes particularly powerful ones by flaying still living victims before the final Abyssal transformation.[8] He is also venerated by some shadow demons,[8] and is served on Golarion by a band of them that controls a tribe of Kellid barbarians in Frostmire's Sabertooth Vale in the Worldwound.[10]

Some mohrgs that revel in torturing still-living victims choose to worship Shax instead of Urgathoa.[11]

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