Angazhan

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Angazhan
The demonic rune of Angazhan.
(Deity)

Titles
The Ravener King
The Ravenous King
Demon Lord of Apes and Jungles
Demon Lord of Beasts
Realm
Alignment
Areas of Concern
Apes
Jungles
Tyrants
Worshipers
Charau-ka, Mwangi cults, high girallons, jungle warlords
Edicts
Commit acts of brutal violence, test yourself against nature, make animals more dangerous
Anathema
Cower from fights, allow yourself to be resurrected instead of reincarnated
Cleric Alignments (1E)
Domains (1E)
Animal, Chaos, Evil, Plant
Subdomains (1E)
Decay, Demon, Fur, Growth
Cleric Alignments (2E)
Domains (2E)
Destruction, might, nature, tyranny
Favored Weapon
Spear or fist
Symbol
Demonic ape face
Sacred Animal
Sacred Colors
Black, red
Source: Book of the Damned, pg(s). 18–19 (1E)
The Mwangi Expanse, pg(s). 133 (2E)

Angazhan (pronounced ANG-uh-zan)1 rules over the Abyssal realm of Ahvoth-Kor and is the demon lord of savage strength and destruction.2

Appearance

A common depiction of Angazhan.

Angazhan resembles an enormous, muscular red-furred ape with six long fingers on each hand, capable of complex manipulation or tearing a humanoid limb from limb. Angazhan's ape-like demonic visage is completed by his fanged maw, twisted horns, and tiny bloodshot eyes that grant him a unique appearance amongst his simian followers.3456

Angazhan prefers to bite, crush, impale, or sting his opponents with his fangs, fists, horns, or long reptilian tail, respectively. Those slain by him personally are sometimes cursed to return to life again and again as a Gorilla King bound to his service.6

Home

Angazhan's Abyssal realm of Ahvoth-Kor is a seemingly endless jungle that runs along both sides of a long rift. The two jungles meet 10,000 miles down at the rift's base, where Angazhan's black stone ziggurat palace stands atop yet more rifts leading deeper into the trackless Outer Rifts.6

Servants

In Ahvoth-Kor, Angazhan is served by thousands of powerful nalfeshnees, though few of the fiercely independent demons care to admit that Angazhan is their lord and master.24

Angazhan is served by his created baregara minions in Ahvoth-Kor as well as in jungles of the Universe important to him, such as those in the Mwangi Expanse.7

Cult and worshipers

Cults dedicated to the Ravener King on Golarion are concentrated in the Mwangi Expanse, where he is venerated by both the Mwangi Bekyar tribe and the simian charau-ka who feast on humans like livestock.589

The Expanse was also home to Angazhan's most favored mortal servant, Ruthazek the Gorilla King, who led the Spawn of Angazhan from his seat of power in the city of Usaro6 until his death in 4710 AR.1011

It is not clear why the Mwangi Expanse has drawn the demon lord's attention for so long, but Ruthazek was merely the latest of a long line of Gorilla Kings who ruled Usaro dating back to before humans began to dominate the continent of Garund.41213 Each successive Gorilla King has been a brutal mortal reincarnated into the form of an awakened dire gorilla by one of Angazhan's totems after the death of their predecessor.6

Among the fallout of such chaos, Matanji and Kallijae raiders collaborated to steal the Altar of Angazhan, which prevented a successor from ascending to the title of Gorilla King.14

Obedience

Certain devotees of the Ravener King gain special powers by ingesting jungle hallucinogens, chanting, and beating a complex rhythm on drums made of human skin and bones.6

References

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  1. Erik Mona, et al. “Appendices” in Campaign Setting, 246. Paizo Inc., 2008
  2. 2.0 2.1 James Jacobs. Demon Lords of Golarion” in Descent into Midnight, 56. Paizo Inc., 2009
  3. Erik Mona, et al. “Chapter 3: Religion” in Campaign Setting, 174. Paizo Inc., 2008
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 James Jacobs. “Lords of the Abyss” in Lords of Chaos, Book of the Damned Volume 2, 11. Paizo Inc., 2010
  5. 5.0 5.1 James Jacobs, et al. The Inner Sea World Guide, 231. Paizo Inc., 2011
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 Paizo Inc., et al. “Chapter 1: Fiendish Divinities” in Book of the Damned, 18–19. Paizo Inc., 2017
  7. Robert G. McCreary, et al. “Bestiary” in Sanctum of the Serpent God, 80. Paizo Inc., 2011
  8. Erik Mona, et al. “Chapter 1: Characters” in Campaign Setting, 29. Paizo Inc., 2008
  9. Gareth Hanrahan. “Ecology of the Charau-Ka” in Vaults of Madness, 60. Paizo Inc., 2010
  10. Tanya DePass, et al. Mwangi Expanse” in World Guide, 87. Paizo Inc., 2019
  11. Tanya DePass, et al. Mwangi Expanse” in World Guide, 90–91. Paizo Inc., 2019
  12. Tim Hitchcock, et al. “Mwangi Campaigns” in Heart of the Jungle, 45–47. Paizo Inc., 2010
  13. James Jacobs. “At Your Door” in Lords of Chaos, Book of the Damned Volume 2, 63. Paizo Inc., 2010
  14. Paizo Inc., et al. “History” in The Mwangi Expanse, 21. Paizo Inc., 2021