She of the Forked Tongue
The Serpent Muse
forked-tongue emerging from slightly parted lips
The End of Innocence resembles a beautiful, dark-skinned humanoid woman who tends to wear the colors green and white. Only her wings, composed of slithering snake tails instead of feathers, reveal her monstrous nature, although they still afford her rapid and agile flight.3 Some sources also depict her with a snake-like tail.1
While Ardad Lili generally leaves fighting to her legions of minions, she wields her thin, deceptively powerful ivory-bladed dagger with impressive and deadly skill. Generally, however, she prefers to turn enemies into allies through magic or her own eloquence.3
In the time when mortals were still new to the multiverse, Ardad Lili was an angelic servitor of Shelyn, who was at that point a minor deity. Tasked with inspiring artists on behalf of her patron, she became increasingly disgusted with the lust she saw in eyes of her assignments. As her disgust turned to hate, she started convincing mortals to swear their obedience and eventually their souls to her in exchange for what she called a "stainless caress," wherein she generally gave nothing in return, as she never intended to keep her promises. This escalated to the murder of those mortals who resisted her wiles, then to recruiting other disaffected angels, then to plotting to overthrow the lords of Nirvana. Eventually, Shelyn's servitor Phoenix Tail came to Ardad Lili and confronted her; understanding that she was not yet strong enough to defeat the servitor, the disillusioned angel responded by gathering her allies and joining Asmodeus's Exodus to Avernus.3
In Hell, she holds an exalted position, despite Asmodeus' misogyny. Ardad Lili is seen as a seducer, taking great pleasure in debasing and manipulating men, whom she considers the 'dimmer sex.'12 In truth, however, her reputation as a seducer is the result of a dedicated and intentional disinformation campaign by Ardad Lili over thousands of years, that she might leverage this notoriety to her advantage.3
Ardad Lili has developed strong alliances with the three other Queens of the Night: Doloras, Eiseth, and Mahathallah. The four realized that none of their interests conflicted, so they joined forces and over time have become close to what could be considered true allies.4
Worship and followers
As with the other Queens of the Night, Ardad Lili's faithful tend to be women, particularly those who use cunning, manipulation, and seduction to achieve their ends. As befits her origin, many artists still find inspiration from her, though generally those of wicked bent.
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- “Devilkind” in Princes of Darkness, Book of the Damned Volume 1, 32. Paizo Inc., 2009 .
- “Fallen Celestials” in Chronicle of the Righteous, 55. Paizo Inc., 2013 .
- “Chapter 1: Fiendish Divinities” in Book of the Damned, 22–23. Paizo Inc., 2017 .
- “Chapter 1: Fiendish Divinities” in Book of the Damned, 49. Paizo Inc., 2017 .
- Princes of Darkness, Book of the Damned Volume 1, inside front cover. Paizo Inc., 2009 .
- Lilith (real-world religious figure) on Wikipedia