Dagon

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Dagon
The demonic rune of Dagon.
(Deity)
Titles The Shadow in the Sea,
Shadow Lord of the Sea,
Demon Lord of the Sea and Sea Monsters[1]
Realm Ugothanok, Ishiar, Abyss
Alignment Chaotic evil
Areas of Concern Deformity
Sea monsters
The Sea
Worshipers Desperate or insane coastal dwellers, boggards, heretical sahuagin and skum, krakens, marsh giants
Cleric Alignments (1E)
Domains (1E) Chaos, Destruction, Evil, Water
Subdomains (1E) Catastrophe, Demon, Oceans, Rage
Cleric Alignments (2E)
Domains (2E) Change, destruction, water, zeal
Favored Weapon Trident
Symbol Gold disk inscribed with sinister runes around an open octopus eye
Sacred Animal Fish
Sacred Colors Blue, gold
Images of Dagon

Source: Book of the Damned, pg(s). 40-41 (1E)
Gods & Magic, pg(s). 76-77, 124-125 (2E)
Dagon
(Creature)
Type Outsider
(chaotic, demon, evil, extraplanar, water)
CR 28
Environment Any oceans (Abyss)
Alignment
Images of Dagon

Source: Bestiary 4, pg(s). 46

Dagon (pronounced DAY-gon)[2] is the demon lord of the sea and sea monsters[1][3] that dwell in its darkest depths.[4]

Dogma

Like other demon lords, Dagon is able to grant spells and other powers to his worshipers. He encourages them to swim underwater, increase their own strength, and propogate the spread of dangerous sea monsters. He considers the breaking of oaths as a sin against him, forbids his followers to settle in land-locked areas and share any secrets with those outside of his cult.[5]

History

One of the oldest beings of the Abyss, Dagon predates the advent of mortal life and demons and began life as a qlippoth lord. In those days he was a ravenous, nameless, mindless sea monster that ate everything that crossed his path. After having consumed countless demons and larvae, Dagon became intelligent and infused himself with mortal sin, becoming a demon.[6]

Dagon is said to have slain the great kraken Kaktora, thereby creating the devilfish now haunting Golarion's oceans.[7]

Home

Dagon dwells in the depths of the Abyssal sea of Ishiar,[1] in Ugothanok, a sunken city with architecture so ancient as to be almost alien.[4][8]

Appearance

Dagon's appearance is hideously monstrous and somewhat alien, being neither fully fish, eel, nor octopus; he is some foul amalgamation of all three. He has the lower body of an eel, a horrific face, and four tentacles in place of arms. Dagon is one of the largest demon lords, measuring 35 feet in length.[1][9] His spawn often take after him, being similarly disgusting combinations of deep sea creatures.[4]

Relationships

Dagon revels in the intelligence he earned by becoming a demon, and does not want to return to his origin as a mindless qlippoth lord. He bears the qlippoth no ill will but does not allow them within his realm.[6]

Church of Dagon

Worshipers

Dagon is quite active on the Material Plane, regularly sending his demonic minions to the deep oceans of the world to become high priests for evil aquatic monster races,[1] such as the gutaki. He is even worshiped by some of the more savage sahuagin tribes.

Unfortunately, Dagon's foul influence is not limited to the ocean depths; he is also revered by some debased coastline societies, who often maintain a façade of worshipping another deity. In these twisted communities, land dwellers mix with ichthyic beings from the depths, spawning horrible cross-breeds which have no place in the natural order of things. Marsh giants are normally the most fervent of Dagon's land-based followers, but his cult has been growing amongst humans in isolated villages, who secretly turn to his worship, sometimes on the promise of bountiful fishing or alien golden jewellery.[4][8][1][6] Some sailors also worship Dagon, luring ships to collide with rocky shores and performing blood sacrifices to call forth sea monsters.[10]

The surface of the Abyssal Realm of Ishiar is inhabited by fiendish and half-fiend humans known as Ishians, who seek to impress Dagon by constantly fighting each other and by claiming new islands in his name.[6]

Some of Dagon's followers (particularly deep ones) also worship the Great Old Ones, most often Cthulhu, mixing the traditions of both into a single blasphemous religion. Some elder deep ones take his name for themselves, which Dagon sees as a compliment.[6]

Temples & shrines

Dagon is usually worshipped in decaying churches, caves, or lighthouses located near the sea, or dark underwater cathedrals.[9]

Unholy symbol

Dagon's unholy symbol is an octopus eye surrounded by a gold disk inscribed with ancient looking runes.[9]

References

For additional resources, see the Meta page.

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 James Jacobs et al. (2011). The Inner Sea World Guide, p. 232. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-269-2
  2. Erik Mona et al. (2008). Campaign Setting, p. 246. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-112-1
  3. While The Inner Sea World Guide capitalises the words demon lord and the areas of concern, it is the only source to do so.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 James Jacobs. (2009). Demon Lords of Golarion. Descent into Midnight, p. 57. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-131-2
  5. Paizo staff. (2020). Gods & Magic, p. 124-125. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-202-0
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 John Compton, Adam Daigle, Amanda Hamon Kunz, et al. (2017). Book of the Damned, p. 41. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-970-7
  7. Nicolas Logue, & Mike McArtor. (2008). Bestiary. Edge of Anarchy, p. 80. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-088-9
  8. 8.0 8.1 James Jacobs. (2010). Lords of Chaos, p. 14. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-250-0
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Dennis Baker et al. (2013). Bestiary 4, p. 47. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-575-4
  10. Colin McComb. (2011). Faiths of Corruption, p. 18. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-375-0

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