Hell's third layer is known as Erebus, the Eternal Counting House of Mammon, and is an endless dungeon beneath the second layer of Dis. It is here that the archdevil Mammon keeps Hell's books, accounting for all that is spent in the infernal realm.12 The majority of treasures seized by Hell's infernal legions or offered to Asmodeus and his archdevils find their way to Erebus.3
In the eternal darkness of Erebus are countless vaults holding incredible wealth. Vaulted ceilings, occasionally rising dozens of stories high, replace the sky, their unseen stonework dripping chill condensation and reeking seepage from above. Huge blocks of gray stone comprise the entire third layer of Hell. Attempting to dig through the walls, floors or ceilings will reveal only unbroken expanses of the dense rock even when other chambers should lie just beyond. Sewer-like channels wind their way through Erebus, carrying the filth of Dis. Kingly ransoms litter the floor even in the most disgusting of these passages, while in greater halls lie treasures whose splendor could blind an observer, were a light cast upon them. Great barriers of stone and iron, dark magic, and hungry bestial flesh protect the layer's greatest storerooms, forcing even the infernal elite to carry dozens of keys and talismans with them as they travel. In the depths of Erebus, through mazes of treasure halls each larger, more opulent, and grander than the last, lie the Dawn Vaults. Further still is Mammon's Bier, the very center of the third layer of Hell.3
Judicators of the Golden Chain
The Judicators of the Golden Chain are fifteen devils chained together who are tasked with managing the affairs of Erebus, dealing with requests from mortals, and arranging the transport of valuables to other layers.1
Most of the souls sent to Erebus face wealth-related torture or ritualized dismemberment to create soul-fragments for use as currency. The rest are chained to the ground and used to count and pass along each object that enters the vaults of Erebus. Essentially blind in the vast darkness of Hell's third layer, they keep mental records of impressions that their osyluth overseers tap to ensure accuracy and complicity. Once the contents have been counted and passed along to the devils who sort the valuables, the minds of the damned are wiped clean of the memory of the treasures before being given more to record.1
Mammon employs a variety of golems and constructs to guard his vaults. The constructs created for Mammon's service are usually made of precious metals or covered in gems to disguise them among the treasures of Erebus. Throughout the Lord of the Third's realm, constructs both common and unique are deployed, from gem-studded stone and brass golems to iron cobras of incredible size.7
The eternal darkness of Mammon's demesne is also home to large populations of infernal mimics, darkmantles, oozes, and molds that the archdevil finds useful and has his servants breed and manage to serve Erebus.7
- “The Outer Sphere” in The Great Beyond, A Guide to the Multiverse, 40–41. Paizo Inc., .
- “Hell and the Archdevils” in Princes of Darkness, Book of the Damned Volume 1, 10. Paizo Inc., 2009 .
- “Chapter 2: Fiendish Realms” in Book of the Damned, 139. Paizo Inc., .
- “Bestiary” in In Hell's Bright Shadow, 84. Paizo Inc., .
- “Mammon” in The Twice-Damned Prince, 67. Paizo Inc., 2010 .
- “Bestiary” in The Hellfire Compact, 88. Paizo Inc., .
- “Mammon” in The Twice-Damned Prince, 68. Paizo Inc., 2010 .