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Titles Crimson Son
Devil King
Lord of the Eighth
Merchant of Souls
Seneschal of Hell
Adjective Mephistophelean
Realm Hellfire Testament, Caina, Hell
Alignment Lawful evil
Areas of Concern Contracts
Cleric Alignments (1E)
Domains (1E) Evil, Knowledge, Law, Rune
Subdomains (1E) Devil, Language, Memory, Thought
Favored Weapon Trident
Symbol Trident and ring
Sacred Animal Mockingbird
Sacred Colors Red, yellow
Images of Mephistopheles

Source: Breaking the Bones of Hell, pg(s). 70ff.

Type Outsider
(devil, evil, extraplanar, lawful)
CR 30
Environment Any (Hell)
Images of Mephistopheles

Source: Bestiary 6, pg(s). 28-29

The archdevil Mephistopheles (pronounced mef-uh-STOF-uh-leez)[1] is the ruler of Caina, the Eighth Layer of Hell,[2][3] where he keeps many of Hell's greatest secrets and contracts.[4]

Unholy symbol

Mephistopheles' official and true unholy symbol is, in essence, a crimson trident piercing a golden ring, with the three prongs of the trident alluding to the spires of Caina.[5] His symbols are rarely seen, however, as owing one's allegiance to Mephistopheles is most often kept secret. Simpler, alternative versions of his unholy symbol exist, including a red sun eclipsed by three mountains; a tongue pierced with three studs; and a scale surmounted with a feather, topped by a bone. The latter evokes Mephistopheles' three sets of wings.[6]


Mephistopheles originated as the consciousness of Hell itself, predating Asmodeus' discovery of the plane. When Asmodeus and his followers entered Hell following their Exodus from Heaven, Asmodeus traveled into Caina and tore Hell's very flesh from its bones, reshaping it into a being he named Mephistopheles. The newly formed entity, the first true devil, pledged to oppose Asmodeus' enemies as if they were its own, and became one of Asmodeus' closest lieutenants.[6] This story is recorded in the Book of the Damned.[7]

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Paizo published a major article entitled "Mephistopheles, the Crimson Son" in Breaking the Bones of Hell.

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  1. Erik Mona et al. (2008). Campaign Setting, p. 247. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-112-1
  2. Erik Mona et al. (2008). Campaign Setting, p. 186. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-112-1
  3. F. Wesley Schneider. (2009). Princes of Darkness, p. 20–21. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-189-3
  4. James Jacobs et al. (2011). The Inner Sea World Guide, p. 231. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-269-2
  5. F. Wesley Schneider. (2009). Princes of Darkness, p. front inside cover. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-189-3
  6. 6.0 6.1 F. Wesley Schneider. (2016). "Mephistopheles, the Crimson Son". Breaking the Bones of Hell, p. 71. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-808-3
  7. Crystal Frasier. (2015). In Hell's Bright Shadow. In Hell's Bright Shadow, p. 5. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-768-0

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