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Ahriman

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(Deity)
Titles Lord of All Divs
Home Abaddon
Alignment Neutral evil
Areas of Concern Oblivion
Worshipers Divs, Usij, nihilists and deluded cultists
Cleric Alignments
Domains Darkness, Death, Destruction, Evil
Subdomains Catastrophe, Fear, Loss, Rage
Favored Weapon Whip
Symbol Black and silver eclipse
Sacred Animal Snake
Sacred Colors Black, silver
Ahriman
(Creature)
Type Outsider
(div, evil, extraplanar)
CR 26
Environment Abaddon
Alignment Neutral evil

Source: Mythic Realms, pg(s). 48-49

Lord of all the div, Ahriman is the embodiment of pure destruction and seeks the utter obliteration of existence through his div servants. Ahriman is a demigod, and his unholy symbol is a black circle with a thin sliver of light overtaken by darkness.[1]

Appearance

Ahriman is terrifying to behold, a combination of various bits of vicious predators that is far more terrible than the sum of its parts. Ahriman's feet are vulture-like, with wicked flesh-rending talons, while his arms look like the claws of a huge tiger[2] and are capable of tearing a giant clean in two.

His body looks humanoid, but his skin writhes with living snakes and whipping chains that lash out and poison any who come in contact.[3] His face looks like a lion's with an expression of pure hatred and crowned with four gnarled horns. From Ahriman's maw come inhuman screams that are not his own, and a darkness that is more than just shadow.[2] Those swallowed by Ahriman plunge for all eternity down a bottomless pit filled with the deafening praises and heresies dedicated to Ahriman.[3]

Habitat and ecology

Ahriman dwells in the depths of Abaddon, in a vast temple atop a mountain carved from fallen monuments. Above, the sky swirls in a dark, apocalyptic void. It is from here that Ahriman sets his dark designs on the rest of the multiverse.

Ahriman's ecology is unique and shrouded in mystery and legend. The myths of the jinn claim that Ahriman was born with the first act of creation, as he was the shadow of its inevitable destruction. Ahriman is both a creature and force of nature; he is the destruction that must inevitably come to all things in order to keep existence in balance, and as such he is the enemy of all creation. Ahriman's hatred of life is so great that any creature he kills is instantly reanimated as a powerful undead (usually a wight) that serve him loyally in his destructive quests.

While he hates all life, Ahriman seems to harbour a particular hatred for the jinn. His div servants are created from the essence of corrupted jinn, and he is responsible for foul perversions of jinn, like the undead ghuls. While it might seem a paradox that an embodiment of pure destruction can also create new forms of life, he does so only to quicken the destruction of the rest of the multiverse. Ahriman's favourite form of ruin is the corruption of mortal desires, often through the use of manipulated wish spells.[3]

Society

Ahriman is lord of all the Div, a race of fiends that revel in destruction and misery; specifically, they seek to destroy the works that mortals create, much like the daemons with whom they share their home of Abaddon.[4] Beyond this, Ahriman also created the undead ghuls to vex and destroy mortal life[5] and the despotic fiendish dragons known as Azi.[6]

Despite his abhorrence for all life, Ahriman has a cult of mortals on the Material Plane dedicated to him: the Usij. These demented people use Ahriman as a source of power and inspiration for their destructive plots. The Usij, while no longer numerous, are highly insidious and seek to corrupt and destroy everything around them.[3]

In ancient times, Osirion's Pharaoh of Forgotten Plagues constructed a mighty edifice known as the House of Oblivion in the desert of Thuvia in an effort to entice Ahriman to Golarion. The attempt succeeded, and Ahriman arrived with a large number of div followers. Ahriman agreed to support the pharaoh in return for the House. This support wasn't enough to prevent the pharaoh from being overthrown by the Song Pharaoh in -3047 AR, however, and Ahriman returned to Abaddon.[7]

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