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Four Horsemen

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Four Horsemen
(Deity)
Titles Archdaemons, the End Bringers
Home Abaddon
Alignment Neutral evil
Areas of Concern See individual Horsemen
Worshipers See individual Horsemen
Cleric Alignments
Domains See individual Horsemen
Subdomains See individual Horsemen
Favored Weapon See individual Horsemen
Horseman
(Creature)
Type Outsider
(daemon, evil, extraplanar)
CR high, usually 30+
Environment Abaddon
Alignment

Source: Horsemen of the Apocalypse

The Four Horsemen, the archdaemons, the End Bringers are powerful and unique daemons having attained the power of demigods: they rule Abaddon, and have hordes of daemons in their service.[1]

Description

Each of the Four Horsemen represents one of four ideals: war, disease, famine and death. The actual position of being a Horseman is a coveted title and is often fought for by the greatest members of daemonkind. Each Horseman has his own legion of servitor daemons known as deacons or destroyers.[2]

Current Horsemen

Each Horseman also boasts his own realm uniquely suited to what they represent. The current Four Horsemen are Apollyon, the horseman of pestilence, who rules Plaguemere, the horseman of death, Charon, who rules the River Styx, Szuriel, the horseman of war, who presides over the Cinder Furnace, and Trelmarixian, the horseman of famine, who rules Wasting.[3][1] A fifth Horseman, known in forbidden texts as the Oinodaemon, is said to be superior even to the Four Horsemen in power and stature. Most believe he either never existed, or was killed by the remaining Horsemen long ago.[3][4][5]

History

'Horseman' is a title granted to a powerful daemon who ascends to this position. There have been other daemons in the past who have arisen to the title of Horseman, but they have been replaced for various reasons, including by their murder at the hands of Lamashtu.[citation needed] The Horsemen, however, were the first daemons to appear.[1]

An ancient Horseman is responsible for the genesis of the demons.[6] Lamashtu learnt the daemon's secret 'art' of creating demons from the torture of a former Horseman of the Apocalypse, whom she had taken during her wars against Abaddon. She had managed to take two Horsemen captive during these wars and murdered both of them.[7]

Previous Horsemen

Before the current incumbents, there have been a number of previous Horsemen such as the following:[8]

Horsemen of Death

Charon is the only Horseman of Death to exist holding this possession since the beginning.[citation needed]

Horsemen of Famine

Horsemen of Pestilence

Horsemen of War

Unspecified

Churches of the Horsemen

The Four Horsemen are such powerful fiends that they are capable of granting spells and power to their deluded, nihilistic clerics. They do not have churches or organised faiths on the Material Plane, but rather are worshipped out of fear or by hate-filled monsters.[12]

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