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Nocticula
The demonic rune of Nocticula
(Deity)
Titles Our Lady in Shadow,
Demon Lord of Darkness and Lust
Adjective Nocticulan
Home Midnight Isles, Abyss
Alignment Chaotic evil
Areas of Concern Assassins
Darkness
Lust
Worshipers assassins, drow, lamyros, rapists and other sexual criminals, shadow-using creatures, succubi, whores
Cleric Alignments
Domains Chaos, Charm, Darkness, Evil
Subdomains Demon, Loss, Lust, Night
Favored Weapon hand crossbow
Symbol Thorny pointed crown
Sacred Animal Bat
Sacred Colors Black, pink
Images of Nocticula
Nocticula
(Creature)
Type Outsider
(chaotic, demon, evil, extraplanar)
CR 30
Environment Any (Abyss)
Alignment Chaotic evil
Images of Nocticula

Source: The Midnight Isles, pg(s). 86-87

Our Lady in Shadow, Nocticula (pronounced nok-TICK-you-lah),[1] is a demon lord who concerns herself with the metaphysical qualities of darkness and lust. She excels in seduction, beauty, cruelty and sadism.[2]

Background

Unholy symbol

Nocticula's unholy symbol consists of a crown with many points, wrapped with prickly vines.[3]

Home

A portrait of Nocticula

Nocticula dwells in the Abyssal realm known as the Midnight Isles, an island realm shrouded in sensual immorality and eternal darkness.[4]

Appearance

A common depiction of Nocticula

Lady Nocticula appears in her true form as a curvaceous succubus, wearing her dark hair in a complex style. Her eyes are devoid of pupils, her fingers are tipped with talons, and her feet end in stony hooves that exude red-hot, liquid iron. Her bat-like wings are covered with glowing runes, and three stinger-tipped tails complete her demonic visage. Like her brother Socothbenoth, however, she often shifts her form to meet the deepest, darkest desires of those observing her.[5][6][2]

Relations to others

Nocticula is a master at seduction, so much so, that even the other mighty demon lords are not immune to her persuasive charms. Her greatest triumph was the seduction and murder of Vyriavaxus, the former demon lord of shadows. His essence was used to form the largest of Nocticula's Midnight Isles.[7] As a result, most demon lords treat her with extreme caution. Despite their stern forbearance, her unearthly beauty also inspires lust and obsession, which tempers their fears. The only exception to Nocticula's distrustful relationship with the other demon lords, is her brother Socothbenoth, with whom she maintains a relatively friendly, and more disturbingly, frequently incestuous relationship.[4][6]

Lamashtu's cult has recently become far more hostile towards Nocticula's interests probably due to the clear upward trajectory of Our Lady in Shadow's power: Lamashtu may fear that Nocticula is close to following her as the second demon lord to ascend to godhood.[6] Baphomet is enraged by Nocticula.[8]

Cult and worshipers

A cruel sadist on one hand, and a seductive beauty on the other, she is patron to traitors, assassins and succubi (both literal and figurative).[2] Assassins' guilds in her service are established in many cities[2] and are constantly at odds with other guilds, especially the feared Red Mantis, often leading to protracted shadow wars. She is particularly popular amongst the drow of Golarion, and has been taken on as the patron of House Misraria.[9] She is also worshiped in places of decadence such as Katapesh, Nex, Geb, and certain River Kingdoms.[4][6] Nocticula is also venerated among the Lamyros, a group of Pharasma-cursed creatures that loathe all the gods, and take pleasure in confounding and destroying their mortal servants.[10]

When Nocticula slew Vyriavaxus, who was patron of shadow demons, the shadow demons grudgingly transferred their services to her.[6][7]

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