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Shemhazai

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Shemhazai
(Deity)
Titles Empyreal Lord of Vision
Adjective Shemhazian
Home Originally Heaven; now Abyss
Alignment Lawful good (assumed)
Areas of Concern Vision; insight

Shemhazai was once the powerful angel empyreal lord of vision, but now he is a tortured prisoner of Lamashtu.[1]

History

The Rebellion

In the great primeval battle that fractured the upper planes, Shemhazai chose to side against the gods but did not rebel as severely as the others who became the fallen angels. Instead, Shemhazai proposed an exodus from Heaven and many joined this faction based on Shemhazai's reputation for insight and judgement. Bravely, Shemhazai decided to strike out himself to find the new home to prevent risking his followers and he traveled far in his search.[1]

The Capture

However, the Mother of Monsters, Lamashtu, watched his exploration intently and captured him; then she took her prisoner to the Abyss. By the time the search parties sent to look for him determined his fate, it was too late to rescue him.[1]

The Sundering

Shemhazai was forced to endure unthinkable torture for centuries at Lamashtu's hand. She destroyed him physically and mentally. Lamashtu learned much from her prisoner about Heaven and its leaders and inhabitants, including their weaknesses. The ultimate humiliation of her celestial prisoner was the birthing from her profane womb of what she mockingly called the first shemhazian demons.[1]

The Darkness

Long ago, Lamashtu learned all she could from Shemhazai and tired of causing him untold pain, so she imprisoned him in a dark place in the Abyss to rot. Potentially, if it pleased her, she might bring him forth to abuse him once again.[1]

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