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Demons are fiends, and often do fiendish things, like assassinate each other.
See also: Celestial and Monitor

The term fiend or fiendish is used to describe creatures, places, or ideas originating or influenced by forces from the Outer Sphere planes of the Abyss, Hell, or Abaddon (also known as the lower planes). It is also used as a general term to describe anything deemed abhorrent, degenerate, or corrupted.[1]

Types of fiends

The term "fiend" most often refers to various races of outsiders devoted to the cause of evil. The following categories of creatures are considered fiends.

The living blasphemies known as asuras are born from the mistakes of the gods and seek to sow doubt and discord among mortals.[2]
The denizens of Abaddon, daemons want nothing less than the extinction of all life in the multiverse.[3]
Created by the titans in mockery of mortals, the demodands do their masters' bidding to tear down the works of the gods.[4]
The spawn of the Abyss, demons are born from mortal souls gorged on sin and wish to bring pain and suffering to all mortal life.[5]
The devils are the legions of Hell, created by Asmodeus to bring his vision of ruthless, brutal order to all existence.[6]
Created from the souls of corrupt genies, divs exist to bring misery to mortals and despoil all that is beautiful.[7]
Denizens of the Shadow Plane, kytons warp flesh and spirit in endless pursuit of perverse "perfection".[8]
Spirits of rage and jealousy given physical bodies, oni live only to sate their endless destructive lusts.[9]
The primeval denizens of the Abyss, the alien qlippoth seek to destroy the demonic usurpers through the destruction of sin itself—by slaughtering mortals.[10]
The rakshasas are "earthbound evils", decadent and debauched souls with the shapes of fiends but bound in mortal bodies.[11]

Other evil outsiders that do not fall into any specific category, such as barghests or dorvaes, may also be considered fiends.

Fiendish creatures

Fiendish creatures are native to the lower planes or are natives of the Material Plane that have been transformed by the foul energies of the lower planes. Many exist in forms almost identical to those found on the Material Plane.[12] For instance, a race of fiendish humans inhabits Ishiar, the realm of the demon lord Dagon in the Abyss.[13]