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Abraxas
The demonic rune of Abraxas
(Deity)
Titles Master of the Final Incantation
Demon Lord of Forbidden Lore and Magic
Demon Lord of Forbidden Knowledge
Abrasax
Abracax
Home Diovengia, Pleroma
Alignment Chaotic evil
Areas of Concern Forbidden lore
Magic
Snakes
Worshipers Drow, evil humans, sorcerers, spirit naga
Cleric Alignments
Domains Chaos, Evil, Knowledge, Magic
Subdomains Arcane, Demon, Education, Memory, Thought
Favored Weapon Whip
Symbol Demonic face and snakes
Sacred Animal Snake
Sacred Colors Green, orange
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Abraxas (pronounced a-BRAHK-zuhs)[1] is called the Master of the Final Incantation, Demon Lord of Forbidden Lore and Magic[2]. He is said to know countless magical formulae, spells and secrets, including the Final Incantation, a single word so powerful its speaking causes the annihilation of magic. He specializes in magic and lore associated with pain and devastation.[3][2] He dwells in Diovengia, capital city of his abyssal realm of Pleroma.[4]

Appearance

Abraxas is utterly demonic in appearance; he possesses the head of a fanged, deformed bird with a tooth-filled mouth and lizard-like crest behind his head. In place of his legs, Abraxas has a pair of writhing vipers, each with its own head and venomous fangs.[2] Abraxas's torso is humanoid with the exception of his viperous legs and demented head. His two arms end in large claws that wield a flail (Abraxas's favored weapon) and a shield. Some sources replace the flail with a whip that is forked like a serpent's tongue.[5][4]

History

Abraxas is one of the oldest demons of the Abyss though he was never a Qlippoth (the creatures that existed within the Abyss before demons).[6] Abraxas has watched throughout history and gathered dark arcane secrets from countless ages. It is said that Abraxas watched as the aboleths called down the meteor that was responsible for the Earthfall and began the Age of Darkness as well as countless other magics best left forgotten. It was through these methods that Abraxas gained access to the Final Incantation, the single word that can completely unmake magic.[5]

Relationships

Serpentfolk traditionally worship their own god, Ydersius, but, especially since the latter god's fall, enmity exists between the god and the demon lord over whom serpentfolk should worship.[7]

Worshipers and followers

Abraxas is venerated by evil spell-casters and scholars seeking forbidden knowledge at any price, even the death of all those they loved. They tolerate no rivals and are cruel masters.[8]

On Golarion

Abraxas is worshiped in the Darklands among the drow, especially those of House Azrinae who have access to darkened vaults filled with forgotten secrets. Abraxas' following is particularly strong in the city of Quantium, the capital of Nex, where his worshipers control a hidden library called Scrivenbough filled with rare books and scrolls.[5] The demon lord will sometimes send even send the mysterious and feared xacarba demons to aid his most devoted followers by speaking secrets best forgotten.[9]

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