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Ardad Lili

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Ardad Lili
(Deity)
Titles The End of Innocence
She of the Forked Tongue
The Serpent Muse
Home Stainless Caress, Avernus, Hell
Alignment Lawful evil
Areas of Concern Seduction
Snakes
Women
Worshipers Evil artists, grifters, manipulators
Cleric Alignments
Domains Charm, Evil, Law, Scalykind
Subdomains Devil, Dragon, Love, Lust
Favored Weapon Dagger
Symbol Wings made of snake tails;
forked-tongue emerging from slightly parted lips
Sacred Animal Snake
Sacred Colors Black, green

Source: Princes of Darkness, pg(s). 32

Ardad Lili is a Queen of the Night, a demigoddess who began her existence as an angel but joined Asmodeus's exodus to Hell.[1][2]

Appearance

The End of Innocence resembles a beautiful, dark-skinned humanoid woman who tends to wear the colors green and white. Only her wings, composed of slithering snake tails instead of feathers, reveal her monstrous nature, although they still afford her rapid and agile flight.[3] Some sources also depict her with a snake-like tail.[1]

While Ardad Lili generally leaves fighting to her legions of minions, she wields her thin, deceptively powerful ivory-bladed dagger with impressive and deadly skill. Generally, however, she prefers to turn enemies into allies through magic or her own eloquence.[3]

History

In the time when mortals were still new to the multiverse, Ardad Lili was an angelic servitor of Shelyn, who was at that point a minor deity. Tasked with inspiring artists on behalf of her patron, she became increasingly disgusted with the lust she saw in eyes of her assignments. As her disgust turned to hate, she started convincing mortals to swear their obedience and eventually their souls to her in exchange for what she called a "stainless caress," wherein she generally gave nothing in return, as she never intended to keep her promises. This escalated to the murder of those mortals who resisted her wiles, then to recruiting other disaffected angels, then to plotting to overthrow the lords of Nirvana. Eventually, Shelyn's servitor Phoenix Tail came to Ardad Lili and confronted her; understanding that she was not yet strong enough to defeat the servitor, the disillusioned angel responded by gathering her allies and joining Asmodeus's Exodus to Avernus.[3]

In Hell, she holds an exalted position, despite the endemic misogyny of the realm. Ardad Lili is seen as a seducer, taking great pleasure in debasing and manipulating men, whom she considers the 'dimmer sex.'[1][4] In truth, however, her reputation as a seducer is the result of a dedicated and intentional disinformation campaign by Ardad Lili over thousands of years, that she might leverage this notoriety to her advantage.[3]

Relationships

Ardad Lili has developed strong alliances with the three other Queens of the Night: Doloras, Eiseth, and Mahathallah. All four realized with time that none of their interests conflicted, and the misogyny of Hell gave them common enemies.[5]

Servants

Ardad Lili has amassed an army of fallen angels, erinyes, female devils, damned souls, and deranged mortals, all with the intent to eventually invade Nirvana and finally rule part of the heavens.[3]

Worship and followers

As with the other Queens of the Night, Ardad Lili's faithful tend to be women, particularly those who use cunning, manipulation, and seduction to achieve their ends. As befits her origin, many artists still find inspiration from her, though generally those of wicked bent.

Obedience

Some devotees of Ardad Lili are granted special powers by spontaneously composing songs with lyrics containing intentionally deceitful promises.[3]

Unholy symbol

Her unholy symbol is either a pair of wings composed of snake tails[3] or a forked-tongue emerging from slightly parted lips.[6]

References

External links

  • Lilith (real-world religious figure) on Wikipedia