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The demonic rune of Areshkagal
Titles The Faceless Sphinx,
Lord of Greed
Home Blood Clefts, Abyss
Alignment Chaotic evil
Areas of Concern Greed
Worshipers Evil humans, evil sphinxes, avaricious rulers, dragons, drow
Cleric Alignments
Domains Air, Chaos, Evil, Trickery
Subdomains Deception, Demon, Thievery, Wind
Favored Weapon Sickle
Symbol Faceless female sphinx
Sacred Animal Viper
Sacred Colors Blue, gold
Images of Areshkagal

The demon lord of portals and riddles, Areshkagal (pronounced uh-RESH-ka-gal)[1] is found in the Abyssal realm realm known as the Blood Clefts.[2]


Areshkagal is a faceless, six-legged female sphinx whose midnight-blue fur is sparse enough that her very pale skin can be seen through it. Draconic wings sprout from her shoulder blades, and her tail is the front half of a viper.[2] This viper's mouth speaks riddles to her prisoners, and her face is rumoured to be so hideous that, on revealing it, Areshkagal sends onlookers mad or to their deaths.[3]


Areshkagal's mightier younger half-sister, Aldinach, ousted her from her former domain in the Sea of Whispering Sands. Their shared mother, Lamashtu, pays no heed to the strife between the two demon lords, so Areshkagal constantly sends groups of demonic sphinxes and other denizens of her realm against Aldinach without fear of repercussion.[2] One explanation for this incessant war is that Aldinach has yet to find her sister's treasure vault and Areshkagal is desperate to get to it before her sister finds it.[3] There is an Abyssal layer called the Enigma of Areshkagal.[4]

Worshipers and followers

Areshkagal has fewer worshipers than her sister, since after her defeat she lost many of her powers. On the Material Plane, she has drow followers,[5] particularly the drow of House Vonnarc in Zirnakaynin.[6][7]

Other possible creatures that may acknowledge her include evil maftets, sphinxes, portal-mages, and lamias in Osirion and Katapesh.