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Baphomet
The demonic rune of Baphomet.
(Deity)
Titles Lord of the Minotaurs
Lord of the Labyrinth
Demon Lord of Beasts and Labyrinths
Home Ivory Labyrinth, Abyss
Alignment Chaotic evil
Areas of Concern Beasts
Labyrinths
Minotaurs
Worshipers Conspirators, minotaurs, secret societies, glabrezu demons
Cleric Alignments
Domains Animal, Chaos, Evil, Strength
Subdomains Demon, Ferocity, Fur, Resolve
Favored Weapon Glaive
Symbol Brass minotaur head
Sacred Animal Aurochs
Sacred Colors Gold, red
Images of Baphomet

Source: Herald of the Ivory Labyrinth, pg(s). 70–75
Baphomet
(Creature)
Type Outsider
(chaotic, demon, evil, extraplanar)
CR 27[1]
Environment Any (Abyss)
Alignment Chaotic evil
Images of Baphomet

Source: Herald of the Ivory Labyrinth, pg(s). 88f.
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Baphomet (pronounced BAPH-oh-meh),[2] Demon Lord of the Minotaurs, rules over the Abyssal realm known as the Ivory Labyrinth.[3] A favored consort of Lamashtu,[4] he was created by her as the first minotaur to lead her creations in the mortal world.[3][5][6]

Appearance

Baphomet appears as a demonic minotaur, massive in size, with unnaturally large horns, and viciously sharp teeth. He is rarely seen without a magical glaive crafted from a peculiar red adamantine, rumoured to deal particularly grievous wounds to beings of virtue.[4][5][6] He appears emaciated for one of his kind, despite his size, and he bears an inverted pentagram on his forehead.[7]

History

Once the first minotaur, Baphomet was raised to the rank of demon lord by Lamashtu to serve as her consort and lead his race. Seeking even greater favor from the Mother of Monsters, Baphomet sought to raid Hell to steal Asmodeus's ruby rod. Unfortunately for him, he was caught, and Lamashtu denied relation to him. As punishment, the Prince of Darkness inscribed his own symbol on the minotaur lord's brow with the nail of his index finger and imprisoned him in a maze so cunningly crafted that Asmodeus declared it unsolvable.[7]

In this act, the Lord of Hell overstepped.

The cunning Baphomet not only solved the maze after only a decade, he stole the labyrinth itself from Hell, taking it with him when he returned to the Abyss. Returning far thinner but much wiser, Baphomet claimed this new realm for himself, and while he still acts as consort to his creator now and again, he plots and schemes from his redoubt to return to Hell, not to steal from Asmodeus this time, but to slay him.[7]

Realm

The realm Baphomet stole from Hell, the Ivory Labyrinth, is the size of an entire world, spanning continents and an array of terrain, both natural and constructed.[8] The first maze encountered by visitors is always the Ivory Maze, after which the realm is named; the walls, ceilings, and floors of the hallways and chambers of this section are entirely covered with uncountable bones of every description.[7] Overall, the realm is populated by demons and secret societies of all sorts, especially by minotaurs.[9]

Relations

While Baphomet's devotion to Lamashtu has cooled since his elevation to demon lord, he has forgiven her for abandoning him to Hell, occasionally reprising his role as her lover. He has not forgiven Asmodeus for his insults and actively plots his demise.[7] Among other demon lords, he has been an occasional lover to Socothbenoth,[10] and he has assisted Deskari, particularly in his efforts to expand the Worldwound, by directing his cults to corrupt the crusaders of Mendev.[11]

Servants

A significant proportion of all glabrezus follow Baphomet and often they work with the secret cults of Baphomet called the Templars of the Ivory Labyrinth.[12] He is also served by chimera, fiendish carnivorous animals (particularly carnivorous aurochs and bison), minotaurs, and gorgons.[7]

Cult and worshipers

A cultist of Baphomet.

Despite Lamashtu's role as creator of the minotaurs, many choose Baphomet over her as their patron.[6] Increasingly, he is also venerated by humans, especially in rural areas where his secretive cults draw followers from those formerly faithful to Erastil.[4] In more urban areas, his cults are organized into secret societies along family lines, which have existed for generations. Members of these societies refer to themselves as Templars of the Ivory Labyrinth, and invariably wield no small amount of political power.[3][5]

Baphomet is also one of the demon lords most commonly worshiped by orcs who tend to emphasize his mastery over beast and labyrinths whilst downplaying his traditional connection with minotaurs.[13] He also has a considerable number of antipaladins in his service.[14]

Unholy symbols

Baphomet has two unholy symbols:[15]

  • the most common is a minotaur's head fashioned in brass with two ruby eyes;
  • a more secret symbol is that of an inverted pentagram, which sometimes has an image of Baphomet's face or that of a minotaur added.

Obedience

Some devotees of the Lord of the Labyrinth gain special powers by remaining motionless for nearly an hour, then speaking fifty observations of their surroundings through the hollowed-out horn of a bull.[7]

References

Paizo published a major article about Baphomet, as well as a Bestiary article, in Herald of the Ivory Labyrinth.

  1. This CR value takes precedence over the source that lists Baphomet as CR 31 (see Categories) as it comes from an Adventure Path publication, Herald of the Ivory Labyrinth.
  2. Erik Mona et al. (2008). Campaign Setting, p. 246. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-112-1
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 James Jacobs. (2009). Demon Lords of Golarion. Descent into Midnight, p. 56–57. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-131-2
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Erik Mona et al. (2008). Campaign Setting, p. 174. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-112-1
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 James Jacobs. (2010). Lords of Chaos, p. 12. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-250-0
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 James Jacobs et al. (2011). The Inner Sea World Guide, p. 231. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-269-2
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 John Compton, Adam Daigle, Amanda Hamon Kunz, et al. (2017). Book of the Damned, p. 30–31. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-970-7
  8. John Compton, Adam Daigle, Amanda Hamon Kunz, et al. (2017). Book of the Damned, p. 159. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-970-7
  9. John Compton, Adam Daigle, Amanda Hamon Kunz, et al. (2017). Book of the Damned, p. 270. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-970-7
  10. John Compton, Adam Daigle, Amanda Hamon Kunz, et al. (2017). Book of the Damned, p. 95. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-970-7
  11. John Compton, Adam Daigle, Amanda Hamon Kunz, et al. (2017). Book of the Damned, p. 43. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-970-7
  12. James Jacobs. (2013). Demons Revisited, p. 17. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-552-5
  13. Benjamin Bruck, et al. (2015). Inner Sea Races, p. 151. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-722-2
  14. John Compton, Adam Daigle, Amanda Hamon Kunz, et al. (2017). Book of the Damned, p. 175. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-970-7
  15. Sean K. Reynolds. (2013). Baphomet. Herald of the Ivory Labyrinth, p. 72 & 89. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-586-0

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