|Titles|| Iron Lord|
Father of Dis
King of Iron
Master of the Tower
Lord of the Second
|Realm||Iron Scepter, Dis, Hell|
|Areas of Concern|| Cities|
|Cleric Alignments (1E)|
|Domains (1E)||Evil, Law, Nobility, Trickery|
|Subdomains (1E)||Deception, Devil, Leadership, Legislation, Thievery, (Tyranny)|
|Favored Weapon||Heavy mace|
|Symbol||Iron nail, crown, and ring|
|Sacred Colors||Iron gray, red|
|Images of Dispater|
Source: Book of the Damned, pg(s). 44–45
(Devil, evil, extraplanar, lawful, shapechanger)
|Images of Dispater|
Source: Bestiary 6, pg(s). 22-23
The archdevil Dispater (pronounced DIHS-pay-tuhr) is Hell's greatest jailer and politician and rules its second layer, Dis. Also known as the Iron Lord, Father of Dis and First King, Dispater is one of the more active rulers of Hell and one of Asmodeus's closest and longest-standing allies. His unholy symbol is an iron spike driven into a golden ring with a red and purple crown. His symbol of office is an artefact known as The Eclipsing Eye.
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Dispater is a fallen angel, originally the lieutenant of Baalzebul, who in turn was the champion of Asmodeus. Following his war against Ihys, when Asmodeus led his host to Hell in the Exodus, Dispater fell with his commander and was rewarded for his loyalty with the status of Lord of the Second.
Alone among the lords of Hell, Dispater believes in the virtues of courtly love, and has taken three wives over the course of his eons-long existence. The first is forgotten, even by the Iron Lord himself, the only token of her existence a shattered statue in Dispater's throne room. The second was Feronia, an elemental demigoddess with whom Dispater shared a brief, tempestuous relationship that led to the birth of his son, the empyreal lord Ragathiel. Dispater's third and current wife is Erecura, a once-mortal demigoddess who was condemned to Hell for stealing the secret of eternal life from Pharasma.
Dispater appears as a majestic, seven-foot-tall figure with rust-red skin, four horns, and a burning crown that hovers above his head. His skin bears dozens of scars and piercings, each of them a past wound turned into a mark of pride. He retains his angelic wings, though they are now black, and he keeps them retracted within his body at almost all times. The First King's staff of office is The Eclipsing Eye, a bladed staff with a great ruby through which Asmodeus constantly watches him.
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- John Compton, Adam Daigle, Amanda Hamon Kunz, et al. (2017). Book of the Damned, p. 44. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-970-7. This source includes only the Deception, Devil, Leadership, and Thievery subdomains. The Legislation subdomain is associated with Dispater in Heroes of the Streets p. 19. Deception, Devil, Leadership, and Tyranny are the domains listed in Bestiary 6 23, though this is not classed as a canon source for this type of material.
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- John Compton, Adam Daigle, Amanda Hamon Kunz, et al. (2017). Book of the Damned, p. 44–45. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-970-7
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