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Haagenti
The demonic rune of Haagenti.
(Deity)
Titles The Whispers Within,
Lord of Transformation
Realm Cerebulim, Abyss
Alignment Chaotic evil
Areas of Concern Alchemy
Invention
Transformation
Worshipers Alchemists, drow, non-werewolf lycanthropes, shapechangers
Cleric Alignments (1E)
Domains (1E) Artifice,[1] Chaos, Evil, Strength
Subdomains (1E) Construct, Demon, Resolve, Toil
Favored Weapon Battleaxe
Symbol Philosopher's stone
Sacred Animal Bull
Sacred Colors Gold, lead gray
Images of Haagenti

Source: Lords of Chaos, pg(s). 16

Haagenti (pronounced hah-GEN-tie)[2] is the demon lord of alchemy and change. He is seen by some as the most reasonable and least destructive of the demon lords due to his numerous helpful creations, the most famous being the philosopher's stone which transmutes lead into gold, and this wondrous item is used as his unholy symbol. This perception of his urbanity is, in fact, a deliberate ruse: Haagenti is just as evil and destructive as any other demon, but more subtle than most. His wondrous alchemical devices, although seemingly beneficial, are only granted to those who would employ them for evil and destruction.[3][4] Haagenti's other creations include alchemist's fire, the demonic retriever, and the secrets of the drow's fleshwarping magic.[5][6][7]

Home

Haagenti makes his home in the Abyssal realm called Cerebulim, a clockwork labyrinth of endless laboratories.[3][8]

Appearance

Haagenti's form is much like his favoured practice of alchemy: a mutable and ever changing thing. His true form is that of a demonic, winged, bull-like monster, but he appears in this form only in battle. In this form, Haagenti's breath transforms victims into fleshwarps that live in constant pain except when they obey his demands. His axe-like horns can bypass all defences, transmuting into any substance able to bypass his enemy's resistances as needed.[7]

On the rare occasions when Haagenti actually interacts with his worshippers, he appears as a particularly attractive member of their race, and as such has a huge number of favoured forms. Regardless, he always has a sense of humour and irony, and incorporates unsettling demonic features to mock the form he takes. These features might be obvious or hidden, only revealed after the victim has profited from Haagenti's secrets.[3][9][7]

Relationships

Haagenti despises Yamasoth, both claiming to be the inventor of fleshwarping and viewing the other as a thief. Despite their fierce rivalry, their cults rarely come into conflict, as Haagenti's followers tend to live in the Darklands and Yamasoth's on the surface.[10]

Cult and worshippers

Through telepathic whispers, Haagenti plants secrets into inventors' minds and inspires good ones to create cruel devices. His secrets are only revealed to evil thinkers, who might then employ them to bring about destruction. Scholars believe that Haagenti was the muse behind many great minds when they invented novel ways of inflicting pain and devastation.[7]

Cultist of Haagenti tend to be magic users or alchemists and he serves as the patron of the drow noble house of Parastric.[11]

Another of Haagenti's servants is the blue dragon Arantaros, whom he transformed into a ravener in order to continue his studies into alchemy and necromancy.[12]

References

  1. James Jacobs. (March 10, 2011). Comment on Ask James Jacobs ALL your Questions Here, Paizo messageboards. Inferred here from Jacobs's statement on Apsu: "The reference to a creation domain is a holdover from 3.5. It's been replaced by the Artifice domain. Apsu should thus grant the Artifice domain instead of the "Creation" domain."
  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. (2010). Lords of Chaos, p. 16. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-250-0
  4. John Compton, Adam Daigle, Amanda Hamon Kunz, et al. (2017). Book of the Damned, p. 56. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-970-7
  5. Jeff Grubb. (2008). Drow of Golarion. The Armageddon Echo, p. 58. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-128-2
  6. J.D. Wiker & Darrin Drader. (2008). Abominations of the Drow. Endless Night, p. 58. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-129-9
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 John Compton, Adam Daigle, Amanda Hamon Kunz, et al. (2017). Book of the Damned, p. 57. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-970-7
  8. Todd Stewart. (2009). The Great Beyond: A Guide to the Multiverse, p. 29. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-167-1
  9. James Jacobs. (2009). Demon Lords of Golarion. Descent into Midnight, p. 58. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-131-2
  10. Jason Keeley. (2018). Yamasoth, the Polymorph Plague. Runeplague, p. 74. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-079-8
  11. F. Wesley Schneider. (2008). Zirnakaynin. Endless Night, p. 51. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-129-9
  12. Todd Stewart, Brandon Hodge, and Steve Kenson. (2011). Undead Revisited, p. 44. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-303-3

External links

  • Haagenti (real-world demon) on Wikipedia