The Argent Prince
The Grasping One
Spirit in Gold
Lord of the Third
|Areas of Concern||Avarice|
|Worshipers||Guardians of wealth|
The wicked impoverished
|Edicts||Gain financial control over others, gather new wealth, count your riches|
|Anathema||Leave Mammon's cult, allow those who steal from you to go unpunished|
|Cleric Alignments (1E)|
|Domains (1E)||Artifice, Earth, Evil, Law|
|Subdomains (1E)||Construct, Devil, Metal, Toil|
|Cleric Alignments (2E)|
|Domains (2E)||Ambition, creation, toil, wealth|
|Sacred Colors||Gold, silver|
Source: Book of the Damned, pg(s). 70 (1E)
Lost Omens Gods & Magic, pg(s). 124–125 (2E)
(devil, evil, extraplanar, lawful)
Source: Bestiary 6, pg(s). 26–27
The archdevil Mammon (pronounced mam-MONN, and sometimes spelt 'Mamon') is Hell's accountant and treasurer. He rules over the lightless realm of Erebus, the third plane of Hell, metaphorically located beneath the Iron City of Dis. His unholy symbol is a azure coin with the head of Mammon stamped on it.
Mammon once looked like a majestic angel with sleek muscles, gleaming eyes, and white hair; he retained this form after his fall until he was defeated by Sarenrae. Now, all kinds of wealth in Erebus contribute to his body. When receiving visitors, he possesses the Argent Prince, a silvery replica of Mammon's old angelic body. When attending council with fellow archdevils, he instructs his servants to carry a specifically chosen trove to Nessus, so that he can take the most majestic form possible. As his senses extend across every coin in Erebus' hoard, Mammon has become a mathematical genius, capable of instantly accounting his wealth and that of Hell.
Unknown to anyone but himself, Mammon is incomplete. In the centuries drifting in the Maelstrom after his first defeat, he lost a mighty gem, which he considers his heart, and he can only sense that it floats somewhere dark. He regularly sends servants to search for it but never reveals its true importance to his peers, lest he appears weak or vulnerable.
During the Battle of the Triune Star, Mammon discovered the proteans and sought to turn them against Asmodeus' foes, but he was surprised by Sarenrae and her hosts. In the end, Mammon was cut down, his corpse falling upon the 13,001 gem-filled chests he brought to buy the proteans' aid and left to drift in the Maelstrom.
Centuries after, agents of Mephistopheles retrieved Mammon and brought him back to Hell. Asmodeus had him brought to the vaults under Dis, where the other archdevils laid him amid a vast trove. However, the fury of the Maelstrom and the power of Hell somehow combined to remake Mammon, who turned his burial treasure into his new body. Asmodeus, intrigued, supplied Mammon with wealth from Nessus and remade his crypt into Erebus, his new realm.
Mammon's throne lies in a many-pillared vault filled with mirrors, crystal statues, and gem-encrusted floating bubbles. His ruined angelic body lies within Mammon's Bier, a vault at the heart of Erebus.
Both the greedy and the poor pray to Mammon for comforts like money or station. He usually answers by arranging for the supplicant to discover a 'lucky coin' from Erebus, through which he whispers to them to engage in increasingly evil acts to get what they want.
In the days of Thassilon, Mammon was worshipped by a particularly successful cult, albeit one that was officially frowned upon while secretly being bolstered by the runelords. Indeed, in the city of Xin-Shalast, a shrine to Mammon could be found on Temple Row.
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