|Titles|| Our Lady in Shadow,|
Demon Lord of Darkness and Lust
|Home||Midnight Isles, Abyss|
|Areas of Concern|| Assassins|
|Worshipers||assassins, drow, lamyros, rapists and other sexual criminals, shadow-using creatures, succubi, whores|
|Domains||Chaos, Charm, Darkness, Evil|
|Subdomains||Demon, Loss, Lust, Night|
|Favored Weapon||hand crossbow|
|Symbol||Thorny pointed crown|
|Sacred Colors||Black, pink|
|Images of Nocticula|
(chaotic, demon, evil, extraplanar)
|Images of Nocticula|
Source: The Midnight Isles, pg(s). 86-87
Our Lady in Shadow, Nocticula (pronounced nok-TICK-you-lah), is a demon lord who concerns herself with the metaphysical qualities of darkness and lust. She excels in seduction, beauty, cruelty and sadism.
Nocticula's unholy symbol consists of a crown with many points, wrapped with prickly vines.
Lady Nocticula appears in her true form as a curvaceous succubus, wearing her dark hair in a complex style. Her eyes are devoid of pupils, her fingers are tipped with talons, and her feet end in stony hooves that exude red-hot, liquid iron. Her bat-like wings are covered with glowing runes, and three stinger-tipped tails complete her demonic visage. Like her brother Socothbenoth, however, she often shifts her form to meet the deepest, darkest desires of those observing her.
Relations to others
Nocticula is a master at seduction, so much so, that even the other mighty demon lords are not immune to her persuasive charms. Her greatest triumph was the seduction and murder of Vyriavaxus, the former demon lord of shadows. His essence was used to form the largest of Nocticula's Midnight Isles. As a result, most demon lords treat her with extreme caution. Despite their stern forbearance, her unearthly beauty also inspires lust and obsession, which tempers their fears. The only exception to Nocticula's distrustful relationship with the other demon lords, is her brother Socothbenoth, with whom she maintains a relatively friendly, and more disturbingly, frequently incestuous relationship.
Lamashtu's cult has recently become far more hostile towards Nocticula's interests probably due to the clear upward trajectory of Our Lady in Shadow's power: Lamashtu may fear that Nocticula is close to following her as the second demon lord to ascend to godhood. Baphomet is enraged by Nocticula.
Cult and worshipers
A cruel sadist on one hand, and a seductive beauty on the other, she is patron to traitors, assassins and succubi (both literal and figurative). Assassins' guilds in her service are established in many cities and are constantly at odds with other guilds, especially the feared Red Mantis, often leading to protracted shadow wars. She is particularly popular amongst the drow of Golarion, and has been taken on as the patron of House Misraria. She is also worshiped in places of decadence such as Katapesh, Nex, Geb, and certain River Kingdoms. Nocticula is also venerated among the Lamyros, a group of Pharasma-cursed creatures that loathe all the gods, and take pleasure in confounding and destroying their mortal servants.
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