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Nocticula
The demonic rune of Nocticula
(Deity)
Titles Our Lady in Shadow,
Demon Lord of Darkness and Lust
Adjective Nocticulan
Home Midnight Isles, Abyss
Alignment Chaotic evil
Areas of Concern Assassins
Darkness
Lust
Worshipers assassins, drow, lamyros, rapists and other sexual criminals, shadow-using creatures, succubi, whores
Cleric Alignments Traditional worship
Cult of the Redeemer Queen[1]
Domains Traditional worship
Chaos, Charm, Darkness, Evil
Cult of the Redeemer Queen
Artifice, Chaos, Darkness, Travel, Void[1]
Subdomains Traditional worship
Demon, Loss, Lust, Night
Cult of the Redeemer Queen
Exploration, Isolation, Moon, Night, Revelry, Whimsy[1]
Favored Weapon hand crossbow
Symbol Thorny pointed crown
Sacred Animal Bat
Sacred Colors Black, pink
Images of Nocticula
Nocticula
A common depiction of Nocticula.
(Creature)
Type Outsider
(chaotic, demon, evil, extraplanar)
CR 30
Environment Any (Abyss)
Alignment Chaotic evil
Images of Nocticula

Source: The Midnight Isles, pg(s). 86-87

Our Lady in Shadow, Nocticula (pronounced nok-TICK-you-lah),[2] is a demon lord who concerns herself with the metaphysical qualities of darkness and lust. She excels in seduction, beauty, cruelty, and sadism.[3]

Background

Nocticula originated as the first succubus in the Abyss, eventually ascending to her current status as the demon lord of assassins and ruler of her former kind. She seeks to increase her power past its current level as well, and desires to become a true god. She has been on the cusp of this transformation for many years, but has not yet achieved this goal.[4][5]

In recent times, Nocticula has vanished from her realm under mysterious circumstances, leaving it under the oversight of the nascent demon lord Shamira. The fact that her worshippers still receive divine magic from her suggests that she is still alive, although her whereabouts remain unknown.[5]

Unholy symbol

Nocticula's unholy symbol consists of a crown with many points, wrapped with prickly vines.[4]

Home

Nocticula dwells in the Abyssal realm known as the Midnight Isles, an island realm shrouded in sensual immorality and eternal darkness.[6]

Appearance

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.[3][7][8]

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.[9] 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.[6][8]

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.[8] Baphomet is enraged by Nocticula.[10]

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).[3] Assassins' guilds in her service are established in many cities[3] 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.[11] She is also worshiped in places of decadence such as Katapesh, Nex, Geb, and certain River Kingdoms.[6][8] 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.[12]

When Nocticula slew Vyriavaxus, who was patron of shadow demons, the shadow demons grudgingly transferred their services to her.[8][9]

Cult of the Redeemer Queen

Nocticula's followers include a heretical sect named the Cult of the Redeemer Queen, whose members believe that their patron is seeking to leave behind her demonic nature and become a goddess of artists, outcasts, and midnight.[4][13]

This is believed by others to be a ruse on Nocticula's part; although these skeptics agree that Nocticula seeks true godhood, they believe that the demon lord seeks to become an assassin of gods and seeded rumors of her quest for redemption to hide her true intentions.[4] Likewise, the cult has faced opposition and assassinations from more orthodox worshippers of Nocticula.[13] Nocticula herself seems to enjoy the strife caused by these disagreements, and grants her heretical followers the same magic that she grants her traditional worshippers.[4]

Gallery

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 James Jacobs. (2018). Return of the Runelords Player's Guide, Paizo Inc.
  2. Erik Mona et al. (2008). Campaign Setting, p. 247. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-112-1
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 James Jacobs et al. (2011). The Inner Sea World Guide, p. 232. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-269-2
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Amanda Hamon and James Jacobs. (2013). Bestiary. The Midnight Isles, p. 87. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-585-3
  5. 5.0 5.1 Robert Brookes et al. (2018). Planar Adventures, p. 205-206. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-044-6
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 James Jacobs. (2009). Demon Lords of Golarion. Descent into Midnight, p. 61. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-131-2
  7. Erik Mona et al. (2008). Campaign Setting, p. 174-175. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-112-1
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 James Jacobs. (2010). Lords of Chaos, p. 21. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-250-0
  9. 9.0 9.1 James Jacobs. (2013). Demons Revisited, p. 29. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-552-5
  10. Sean K. Reynolds. (2013). Baphomet. Herald of the Ivory Labyrinth, p. 75. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-586-0
  11. F. Wesley Schneider. (2008). Zirnakaynin. Endless Night, p. 51. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-129-9
  12. Greg A. Vaughan. (2008). Bestiary. Spires of Xin-Shalast, p. 83. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-041-4
  13. 13.0 13.1 James Jacobs. (2015). Ayavah. A Song of Silver, p. 100-101. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-795-6

External links

  • Nocticula (Dungeons & Dragons character) on Wikipedia