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The demonic rune of Nurgal
Titles The Shining Scourge,
Lord of Senseless War
Home Kuthan, Abyss
Alignment Chaotic evil
Areas of Concern Deserts
Senseless warfare
The Sun
Worshipers Dragons, mercenaries, those who fear the sun, warlike desert nomads
Cleric Alignments
Domains Chaos, Evil, Fire, Sun
Subdomains Ash, Day, Demon, Smoke
Favored Weapon Heavy mace
Symbol Lion jaws around the sun
Sacred Animal Lion
Sacred Colors Yellow, orange
Images of Nurgal

Source: Lords of Chaos, pg(s). 22
This article is about the demon lord; for the infernal duke, see Nergal.

One of the gods of the Azlanti, the demon lord Nurgal was associated with warfare and the sun. His worship went into major decline in the Age of Darkness. Nurgal is the exception to the rule that the sun is associated with benevolent deities and a force for good in the world. For those that fear the sun or enjoy its capability for destruction, the worship of Nurgal beckons.[1][2]


Nurgal's faith was one of the strongest in Azlant, and archaeological studies have found evidence of Nurgal's unholy symbol and other representations of the deity. During this time, he was a fully fledged god, and his cult held numerous positions of power, and was particularly feared in the long, dry summers of southern Azlant.[3]

Nurgal's nemesis was the moon goddess Acavna. During the Eversiege of Aucharan, Acavna came to the aid of an azata fortress cast adrift into the Maelstrom by Nurgal's forces. They battled atop the fortress, and Acavna emerged victorious. She clove him in two and sent both parts tumbling into the Maelstrom. The lesser half fell into Hell and became the infernal duke Nergal; the greater half plummeted into the Abyss, and became a demon lord that retained the name Nurgal.[3]


Nurgal's Abyssal realm is the sun-blasted Kuthan.[1]


Nurgal's realm of Kuthan is connected to the Abyssal realm called the Sea of Whispering Sands as that realm was once ruled by Areshkagal, Nurgal's lover. Areshkagal's sister, Aldinach, however, fought and forced Areshkagal into exile in her current realm of the Blood Clefts.[1]

Nurgal may well be the half brother of Socothbenoth, the Silken Sin, but this relationship has meant war between the two for all their history.[1]


Nurgal's head and lower body is of a golden lion with his midriff that of a tanned, humanoid male. He has a dragon's tail and intense light is emitted from his eyes and mouth.[1]

Nurgal's signature weapon is a heavy mace with a small sun acting as its head.[1]

Cult and worshippers

In modern Golarion, Nurgal's worship is far less than at the height of his power in ancient Azlant. However, cults of his worshippers are found in the deserts of northern Garund, Qadira, and the ruins of Ninshabur.[1] Surprisingly, considering their susceptibility to sunlight, Nurgal is one of the demon lords most often worshipped by orcs. Their worship tends to emphasise his role as a god of senseless warfare rather than a sun deity and is most common amongst orcs who dwell in Garund.[4]


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