(chaotic, qlippoth, evil, extraplanar)
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Source: Bestiary 2, pg(s). 218
Demons were not the first inhabitants of the Abyss. In the earliest pre-history of the Great Beyond, before humanity rose from barbarism, before Asmodeus created Hell, before the gods even began to pay attention to the world of Golarion, the Abyss was populated by the primordial qlippoth. These beings were born from the essence of the Abyss itself—inhuman monstrosities of pure chaos and malice.
Origins of the qlippoth
According to the proteans, the first inhabitants of the Outer Sphere, the qlippoth already existed when the Abyss first opened to the rest of the Great Beyond. Upon discovering them, the proteans became intensely interested in the qlippoth, eventually leading to a mighty war which would spread out of the Abyss into the Maelstrom itself. This conflict distracted the chaotic proteans to such a degree, that order began to assert itself throughout the Great Beyond, leading to the formation of the other Outer Planes.
Birth of demonkind
The first demons were created by a forgotten archdaemon, by fusing evil mortal souls with the bodies of the qlippoth. This process started a chain reaction, drawing more and more corrupted spirits from the Material Plane until, aeons later, demonkind became the dominant race of the Abyss. The qlippoth slunk away into the darkest corners of their former realms, largely forgotten by the rest of existence.
Qlippoth lords and demon lords
Qlippoth lords are particularly powerful and unique qlippoth that wield approximately the same power as the nascent demon lords. Beyond that, maybe in the very depths of the Abyss, lie qlippoth that match the power of demigods.
A few powerful qlippoth lords became jealous of the demons' power, and sought to also transform themselves. By fusing mortal souls to their antediluvian bodies, they became demon lords. They exist to this day, and are generally the least anthropomorphic of their brethren. They include the demon lords Cyth-V'sug, Dagon, Jubilex, Mazmezz, Yhidothrus and Zevgavizeb.
The qlippoth today have several focused goals:
- To regain the Abyss from demonkind.
- To take revenge on the daemons.
- To annihilate all demons.
- Most vitally, to wipe out every mortal who embodies sin, the foodstuff of demons, to starve every demon to death.
From the very point of creation, the changes wrought shattered parts of the old qlippoth-ruled Abyss. Fragments from that Abyss are known as qlippoth runestones, which hurtled through the planes; most were destroyed by inimical environments or continued to drift forever in the vast emptiness of the Astral Plane or the Dark Tapestry, but a handful have crossed paths with planets on the Material Plane. Golarion is one such world where at least one qlippoth runestone has entered its atmosphere, breaking up and scattering across the globe to be buried deep underground or isolated in trackless wilderness through millions of years of plate tectonics.
Qlippoth runestones are strange edifices ranging from small rocks only a few feet wide to towering megaliths, but all are marked by obscure runes connecting them to the proto-demons. They radiate an aura of antipathy that repels all thinking beings and poisons the land around it. Twisted mutant wildlife, hideous nightmare illusions, and even portals to the deepest rifts of the Abyss can be found in their proximity, and qlippoth can sometimes slip between dimensions onto the Material Plane near a runestone.
One of the few recorded instances of mass qlippoth activity on the Material Plane is the existence of an Abyssal rift on Golarion in the continent of Tian Xia. A mighty host of angels, archons, azatas, and agathions fought a great war against the horrors and drove them back to the Abyss. They were not, however, able to close the rift, so the celestials founded the land of Tianjing to guard against further qlippoth incursions. That realm is now ruled by their aasimar descendants, who continue their vigilance.
But all is not well in Tianjing. After centuries of coddling as a client state of Imperial Lung Wa, the aasimars grew lax in guarding the Abyssal rifts. The nation found itself adrift in the wake of Lung Wa's collapse and has only recently recovered, but qlippoth incursions have seen a dramatic resurgence, leading the aasimars to worry that another great invasion from the deepest Outer Rifts might be imminent.
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