Far beyond the great desert, one will find the troubled land of Umaab. The people of this once proud kingdom are oft beset by demons who serve the dark god Nergal. The characteristics of these demons are described in the holy Tablets of Adad Untash.
Ehur-eb Alm (Demon Lord)
No. Enc.: 1 (Unique)
Alignment: Chaotic (evil)
Movement: 30′ (10′)
Fly: 90′ (30′)
Armor Class: −4
Hit Dice: 123 hp (21 HD)
Attacks: 1 (energy bolt)
Hoard Class: XIII, XIX
The second son of Demon Emperor Ashur-eb Asa and Queen Shalma Shalmallah, Prince Ehur-eb Alm seethes with jealousy towards his older brother, Tusag-eb Alm, who is clearly his father’s favored son. Ehur-eb Alm is dimwitted, shortsighted, and incapable of playing the political games required to rule the Halls of Dust and Darkness in any but the most inefficient and, ultimately, failing fashion. He is despised by the Demon Emperor, who is convinced that this disappointment of an heir cannot possibly be his son – so much so that he secretly believes the Prince to be the result of a dalliance between some arrogant and overreaching [link id=’832′ text=’Harra Lal’] and his bloated and useless wife. Shalma Shalmallah, however, knows the truth: Ehur-eb Alm is in fact the Emperor’s son while firstborn and favored Tusag-eb Alm is not. It is for this reason that Ehur-eb Alm’s mother loves him better than she does her other offspring, since Ehur-eb Alm represents the only productive union between her and her beloved husband.
Ehur-eb Alm’s only physical form is that of a large (10′ per side) pyramid of necrotic flesh, each face of which shows a twisted, screaming visage: an infant, a child, an adult, an elder. Ehur-eb Alm’s faces – which are of the same person at various stages in their lives – are always those of the most beloved person of the individual(s) who encounter him. The demon prince fights by blasting his foes with an beam of concentrated sorrow so intense that it mortifies flesh, crumbles stone, and rusts metal. Further, living creatures damaged by this attack must save vs. Death (at −3) or lose 1 energy level.
Because he literally possesses eyes that face in each direction, Ehur-eb Alm may not be surprised in combat, nor is he subject to the increased damage from a thief’s backstab ability.
Ehur-eb Alm has the following spell-like abilities, useable at will (unless noted otherwise): Animal Growth, Clairaudience, Clairvoyance, Darkness (10′ Radius), Death Spell (1/Day), Detect Magic, Mirror Image (2/Day), Plant Growth, Pyrotechnics, Read Languages, Read Magic, Sleep (3/Day), Symbol of Despair, Ventriloquism
Additionally, Ehur-eb Alm possesses all of the abilities of a typical Demon Lord:
- Infravision (90’)
- Half damage from cold-based attacks
- Half damage from electrical-based attacks
- Half damage from fire-based attacks (all)
- Half damage from gas-type attacks
- Telepathy (allows all languages to be understood)
- Teleport without error
Ehur-eb Alm can only be damaged by +3 or better weapons, though he is susceptible to damage from non-magical weapons made of pure iron. He may Gate (66% probability of success) 4d4 [link id=’684′ text=’Turul Dgag’].
The Tablets of Adad Untash tell the faithful that Ehur-eb Alm is a gullible and guileless demon who can be driven from the world by a chorus of 10,000 prayers delivered beneath a solar eclipse.
Now this one gives me an especially Lovecraftian (or even Clive Barker?) kind of feel, esp. with the pyramid of necrotic flesh description. Really creepy. I also like the implications of being a rather inbred disappointment to this creature’s ‘noble’ line.
Lovecraft just won’t leave me alone 🙂 I’ve never been a big Barker guy, but yeah, I reckon ol’ Hellraiser snuck in there a bit, too.
I love having the demons set up for internal strife and there’s no better way to do it than have the “idiot” son running around messing stuff up 🙂