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Glabrezu (Treachery Demon)

Glabrezus are looming behemoths who revel in the act of twisting mortal desires into their ultimate ruin, betraying and manipulating as easily as they breathe. Desires granted by a glabrezu always come to fruition in the most destructive way possible, turning a wish or hope into a potent and devastating act of betrayal—although the long-term repercussions are not always immediately apparent. For example, a struggling weapon smith might wish for fame and skill at their craft, only to find that their best patron is a cruel and sadistic murderer who uses the weapons in bloody sprees. Or a lonely widower might have his desire granted in the form of a lost love returned to “life” as a vampire. Glabrezus are nothing if not creative in addressing a mortal’s needs.

These massive demons have enormous pincers and a pair of smaller humanoid arms sprouting from their chests, but their size belies their skill at magic, and they possess formidable innate spells. Treachery demons arise from the souls of mortals engaged in treason and deception.

Recall Knowledge - Fiend (Religion): DC 31

GlabrezuCreature 13

Source Bestiary pg. 79
Perception +24; darkvision, true seeing
Languages Abyssal, Celestial, Draconic; telepathy 100 feet, tongues
Skills Deception +28, Diplomacy +26, Intimidation +26, Religion +22, Society +22, Stealth +21
Str +7, Dex +2, Con +7, Int +3, Wis +3, Cha +7
AC 34, Fort +26, Ref +19, Will +24; +1 status to all saves vs. magic
HP 280; Weaknesses cold iron 10, good 10
Truth Vulnerability A glabrezu’s lies sustain them, and the truth can destroy them. Whenever a revelation effect counteracts or reveals the glabrezu’s illusions or the glabrezu fails a save against an effect that would prevent them from lying (such as zone of truth), the demon takes 3d6 mental damage. They take this damage only once per effect, even if the effect reveals multiple illusions or prevents multiple lies.
Speed 35 feet
Melee Single ActionSingle Action pincer +27 (deadly 2d10, evil, magical, reach 15 feet), Damage 3d10+13 bludgeoning plus 1d6 evil and GrabMelee Single ActionSingle Action claw +27 (agile, evil, magical, reach 10 feet), Damage 3d6+13 slashing plus 1d6 evilMelee Single ActionSingle Action jaws +27 (evil, magical, reach 10 feet), Damage 3d12+13 piercing plus 1d6 evilDivine Innate Spells DC 34; 7th illusory disguise (at will), reverse gravity; 6th dispel magic (at will); 5th dimension door; 4th confusion (at will), dimension door (at will); 2nd mirror image (at will); Cantrips (7th) telekinetic projectile; Constant (6th) true seeing; (5th) tongues
Divine Rituals DC 34; 1st abyssal pact
Captive Rake Single ActionSingle Action Requirements A creature is grabbed in the glabrezu’s pincer. Effect The glabrezu pulls the grabbed creature up to 5 feet closer, then makes two claw Strikes against it. Those Strikes count as one attack when determining a treachery demon’s multiple attack penalty, and the penalty doesn’t increase until after both Strikes.Steady Spellcasting When a reaction would disrupt a glabrezu’s spell, the demon can attempt a DC 15 flat check, avoiding the disruption on a success.Sudden Betrayal A glabrezu can always use Deception when rolling initiative as long as they’re aware of at least one opponent before initiative is rolled. When using Deception for initiative, the demon gains a +2 circumstance bonus to Deception.Treacherous Veil A glabrezu’s illusory disguise can allow it to appear as a creature of any size.Twisted Desires (divination, divine) Once per month, a glabrezu can grant a mortal humanoid the effects of a miracle spell granted by an Abyssal patron, though the glabrezu always perverts the miracle according to their own treacherous nature.

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Source Bestiary pg. 76
When a sinful mortal soul is judged and sent on to the Abyss, it can become a deadly fiend—a demon. Demons are living incarnations of sin—be they classic sins like wrath or gluttony, or more “specialized” depravities like an obsession with torture or the act of treason or treachery. Once formed, a demon’s driving goals are twofold—the amassing of personal power, and the corruption of mortal souls to cause them to become tainted by sin. In this way demons ensure a never-ending supply of new demons to bolster their ever-growing ranks in the Abyss.

Sidebar - Additional Lore Demonic Deities

The most powerful demons are known as demon lords (the term is gender neutral in this case). Of these divinities, Lamashtu is the most powerful. Countless other demon lords exist, including Abraxas, Cyth-V’sug, Kabriri, and Zura.

Sidebar - Locations Demonic Locations

The sprawling, heaving, changing realm of the Abyss is the planar home of demonic life, but demons can be found anywhere the capacity to sin exists. Evil or foolish conjurers are fond of calling upon demons for advice or darker needs. When the Abyss wears through the boundaries of reality to create wound-like portals into other worlds, demons can spill over to wreak incredible havoc.

Sidebar - Additional Lore Demonic Possession

Some demons specialize in the art of possessing creatures or objects to spread fear and chaos. In such cases a demon gains a powerful disguise with which to work its evils upon the world, a subterfuge that delights the demon.

Sidebar - Additional Lore Demonic Sources

When a sinful mortal soul is consigned to the Abyss, it spends time wallowing in the mire and feeding on filth. If it survives and is not itself eaten, the soul eventually ascends into a demon, as influenced by the nature of its sin, yet most demons are themselves capable of reproduction as well. The fecundity of demonic life is perhaps the greatest—and most threatening—aspect of these dangerous fiends.

Sidebar - Related Creatures Other Demons

The Abyss may be the largest of the Outer Planes, and mortals have an equally large capacity to betray themselves, society, and the natural order of reality. With this limitless source for increasingly specialized sins, the Abyss is constantly generating new types of demons to plague reality. While the vast majority of these are swiftly destroyed and never rise again, enough survive that dozens, if not hundreds, of types of demons are known to exist beyond those listed here. The shadowy invidiak is a demon without a body, born of envious souls. The goat-faced, flame-hooved brimorak rises from the souls of arsonists. Slimy, horned blood demons spawn from assassins, boar demons from the greedy... the list goes on and on.

Sidebar - Additional Lore Sinful Destruction

While they enjoy causing destruction themselves, most demons prefer to trick and tempt mortals into falling to sin of their own volition.

Sidebar - Additional Lore The Nature of Chaos

Some say that the nature of chaos inherently precludes cooperation and subtlety, but demons are proof of the fallacy of this claim.

Sidebar - Additional Lore What Makes a Sin?

Some classify sin into seven categories—envy, gluttony, greed, lust, pride, sloth, and wrath. While these sins embody some of the most powerful and numerous demons, far more than seven demons exist. Any act of cruelty or destruction a mortal takes to gratify the self at others’ expense is, in effect, a sin, and any such act can spawn a demon from a soul in the afterlife.