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Crucidaemon (Torture Daemon)

Of all the ways to die, crucidaemons represent perhaps one of the least desirable: death by torture. The fiend’s shapely body, which appears to be sculpted from iron or mithril, belies a sinister wrath and love of inflicting pain. Crucidaemons particularly enjoy inflicting pain with their curved, serrated daggers, which are attached to their bodies via a chain that pierces each wrist.

A crucidaemon’s existence is dedicated to subjecting its prey to an eternity of pain and terror. Unlike other daemons, many of which are eager to feed on mortal souls as soon as they can, the crucidaemon takes much greater pleasure in prolonging the agony of its victims. Oftentimes, a crucidaemon will inflict such torment and pain upon its prey that when the end finally comes, the victim tearfully thanks the daemon for the mercy of oblivion. An encounter with a crucidaemon that does not end with its death is far from over—crucidaemons have unequaled patience for those who dare oppose them.

Recall Knowledge - Fiend (Religion): DC 34

CrucidaemonCreature 15

Source Pathfinder #149: Against the Scarlet Triad pg. 85
Perception +26; darkvision, detect alignment (good only), lifesense 30 feet
Languages Abyssal, Draconic, Infernal; telepathy 100 feet
Skills Acrobatics +30, Arcana +26, Crafting +30, Deception +26, Intimidation +28, Stealth +30, Thievery +26
Str +4, Dex +7, Con +7, Int +3, Wis +7, Cha +5
AC 38, Fort +26, Ref +30, Will +26; +1 status to all saves vs. magic
HP 225; Immunities death effects; Resistances physical 10 (except adamantine); Weaknesses good 10
Trap Dodger Crucidaemons are all but impossible to fool with traps. Whenever a crucidaemon rolls a saving throw against a trap hazard, its degree of success is one better than it rolled.
Speed 50 feet, air walk
Melee Single ActionSingle Action chained dagger +30 (agile, finesse, magical, reach 10 feet, versatile S), Damage 4d4+14 piercing plus 2d6 persistent bleedDivine Innate Spells DC 32, attack +28; 7th glyph of warding (x3), paralyze; 4th death knell, fear, invisibility (at will), phantom pain (at will); Constant (2nd) detect alignment (good only)
Daemonic Trap Making (divine) When the crucidaemon casts its innate glyph of warding spell, it can store any arcane or divine spell of an appropriate level in the glyph, even if it can’t otherwise cast the spell.Flurry of Daggers Single ActionSingle Action The crucidaemon makes two chained dagger Strikes against a single target. These attacks count toward the crucidaemon’s multiple attack penalty and its multiple attack penalty doesn’t increase until after both attacks.Manifest Dagger Single ActionSingle Action The crucidaemon summons a new chained dagger to replace a destroyed one. A crucidaemon’s daggers can’t be disarmed, and they become non-magical when severed from the daemon or upon the daemon’s death.

Sidebar - Locations Daemonic Trapmakers

Crucidaemons excel at trapmaking, and they line their lairs or the lairs of their masters with mazes of intricate and deadly traps and enchanted glyphs of warding through which they draw their victims. Perhaps even eerier than the crucidaemon’s methodical nature in trapmaking is its nearly medical interest in the mutilation and crippling of captured foes.

All Monsters in "Daemon"

Astradaemon (Void Daemon)16
Cacodaemon (Harvester Daemon)1
Ceustodaemon (Guardian Daemon)6
Crucidaemon (Torture Daemon)15
Leukodaemon (Pestilence Daemon)9


Source Bestiary pg. 70
Denizens of the bleak and terrible plane of Abaddon, daemons are shaped by and devoted to the destruction of life in all its forms. They seek the death of every mortal being by the most painful and horrible means possible, all in service to the apocalyptic entities known as the Four Horsemen. Each kind of daemon represents a different way to die, and their powers are nearly always aimed at spreading that particular form of death. Through the use of these powers, they seek to drag all existence down into a pit of hopelessness and despair, and to commit all souls to oblivion.

While those who summon daemons to the Material Plane usually seek to use the creatures’ destructive and corrupting powers for their own ends, daemons always look for ways to spread fear, doubt, and despair wherever they go. Often, daemons disguise their plots as the workings of other fiends, knowing that such confusion compounds mortals’ fear.

While all fiends seek to tempt mortals into lives of evil to increase their own numbers and power on their native planes, daemons are further driven by a supernatural hunger for mortal souls and use a variety of methods—not least of which is the cacodaemons’ soul gems—to entrap them. On Abaddon and in other forbidding places across the multiverse, souls are simultaneously a delicacy, a trade good, and a source of magical power, and the daemons are among the greatest gluttons, merchants, and abusers of this spiritual “resource.”

Sidebar - Additional Lore Daemonic Divinities

Numerous powerful and unique daemon demigods, known collectively as harbingers, rule over swaths of Abaddon. Above these demigods, though, are entities of even greater power—the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. As the eons go on, the names and identities of specific horsemen change. Currently, they consist of Apollyon (Horseman of Pestilence), Charon (Horseman of Death), Szuriel (Horseman of War), and Trelmarixian (Horseman of Famine). Of these, only Charon has never fallen to an upstart. Some hold that a “Fifth Horseman” once ruled over the other four, while others maintain that the eternally eclipsed sun in the skies above Abaddon is all that remains of this long-dead god.

Sidebar - Related Creatures Other Daemons

As many daemons exist as there are awful ways to die. The bloody sangudaemon personifies death by blood loss, while the skeletal thanadaemon represents death from old age. The most powerful daemons are the olethrodaemons, who represent the massive deaths caused by apocalypses and the end of entire worlds.

Sidebar - Treasure and Rewards Soul Gems as Treasure

Soul gems are traded in illicit markets, a tradition celestials and psychopomps alike find vile. Soul gems’ value varies, but is generally worth an amount relative to the level of a gem’s captive soul.

Sidebar - Additional Lore The Daemonic Paradox

Daemons embody a fundamental paradox—while they are incarnations of death and seek to devour all that lives, they are themselves living creatures. Some speak of a glorious end time after which reality will finally be free of the contagion that is life itself. Most daemons give no thought to this paradox.