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Ceustodaemon (Guardian Daemon)

Ceustodaemons are formed from the souls of vile mortals, particularly those who took efforts to hasten their own death, their willingness shaping them into daemonic servants. Their otherworldly senses make them useful for protecting vaults and similar locations on the Material Plane. Ceustodaemons are created to serve, but always seek ways to subvert their bindings, so they can rend their mortal summoners’ flesh. The worst type of conjurer calls upon ceustodaemons merely to set them free into the world in hopes of currying favor with the powers of Abaddon.

Recall Knowledge - Fiend (Religion): DC 22

CeustodaemonCreature 6

Source Bestiary pg. 71
Perception +14; darkvision, see invisibility
Languages Common, Daemonic; telepathy 100 feet
Skills Deception +15, Intimidation +13, Stealth +12, Survival +10
Str +5, Dex +2, Con +4, Int +0, Wis +2, Cha +3
AC 23, Fort +16, Ref +12, Will +12
HP 130; Immunities death effects; Weaknesses good 10
Speed 25 feet
Melee Single ActionSingle Action jaws +16 (evil, reach 10 feet), Damage 2d10+5 piercing plus 1d6 evil and vicious woundsMelee Single ActionSingle Action claw +16 (agile, evil, magical, reach 10 feet), Damage 2d6+5 slashing plus 1d6 evil and vicious woundsDivine Innate Spells DC 23; 7th fly; 4th dimension door (at will); 3rd dispel magic (x2), paralyze; 1st detect alignment (at will; good only); Constant (2nd) see invisibility
Breath Weapon Two ActionsTwo Actions (divine, evocation, fire) The ceustodaemon breathes flames in a 30-foot cone. Creatures in the cone take 7d6 fire damage (DC 24 basic Reflex save). The ceustodaemon and each creature that fails the save catch fire, taking 2d6 persistent fire damage. The breath weapon can’t be used again for 1d4 rounds.Drawn to Service When bringing a ceustodaemon to another plane with effects like a planar binding or planar ally ritual, the primary and secondary skill DCs are reduced by 5, and the ceustodaemon demands only half the normal cost for its service.Vicious Wounds On a successful jaws or claw Strike, the ceustodaemon viciously tears into its victim as similar wounds appear on its own body. The target takes an extra 1d6 amount of damage, and the ceustodaemon takes the same extra damage. If this extra damage to the target is doubled, due to a critical hit, the ceustodaemon takes double damage as well.

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.