The Ashes of Time
Demon Prince former God
In his true form, Pazuzu is a 2.1m (7’) tall well-proportioned humanoid with four wings. His face combines the features of a handsome man and an canine, hawk or lion head. His mouth is filled with sharp teeth. He has a noble brow, a large head, and glowing red eyes. His avian feet have long, sharp talons. He is said to wield a + 5 anarchic greatsword of speed, and can breathe swarms of locusts and acidic, poisonous clouds.
Pazuzu commands a retinue of six balors, who are known as the Six Wings of Pazuzu and serve as his bodyguards and assassins.
Pazuzu is one of the oldest demon lords in the Abyss, as he is one of the few surviving obyrith demon lords. While the Queen of Chaos was in power, Pazuzu remained an independent demon lord. This saved him during the tanar’ri revolt against the Queen of Chaos, as he was not affiliated to her. Following the tanar’ri conquest of the Abyss, Pazuzu was quick to adapt with the change. This has manifested in several ways: While most obyriths, having been conceived out of the Abyss’s chaotic will itself, have characteristically bizarre physical appearances, Pazuzu appears as human-like as any tanar’ri. Pazuzu’s abilities have changed as well: He can now summon tanar’ri, and the obyrith form of madness ability has changed as well. While most obyriths’ visages are so chaotic that merely looking at one causes insanity, Pazuzu’s newfound appearance has changed his form of madness into an “Aura of Servile Avians.” This ability causes all evil flying creatures to feel an affinity towards Pazuzu, making it hard for them to bring themselves to attack the demon lord.
Pazuzu was said to have briefly lost two of his wings in a battle against a godling (Kalio Highwater), shortly before he himself attained godhood. Pazuzu later ambushed the angel Balenor Jinx and cut off his wings. Pazuzu then proceeded to attach the severed wings to himself in order to replace the two wings he lost shortly before becoming a god. This proved to be his undoing as Balenor Jinx later cast a mighty curse (powered by his patron god) through the link to his wings and stole Pazuzu’s divine essence. Balenor Jinx became the god of revenge and Pazuzu was relegated back to the status of Demon Prince.
Pazuzu is viewed by the denizens of the Abyss with resentment and grudging respect. Unlike most demon lords, he is not interested in conquest of the Abyss. His main concern is winning followers on the Prime Material Plane by tempting or deceiving those of good alignment. He aids any good creature who summons him, in order to tempt him or her to evil.
Cult of Pazuzu
Pazuzu is the lord of all evil flying creatures. His worshippers rarely emerge in societies; usually he is worshipped by lone individuals. His worshippers include Kenku, harpies, gargoyles, manticores, wyverns, and sometimes evil fey or dragons. His temples lie in areas unreachable by those incapable of flight: in wildernesses, atop cliffs, or on mountain peaks.
Cults of Pazuzu are started when someone in desperate need discovers Pazuzu’s name and pleads for his help. When someone utters the name “Pazuzu” three consecutive times, the demon lord is telepathically linked to that person for one minute. During that time, Pazuzu is capable of reading the thoughts of whoever he is linked to, in addition to checking whether they are lawful or good. After confirming that whoever said his name isn’t endeavoring to capture him on the Material Plane, Pazuzu appears before the speaker. Pazuzu grants the person aid, usually via his wish spell-like ability, and in reply asks that his name be repeated to others. The mortal’s miraculous turn of fortune attracts other desperate souls. Pazuzu continues to grant aid when called upon, each time producing more evil results. Eventually the cultists come to depend on him for their success, at which point he reveals his true nature. Those who try to repent are tortured and sacrificed. After a cult has committed its first sacrifice, Pazuzu abandons it and seeks out other prospects. Eventually the cult is destroyed by lawful and good forces; looters discover Pazuzu’s name and the cycle’s continuance is assured.
It is believed Kalio Highwater was once one of those duped into following Pazuzu.