“Lord of the Nine Hells”
God of Hate
|Domains:||Fire; Drow; Force; Orc; Spider; Storm; All others belonging to his aspects/minor gods|
|Symbol:||Three triangles (two obtuse, one equilateral) aligned to form a larger isocoles triangle (see page 162, 4E DMG)|
|Relationships:||Family:... – Allies: ... – Enemies: Aumana, Ben, KA, M’uru|
Armed with his abyss-shard tipped rod, Asmodeus slew the first God of Hate, even before his name was recorded in the histories. Few, even among the Gods, remember the original.
He was also among the first of the major gods to create Aspects (like Danté, he was disinclined to abandon his old job, and continued to rule the the Nine Hells after his ascension – the aspects were necessary to ensure that he would be able to make the most of his old position and his new position without losing either).
Several millenia ago, Undeath was slain by the Demon Prince, Orcus, and his skull taken as a trophy by the Prince. Much to the surprise of all involved – not the least of which, Orcus – Asmodeus offered the suddenly vacant position of God of Undeath to the Demon Prince. Understandably suspicious of the offer, and not a fan of the idea of working for the King of Devils, Orcus rejected the offer, until Asmodeus informed him that one of the perks of the position was dominion over those parts of the Shadowfell taken by the Devils long ago. Orcus had plotted and schemed for control of that very place for so long, even his mistrust and hatred for Asmodeus and his ilk was not enough to cause him to reject the offer a second time.
None but Asmodeus, himself, understand the decision, but to date it has worked in his favour. Murder and Oppression are ten times more suspicious of Orcus than they had been of the original Undeath, and are more afraid than ever of raising a hand against Asmodeus, when they obviously understand so little of his schemes and plans. In addition, the implication that he cares very little for his aspects and considers them easily replaceable has not escaped them.
As per the 4E Dungeon Master’s Guide.