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I am researching Baphomet and would like to include some of his demonic minions in a campaign. I have done some research and can only find information about more mundane threats such as Minotaurs, Ogres and Giants.

There is a mention of Ghour Demons, but I can't actually find them in any of the books.

What demons would thematically follow Baphomet?

5th Edition lore is preferable; however, I am willing to take lore from any edition, or even a well-thought-out argument for how demons relate to each other.

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The primary 5e sources (currently) for demonic lore are:

  • Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes (MTF)
  • Out of the Abyss (OoTA)
  • Monster Manual (MM)
  • Volo's Guide To Monsters (VGtM)

Creatures who have a lore link to Baphomet

From what I was able to find the creatures that follow Baphomet are:

  • All the different types of demons (because the demon lords can dominate any demons they come across, and the Abyss has no particular structure, and thus no place where particular demons would normally inhabit)
  • Cambions (See MTF's section on Demonic Cambions, under "Lords and Their Thralls")
  • Molydeus (MTF stat block for the highest ranking demons below Demon Lords)
  • other fiends including incubi, succubi, and night hags (MTF Blood War section)
  • All manner of Beasts (inferred from his title as Prince of Beasts)
  • Humanoid cultists (no specific race required)
  • Orcs (with the addition of a Half-Demon/Half-Orcs called a Tanarukk)
  • Minotaurs (Baphomet created them)
  • Giants (from the MM and VGtM)
  • other savage creatures (from the MM, which probably means Beasts)

Demons specifically

  • Molydeus (MTF: highest ranking demons below Demon Lords)
  • Balor (MM: All Demon Lords likely have at least one Balor - see MM lore section)
  • Goristro (MM: Given that they are described as resembling "a fiendish minotaur" and that they possess "preternatural cunning when navigating labyrinthine passages and shifting corridors" I'd say they are a pretty good thematic fit for Baphomet
  • Mariliths (MM: often found as captains at the head of a demonic horde)
  • Armanite (MTF: they are described as the heavy cavalry of the hordes, and they look like minotaurs crossed with centaurs...what more do you need for the Horned King and the Prince of Beasts??)
  • Chasme (MM: described as interrogators/taskmasters)
  • Hezrou (MM: Foot Soldiers of the demonic horde)
  • Barlgura (MM: described as looking like a "hulking orangutan" and "moving apishly", which sounds like a perfect thematic fit for the "Prince of Beasts")
  • Nalfeshnee (MM: described as being devastating in combat and working well in the thick of battle)
  • Quasits (MM: spies/messengers, which is required for any confrontation)
  • Tanarukk (MM: they are demonic half bred orcs which Baphomet is explicitly mentioned as gladly sharing the "secret of creating [them] to those who entreat him for power")
  • Bulezau (MTF: their lore segment in MTF essentially mandates that some of these will be following Baphomet)

References for Lore

Out of The Abyss

I'm not going to spoil OoTA for myself (I want to play in that campaign at some stage), however that might be a place for the intrepid reader to do some further research on the Demon Lords and their minions.

Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes

MTF has extensive lore about the demons and the demon lords.

There is a large section of lore on the Blood War, which has this snippet of information relevant to your question:

[...] As creatures that don't favor either cause, because they care nothing for the philosophical concerns of law and chaos, other fiends including incubi, succubi, and night hags work for whichever side offers the best compensation. Demons use them as insurrectionists in the Nine Hells, inciting rebellion and defiance.

[...]

More important, demons that are slain and sent back to the Abyss return to their chaotic wanderings in that realm. A demon lord is thus hard pressed to keep a horde cohesive as it takes casualties. [...]

In the section on Demons the following piece of text (related to an incursion from the Abyss to a world on another plane) is relevant to your question:

[...] The lord's presence overwhelms the minds of other beings to keep them from resisting, and the lord's power enables it to command the other demons already present in the world. [...]

This suggests that you would expect to find all manner of demons following Baphomet as he would have the power to dominate any he came across and command them.

Further down in the "Evil Inchoate" section states:

[...] This self-centeredness applies even with regard to other demons. These fiends have no particular affinity for their own kind, which is the biggest reason why they seldom cooperate with one another unless they are forced to submit to a demon lord or other leader. [...]

Which again makes a point that you could find any demon in the service of a demon lord.

In the "Lords and their Thralls" section on Baphomet there are three pieces of relevant information:

Creatures he created:

[...] His fondness for labyrinths, instilled in the minotaurs he created, reflects this aspect of his personality. [...]

So Minotaurs are definitely in!

A selection of examples of his cultists:

[...] Cultists of Baphomet include nobles who use their vassals as playthings, assassins who practice their murderous art for the sheer love of hunting intelligent creatures, and paranoid humans who combine a hatred of outsiders with bloodthirstiness. [...]

Thus Humanoids of any variety are also in, as cultists of Baphomet.

There is a section on Demonic Cambions. Those Cambion's who serve Baphomet receive a special ability (which is detailed in the book):

[...] and one linked to Baphomet replaces it with Horned One's Call [...]

Among the new demons introduced in MTF are:

Armanite:

[...] In the armies of the demon lords, armanites perform the role of heavy cavalry, leading the charge and tearing into their enemies' flanks. [...]

Added to this is the fact that their picture looks like a cross between a centaur and a minotaur, I would say that they are a pretty good fit for Baphomet.

Bulezau:

Their eagerness to kill and willingness to die make them common members of any demon lord's entourage.

This essentially mandates them being among Baphomet's followers.

MTF also introduces a stat block for extremely high-level servants of the Demon Lords:

Molydeus

The description for this new monster contains the following extracts:

The most ruthless and dangerous of demons - more feared than the dreaded balor - the molydeus speaks with the authority of the demon lord it serves as it enforces its master's will.

[...]

A demon lord has a direct link to its molydeus and uses the serpe nt head to communicate its wishes. A molydeus is, therefore, said to utter its master's will, commanding other demons to carry out orders and using violence to ensure they obey.

[...]

The weapon a molydeus wields reflects the nature of its master. Those that serve Baphomet carry a glaive;

[...]

Finally, it contains stat blocks for the demon lords themselves, along with accompanying lore. Under Baphomet's section his full title is given

[...] Baphomet, the Horned King and the Prince of Beasts [...]

This means it could be argued that any beast from the game could become a thrall of Baphomet...which significantly expands his potential for followers!

Additionally under Geryon's entry there is this snippet of Lore:

[...] Geryon has recently reclaimed his ancient fortress, Coldsteel, a sprawling complex that rises from the ice and snow at the center of Stygia. He roams the passages of this place, scattering the ice devils and minotaur slaves he took from Baphomet [...]

This gives us the information that Baphomet must have had ice devil slaves in his service at one stage.

There is some potential for debate on how this sentence should be parsed. There are three potential parsing options that I can see:

  1. ...scattering the (ice devils and minotaur) slaves he took from Baphomet
  2. ...scattering the (ice devils) and (minotaur slaves he took from Baphomet)
  3. ...scattering the ((ice devils) and (minotaur slaves)) he took from Baphomet

I’ve gone with option 1, suggesting both the ice devils and minotaurs were slaves of Baphomet and that they were taken from him

Option 2 would mean only the minotaurs were taken from Baphomet (and that they were slaves), but that the ice devils were always under Geryon’s purview

Option 3 would mean that Baphomet had both ice devils and minotaurs taken from him, but only the minotaurs were slaves

Monster Manual

The MM has a 16 page section on Demons, which includes the following interesting lore snippets:

Demons respect power and power alone. A greater demon commands shrieking mobs of lesser demons because it can destroy any lesser demon that dares to refuse its commands.

[...]

By expending considerable magical power, demon lords can raise lesser demons into greater forms, though such promotions never stem from a demon's deeds or accomplishments. Rather, a demon lord might warp a manes into a quasit when it needs an invisible spy, or turn an army of dretches into hezrous when marching against a rival lord. Demon lords only rarely elevate demons to the highest ranks, fearful of inadvertently creating rivals to their own power.

It has a small lore snippet about Baphomet which offers some small additions to the MTF lore:

The demon lord Baphomet, also known as the Horned King and the Prince of Beasts, rules over minotaurs and other savage creatures. [...]

There are some relevant lore text segments about specific demons that are potentially relevant to this analysis:

Balor

Figures of ancient and terrible evil, balors rule as generals over demonic armies, yearning to seize power while destroying any creatures that oppose them. [...]

Chasme

[...]

The lowly chasmes serve more powerful masters as interrogators or taskmasters. [...]

Goristro

The goristro resembles a fiendish minotaur towering more than twenty feet tall. When controlled by a demon lord, goristros make formidable living siege engines and prized pets. Goristros possess preternatural cunning when navigating labyrinthine passages and shifting corridors [...]

Barlgura

The barlgura represents the savagery and brutality of the Abyss.

[...]

A barlgura looks like a hulking orangutan with a gruesome, drooping visage and tusks jutting from its jaw. Standing just under 8 feet tall, it has broad shoulders and weighs 650 pounds. It moves apishly along the ground, but it climbs with great speed and agility.

Hezrou

Hezrous serve as foot soldiers in the demonic hordes of the Abyss. [...]

Mariliths

[...]

Mariliths are often encountered as captains at the head of a demonic horde, where they embrace any opportunity to rush headlong into battle.

Nalfeshnee

[...]

Nalfeshnees are devastating in combat, using their wings to soar above the front ranks and reach vulnerable adversaries that can be dispatched with little effort from the thick of battle, they telepathically bellow commands to lesser demons, even as they inspire a sense of dread that forces their foes to scatter and run. [...]

Quasits

[...]

More powerful demons use quasits as spies and messengers when they aren't devouring them or pulling them apart to pass the time. [...]

The section on Giants has the following lore relating to Baphomet:

[...] Some giants abandon their own gods and fall prey to demon cults, paying homage to Baphomet or Kostchtchie. To worship them or any other non-giant deity is a great sin against the ordning, and almost certain to make a giant an outcast.

The section on Minotaurs has some more lore on their relation to Baphomet that we established in MTF.

Volo's Guide to Monsters

The section on Orcs from VGtM has a passage about Baphomet in relation to creating Tanarukks:

[...] A tanarukk is spawned when an ore tribe turns away from its gods and makes sacrifices to the demon lord Baphomet. [...]

and in the Tanarukk lore located with the stat block this link to Baphomet is reinforced:

[...] The demon lord Baphomet gladly shares the secret of creating tanarukks with those who entreat him for power. [...]

VGtM also confirms the MM snippet about some giants breaking away from their own gods and worshipping Baphomet.


Unless otherwise stated all emphasis has been added by me.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ I don’t think Baphomet has had ice devil slaves. I’m pretty sure the intended parsing of that statement is “scattering the (ice devils) and (Minotaur slaves he took from Baphomet)”. \$\endgroup\$ – nick012000 Aug 9 '18 at 7:05
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    \$\begingroup\$ Fair enough, however the passing of that sentence is at least ambiguous...WoTC should have used an Oxford comma in that sentence to make the parsing clear what they meant if that was the intended parsing. \$\endgroup\$ – illustro Aug 9 '18 at 8:10
  • \$\begingroup\$ @nick012000 I’ve added some text addressing the potential ambiguity in parsing that sentence, and what I’ve chosen \$\endgroup\$ – illustro Aug 9 '18 at 13:23
  • \$\begingroup\$ Better! Now that I think about it, though, I'm not sure if option 1 is grammatical due to noun tense disagreement - you wouldn't pluralize both "devils" and "slaves" in the phrase "ice devil slaves". \$\endgroup\$ – nick012000 Aug 9 '18 at 13:34
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    \$\begingroup\$ I liked both answers but this has more 5e sources, and despite combining MTF before posting the question you found much more than I did, so thank you. \$\endgroup\$ – SeriousBri Aug 9 '18 at 14:56
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3.5's creature entry for Baphomet (from the Fiendish Codex I) has few followers, mostly minotaurs and (dumb) cultists, and worshipper barbarians and rangers. However, as a demon lord, lower demons are often employed as servitors and worshippers. So, rather than followers, I would say any lower demon can be servitors of a stronger demon such as Baphomet.

Wizards of the Coast's website entry for The Prince of Beasts also lists other interesting creatures, the Bulezau, a demonic creation of Baphomet using the souls of witches, and the Baphitaur, which are merely half-fiend minotaurs purposedly bred for servitude.

Meanwhile, the Prince of Beasts was putting together quite a collection of bull-like followers. The horned bulezau demons were rumored to be Baphomet’s creation when they debuted in the Planescape Monstrous Compendium Appendix II (1995). Drizzt Do’Urden’s Guide to the Underdark (1999) contained the first mention of the Baphitaur, a tiefling-minotaur hybrid (even though full stats for those creatures wouldn’t appear until 2003, in the Underdark supplement for third edition Forgotten Realms).

This information was first mentioned in the Fiendish Codex I (p. 34), which state it as a fact, not rumor (unlike the wiki article):

Rumor holds that the first bulezaus were created by Baphomet, who sought to create a powerful army of warriors to crush Yeenoghu’s forces. Unfortunately, Baphomet’s creations proved too bestial in their nature to control on a large scale. He eventually grew tired of losing favored generals to their uprisings and released the demons into the Abyss, where they flourished.

In the same book (p.34), we also have the Goristro, giant minotaur-looking demons

Goristros can be found anywhere in the Abyss, but are particularly common in Baphomet’s Endless Maze (layer 600) or in the Iron Wastes (layer 23), where they often inhabit the same caverns as the fiendish giants that rule that realm.

The goristro also seems to be Baphomet's favourite battle pets, as suggested by his creature entry in the book (p. 59):

Faced with enemies that assault him at range, Baphomet generally summons a goristro to provide ranged support while he follows up with his spell-like abilities.

However, the Fiendish Codex I most interesting information comes from the 3-page long description of the Endless Maze, Baphomet's domain (p. 152-154)). It finishes with a random encounter table that has the following creatures listed:

  • Fiendish minotaurs;
  • A lost traveller from another layer, so you could encounter demons from several other places, lost here;
  • 12-headed hydras;
  • Ghours;
  • Abyssal skulkers;
  • Goristros.

Ghours are rumoured to have been created by Baphomet as a servitor race as well. Balors are common servitors of demon lords, after all, the unique demon whose race was named after was known for serving Baphomet, among others. There is also at least one known Nalfeshnee that has served Baphomet.

Pathfinder's version of Baphomet has no specific kind of demon servant, other than minotaurs (half-fiends or not) and human worshippers, as pointed out on the Book of the Damned:

Ivory Labyrinth: Minotaurs and demons of every sort inhabit this vast maze. Innumerable esoteric secret societies spread their enigmatic doctrines and vile rituals from headquarters located here, all answering to the realm’s ruler, Baphomet. Many souls trapped in the labyrinth wander eternally, being killed and then reforming, over and over again.

(this is the "handout" version of the book's entry)

Ivory Labyrinth: A vast maze inhabited by minotaurs and secret societies, ruled by Baphomet

However, Baphomet's entry in the book lists a few more as minions, which are mostly horned (fiendish, mostly) animals and magical beasts:

Worshipers: conspirators, minotaurs, secret societies

Minions: chimeras, fiendish carnivorous animals (particularly carnivorous aurochs or bison), gorgons

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  • \$\begingroup\$ The monster entry linked in the first sentence is homebrew, isn't it? \$\endgroup\$ – Michał Politowski Aug 9 '18 at 8:29
  • \$\begingroup\$ @MichałPolitowski Yes, I had forgotten that Libris Demonica is not an official source. I would list a few more from Dragon Magazine, but that's third party as well. \$\endgroup\$ – ShadowKras Aug 9 '18 at 12:03

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