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I am in a situation where the Cult of the Dragon is in direct conversation with a bearded devil that wishes to wreak havoc on their camp. (It's a long story that I'm happy to provide details with if asked)

However, my question is this: Although Tiamat is no longer an archdevil and only resides within Avernus of the Nine Hells, does she have any control in this situation to tell the bearded devil to step off?

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    \$\begingroup\$ Hi, I'm afraid "but I'm curious to start a discussion on it" – we can’t really satisfy that request here. The question is potentially answerable, but this isn’t really a place to have discussions. \$\endgroup\$ – Cubic Sep 18 at 9:08
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    \$\begingroup\$ I took the liberty of removing the last sentence, leaving only the concrete lore question. Please roll back the edit if you feel this was inapproproate. \$\endgroup\$ – WakiNadiVellir Sep 18 at 9:14
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Short answer: No.

The campaign overview gives guidance on how to use devils in Rise of Tiamat. What follows may contain spoilers for the Rise of Tiamat adventure.

It is stated in the section Hosts of the Nine Hells that Tiamat is something of a prisoner of Zariel, and Zariel wants to be rid of her. For this reason, Zariel has instructed her mortal agents to assist the cult in summoning Tiamat away from Avernus. On the other hand, this ideal is not universally supported in Avernus. It is stated:

However, just as Zariel wants Tiamat out, other devils would be happy to see the Dragon Queen stay in Avernus. Foremost among them is the deposed pit fiend Bel and the devils still loyal to him.

This section goes on to suggest even using devils to assist the party in their quest, albeit for a devilish price. So it would be perfectly within the modules guidelines to have this bearded devil be loyal to the pit fiend Bel - Tiamat be damned!

To directly answer your question, it would seem Tiamat has no authority. Prior to being erected as ruler of Avernus, Zariel was in some way subject to Tiamat, something that "rankles her still". Zariel cannot kill Tiamat, but Zariel is in charge now. If the particular devil is faithful to Zariel, then that devil may obey Tiamat since both Zariel and Tiamat want Tiamat gone from Avernus. But if the bearded devil is faithful to Bel, the devil is going to tell Tiamat to pound sand. Bel wants to keep Tiamat in Avernus.

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    \$\begingroup\$ It is also uncertain whether the Abashai are her servants or her jailers... there is a quote to that effect somewhere. Pretty sure it is in the Abashai entry. \$\endgroup\$ – Slagmoth Sep 18 at 17:01

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