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Game background
Home plane Abyss
Power level Demon lord
Alignment Chaotic Evil
Superior None
Design details

In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, Kerzit is a minor demon lord. He is bound to a spellbook/artifact called the Tome of the Black Heart, which is currently owned by the notorious mage Eli Tomorast from the World of Greyhawk campaign setting.

Publication history[edit]

Kerzit made his debut in the game's first edition adventure Mordenkainen's Fantastic Adventure.[1] Kerzit was mentioned again 20 years later in Dungeon magazine #112 in the adventure "Maure Castle," which is an update to the original adventure.[2] Kerzit is also mentioned in Fiendish Codex I: Hordes of the Abyss.[3]


Kerzit appears as 12+ foot tall bipedal ursine creature. The creature’s head is something like a wolf, with menacing silver eyes and black toothed jaws that drool a grayish fluid. Its body is covered with matted black fur that seethes with vermin. The creature has four arms; the upper arms are long octopus tentacles while the lower are chitinous, multi-jointed, almost insectoid arms with serrated edges. Its feet are like wolf paws, but with polished black talons.


Little is known about Kerzit's origins, except he is a minor demon lord (supposedly created by other, more powerful demon lords) bound to the Tome of the Black Heart. This tome enable its current owner to summon Kerzit, but at the same time, sacrifices must be made to the demon if any of the tome's more powerful spells and rituals are to be accessed. The tome's current owner, Eli Tomorast, while exploring the infamous Maure Castle, set up a cult which worshipped Kerzit, thus ensuring that he has a steady supply of sacrifices to the fiend. Kerzit's temple and fane is located in one of the dungeon levels of the castle itself. It is not known what may happen should the Tome be destroyed, but it is suggested that in such an event, Kerzit will fly into a rage and go on a destructive rampage.


  1. ^ Kuntz, Robert J. and Gary Gygax. Mordenkainen's Fantastic Adventure (TSR, 1984)
  2. ^ Kuntz, Robert J, Erik Mona, James Jacobs & Gary Gygax. "Maure Castle." Dungeon #112 (Paizo Publishing, 2004)
  3. ^ Jacobs, James, Erik Mona, and Ed Stark. Fiendish Codex I: Hordes of the Abyss (Wizards of the Coast, 2006)