Sess'Innek

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Sess'Innek
Game background
Home plane Abyss
Power level Demon lord
Alignment Chaotic Evil
Portfolio Civilization, Dominion
Superior None
Design details

In the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game, Sess'Innek is a tanar'ri lord that is worshipped by the lizard kings as a deity of Civilization and Dominion. His symbol is a green, clawed, reptilian hand.

Publication history[edit]

Sess'Innek was first detailed in the book Monster Mythology (1992), including details about his priesthood.[1]

Sess'Innek received further details in third edition in Fiendish Codex I: Hordes of the Abyss (2006).[2]

Description[edit]

Sess'innek takes the form of a six-armed lizard king with brown vestigial wings. Each of his six hands wields a longsword of potent magical power.

Realm[edit]

Sess'innek dwells on the seventh layer of the Abyss, known as Kearackinin, or the Phantom Plane. Furthermore, Sess'innek has sealed and "locked" the layer so it cannot be accessed without his expressed permission. It is said that Sess'innek was tired of the Blood War, and went into this self-imposed exile, having nothing to do with the politics of the Abyss.

The Phantom Plane was discovered long ago when the wizard Mordenkainen managed to temporarily break the seals.

Relationships[edit]

Sess'inek keeps himself apart from other demon lords, sealing his layer from all intruders. As a result, he has no particular enemies or allies. Even the lizardfolk deity Semuanya ignores him, despite his poaching of that god's worshipers.

Dogma[edit]

Kill and devour those who oppose Sess'innek. Take their territory. Destroy the shamans of Semuanya. Sacrifice lives and souls to Sess'innek. Aid the khaasta in their war of vengeance against the ancient progenitors of serpentkind.

Worshipers[edit]

Sess'innek is revered by khaasta, by the half-demonic lizard kings, and by those lizardfolk tribes ruled by lizard kings. Such tribes will generally have only a single lizard king ruler - all those who fail to prove their worthiness to rule the tribe are killed and sacrificed to Sess'innek. The exception is those who elect to become shamans instead of leaders. Most are too prideful to take that route, however.

Clergy[edit]

Sess'innek has few shamans at this point; the vast majority of them are lizard kings, the descendants of lizardfolk and demons loyal to Sess'innek. Sess'innek requires his shamans to be aggressive in spreading his faith, and to slay clerics of Semuyana on sight.

Lizardfolk druids are sometimes incorporated into the hierarchy of Sess'innek as well.

Holy days and rituals[edit]

Sess'innek demands regular sacrifices in his name and little else. The khaasta sacrifice approximately one in ten prisoners to their demonic patron. Twice a week, lizard kings gather late at night to tear the hearts from sentient beings and devour them amid prayers to Sess'innek.

History[edit]

When Demogorgon freed his creations the khaasta, that race of planar lizardkin began to gather under Sess'innek's banner. In order to aid the khaasta in their war against the most ancient reptilian races of the Prime Material Plane, Sess'innek sent demons to rally lizardfolk tribes to his banner. The lizard kings are the half-demonic descendants of those demons. The lizardfolk ordinarily follow the deity Semuanya, who at the present has not stepped in to stop Sess'innek's attempts at corrupting and usurping his worshipers.

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