Titivilus (Dungeons & Dragons)

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Titivilus
Titivilus.JPG
Game background
Title(s) Nuncio of Dis
Home plane Baator
Power level Duke of Hell
Alignment Lawful evil
Portfolio Corruption
Domains n/a
Superior Dispater
Design details

Titivilus is Dispater's nuncio, serving as his ambassador and viceroy, and a powerful Duke of Hell, in the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game.

Publication history[edit]

Titivilus was first detailed in Gary Gygax's article "From the Sorcerer's Scroll: New Denizens of Devildom," in Dragon #75 (TSR, 1983).[1] He also appeared in the original Monster Manual II (1983).[2]

Titivilus was briefly mentioned in Faces of Evil: The Fiends (1997).[3]

Titivilus was briefly detailed in Fiendish Codex II: Tyrants of the Nine Hells (2006).[4] Titivilus was detailed in the online version of Dragon, in issue #360 (October 2007) in the "Infernal Aristocracy" feature.[5]

Description[edit]

Approximately of human height, Titivilus has pale skin, goatlike legs covered in black fur, a pair of small black wings, and two small black horns sprouting from his forehead. Despite this, those who observe him feel an uncanny sense of kinship.

He has the ability to spew a torrent of blasphemous words that corrupt those who hear them to lawful evil.

Relationships[edit]

Titivilus serves Dispater on the second layer of Hell. Dispater places great trust in Titivilus, allowing him to represent his lord in almost every matter. This has caused some to suspect that Titivilus is Dispater in disguise, or that Titivilus has in fact killed and replaced his master. As Dispater's confidante, Titivilus has the ability to rouse the armies of Dis or send pit fiends fleeing in terror. Dispater's paranoia and unwillingness to venture outside his tower means that Titivilus is often tasked with bringing orders to dukes such as Arioch or even Lilis. There are many at Dispater's court who would love to see Titivilus brought down a notch.

The only member of Dispater's court who shows no fear of Titivilus is Arioch, who serves as Dispater's enforcer. Titivilus treats Arioch as his peer, but there is no love lost between the two. Either would destroy the other if given the chance.

Vassals[edit]

Titivilus is served by his "dire maidens," a flock of erinyes.

Worshipers[edit]

The only mortals who revere Titivilus are scribes, theologians, and defrocked priests who work tirelessly to corrupt good-aligned churches with which they are, or were, affiliated.

Other publishers[edit]

Titivilus appeared under the "devil" heading in the Tome of Horrors (2002) from Necromancer Games.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gygax, Gary. "From the Sorcerer's Scroll: New Denizens of Devildom" Dragon #75 (TSR, July 1983)
  2. ^ Gygax, Gary. Monster Manual II (TSR, 1983)
  3. ^ McComb, Colin. Faces of Evil: The Fiends. (TSR, 1997)
  4. ^ Laws, Robin D, and Robert J. Schwalb. Fiendish Codex II: Tyrants of the Nine Hells (Wizards of the Coast, 2006)
  5. ^ Schwalb, Robert J. "Infernal Aristocracy." Dragon #360, October 2007. Available online: [1]
  6. ^ Green, Scott; Peterson, Clark (2002). Tome of Horrors. Necromancer Games. pp. 104–105. ISBN 1-58846-112-2. 

Additional reading[edit]

  • Greene, Scott. The Tome of Horrors. Necromancer Games, 2002.