Tome of Foes Blood War D&D

Demons and Devils Waging D&D Blood War in Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes

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Demons, devils and wars, oh my! Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes has given us all kinds of new demons and devils content to tinker with and while Nerdarchists Dave and Ted go over the creatures and lore of the D&D Blood War in the new tome, I’m going to try and give you some inspiration. I’m a Dungeon Master who uses demons and devils quite sparingly, really reserving them as true horrors and beings of pure evil. Let’s talk about the time I warped the mind of the party’s rogue with a demon that was trying to stop the summoning of a devil into the world.

Tome of Foes D&D Blood War demons and devils
Dretch to the left of me, bearded devils to the right, here I am stuck in the Blood War with you. [Image courtesy Wizards of the Coast]

Demons and devils in your D&D game

Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes
The standard edition cover to Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes shows the eponymous wizard in his multiverse splendor.

A few years back I had a campaign going where the party would often return from their adventures to an old retired wizard to get more information and magical aid. The party’s rogue, not being one for boundaries, begins rummaging through the wizard’s items while he’s in the other room. Finding a small amulet, the rogue takes it thinking he could get a few coins for selling this antique.

Unknown to the rogue though was that this amulet was no simple trinket but instead was a prison for a demon. The rogue was slowly and secretly beguiled into wearing the amulet and that’s when the voices began. Twisting the rogue’s mind and convincing him of his prowess and protecting the rogue, he began to covet the item.

The amulet was helping after all, warning and pointed the way to the next foe that stood in their way.

But why was the demon helping? Well, because the demon was an unlikely ally. A cult had reemerged in the recent years that were collecting the broken shards of a powerful devil’s armor to re-summon him to the material plane.

The demon, fearing this being a tipping point in the eternal war, used this opportunity to aid the rogue and his party. It was simply a coincidence that this was a way to break him of his confines and consume a soul or two, nothing to worry about.

What do you think? Have you used demons or devils in your campaigns? What part of Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes has you most excited? Let us know in the comments.

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Child of the Midwest, spending his adolescence dreaming of creating joy for gaming between sessions of cattle tending. He holds a fondness for the macabre, humorous and even a dash of grim dark. Aspiring designer spending most of his time writing and speculating on this beautiful hobby when he isn't separating planes.

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