Curse of the Crimson Throne
|Portfolio||Madness, Monsters, Nightmares|
|Domains||Chaos, Evil, Madness, Strength, Trickery|
|Subdomains||Deception, Demon, Ferocity, Insanity, Nightmare, Thievery|
Lamashtu (pronounced lah-MAHSH-too) is the mother and patroness of many misshapen and malformed creatures that crawl, slither, or flap on, above, or below the surface of Golarion. Her unholy symbol is a three-eyed jackal head, which may be represented in many ways, and her sacred animal is the jackal.
Lamashtu was once a mighty demon lord who became the first such entity to achieve true godhood and is now classed as a major deity. In ages past she was allied with Pazuzu, though the exact nature of their alliance is often disputed by scholars of demon lore. Some say they were lovers, others say siblings, or simply convenient allies. What is known for certain is that she lured the god Curchanus into her territory and beset him with swarms of demons and other monsters until he was weak enough for her to attack him. By defeating him, she ripped his godly domain over beasts from him, beginning an ancient vendetta with Curchanus’ protégé Desna. This imbued the demoness with a small amount of his divine power.
Pazuzu was enraged by this shift in power, and as she returned from that battle he betrayed and attacked her. He wounded her terribly, but her new-found divinity allowed her to survive. They have been mortal enemies since. Lamashtu’s vendetta against him is only equaled by Desna’s. Lamashtu learned the ‘art’ of creating demons from the torture of a Horseman of the Apocalypse, whom she had taken during her wars against Abaddon. Once she coupled that knowledge with the use of her own body to gestate the demons, she birthed the vavakia, a true masterpiece of the art of creating demons. It is claimed by many monstrous humanoid races that she was their first progenitor and creator. Lamashtu’s realm is Kurnugia, the largest layer of the Abyss.
Lamashtu, in a stance befitting her demonic origins, considers all other gods enemies. She is aware of Desna’s hatred of her due to the murder of Curchanus, but treats her as beneath her notice. Despite this widespread animosity, she focuses her attentions on growing her cults and expanding their reach, as well as the birthing of new and hideous monstrosities. She has an odd view of Shelyn, whom Lamashtu would love to capture and twist into her own monstrous vision of beauty. Needless to say, the faithful of Shelyn find this an abhorrent and terrifying concept. Urgathoa and Rovagug are, with Pazuzu, her greatest enemies. The Lamashtan-Pazuzu war is old and bitter: Lamashtu is the more powerful; Pazuzu the more focused on the campaign. The war is often fought by minions of the two demon lords but can escalate, causing much collateral damage, but neither side has gained a significant advantage yet over the other. In a small way, this battle between Lamashtu and Pazuzu has been played out by the respective cults of the two powers in the Lost Coast region of Varisia. Yet, there are also rare sources of demonology that claim a tryst between Lamashtu and Pazuzu occurred in this region during the Age of Creation giving birth to numerous spawn; this history is strongly denied by their worshippers. Lamashtu is not actively at war with other demon lords, though she does have rivalries with some of them, and is said to have others as her lovers (such as Baphomet). As well as Pazuzu, Nocticula makes her opposition to Lamashtu clear and, in return, Lamashtu is well aware of Nocticula’s murderous ascent of power. She is allied with the Goblin Hero-Gods of Basalfeyst. Lamashtu once had a tryst with the archdevil Typhon. This may have led to Typhon’s destruction, as it displeased Asmodeus.