Vestige Level: 4th
Binding DC: 20
Special Requirement: Yes.
Astaroth, also known as Diabolus, has a deep and abiding hatred of devils, granting the ability to pass among fiends, bypass their diabolic defenses, and burn with Abyssal version of hellfire.
Legend: This once-powerful demon lord who is said to have once rule a layer of the Abyss know as the Terminal Archives, with a gift for prophecy offered to fight alongside the Queen of Chaos during her war with the Wind Dukes of Aaqa, but was rejected. In the early days of the Blood War, Astaroth earned the name Diabolus by infiltrating the legions of Baator and rising to the rank of Treasurer of Hell. His true nature was eventually exposed by the arch-devil Gargauth, forcing Astaroth to flee the Wrath of Asmodeus, but his spying caused incalculable harm to the devil’s war effort and prevented the legions of hell from winning a clear and decisive victory against the hordes of the abyss. Upon his return to the Abyss Astaroth retreated to a steam-filled layer filled with floating chunks of burning stone. In preparation for the inevitable retaliation of the Lords of Nine, Astaroth began cultivating mortal cults on countless worlds through the use of his prophetic powers, in hopes of transforming himself into a god. Hemust have succeeded in some fashion, although not enough to forestall his fate. Astaroth was eventually slain by Gargauth, at the command of Asmodeus. In addition to claiming his predecessor’s name, the Tenth Lord of Nine is said to have seized the mantle of divinity from Astaroth as well.
Special Requirement: Astaroth requires that his seal be drawn on an area of stone that has recently been burned and then doused with cold water.
Manifestation: Astaroth’s misty form rises up from his seal like a cloud of steam, slowly condensing into the form of a handsome human with draconic and feathered wings. His serpentine tongue flicks nervously as his body is slowly consumed with hellfire.
Sign: You acquire the stench of brimstone and a cloudy film covers your eyes.
Influence: Astaroth’s influence give you a vague but continuous sense of impending doom that makes you morose and fatalistic. Because Astaroth desired revenge on the devils who brought him low, he required that you attack a devil in preference to all others whenever you are in combat and that you initiate combat with any devil you meet.
Granted Abilities: Astaroth grants you the power to see the future, to burn with the flames of the Abyss, to pass among fiends and to strike creatures with protection from non-silver weapons(including many devils).
Blackflame: Your spells, spell-like abilities, and magic item abilities with the fire descriptor deal half fire damage and half vile damage. You can cast fireball, as per the spell, three times per day (caster level equals your effective binder level).
Divination: You can perform a divination, as per the spell (caster level equals your effective binder level).
Serpentine Tongue: You gain a bonus on bluff and disguise checks equal to your binder level. You gain an additional +4 bonus on bluff and disguise checks when dealing with evil outsiders.
Silvered Touch: Any natural attack or attack with a metal weapon you make is treated as if it were a silver weapon. These attacks do not apply a -1 penalty on damage rolls.