Welcome to... Canonfire! World of GreyhawK
Postcards from the Flanaess
in Greyhawk
Cities of
Jason Zavoda Presents
The Gord Novels
Greyhawk Wiki
    Excerpts from the Demonomicon of Iggwilv: Gresil, TheDemon Lord of Demonic Lore
    Posted on Tue, August 27, 2013 by LordCeb
    grodog writes "Gresil, Firstborn Demon Lord of Demonic Lore, and his servitor librarian demons, the Stagrynax.

    Gresil (Lord of Demon Lore)

    Gresil, Lord of demon-lore, Keeper of the books of the Abyss, and Sage of the Demons, holds a peculiar place among his Ken.

    Gresil is tall and graceful.  He is a humanoid with brownish, withered skin, with the head of an insect, complete with large, faceted, bulbous eyes. Framed by very long grey hair and large human-like ears.  Huge antlers similar to a deer's sprout from his head, and he has a barbed tail and gossamer insect wings.  

    Gresil is old, and an ancient aura pervades him. He favours a long, off-white robe with no jewelry or opulent displays.

    Gresil is beset with many powers. At will he can radiate either intense heat or frigid cold for 8 rounds. This does 1d6 each round, cumulative (save vs. magic each round for 1/2 damage). At will, once/round, he can disenchant a magic item or hypnotize a being. He may use a symbol of insanity 2x/day. Gresil may also, 1x/day, gate in any demon lord or Prince (50%). They all owe him favours....

    Gresil is said to be the most wise and sagacious of all demonKind. He runs and owns a vast library of lore from all over the multiverse.  Beings of all sorts and alignments often seek him out for advice.

    Gresil at first doesn't seem evil.  He is, however, amoral, and regards the existence of all others to be expendable if he deems it so---some of his knowledge has been earned in ways that are best not talked about....

    Gresil is respected amoung the demons, and he has no great enemies. Even devils, humans, and once even Primus come to him for sage advice.

    Gresil resides in his library, which spans the 267th to 269th layers of the Abyss.  Each plane is filled with rows upon rows of books---in stone shelves, with paved flagstone floors and walls, ceilings that just go up and up and....  His librarian demons know who should be there and who shouldn't.  This plane is neutral ground, at least temporarily, since no demon is willing to risk Gresil's wrath if they distrub his tomes of lore.

    The above is (c) 1987, 2013 by Allen B. Ruch and Allan T Grohe Jr, and is used with permission.

    Stagrynax, , Assistant Librarians to Gresil (major demon)

    Frequency:  Very rare (very rare in the Abyss as well)
    No. Appearing:  1 (1-2 rarely)
    Armor Class:  4
    Move:  18"
    Hit Dice:  7+6
    % in Lair:  100% and 5% (see below)
    Treasure Type:  see below
    No. of Attacks:  3 (c/c/b)
    Damage/Attack:  1-4/1-4/1-10
    Special Attacks:  For all claw attacks:  on 5 or more above 'to hit' number, or 18-20 in any event, victim is gored by antlers for 6-15 (3d4+3) points of damage; Surprise 1-3
    Special Defenses:  +2 or better weapon to hit; regeneration (1 point/round); immune to charms and maze
    Magic Resistance:  47%
    Alignment:  Chaotic Evil
    Intelligence:  Highly
    Size:  M (7' tall)
    Psionic Ability:  VI (100% reflection)
    Level/XP Value:  VIII/4105+10/hp

    Stagrynax demons, also called "knowledge demons" or "library demons", are servants of Gresil in his demonic library; they retrieve texts, maintain the stacks, copy and illuminate manuscripts, catalogue the texts, etc.  All have legend lore (as 10th Bard).

    Stagrynax appear as tall, robed humanoids, with the skull-like head of a stag, out of which grow 2-4' long antlers. Their eyes are lit by baleful red, blue, or yellow flames; they have fangs (2"-6" long), and long, black tongues (1-2' long, like a giraffe). Their robes are black and dusty with no ornamentation---their armsare typically concealed (Str 17), as are their feet (hooved if examined, though silent as they move).

    Stagrynax never use weapons, although some (35%) wield magical rods, staves, or wands of up to average power (typcially, at best, rod of smiting, staff of striking, wand of illumination, wand of whips; no fire items, in any event), which they acquired in dealings with mages and visitors to the library.

    Spell-like powers:  Compehend Languages/Confuse Languages, Levitate, Read Magic/Unreadable Magic, Affect Normal Fires (to douse/reduce only), Fear, ESP, Darkness (1" radius), Detect Magic/Good/Evil/Illusion, Erase, Glyph of Warding (no energy drain), Sepia Snake Sigil (rune form only, 1/day), Preserve, Symbol (any, 1/week), Encrypt, True Seeing (2/week), Gate (1/day; 100%: 1 stagrynax 75% or Gresil 25%), Find Text, Maze (2/week, only usable if within the confines of the Library).  They also have all standard powers for a major demon.

    All stagrynax have individual names and are often sent by Gresil to mages, et al, who seek his guidance; they also do a bit of work on the side---buying, selling, and trading rare books; each unique, rare, etc. acquisition they make enhances their prestige and status in the library.

    Stagrynax demons are (c) 1987, 2013 by Allan T. Grohe Jr, and used with permission.
    Related Links
    · More about Monsters of Greyhawk
    · News by LordCeb

    Most read story about Monsters of Greyhawk:

    Excerpts from the Demonomicon of Iggwilv: Orcus, Demon Prince of Undead

    Article Rating
    Average Score: 5
    Votes: 1

    Please take a second and vote for this article:

    Very Good


     Printer Friendly Printer Friendly

    The comments are owned by the poster. We aren't responsible for their content.

    No Comments Allowed for Anonymous, please register

    Re: Excerpts from the Demonomicon of Iggwilv: Gresil, TheDemon Lord of Demonic Lore (Score: 1)
    by SirXaris on Tue, August 27, 2013
    (User Info | Send a Message) http://
    Pretty good idea, Grodog, though the Stagrynax seem to be engaged in very lawful employment for chaotic evil demons. :P

    However, I won't be too hard on you as you were probably in High School in 1987 (as I was) when you wrote this.  :)


    Re: Excerpts from the Demonomicon of Iggwilv: Gresil, TheDemon Lord of Demonic Lore (Score: 1)
    by Argon on Sun, September 22, 2013
    (User Info | Send a Message)
    I wonder if this was written after a witnessing a Professors our personal library or the one at Penn State itself. Nice contribution Gresil seems like he is a major player. Beware the Abyssal Librarian!



    Re: Excerpts from the Demonomicon of Iggwilv: Gresil, TheDemon Lord of Demonic Lore (Score: 1)
    by owiqweuw on Tue, December 02, 2014
    (User Info | Send a Message)
    [url=][/url] [url=]Nike Air Max[/url],[url=]nike Free Run[/url],[url=]Nike Air Max 90[/url],[url=]Nike air max Black Friday[/url]
    [url=][/url] [url=]nike air max 2014[/url],[url=]nike free run[/url],[url=]retro air jordan[/url],[url=]nike blazer[/url],[url=]Nike Free Run Black Friday[/url]
    [url=" target="_blank][/url] [url=]Nike free run[/url],[url=]nike air max 90[/url],r[url=]etro air Jordan shoes[/url],[url=]nike blazer[/url],[url=]Air Jordan Shoes Christmas[/url]
    [url=][/url] [url=]Nike free run[/url],[url=]nike air max 90[/url],[url=]nike air max mens[/url],[url=]Nike Free Run Christmas[/url]
    [url=][/url] [url=]Nike free run[/url],[url=]nike air max 90[/url],[url=]retro air Jordan shoes[/url],[url=]nike blazer[/url], [url=]Air Jordan Shoes Black Friday[/url]</p>
    [url=][/url] [url=]Nike Air Max[/url],[url=]Air Jordan Shoes[/url],[url=]Nike Free Run[/url],[url=]Air Jordan Shoes Christmas[/url],[url=]Nike Air Max 2014[/url], [url=]Nike Air Max 90 Womens[/url]
    [url=" target="_blank][/url] [url=]Nike Air max 2014[/url],[url=]Nike Free Run[/url],[url=]Nike Blazer[/url],[url=]Nike air max Christmas[/url]
    [url=][/url] [url=]Nike air max 2014[/url],[url=]nike free Run[/url], [url=]Nike air max 90[/url],[url=]nike free Run 5.0[/url],[url=]Nike Free 3.0 Womens[/url],[url=]Nike Free Run Black Friday[/url]
    [url=][/url] [url=]Nike air max[/url],[url=]nike free run[/url],[url=]nike shox[/url],[url=]nike Blazer[/url],[url=]Nike Free Run Christmas[/url]
    [url=][/url] [url=]Nike Air Max[/url],[url=]nike Free Run[/url],[url=]Nike Air Max 2014[/url],[url=]Nike Free Run Christmas[/url]
    [url=][/url] [url=]Nike Free Run[/url],[url=]Nike Air Max[/url],[url=]Jordan shoes[/url]
    [url=][/url] [url=]Nike Air Max[/url],[url=]Nike Free run[/url],[url=]Nike Dunk SB[/url],[url=]Jordan shoes[/url]
    [url=][/url] [url=]Nike Air Max[/url],[url=]nike free run[/url],[url=]nike air force[/url], [url=]Nike Air Veer[/url]
    [url=][/url] [url=]Nike air max 90[/url],[url=]Nike Free Run[/url],[url=]Jordan shoes[/url],[url=]New Balance[/url],[url=]Nike Casual Shoes[/url]
    [url=][/url] [url=]Nike Free Run[/url],[url=]Nike Air Max[/url],[url=]Nike Roshe Run[/url],[url=]Nike Blazer[/url],[url=]Nike air max Black Friday[/url]

    Canonfire! is a production of the Thursday Group in assocation with GREYtalk and Canonfire! Enterprises

    Contact the Webmaster.  Long Live Spidasa!

    Greyhawk Gothic Font by Darlene Pekul is used under the Creative Commons License.

    PHP-Nuke Copyright © 2005 by Francisco Burzi. This is free software, and you may redistribute it under the GPL. PHP-Nuke comes with absolutely no warranty, for details, see the license.
    Page Generation: 0.38 Seconds