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Juiblex, The Faceless Lord
|Title(s)||The Faceless Lord|
|Home plane||222nd layer of the Abyss - Shedaklah|
|Power level||Demon Lord|
|First appearance||Monster Manual|
Juiblex, also called The Faceless Lord in the Dungeons and Dragons role playing game, is the Demon Lord of Slimes and Oozes. Juiblex's lair is on the 222nd layer of the Abyss, which he shares with Zuggtmoy, the Demoness Lady of Fungi. In Gary Gygax's Gord the Rogue novels, Juiblex is alternately called Szhublox. His appearance is Lovecraftian, being grotesque, revolting and inhuman.
Juiblex does not have a set physical form as we know it; those who have seen him claim he is a slime-like creature with glaring red eyes dotted all over his body. Juiblex supposedly can swallow creatures alive, spits acidic secretions and causes diseases in his victims which can be almost instantly fatal.
Juiblex is one of the lesser demon lords. Most other demon lords do not take him seriously. He himself hates almost everything else, preferring the company of his shapeless minions: slimes, oozes, jellies and puddings. He has no plans or schemes: he simply wants to continue existing and destroying. He shares the layer of Shedaklah with the Lady of Fungi Zuggtmoy: the demoness rules the surface, whereas Juiblex's territory is entirely below ground.
In Gary Gygax's Gord novels by New Infinities, Juiblex is said to be a kinsdemon and ally of Zuggtmoy. This relationship set by Gygax was carried on to the game's second edition, especially in the Planescape setting, where the two demon lords now share the layer of Shedaklah. In third edition, this relationship became antagonistic.
When Zuggtmoy was imprisoned in the Temple of Elemental Evil, Juiblex took advantage of the situation and went on to conquer all of the layer's underground holdings, and parts of the surface as well.
Cult of Juiblex
Juiblex is also worshiped by a few renegade drow as the god of molds and slimes, two things of which are quite common in their subterranean homes. Other worshippers include a few goblin tribes. In the Forgotten Realms campaign setting, Juiblex's cult has been subsumed by the worshipers of the Elder Elemental God Ghaunadaur, the deity of oozes and slimes.
In second edition AD&D, Juiblex is a lesser deity of slimes and jellies. However, he does not take a very active role in the lives of his worshipers, who are unsure of what kind of god he is and the role that he plays. The aboleths, for example, believe Juiblex maintains the integrity of their skins. Juiblex's avatar only appears to priests using a gate spell. Juiblex does not use omens.
The Fleshless Brethren were a group of vile worshipers of Juiblex who successfully murdered half of the legendary Six from Shadow.
Juiblex in Other Media
Juiblex is mentioned in Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God. A temple to Juiblex appears in the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons boxed set campaign, Night Below: An Underdark Campaign.
Juiblex first appeared in the Advanced Dungeons and Dragons Monster Manual in 1977. In first edition, Juiblex rules his own layer of the Abyss, the 528th layer, which is an infinite sea of slimes and oozes feeding off each other's putrid forms. Juiblex's palace, in module H4: The Throne of Bloodstone, is said to resemble the biggest pile of garbage in the multiverse.
Juiblex was detailed as a deity in the book Monster Mythology (1992), including details about its worship. Juiblex's role in the cosmology of the Planescape campaign setting was described in On Hallowed Ground (1996).
Juiblex appeared, again as a demon lord, in the Book of Vile Darkness (2002). Juiblex played an important role in the adventure "Caverns of the Ooze Lord" in Dungeon #132. Juiblex was featured in the Fiendish Codex I: Hordes of the Abyss (2006).
Juiblex was later updated for the 4th edition ruleset in Dungeon #188.
- Cook, Monte. Book of Vile Darkness (Wizards of the Coast, 2002)
- Stark, Ed, Chris Thomasson, Ari Marmell, Rhiannon Louve, and Gary Astleford. Complete Champion. Renton, WA: Wizards of the Coast, 2007
- Gygax, Gary. Monster Manual (TSR, 1977)
- Dobson, Michael, and Douglas Niles. The Throne of Bloodstone (TSR, 1988)
- McComb, Colin. On Hallowed Ground (TSR, 1996)
- C. Penney. "Caverns of the Ooze Lord." Dungeon #132 (Paizo Publishing, 2006)
- Jacobs, James, Erik Mona, and Ed Stark. Fiendish Codex I: Hordes of the Abyss (Wizards of the Coast, 2006)
- Schwalb, Robert J. "The Demonomicon of Iggwilv: Juiblex, the Faceless Lord." Dungeon #188. Renton, WA: Wizards of the Coast, 2011