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Lilis (Dungeons and Dragons)
Lilis, Arch-Duchess of Dis, Consort to Dispater as illustrated by John Dowson
|Title(s)||Arch-Duchess of Dis, Consort to Dispater|
|Home plane||Nine Hells|
|Alias(es)||The Iron Maiden|
|First appearance||Dragon #75|
|Settings||AD&D First Edition Onwards|
For other uses of the name Lilith, see Lilith (disambiguation).
Lilis, a character in the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, is the consort of Dispater, the ruler of Dis, the second layer of Baator. She is sometimes referred to as the Iron Maiden.
Lilis is described as an orange-skinned, middle-aged, plump she-devil. She stands 5 feet tall and sports glowing green eyes. She looks well-preserved and has the usual Baatezu's features of bat wings, cloven hooves, forked tail and so on.
Lilis is said to be one of the most knowledgeable beings in Baator. She runs a large network of spies and informants throughout the Nine Hells for her master, who stands as the sole recipient of her intelligence, as she will not even share such information with the King of Hell, Asmodeus. She also runs a smaller network among mortals and in evil and neutral-aligned planes.
Though Lilis is one of the weakest consorts physically, her careful and very prudent strategies, her attention to detail, and Dispater's protection have allowed her to retain her position as safely as any.
Lilis is the only consort Dispater has ever had throughout his existence, which makes her also one of the oldest consorts of the Nine Hells. Since she's aware of almost anything that happens in Baator (from gossip to hidden conspiracies and major schemes), not a single she-devil has ever tried to depose her.
Lilis's name is likely derived from Lilith, a demonic female figure first depicted in Mesopotamian mythology, who is said to have been Adam's first wife before Eve. Lilith is also the name of another she-devil of Baator.
Lilis first appeared in Ed Greenwood's article "The Nine Hells Part I" in Dragon #75 (1983).
- Greenwood, Ed. "The Nine Hells Part I." Dragon #75 TSR, 1983)
- Robin Laws|Laws, Robin D, and Robert J. Schwalb. Fiendish Codex II: Tyrants of the Nine Hells (Wizards of the Coast, 2006)