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The Silken Sin
|Home plane||597th layer of the Abyss - Goranthis|
|Power level||Demon Lord|
|Portfolio||Incest, Sexual Taboos, Perversions|
|Domains||Chaos, Evil, Pleasure, Trickery|
|First appearance||Monster Manual II|
According to the apocryphal text Armies of the Abyss, Socothbenoth resembles a handsome human male with long brown hair and the long ears of an ass. He has a long, snakelike tongue and his chest is pierced by six large barbells.
Socothbenoth's sister Nocticula is also his lover. He lusts after the power of Graz'zt, and has allied with Malcanthet, the Queen of Succubi, against him. However, he also longs to become the lover of Demogorgon, a position currently held by Malcanthet. Socothbenoth has almost managed to force Fraz-Urb'luu from his home before Fraz-Urb'luu managed to repulse Socothbenoth's army from his realm.
Socothbenoth's realm, Goranthis, is cataloged as the 597th layer of the Abyss. The realm is an infinite pleasure palace that includes a sculpture garden called the Saturnalia and Socothbenoth's personal abode, the Palace of Quivering Flesh. The River Styx impinges on this domain. Socothbenoth is served by advanced shadow demons known as the Shadows of Socothbenoth, who whisper and cajole those Socothbenoth favors into joining their master's service. Socothbenoth appeared in Paizo Publishing's book Book of the Damned, Vol. 2: Lords of Chaos (2010), on page 26.
The Demon Lord Socothbenoth is the patron of sexual and other hedonistic gratification, seeing the world as his plaything for providing the violence and destruction of which he is especially fond. He is the brother of Nocticula.
Socothbenoth can shift his form to satisfy any particular desire, although his true form seems to be that of a slender, attractive man with ebony eyes, long brown hair, elongated ears, and countless piercings of metal or bone throughout his flesh.
He is known to lair within his Abyssal realm, called the Cathedral Thelemic, a hidden city devoted to deviant pursuits.
Relations with Others
More than any other demon lord, Socothbenoth works on keeping good relations with other demon lords; he is particularly allied (politically and as lovers) with Nocticula, his sister; Pazuzu; Andirifkhu; and Baphomet. Sometimes, his alliances flare up into war but his greatest ire is for his most hated enemy: Nurgal. As a demon lord of perverse desires it is no surprise that Socothbenoth has bedded countless lovers (some would say victims) during his existence, what is surprising is the caliber of some of his conquests. He is a frequent and incestuous lover of Nocticula, his own sister. He has even been lover to a god supposedly having several dalliances with Lamashtu herself and even fathering (doubtlessly monstrous) children with her.
Cults and Worshipers
Socothbenoth appeals to deviants of all kinds, although his own tastes run toward the most violent or debauched varieties as do many of his followers. Those who wholly devote themselves as initiates to the Silken Sin, are rumored to be able to easily change their form, like their master, and cast enchantment spells which prove hard to resist.
His cults are popular among the drow of the Darklands, his most powerful drow worshippers being those of House Sardavic. He is also worshiped by the degenerate race of lamyros who revere both he and his sister Nocticula. He also has a strong human following in Versex, a county of Ustalav. There he is held in high esteem by the depraved nobles of the city of Karcau. There is a temple to Socothbenoth in the Duskport district of the ruined underground city of Ilvarandin.
Socothbenoth was one of many demon lords that was mentioned only by name in a list in the original Monster Manual II (1983).
Socothbenoth was mentioned briefly in Fraz-Urb'luu's entry in "The Demonimicon of Iggwilv" series in Dragon #333 (2005), and in Malcanthet's entry in Dragon #353. Socothbenoth received further details in third edition in Fiendish Codex I: Hordes of the Abyss (2006). His realm was described in Dragon #358 in F. Wesley Schneider's article "The River Styx" (2007).
- Jacobs, James. "Demonomicon of Iggwilv: Malcanthet." Dragon #353. Bellevue, WA: Paizo Publishing, 2007
- Jacobs, James. "The Demonimicon of Iggwilv: Fraz-Urb'luu." Dragon #333. Bellevue, WA: Paizo Publishing, 2005
- Schneider, F. Wesley. "The River Styx." Dragon #358. Bellevue, WA: Paizo Publishing, 2007
- Jacobs, James. Book of the Damned, Vol. 2: Lords of Chaos (Paizo, 2010)
- Gygax, Gary. Monster Manual II (TSR, 1983)
- Jacobs, James,Erik Mona, and Ed Stark. Fiendish Codex I: Hordes of the Abyss (Wizards of the Coast, 2006)
- Mona, Erik. Armies of the Abyss. Green Ronin Publishing, 2002.
- Schwalb, Robert J. "Into the Maw." Dungeon #147. Bellevue, WA: Paizo Publishing, 2007.