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The original D&D Erinyes.

The Erinyes (or "The Furies") were a trinity of lesser goddesses in Greco-Roman mythology, Alecto, Megarea, and Tisiphone, who governed Vengeance & Retribution, and would later become figures of justice. In either case, they were empowered to punish the wicked, especially oathbreakers. ancient Greek culture often venerated the "natural order" of things; in such an order, word was bond, and people were expected to demonstrate as much and show respect to their gods, their parents, their elders, and their guests. Anyone who went back on their word or otherwise proved to be impious or sacrilegious was considered a scumbag of the highest order, and the Erinyes were the trio called upon to vent their righteous fury upon the offender.

In Dungeons & Dragons, they were split up into two different monsters; the Erinyes of Planescape and the Furies of Ravenloft.

Planescape[edit]

Whilst technically preceding Planescape - the D&D Erinyes goes all the way back to the original 1977 Monster Manual - the "true" Erinyes of D&D was made most prominent when that setting was released for Advanced Dungeons & Dragons.

Traditionally, the Erinyes takes the name of its Greco-Roman origins and has absolutely nothing to do with the story. They're basically the Devil equivalent of the Succubus, being attractive fiends who resemble fallen - but still gorgeous - angels. Different attitudes to account for the different between Baatezu and Tanar'ri, but still the same basic concept.

The exception is in 4th edition, where succubi switched sides to the devils; now, Erinyes (given a more bestial makeover) were wrathful champions of hell, and essentially diabolic amazons.

The "wrathful champions" bit is kept in 5e, but they are once again in pretty forms, mainly to catch people off guard with their ferocity.

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Ravenloft[edit]

The Furies of Ravenloft are far more faithful to the actual mythology, consisting of three fiend-like entities who resemble harpies. But, as Ravenloft is the biggest Fuck YOu Players setting in D&D, they are twisted around in one key detail: whereas the mythological Furies punished the wicked, these furies are blights upon the goodly, as their charge is to prevent any evil soul in Ravenloft from trying to seek redemption. As in, they will publically rip you to pieces if you refuse to continue being an evil asshole.

The inhabitants of the Planes of Planescape
Upper Planes: Aasimon - Angels - Animal Lords - Archons - Asuras - Eladrin - Guardinals - Lillend
Middle Planes: Formians - Githzerai - Inevitables - Marut - Modrons - Rilmani - Slaadi
Lower Planes: Alu-Fiends - Baatezu - Bladelings - Cambions - Demodands - Erinyes - Hags
Hordlings - Imps - Kytons - Marilith - Succubi - Tanar'ri - Yugoloth
Transitive Planes: Astral Dreadnought - Githyanki
Inner Planes: Azers - Elementals - Genies - Grues - Mephit - Salamanders - Sylphs
Sigil: Dabus - Cranium Rats
High-ups: Archangels - Archdevils - Archfey - Archomentals - Demon Princes