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Aliases Astaroth, Gargoth, the Hidden Lord, the Lord Who Watches, the Lost Lord of the Pit, the Outcast, the Tenth Lord of Nine
Alignment Lawful Evil
Divine Rank Demigod / Arch-Devil
Pantheon Faerûn
Portfolio Betrayal, Cruelty, Corruption, Power
Domains Charm, Evil, Law, Trickery
Home Plane Prime Material Plane
Worshippers Corrupt politicians, Sorcerers, Traitors
Favoured Weapon Corruptor (Dagger)

Worshipped by some in Faerun as a demigod of corruption and betrayal, Gargauth is an archdevil who was apparently exiled from Baator because he was too much of a handful for the other Archdukes of Hell, though much of what happened is never actually revealed. He was probably just a casualty of the politics of hell, but rather than being cast down or destroyed, he managed to get out.

Afterwards He travelled the planes, returning to Toril time and time again. He spreads his cults and corruption around, with the aim of ensnaring the planet and dragging it back to the Nine Hells where he can rule it as a Tenth layer, because it worked so well for Mephistopheles when he tried it. Though he is also opposed to other evil deities like Shar and Cyric.

The fact that Gargauth holds some actual divine status shows that he could have been a serious power player in the politics of Hell, since it took Asmodeus so long to attain similar status for himself. Although that also illustrates the point that personal power alone can mean very little on the planes when the Archdukes of the Nine had much more widespread influence and control.

In prior editions he had a magic item, the Shield of the Hidden Lord, which he could speak through. In 5e the shield is no longer an evil artifact created by Gargauth, but instead a celestial artifact in which he has been imprisoned. PCs can possibly find the shield in Descent into Avernus, where Gargauth will try to manipulate them into freeing him.


The Deities of Forgotten Realms
Lawful Neutral Chaotic
Good Ilmater - Nobanion
Torm - Tyr
Chauntea - Deneir - Eldath - Enlil
Gwaeron Windstrom - Lathander
Mielikki - Milil - Mystra - Shiallia
Lliira - Lurue - Selûne - Sharess
Sune - Tymora - Valkur
Neutral Azuth - Helm - Hoar
Jergal - Kelemvor
Red Knight - Savras
Siamorphe - Ulutiu
Akadi - Ao - Auppenser - Gond
Grumbar - Istishia - Karsus
Kossuth - Oghma - Silvanus
Tempus - Ubtao - Waukeen
Finder Wyvernspur - Ibrandul - Leira
Mask - Shaundakul - Uthgar
Evil Asmodeus - Bane
Gargauth - Gilgeam
Iyachtu Xvim - Loviatar
Auril - Bhaal - Myrkul
Shar - Velsharoon
Beshaba - Cyric - Garagos
Malar - Moander - Talona
Talos - Umberlee