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Gaziel is a unique devil in the service of the archdevils Fierna and Belial. He holds the rank of a duke of Phlegethos, the fourth layer of the Nine Hells.

Gaziel personally commands at least 11 companies of bone devils.[1] He is officially in the service of of Lady Fierna, ruler of Phlegethos.

In the past, Gaziel was loyal to Fierna's father, Belial, when that archdevil was undisputed ruler of Phlegethos. Following a power struggle known as the Reckoning, Fierna took over official control of the plane, and Gaziel pledged subservicence to her. In practice, Belial retains much power in Phlegethos, and Gaziel still remains loyal to Belial.Fiendish Codex II: Tyrants of the Nine Hells (2006), p.50-51

Publication history[]

The name Gaziel appears in AD&D's Monster Manual II (1e) (1983), p.44, in a list of dukes of Hell. Gaziel is later listed in D&D 3.5's Fiendish Codex II: Tyrants of the Nine Hells (2006), p.51, as a unique devil in the service of Fierna, but still loyal to Belial.

Creative origins[]

The name Gaziel appears in Pierce Penniless's Supplication to the Devil (1592), by Elizabethan satirist Thomas Nashe:[2]

"The vnder-earth spirits are such as lurk in dens & little cauernes of the earth, and hollow crevises of mountaines, that they may dyue into the bowels of the earth at their pleasures; these dig metals and watch treasures, which they continually transport from place to place, that non should haue vse of them: the raise windes that vomit flames, & shake the foundation of buildins; the daunce in rounds in pleasant lawnds, and greene medowes, with noises of musick and minstralsy, and vanish away when any comes nere them: they will take vpon them any similitude but that of a woman, and terrifie men in the likeness of ded mens ghosts in the night time; and of this quality and condition the nigromancers hold Gaziel, Fegor, and Anarazel, southerne spirits, to be."