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Obox-ob is a fictional monster (an obyrith demon lord) created for the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, dating back to the first edition of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons. It is depicted as a giant, platter-shaped centipede, with three scorpion-like tails each tipped with a humanoid head with a purple razor-edged tongue.

Publishing history[]

Obox-ob is first mentioned by name only in a list of demon lords, in the first edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons sourcebook Monster Manual II.[1] The first full description was in Fiendish Codex I: Hordes of the Abyss,[2] a sourcebook for the 3rd edition of the game. Obox-ob's realm was described on Wizards of the Coast's website.[3]


According to the official story, Obox-ob is the surviving aspect of the Prince of Demons following its murder by the Queen of Chaos. It commands the 663rd layer of the Abyss, a vermin-infested wasteland known as Zionyn. Unlike many of the infamous demon princes in the setting, Obox-ob is an obyrith, a type of demon far older than the setting's standard tanar'ri. Obox-ob despises the tanar'ri and hopes to cleanse them from the Abyss, taking back his title from Demogorgon and leading the obyriths against the eladrin, who played a part in his downfall. Obox-ob is worshipped primarily by evil vermin, and the ekolids that inhabit his layer of the Abyss have numerous temples and effigies erected in his honor.[2]


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