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The Butcher of Nessus
by Ari Marmell

Asmodeus has many powerful servants, but few inspire as much dread as Alloces, warper of flesh and render of souls. Depraved, disgusting, obsessed -- these are how the devils who admire him describe this archdevil. Responsible for some of the Nine Hell's foulest creations, the Butcher of Nessus is revealed for the first time.

So great is the reputation of devils for scheming and for deceit, it is easy for mortals to forget that Hell is not merely a place of treachery and backstabbing, but of unspeakable torments and of horrors. Through deals with mortals and pacts with gods, through honeyed lies and grasping claws, through crime and cruelty and sacrifice, Asmodeus's Hell claims a portion of the souls of dying mortals, damned either by their ties to devils, or through the machinations of devils and their servants. To the devils, these souls are all the same -- clay to be sculpted . . . even as it screams.

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    About the Author

    Ari Marmell has been shirking homework in favor of playing the D&D game since he was nine years old. Thankfully, he now works in the industry, since shirking work for gaming tends to wreak havoc with the bills. He has written for quite a few of the industry’s major companies, including White Wolf and, of course, Wizards of the Coast.