Tiefling


Tieflings, sometimes called infernals,[30] are humanoids with devilish ancestry. They are distinguished by the large horns on their head, and are known for extravagant appearance and their often carefree attitude.

Description[edit | edit source]

A tiefling's diabolic origins results in the presence of an array of fiendish features being present in any given tiefling. Horns, tails, hooves, fangs, and rarely wings are fiendish trademarks, although their appearance and ancestry does not necessarily mean that tieflings are evil themselves. They have a wide array of skin tones, most commonly deep crimson, but also purple, blue, green, and even yellow and pink. Tiefling parents of similar skin colors can have varying-colored children.[31]

The union of two tieflings always bring tiefling children. Those humanoids who signed a deal with a fiend, their ancestors have a probability to be born with horns, eyes, and colorful skin of a tiefling.[32]

History[edit | edit source]

Tieflings are thought to have been created in Issylra during the Age of Arcanum by a cabal of warlocks who were either made a bargain with fiendish entities, seeking to gain more otherworldly power,[33] or copulated with those entities,[32] which in any case resulted in children who shared the qualities of both human and fiend. These descendants "eventually came to break away from that origin to become a people unto themselves.[32][33] An alternative theory suggests that the first tieflings were created in the city of Ghor Dranas in Wildemount, as a result of the city's inhabitants tying their bloodlines to Asmodeus in exchange for magical knowledge.[34]

Also, at some point in time during the Age of Arcanum, tieflings from Issylra arrived on Tal'Dorei, "fleeing religious zealots who believed their very existence was an abomination". During the Calamity, many tieflings in Tal'Dorei preferred to remain neutral in the face of this violent conflict, saying that "if the world could reject their kind, perhaps it was better to just let it burn".[32]

Post-Divergence, tieflings felt "effectively freed" from their past, when gods sealed themselves behind the Divine Gate. As such, during the course of the Scattered War (between around 504 and 536 PD), countless tieflings brought an uprising against the oppressive rule of Warren Drassig and his son, Neminar Drassig, when they conquered the elven lands of Gwessar. Tiefling felt compassionate for the fate of the elves of the Verdant Expanse, comparing their past destitute with the suffering that was brought upon the elves.[32]

Society[edit | edit source]

While tieflings are not particularly common across Exandria, their presence (in ninth century PD) is well known enough in the more progressive parts of the world that they are rarely persecuted for their extravagant appearance and diabolic origin.[31][32] Nevertheless, many people are still surprised the first time they see such humanoids bearing devil-like features.[32] Tieflings rarely live in rural communities, sticking to the more studied and diverse urban cities.[33]

Powers and abilities[edit | edit source]

Many tieflings are very charismatic and are also quite intelligent. Due to their devilish ancestry, tieflings are resistant to fire and can see in dim light and darkness. Their infernal legacy grants them a small number of magical abilities, including amplifying their voice, changing their eye color, and minor manipulation of fire. More powerful tieflings can wreath their enemies in fire if they are attacked and can create pockets of magical darkness. Sometimes those abilities are slightly altered if the tiefling family mixes with another magical lineage (a tiefling with a water genasi parent, for example, can develop an affinity to ice instead of fire).

Notable tieflings[edit | edit source]

Campaign 1: Vox Machina[edit | edit source]

PCs[edit | edit source]

NPCs[edit | edit source]

Campaign 2: The Mighty Nein[edit | edit source]

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Campaign 3: Bells Hells[edit | edit source]

NPCs[edit | edit source]

  • Jenaya: Male blue tiefling acquainted with Dugger.
  • Geria: Female tiefling who works in the Diamond Horizon, in Jrusar.
  • Xandis: Captain of the Silver Sun.

Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn[edit | edit source]

The Legend of Vox Machina[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Tiefling on D&D Beyond
  2. Jester Lavorre's skin is blue. "Curious Beginnings" (2x01) at 31:05.
  3. Ophelia Mardoon's skin is "dark-grey". "Converging Fury" (2x27) at 2:35:35.
  4. Eduard's skin is "almost black". "A Glorious Return" (E1x03) at 40:48.
  5. Mollymauk Tealeaf's skin is lavender. "Curious Beginnings" (2x01) at 44:58.
  6. Vanessa Cyndrial's skin is purple. "Hubris" (1x17) at 3:19:54.
  7. Zahra Hydris's skin is "intense red". "Trial of the Take: Part 1" (1x18) at 21:17.
  8. Lillith Daturai's skin is white. "Crimson Diplomacy" (1x25) at 1:15:20.
  9. "Crimson Diplomacy" (1x25) at 2:41:31.
  10. Ophelia Mardoon's hair is black. "Converging Fury" (2x27) at 2:35:35.
  11. Jester Lavorre's hair is blue. "Curious Beginnings" (2x01) at 31:05.
  12. Vanessa Cyndrial's hair is brown. "Hubris" (1x17) at 3:19:54.
  13. "Vox Machina Go to Hell" (1x91) at 1:00:48.
  14. "Path of Brass" (1x74) at 2:55:56.
  15. Zahra Hydris's hair is white. "Trial of the Take: Part 1" (1x18) at 19:04.
  16. Mollymauk Tealeaf's eyes are red. "Curious Beginnings" (2x01) at 44:58.
  17. Zahra Hydris's eyes are silver. "Trial of the Take: Part 1" (1x18) at 19:04.
  18. Vanessa Cyndrial's eyes are white. "Hubris" (1x17) at 3:19:54.
  19. Ophelia Mardoon's eyes are yellow. "Converging Fury" (2x27) at 2:35:50.
  20. The Mighty Nein — The Nine Eyes of Lucien, p. 67. Aldreda, the sister of the tiefling Lucien, is called an infernal, confirming this to be an alternative name.
  21. "Hubris" (1x17) at 3:19:54.
  22. "Path of Brass" (1x74) at 2:55:42.
  23. "Vox Machina Go to Hell" (1x91) at 38:34.
  24. "Hubris" (1x17) at 3:20:13.
  25. "Crimson Diplomacy" (1x25) at 1:15:20.
  26. "Trial of the Take: Part 1" (1x18) at 21:17.
  27. "Curious Beginnings" (2x01) at 31:05.
  28. "The Ruby and the Sapphire" (2x33) at 1:51:51.
  29. "Curious Beginnings" (2x01) at 44:58.
  30. The Mighty Nein — The Nine Eyes of Lucien, p. 67.
  31. 31.0 31.1 Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, Chapter 4: "Character Options", p. 179.
  32. 32.0 32.1 32.2 32.3 32.4 32.5 32.6 Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, Chapter 4: "Character Options", p. 163.
  33. 33.0 33.1 33.2 Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, p. 28.
  34. Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, Chapter 4: "Character Options", p. 180.
  35. "Brawl in the Arches" (1x76) from 3:33:20 through 3:33:32.

Art:

  1. Depiction of a tiefling, by Nikki Dawes from Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 180. This file is unofficial Fan Content permitted under the Wizards of the Coast Fan Content Policy. Not approved/endorsed by Wizards. Portions of the materials used are property of Wizards of the Coast. ©Wizards of the Coast LLC.