A quick introduction to the power dynamics of Hell, and a karcist’s rules for dealing with its denizens.
Superior Spirits and Ministers of Hell
Mortals cannot strike pacts with the Emperor of Hell (Satan Mekratrig) or the other two superior spirits (Baphomet and Beelzebuth).
A karcist makes his/her first pact with one of the six ministers (governors) of Hell; subsequently, his or her future pacts are limited to the subordinate spirits of that minister, and no others. It is possible for a minister to act as patron to many human karcists at once. None of the six ministers (aka patron spirits) can be yoked by a mortal karcist.
The ministers, ranked in terms of power and influence, from most to least, are:
Lucifuge Rofocale (666 legions)
Paimon (200 legions)
Asmodeus (72 legions)
Belial (50 legions)
Astaroth (40 legions)
Sathanas (38 legions)
The fortunes and influences of the spirits fluctuate as the demons vie for power in the Infernal Hierarchy. A karcist most often makes compacts for such benefits as wealth, longevity with slowed aging, immunity to disease, etc., with his/her patron spirit.
The Subordinate Spirits
Following are lists of those spirits known to be subordinate to the six ministers. The ministers are listed in descending order according to their respective power, and their subordinates are listed alphabetically. These lists should by no means be considered exhaustive; they are, at best, a compendium of each minister’s most prominent subordinates.
Abaddon, Adamasor, Andramelech, Anemos, Ansalom, Aorotos, Ariosto, Armael, Azael, Azaleth, Caelbor, Casmiel, Esias, Focalor, Gadreel, Gōgothiel, Hadriel, Jephisto, Kapnos, Keravnos, Legion, Leviathan, Mammon, Marchosias, Mephistopheles, Mersos, Meus Calmiron, Ornias, Parago, Phenex, Raioth, Raum, Rejech, Sabaoth, Sarlifeth, Sarmatas, Sathariel, Savnok, Seir, Shan, Surgat, Taranat, Thelos, Vaelbor, Valak, Vermael, Vesturiel, Xaphan, Zocar
Adriel, Akroth, Aquiel, Aramael, Arioch, Azazel, Balam, Bathin, Belphagor, Demogorgon, Dispater, Furfur, Hael, Lilith, Malthus, Mercael, Orcus, Pazuzu, Ragerion, Rotas, Satandar, Synaphael, Tamalion, Taran-Ze’el, Tzaphqiel, Vinea, Zodir
Anaphisthes, Andras, Afael, Aris, Avnas, Baraqel, Beleth, Damiel, Furcas, Geryon, Glasya, Haruspex, Kamagor, Kimaris, Pentabo, Qliphor, Tzaroqiel, Vassago, Zagan
Amyna, Anathiel, Andrealphus, Baal-Ranoth, Bael, Barachiel, Barbatos, Belias, Buer, Danochar, Desmos, Egros, Eligos, Haborym, Ilios, Kushiel, Lathraim, Lepidaros, Leraikah, Liobor, Lochiel, Marax, Marbas, Maziel, Mevakos, Mezamaleth, Numoris, Palara, Phenegrex, Psemael, Psythrios, Pyrgos, Ramiel, Resheph, Sargatanas, Sicarios, Sithiros, Valefor, Verakos, Vos Satria, Xenoch
Aim, Alakath, Alastor, Amon, Arashael, Aruspex, Banog, Barato, Caliel, Dantalion, Gamigin, Harathor, Ipos, Madriax, Moloch, Nebiros, Sallos, Seftis, Sarithrax, Vermias, Zepar, Zogogen
Abraxas, Agares, Agrath, Anarazel, Andromalius, Asaradel, Asoclas, Azariel, Baragor, Foras, Forneus, Gaidaros, Hadragor, Haelbor, Orias, Peranuta, Ragoras, Sapax, Sator, Segrael, Sōzay, Teragor, Vaelrathtis, Varaxas, Vepar, Vescael, Voso, Xolus