Mephistopheles (3.5e Deity)
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|Symbol:||The Bloody Pen|
|Home Plane:||Infernal Plane, Deific Sphere|
|Portfolio:||Pact, Contract, Obligation, Ruthlessness, Treachery, Damnation, Corruption|
|Clergy Alignments:||LE, NE|
|Domains:||Evil, Trickery, Nobility, Mind|
Every culture has tales of mortals making deals with some strange figure, promising them anything they wished for, in exchange for their soul. Mephistopheles is that figure, the original deal-making devil. His constant intervention in the Material Sphere earns him a dislike from other Gods in the Pantheon of Tirr, but due to his assistance in the War of the Deific Sphere, his seat is reserved, despite his constant violations. He also helps to control and sooth Serberus when he's on the rampage, earning a little more respect, if not like.
Mephistopheles inspires his followers to work under the guise of cooperation, but to always come out on top. Guilds of Thieves, Rogues, and Assassins refer to him as their patron deity, employing his ideals and methods in their work. Backstabbing, both as a surprise attack and a treacherous motion, are encouraged by this deity, as well as making one-sided and self-serving deals or promises. Threats and Intimidation are also always appreciated more than actual violence, itself, which is viewed as unrefined by practitioners of Mephistopheles' arts.
 Clergy and Temples
Clergy of Mephistopheles are almost always Assassins. Whether this means that they are simply a disguised order of assassins and rogues, or are actually clerics skilled in the arts of killing is irrelevant, as both could possibly be true, and likely are. Their kind always gathers in secret, in small numbers. Communication breaks down by hierarchical standards, with one grandmaster and five masters, who each receive instructions from the grandmaster, passing the information down their own lines. Members of the orders wear dark clothing, trimmed with red, and are required to carry a dagger at all times.
There are no temples to Mephistopheles. Sometimes, the members of orders devoted to him may meet in the poorer sections of town, where guards are less likely to patrol, or in small shacks unlikely to attract attention. The only indication of such a meeting is a small red ribbon nailed at the top right of the door-frame.
Mephistopheles holds a major seat on the Pantheon of Tirr, and constantly abuses the power such a seat brings, though always to the maximum he can without becoming too penalized. He constantly upsets the "good" gods and goddesses, but still manages to earn his keep by providing a balance to them, Serberus, and actually bringing up well-thought out points when things get heated. His collected demeanor gains him respect, despite his dislike.