Dagan was a possible fallen archangel and a high-ranking Prince of Hell, who was worshipped as god agriculture and fish among the Philistines and some Mesopotamians.
Dagan was originally perceived as the god of the Philistines. Although there was a deep affection from Dagan's worshipers to their deity, the symbol of a fish in human form was really meant to represent fertility and the vivifying powers of nature and reproduction.
In later times, Dagan become apart of the Abrahamic pantheon, where he is portrayed as a high ranking demon in the depths of Hell as well as being the chief of the Inferno. His realm was the Major Sector of Hell known as the Shadow Sea.
He was represented as a man with the lower body of a fish.
As a demon, Dagan's form was a mixture of both octopus and fish. Dagan sprouted countless tentacles and was covered in black, rubbery skin that was punctuated with many red, unblinking eyes. Fish scales shielded his flesh, and row upon row of long fangs jutte from his maw. He stood more than 40 feet (12 meters) tall.
He was on Lucifer's side during the War in Heaven, and was cast down to Hell alongside all other rebel-angels. He was present at Pandemonium during Lucifer's rally, officially declaring himself as an enemy of God forever.
He then, going against Lucifer's orders, went inside the Corrupted Inferno to gain more power. In consequence, he become a ravenous and mindless monster that ate everything that crossed his path. To stop him, they combined him with the forgotten pagan god Dagan which allowed both to gain more power as a untied demon and regain the former's mind back.
Dagan had worked with Astaroth and Mammon, overseeing the cambion named Hellboy, who holds Right Hand of Doom, the key to the Outerverse where the Outer Gods reside and hoping to use them against God.
Myth and Legends
The name "Dagan" is derived from "dag" which means "fish."
Dagon was a major northwest Semitic god, reportedly of grain and agriculture. He was worshiped by the early Amorites and by the inhabitants of the cities of Ebla and Ugarit. He was also a major member, or perhaps head, of the pantheon of the Biblical Philistines. The Hebrew Bible, in an attempt to vilify the opposing religion, narrates that his temple was destroyed by a human sacrifice for him, Samson.
- Dagan was served by aquatic demons, especially Wastrilith, and was worshiped by aquatic races such as Kraken, Chuuls, Sea Hags, water nagas, and kuo-toa.
- Dagan should not be confused with the exiled demon of the same name, who dwelled on Avernus. Originally known as Jaqon, Lucifer forcibly changed Jaqon's name to 'Dagon' to thwart attempts to summon the offender.
- Demons of great power have been known to seek out Dagan in the depths of his watery domain, searching to be imparted with a fraction of his ancient and diabolical knowledge.