General Rally is most comfortable at the head of the Legion vanguard, charging into the enemy and spilling the battle’s first blood, but he accepts that duty also requires leading his soldiers across Adkarna’s groomed parade grounds to honor the King, Queen, and everything they stand for.
However, Rally is always a soldier first and he required his ceremonial armor to be designed and constructed to the highest combat standards. Should he ever carry the impressive panoply against an armed foe, his troops need only to see how heavily Rally equips himself to know what kind of threat they face.
King Jeraziah has no need for grandeur, but occasionally the people—and more importantly, the troops—require a show of pomposity to restore their faith in the capabilities and power of the Legion. His ceremonial armor and weapons are uncomfortable and unwieldy, but they shine brilliantly beneath Sol’s rays and dazzle the onlookers into believing everything is going to be fine. For that, the King will gladly endure a few hours of discomfort.
The Captain of the Royal Guard is tasked with keeping King Jeraziah alive, a thankless duty that seems destined for failure. The Captain’s blades are constantly tested and bloodied by the endless stream of shadowy Hellbourne assassins who would only need to scratch the King with their claws to seal his fate, but the most challenging assignment is keeping the king from becoming a martyr when he insists on being the first to clash with the enemy in battle. There is only one rule for the Captain of the Royal Guard: You can be replaced. King Jeraziah cannot.
The Daemon Highlord and his Dark Consort ruled one of the endless levels of the underworld, a realm some call R'lyeh. When the Second Corruption granted access to the land of the living, these daemonic rulers saw an opportunity to expand their dark kingdom across all of Newerth. First they must claim Hell’s Keep as their own, and though they first bent the knee to the damned Maliken Grimm, now may be the time to take his assumed crown—and possibly his head.
Pandora was the first human woman created by the Archaic Gods. Zeus wanted to punish the human race after they accepted the stolen gift of fire from Prometheus, and each of the Olympians gifted Pandora with skills, abilities, and characteristics that would make her a scourge to all of mankind. She carried with her a box, and when she opened it all the evils and ills in existence spilled forth. Only one item remained in the box—Hope—and this Pandora vows to never give to mankind.
As the Archaic Gods waned in power the human race used a combination of old magic and new—called science—to release Hope and imprison Pandora within her own box. They could not destroy the box, and so buried it beneath the crypt of the Cathedral of Hope, surrounded by the remains and relics of saints. The Black Widow of Hell’s Keep found the box in the ruined crypts, which had been churned and shattered by the Scar’s opening, and when she lifted the lid Pandora was once again unleashed upon the world.
Arsin was the youngest student ever allowed into the rigorous training academy of the Pyromancers, and it was not because of her devotion to Sol. Against the stern warnings of the Sacred Order, the Flame-Touched admitted her based solely on her natural and astounding talent for controlling flames. They assumed that growing up within the academy and Arasunia would eventually instill the precocious young girl with a love for the one true god.
She learned quickly, blazing through her assessments and even teaching her miffed instructors a few new tricks. It was too late when the Pyromancers realized the child was touched by more than just flames – her soul had been infected by Jaru the Corrupted Disciple with a veiled, insidious daemon – and when they discovered she was dabbling in the ancient, forbidden use of black fire, they tried to end her short life before she could cause more harm. Arsin killed a half-dozen Pyromancers during her escape, and in the years since she has mastered the use of black fire and proudly ascended to the top of the Sacred Order's Purge List.
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