The Chosen Five
The Chosen Five
Mianos, the Elder of House Ki’Malar of the The Empire of Bael Turath, spoke with the other four prime members of the house; and together, they forged a pact with Lord Orcus. They offered up the souls of everyone in their house in exchange for leadership of the new empire. Lord Orcus taught them a brutal, blood-filled ritual that, when completed, transformed their very bodies into Lich-like creatures and tore open a rift to the Abyss. House Ki’Malar conducted the ritual in secret and created what is now known as the Shadow Rift. For years, demons poured forth from the Shadowfell and besieged Bael Turath. In the beginning, the Empire was able to hold off the demons. But the onslaught was relentless. Finally, with his empire crumbling, Bael Turath called upon Asmodeus for assistance. Unfortunately, it would not come without a heavy price. To undo the pact with Lord Orcus, Asmodeus needed an even bigger sacrifice. He asked for the souls of everyone in the Empire and for their descendants’ souls as well. Bael Turath paused for a moment but decided that, if he did nothing, the demons would slaughter everyone anyway. He decided that, if he were going to go out, that he’d do so on his own terms. He agreed and called upon the other houses to participate in the ritual. House Barikdral, House Kahlir, and House Zolfura all agreed to conduct the ritual. House Ki’Malar, however, was openly defiant and called upon the other remaining houses to revolt. Civil War ensued and the empire nearly fell into ruin. Just before the end, Bael Turath and the three remaining ruling houses were finally able to complete the ritual for Asmodeus and the tide of battle turned. With the devils on their side, they forced the demons and the leaders of House Ki’Malar through the Shadow Rift and sealed it.
These twisted beings of pure evil are known as the Chosen Five of Lord Orcus.