Gaila sacrificed herself to protect the mortal realm from the ravages of the Eternal War, but it was a temporary victory. She underestimated the corruptive power of Exterminis. She never imagined that mortals would throw open the gates and welcome Exterminis inside.
A’Etenkah was a slave in the gladiatorial pits of Bloodshire. More than anything, he craved power. His lust for power drove him to freedom, and on to the founding of the First Empire. Insatiable, he led his armies to conquer the known world. Hungry for more power, he delved deep into the center of the world, where he came upon a door guarded by two angelic beings. As one of the most powerful sorcerers alive, he felt no qualms about engaging them in battle. The battle was long and furious, but eventually, he destroyed both of them and opened the door. A searing white light flayed the skin from his body and blackened his bones. Only his strength of will kept him alive. The pain brought knowledge with it, however, and A’Etenkah became the world’s first undead lich lord. With his new power, he began raising an army of the dead to aid him in his conquest of the mortal world.
Kullervo was a knight of high regard, well known and respected for his honor, courage, and dedication to good deeds. He rose through the ranks quickly, and was the general of Calimshan’s armies while still a young man. He won many victories for the Good Kingdom, as it is often called, and served as a paragon of goodness, justice, and faith in the gods of creation.
Tricked by sorcery, he slew an innocent child in the heat of battle, and was never able to forgive himself. Seeking redemption, he traveled the world alone, looking for ways to atone for his sin. Atonement could not be found, and Kullervo sank deeper and deeper into darkness and depression. When Exterminis whispered in his mind, Kullervo abandoned the light of goodness forever. Delving deep into the Tomb of A’Etenkah, Kullervo found a weak spot in the veil between the worlds. He drew his corrupted blade, and sliced through the veil. Thousands of demons began streaming through the hole, and into the mortal world.
Karan-Kell was a mage obsessed with amassing wealth. He performed countless experiments, always trying to turn worthless materials into precious metals and gems. He had some small successes, but these only increased his desire and infatuation. His obsession drove him to madness, and left him open to the evil machinations of Exterminis. Exterminis gave him the secret of transformation magic, and Karan-Kell used the secret for his most ambitious experiment yet. The magic backfired, however, and a great explosion ripped the very fabric of the mortal realm, releasing pure chaotic energy into the world and opening portals across the land.