Nine Princes

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The Nine Princes are a creed of thoughtforms given flesh. Each represents a form of negative stimuli, or a catalytic emotion that leads to such stimuli. The Princes each reign over their own legions and domains, built in their twisted visions. The eldest and most powerful of the princes, Kazaroth, unifies the domains of the Princes under his rule.When Ja’luhhor’Alotha exhales from the South Bronchial forest, marking the dry winter period, the daemon prince Kazaroth unites his eight brethren in a masquerade and banquet to honor both him and the power he has brought. This feculent display of power lasts roughly three solar cycles before its putrid climax.

The Nine Princes were trapped in their accursed realm when Eippengheist mounted a malignant crusade against the Aesoteric Empire. This attack resulted in a grand retaliation known as the War of the Nine, ending in the Aesoteric sealing the Nine Princes in their domain, and eliminating their influence in other lands of Ja’luhhor’Alotha. This great vicissitude resulted in the noxious tulpa princes becoming mere memory, as the bulkhead sealing them from the Great Chasm became claimed by the sarcous flora of the Realm of Meat and Metal.

The Nine Princes

Malignant and cruel, the nine daemon princes of the lost realm of Azyrmhos were once lesser thoughtforms – skulking poltergeists that fed on the dark thoughts of the inhabitants of Azyrmhos. As their power grew, their incorporeal forms were made flesh. These dark powers would invade the corporeal world, one by one, each causing a great tragedy against their enemies in the war to come.

The first of the unholy princes, Kazaroth, was the greatest of them all. He represented authority, specifically the negative connotations that come with totalitarian rulership. His osseous greatsword consumed his arm, becoming a great guillotine-appendage by which Kazaroth would flay the most fearsome of his opponents. His crown of curved greathorns signified his authority over the Nine Princes and their legions. His arrival into the material world marked the war against the Azyrmohians and the slaughter to come.

From the pools of stinking blood and the piles of foul cadavers came Eippengheist, the second eldest prince of pain. He represented genocide, and the aftermath of great carnage and disaster both natural and artificial. The face of Eippengheist is concealed by a sullen mask, and his true face has yet to be unveiled. His great javelin had the force of a nuclear weapon, and his arrival into the material world caused rippling aftershocks and an unrelenting tendency for indiscriminate friendly fire among the Azyrmohian’s troops causing chaos in their ranks.

Next to come was Feculam, pestilence given biomass. He was a living hive that caused famines and death just through his mere existence. The foul arachnids and chittering insects that lived within his bifurcating appendages declared war on all clean things; each swarm spewed from Feculam spread disease, death, and famine. Feculam was most commonly described like a fly bursting with many branch-like tentacles, with a spider resting neatly on the bleeding stump where a head would be. Indeed, Feculam was insect-ridden, for its consciousness was not truly its own.

From the perspective of the Azyrmohians, a triad of dangerous warlords emerged from the innermost bowels of their most defended cities and began an unholy crusade outwards. Shattering and rending their defenses like an infant thrown haphazardly into a meat grinder. In the panic, confusion, and fear, dark thoughts began to develop. More exotic than the thoughts and negative stimuli that previously birthed the daemon princes before. Some influential, albeit psychotic Azyrmohians began to blame the minorities among them for these attacks. The most common form of this theory was that the Azbergani, a small religious group of Azyrmohians, had infiltrated society and opened a gate to an enemy empire. This theory brewed amongst the populace, violence fueled by hate wafted through the streets. And through this bias, hatred, fear, and superstition crawled Sodom: the daemon prince of Discrimination. Sodom represented the vehement hatred of unknown peoples, fueled by a fear of the unknown and ignorance. Sodom joined the battle against the Azyrmohians by sowing doubt and discord throughout the populace, deunifying the crippled Azyrmohians when unity was needed the most.

The hatred that became a universal constant to both the Azyrmohians and the daemon princes spawned the most brutish of them all – Lucithanos. A powerful warlord armed with twin-kanabōs, the daemon prince Lucithanos resembled a foul ogre with the face of a corpulent centipede. He, alongside Kazaroth and Eippengheist, were the frontheads of the assaults while the less bloodthirsting princes loomed behind them.

As the desperate Azyrmohians were corrupted and killed by the five princes, their tactics were further withered. Guerilla warfare against the daemons proved effective against their legions. As these hit-and-run attacks continued, Kazaroth and Lucithanos struggled to slaughter in the great quantities they once did at the start of the war. These warfare tactics, the deception and backstabbing, ironically led to the creation of the next daemon prince. Bephemiel, prince of Beguilement, was born from the very tactics that posed as a saving grace to the Azyrmohian empire.

The combined might of these six daemon princes resulted in a brutal series of skirmishing, ultimately ending in the sinister six conquering the realm. At last, their sadism had prevailed and Azyrmhos could plunge into the depravity the princes so desperately yearned for. The orderly empire of Azyrmhos became a foul and chaotic hellplace that promoted the most depraved of things. From these profane acts arose Cherubos, youngest of the Princes and prince of Lust; Gaismagoth, prince of Gluttony; and Glinthos, prince of the slothful.

Kazaroth partitioned the polluted lands of Azyrmhos amongst the eight lords, and elected to reside in the central palace.

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