Piety and Poison
Nearly 500 years ago, the tiefling wizard-king named Karavakos made a fatal bargain. The twin threats of monsters of the wild and rebellion from within threatened his iron grip over the lands of his petty kingdom. In desperation, Karavakos summoned a devil and asked for aid. A legion of infernal soldiers came to march under his command, and he stepped up his efforts to restore order and a harsh justice to his domain.
The legion of devils came at a very reasonable price. They would fight on his behalf and obey his orders without question. If he ever led them to defeat, however, they would abandon him and he would be cast into eternal captivity. Only an error made by the wizard could result in the devils’ defeat—no army in the world could defeat them on the field of battle.
Karavakos led his legions on one conquest after another. What had been a small kingdom grew into a mighty nation that swept across most of the continent, bringing its oppressive regime to bear upon the terrified peoples of Kareshal.
With winter’s arrival, Karavakos called a halt to his campaign of expansion. He returned to his palace with the captured eladrin princess, Vyrellis, who was to be his bride. Together, he proclaimed, they would rule a new empire, and with spring’s dawning his armies would march into the Feywild, extending their rule across two worlds.
When spring came, the devil armies marched through the thin border between worlds. In the Feywild, though, the devils met their match. Invincible on the battlefields of the natural world, the devils had no such protection once they stepped into the Feywild. A hastily-made alliance between the Violet Sorcerers and the Brightwing Lords had gathered in their floating city of Precipice and stood ready against the threat. Fey spears and arrows felled the legions, putting an end to Karavakos’s dreams of conquest and severing his diabolic bargain. Karavakos was imprisoned in the Pyramid of Shadows, his eladrin princess at his side.