The Heirs of Kharav
The "Unnamed One"
Phrixos is a name once well-known during the Great War among all involved in the conflict. He was a child of 9 when warlord Theron of Two Demons and leader of his tribe was slain by Aurea‘s first Inquisitors, and he vowed to bring vengeance to the Aureans. Phrixos delved deep into forbidden secrets of tribal magic and by age 17 had mastered practices that allowed him to raise Ashurta and her Legion to aid him in his vendetta.
Phrixos was tolerated, barely, when he brought Ashurta’s Legion to the eastern front and won several skirmishes alongside soldiers of Ketenal, allowing Charlovoir‘s beleaguered forces to fortify the west. The superstitious humans refused to work alongside the necromancer, and even the more open-minded Goblinoids feared him. When Ularek Hendal’kon and his warband gained renown near war’s end, Phrixos began an unrelenting assault against Aurea’s forces in the east in an effort to gain similar respect. Phrixos’ undead legion achieved what no living army could, and Field Marshall Arthur Maxwell, head of the Empire‘s entire eastern operation surrendered to Phrixos himself against the Emperor’s direct orders, making it clear to the world that Phrixos, not the Chevaliers or Legionaries, had bested him.
With fighting in the east at an end, Phrixos met with Ularek and the two agreed to work together to achieve victory on the western front. The two were reluctantly knighted by Charlovoir’s king after meeting with his tacticians to plan what they hoped would be the war’s final battle. A division of Chevaliers were put under their command and they were sent through Turner Heath to flank the Aurean army as the forces of King Charles V drew the Aureans onto an open plain to the west. The battle was a disaster. Charlovoir lost its King, and Phrixos and Ashurta were both killed at Turner Heath while Ularek narrowly escaped with his life.
Armand II, Charlovoir’s new king, blamed the disaster on Phrixos and rescinded his father’s earlier royal decree granting all Tieflings citizenship. Superstitious men and goblins alike believed they had received divine punishment for accepting the aid of a Hellspawn necromancer and his unnatural army, and many Tieflings blamed Phrixos for the King’s rejection of their people.
Most Tiefling tribes have since stricken the necromancer’s name from their histories, forbidding that it be uttered by the singers that keep their stories alive. Even historians in Ketenal and Charlovoir are reluctant to admit they required the aid of one so unclean in their fight, and the Aureans prefer not to speak of their losses at his hands. Those that do remember him tell tales of his continued existence, refusing to believe such a powerful master of life and death would succumb so easily, and the site of his death at Turner Heath maintains a reputation as an evil, haunted place.