“Why do you mortals take these blood feuds so seriously? Don’t you see it’s all just a game? Don’t you realize that I’ve already won?”
He is known to live in Hell Marsh, purportedly in a hellhole rife with ungodly flowers.
The longer he lives, the more this Diabolist looks like one of his demons. The stories are that he was originally a human man, but you’d be hard-pressed to prove it.
If the Diabolist has overarching goals, they are obscure. What’s clear is the delight he takes in wielding power and unleashing chaos. His enemies say that he may be nothing more than a slave to the vast powers he dares to command, but as long as he’s smiling he seems to have the upper hand.
The Diabolist leads a scattered and half-mad crew of fiendish cultists. They adore him with respect that borders on worship. In turn, he alternately exalts them and brings them to ruin. With his help, they learn occult secrets, master unspeakable magic, and gloat over the destruction of their enemies. No cultist knows the extent of the cult or its ultimate goals. It is certainly more widespread than the imperial authorities admit to publicly.
The Diabolist lacks the focus and discipline that define The Crusader. He is in it for himself, and he indulges even his petty whims. If he remained on-task the way the Crusader does, things would doubtless be a lot worse. Unless indulging his whims is actually part of a subtle plot that none can guess at until it is too late.
Adventurers & the Icon
Too many adventurers accept missions on the Diabolist’s behalf, often because they are reckless. If adventurers knew what was best for them, they would probably have chosen safer careers than adventuring. Still, a few lucky adventurers have profited mightily from his sponsorship, and they love to show off the remarkable weapons and talismans that they have acquired in consideration for their services.
Adventurers who work for the Diabolist for long suspect that his chaotic whims and petty vendettas are cover for howling insanity. There are ranks of fiendish cultists hidden behind the gloating cultists who are easy to spot and kill. The deeper you go the more disturbing and insane the experience becomes.
The Diabolist and The Queen of Shadows are said to work together. Everyone else hopes they’re going to betray each other. They hope that a lot.
It seems there’s always a Diabolist or at least someone who claims the title. Each of these twisted villains has been different from the ones that came before them. Embracing chaos amplifies a mortal’s personal traits, making each Diabolist unique. Usually a Diabolist is something of a rumour and a mystery, more a legend than a force to be reckoned with. Unfortunately, the current Diabolist has proven himself to be much more than a story to frighten children with.
The True Danger
Everything will be all right provided that the Diabolist remains unable to corrupt The Empress or other icons.