Pathfinder: Crypt of Lyzandred the Mad
Alobeirs and Celene
Yolande organized Celene’s defenses, whilst her consort, Prince Triserron, defeated the Keoish forces in a number of minor engagements. The orcs of the Lortmils attacked their lowland neighbors with increasing ferocity. These invasions were always turned back, but at great cost, and there seemed no end to the hordes that spewed from the mountains each spring.
Celene joined in a defensive alliance with the Ulek States and the Kron Hills gnomes, seeking to contain the nonhuman menace by coordinating the efforts of each nation’s military. They achieved limited success, but continued to incur losses, the greatest of these being the death of the prince consort of Celene.
Near the end of the fifth century CY, While returning from a mission to the County of Ulek, the prince consort was waylaid and slain by orcs in a narrow pass south of the town of Courwood. Only his court Bard, Alobeirs survived. This tragic death led the elves of Celene to spearhead the Hateful Wars, with Alobeirs leading the charge against those that killed his beloved prince.
The Hateful Wars (498-510 CY) were a series of conflicts waged for more than a decade against the orcs and goblins in the heart of the Lortmils. Following the Low Road of the Lortmils (the underground passages that linked the major goblinoid lairs), the combined forces discovered every secret stronghold in the chain.
Utilizing magical research he had done with a Suel wizard who had previous advised the Bard, by the name of Bratysis, Alobeirs secretly entered into an infernal pact with the Pit Fiend Quagrem, who then led discreet forces that resulted in each orc, goblin, and hobgoblin lair being destroyed, together with as many of the hated beings as possible.
Forced to the surface, the survivors had nowhere to recover their strength and numbers. After two harsh winters they were driven from the mountains altogether.
The successful prosecution of the Hateful Wars brought Yolande even greater honor: she was invested by the Grand Court with the Mantle of the Blue Moon, giving her the title “Lady Rhalta of All Elvenkind.” Queen Yolande found little comfort in such artifacts and honorifics while she grieved for her loss, though she took a series of consorts, with whom she might practice the Faerie Mysteries, Alobeirs being the first. When his Devil-bargained price to came due, he reneged and was destroyed and consumed by Quagrem, who then left a path of destruction in the court before being banished by Yolande yerself (banished from Oerth for 100 years and a day). At the Death of Alobeirs, Yolande realized she had been magically manipulated by him into their relationship, which lead to her closely examining her policy of allowing outsiders (This Bratysis that Alobeirs worked with, and a multitude of others that lived in the Kingdom). She expelled many of the non-elven residents of the kingdom, and vowed not to fall under another’s influence ever again (this story is not well-known among the elves).
Through the years, Celene and its monarch grew ever more isolationist, until by the time of the Greyhawk Wars Yolande did not even offer assistance to the Principality of Ulek against the orcs of the Pomarj. This inconceivable turn of events led many to wonder if the queen was under the influence of evil advisors, or perhaps even mad. In truth, she merely saw the lives of elves as more important than any other consideration. Since the Wars, Celene has maintained its official policy of noninvolvement, though many elves have volunteered to fight in the Suss Forest or farther afield. The Knights of Luna are a force of dissension, though many of their most aggressive members are found in the Duchy of Ulek rather than Celene itself. The affairs of the Grand Court are obscure to outsiders, though it would seem that Queen Yolande is still in complete authority. She has even acquired a new honorific: the Perfect Flower of Celene. Clearly, though many Celenese find fault with her policies, they also remember her past greatness, and are not yet willing to turn from her.
The five Suel wizards
The Star Cairns were the brainchild of a court mage of the Great Kingdom, Murtaree, who was given a copy of Kevelli Mauk’s Tome of the Scarlet Sign, written just prior to the Rain of Colorless Fire that eradicated the Suel Imperium, and which served as the manifesto for the Scarlet Brotherhood. Murtaree came across his copy of the book in 167 CY.
The book affected Murtaree immensely, and inspired him to attempt his own revenge on the Baklunish people, and he soon gathered other Suel who were of a similar disposition, and took them to the Abbor-Alz, where they built five underground bunkers across the landscape in an area that was rich in magical energy. There the mages conducted research and began the construction of a major magical weapon. Murtaree attempted, and failed to become a lich about this time and died in 174 CY.
Kratos, Bratysis and Greem
The Cairns were devastated and abandoned in 198 CY, as a meteor strike summoned from the heavens by Lyzandred hit the Abbor-Alz, disrupting careful experiments in one cairn, ripping it from the Prime Material Plane (to return only sporadically). The surviving mages left the area.
Kratos and Bratysis and Greem were destroyed when the meteor hit and their spells went awry, merging them into one soul and then splitting them in thirds, one third dying and going to the Nine Hells, and the second third left behind and seeking place in the only receptacle available-an iron flask. This was later retrieved by Lyzandred and brought back to his lab. The third soul part inhabited a simulacrum of the Celene Prince Consort’s Court Bard Alobeirs that had been in suspension in the lab for future use in a never accomplished plot concerning the Elven and the Baklunish Governments.
The part that was split off and sent to the nine hells became a “Lemure” the weakest of the devils.
(Only through continued centuries of torture or by the edicts of more powerful devils do these least of devilkind rise to become deadlier fiends, graduating through a pain-wracked metamorphosis dictated by their masters or the infernal whims of Hell’s semi-sentient layers. While fiendish lords wield transformation into greater or lesser forms as both prize and punishment, some devils spontaneously rise from particularly evil souls long trapped upon an infernal layer. Thus, although the various diabolical breeds possess recognizable abilities and hold generalized rankings in the great infernal hierarchy, a devil’s type alone does not always correspond to a specific tenure of torment or place in the infernal chain of command).
As part of the magic catastrophe, it still had the cunning memories, and experience of the dead suel archmages and used that to work it’s way up the ranks over the next 300 hundred years, when it finally achieved a transformation to Pit Fiend by slaying the then-current Dean of the School of Hellfire and gained his position, taking the name Quagrem (lemure to barbed devil to Ice Devil to Pit Fiend).
This is the portion that inhabited the simulacrum of Alobeirs. Driven by a desire to reunite his essence with that of the other parts, Alobeirs spent the next 300 years researching and learning about what happened to the other parts. He could not sense them on the material plane. He finally found a scholar who had penned a book about the Lyzandred and his warring with the Suel wizards and the sending of the meteor, and it mentioned a powerful spirit named Quagrem, bound within an iron flask that was in the posession of Lyzandred.
Codex of Devil Summoning
Alobeirs’ simulacrum wrote most of this