Draco the Reluctant (unknown - 2675 a.a.H) Also known as "Draco the Herald", Draco was a Bazrrod demon lord, a long-time diplomat and high level functionary in the Dark Legion of Demons, and later, a king of a country, and the creator of the Draconian race.
- Subtly Threatening
- Logical and Rational
- Soft Spoken
- Deliberate and Judicious
- Dislikes Waste
- Likes Cats
Draco, despite his name, is known to have appeared as a Loranor of the black Phanters subspecies during the 25th Century a.a.H., possibly until The Cataclysm. He may have used loranor bodies for centuries previous to the 25th Century. He did, however, appear as a demon-dragon when he negotiated with the great dragon god-king Barûm.
Certainly, the appearance of a dragon would have been impressive as the herald of the Dark Legion, though, it might have been contrary to his nature and the more subtle roles and methods of a diplomat. It is not unlikely that he had other bodies and appearances over centuries of time. Other Bazrrods and lesser demons that serve roles as diplomats, agents of sabotage and corruption and so on are known to use alternative bodies of the race they wish to treat with or manipulate.
Draco, during the Campaign of Sargos, was accompanied by a troupe of bodyguards of cat people. Whether these were elite Loranor soldiers, or Soul Shard demons in the shape of Loranor cat people is unknown.
Bazrrod agent recruiting peoplesEdit
At the time of this writing, nothing is known of Draco's origins or early life. It is known that he was one of the Bazrrod agents who wandered amongst the various peoples of Polforia to awe them with their power and cajole or otherwise convince them to become united under the Dark Legion of Demons against the encroachments of Humans in the world of Aiers. Draco was known to have brought tribes of Polforian Loranor into the Dark Legion, this is probably the beginnings of his title of "Draco the Herald"?
Brûm Joins the Dark LegionEdit
Draco had assumed the body of a dragon, possibly when he took on the name 'Draco', as Bazrrods and lesser demons occasionally change names and titles. He became a dragon to negotiate with the Great Dragon Barûm, the God-King of the country of Brûm. The hope was to bring in the service of that country's Dragongod and its cadre of the Black dragons of Brûm, and its armies of the red skinned Brûmer Orcs and subject humans.
Barûm was noted for having organized his country, made his fellow dragons effectively subject to the State, and was expanding the nation of Brûm towards being an empire. Thus, the country of Brûm was a rival competitor to the unification of Polforia, particularly under the control of the demons and their Confederation of Free Peoples. For a time, it was widely believed that an existential all out war between the Dark Legion and Brûm for dominance of Polforia was inevitable.
Draco's mission was to treat with the black dragon Barûm and form an alliance with him at worst, or, at best, get the black dragons to willingly join with the confederation of Free Peoples and the military arm of the Dark Legion. This was a difficult assignment as usual displays of magic to awe and wonderment, and conversely, threats and bluster would be ineffective and poorly received by powerful and proud dragons, and their ruling god-king. Particularly in getting them to submit to joining a greater whole when their own power was so great.
However, in 1748, appealing to the pride of Barûm, and the flattery of being a god to be worshiped by many peoples in the pantheon of the demon lords, worked. Probably along with the presentation of the demon lords as useful allies of great capabilities, the Dragongod acquiesced to joining the Dark Legion--for a high price of station. Barûm would join his nation to the Dark Legion for the price of his being elevated to being one of The Seven Demon Princes. In what was probably humiliating turn of events, the President of the Demonic Senate, Marwas, stepped down from his position as one of the seven, to make room for the dragon ruler.
Despite how this happened, this was a great professional triumph for Draco and cemented his place as a chief working diplomat and the 'The Herald' of the Dark Legion. This treaty not only prevented a wasteful war between the Dark Legion and Brûm, but also greatly strengthened the Dark Legion, and made the defeat of the unified Kanov tribes in the Kanovhook wars, and the unification of Polforia under the Dark Legion inevitable.
First War of the PowerEdit
As of 2202 a.a.H., Draco has been recorded in the story background of "Red vs. Blue" of having recruited the outer-Polforia Kanov nation of Kanovait to serve the Dark Legion in the First War of the Power. This was not such an easy task as Kanovait was largely made up of the descendants of Kanov refugees, losers of the Kanovhook wars against the Dark Legion who were predisposed to fear and hate the Dark Legion.
It is unknown how long he served in the capacity of a diplomat and representative for the Dark Legion, or what he did in the interim following the defeat of the Dark Legion at the end of the First War of the Power. It is unknown if he was disincarnated to his naked Soul Stone and taken to exile on Mount Satanmet, or if he remained free but in hiding, or as a demon lord amongst the Loranor, or in service to remaining demon lords, in Polforia.
Return of the Demon PrincesEdit
Reunification of the Dark LegionEdit
After the release of the Demon Princes in 2434 a.a.H., Draco was, again, hard at work to bring the peoples of Polforia together under the banner of the Dark Legion. Remaining demon princes had become singular monarchs in the absence of their overlords, and mortal humanoids had become warring tribes once again in the two centuries following the defeat of the Dark Legion at the hands of the alliance of Humans, High elves, and Dwarfs. While the Polforian peoples had long chaffed at the attempts of the humans of the Five Kingdoms of the Northwest to colonize their enormous land, they were not so overjoyed that the Demon Princes had returned to rule them once again. Draco was responsible for again bringing some of the tribes together again, and to also threaten or cajole demon lords with their own domains to relinquish their sovereignty to the leadership of the Demon Princes of the Dark Legion.
Herald of Satman the ApprenticeEdit
Draco also served as an emissary and representative from the second in command, Satman the Apprentice, to ensure that Satman's orders and plans were being carried out. Despite his genial and generally soft-spoken demeanor, Draco was often feared for what orders from Satman he might impart, or reports he would take back with him as he left the domains of various demon lords or vassals. Whenever Draco gained his suffix title, he was known for a long time as "Draco the Herald".
Campaign of SargosEdit
Having fought in the unfortunate Campaign of Sargos at the 2440 a.a.H during the Second War of the Power, and his role of the herald whose voice demanded the surrender of cities, nobles and kings; he nonetheless became increasingly disappointed with the Dark Legion and its leadership. Satman was impatient and overeager to enact his grand plan of conquest, he gathered and expended huge armies without adequate training or food and equipment. Satman also proved to react badly to problems with his plans, and especially the unexpected appearance of the Sand Beings who obliterated the core of the legions that Satman planned to conquer the continent and beyond. Satman foolishly attacked the Sand Beings in rage which led to him being 'killed' for a period of perhaps weeks, leaving the Dark Legion almost leaderless, and making a bad situation worse, ensuring the general failure of the Campaign of Sargos.
Draco personally and bravely recovered the Soul Stone of the disincarnated Satman, and helped ensure that Satman would lead again in a new body in short order. Even so, Draco was secretly disenchanted with the demon prince mastermind who had squandered or cold bloodedly sacrificed the peoples that Draco had helped bring to him.
Speculation: Draco may have found that Satman, in his haste and frenetic impatience in this campaign, failed in ways that Draco was sent to evaluate in subordinate lords?
After the Failed CampaignEdit
Because of the failure of the Campaign of Sargos, the quickly and haphazardly reconstituted Dark Legion would nearly break apart as the Demon Lords and their minions squabbled over the loss, their own ambitions, and the knowledge that the humans could apparently unleash power greater than the self styled 'gods' of the Bazrrod demon princes. As Polforia would descend into either near chaos or apathy, Draco would be busy for many years to keep the Dark Legion intact as it would descend into periods of infighting and secessions. The diplomacy of the speedy recreation of the Dark Legion from 2434-2439 being short and almost easy by comparison.
Speculation: Draco would have much to explain in his role as a diplomat and enforcer, and Draco probably heard many arguments and misgivings that he secretly believed himself?
Dark Legion Emissary to HieyoksEdit
As he was an experienced and capable ambassador, Draco was tasked to expand the Dark Legion further in Hieyoks at the 2470 a.a.H. The expansion of the Dark Legion there was very successful, as many more nations, races and peoples joined the Confederation of Free Peoples, be they either as members, vassals or allies, such as the Ice Giants of the Frozen North, the Anqueael Ice Elves (Anqueael Elf), the Skamals, several Galaw Orc Kingdoms, the Kanov Confederation of Hieyoks, and as well in the south and south east of Hieyoks, the kingdoms of the Tigger Rakshasa (Tiggers) and the Oni Kingdoms will raise the black banners of the Dark Legion.
Becoming a Ruler of a Hieyoks StateEdit
As the power of the dark legion consolidated in Hieyoks, they needed both demons to serve as diplomats for the Dark legion along with the members and allies -and to keep the vassals closely watched.- and so several commanders of legions of the Confederation of Free Peoples were granted lands and titles in Hieyoks, from territories taken from the enemies of the Dark Legion.
Draco the Herald was one of such demon lords with which were granted titles and lands in Hieyoks, not surprising given his long service, great success and apparent loyalty. It was there where Draco would found his own demonic realm -that he would name after himself as Drakonia, or Draconia-Hieyoks, not to be confused with the Draconia region in Aels, or the Draconia in Ushaenor, for that matter.-. He would be noted for using his Bazrrod power to create a new race known as the Draconians. (Note: Not to be confused with the monster race of the "Dungeons and Dragons" role playing game. The Draconian race in Aiers have minor cat-like features.) Draco had long had a fascination with cats and the Loranor cat people.
Becoming "Draco the Reluctant"Edit
As the Second War of the Power (2434-2539 a.a.H) progressed undecided, when the Dark Legion began requesting for reinforcements from their colonies, states and vassals of Hieyoks, Draco was very reluctant to join in the demonic wars, preferring to build his own small demonic empire, rather than to be engulfed in the ongoing and seemingly unending Second War of the Power. So, following the secessionists' examples of other demonic powers of the shores of Tok, as Tok-Thoria and Anutkia, but without openly defying the Dark Legion, but helping reluctantly in the war effort-. This would earn him his 'honorific' of "The Reluctant", in exchange for "The Herald" as his superiors in the Dark Legion were not much pleased with his weak support.
However, as happened to other secessionist demonic realms, after the War of the Four Black Kings and the rise as second in command of the Dark Legion of the one time secessionist Bazrrod Anutkahook, Draco and his domain of Draconia-Hieyoks returned to cooperation with the Dark Legion.
Speculation: It is possible that Draco, given his long record of bringing disparate peoples together under the Dark Legion, was seen as utterly loyal. Quite possibly he was meant to be the lynchpin expected to hold the new demon colonies in Hieyoks together and loyal to the command structure in Aels? Doubtlessly, his less than enthusiastic support was seen as a disappointment?
Note: One should not believe, however, that Draco underwent some radical transformation of behavior. He was always a believer in elegant solutions and critical of warfare. He would certainly find the waste of the Dark Legion horde and the barbarism of the war in the campaign of Sargos distasteful. It is not so surprising that, if given his own land to rule, he would rule it his way, and resist anything that might upset his own sense of order. He was already well known for being an 'anti-war' voice in the Dark Legion, and perhaps 'overly cautious', so the suffix of "The Reluctant" had its seeds long earlier.
Note: It is also important to realize that the creation of Draconia-Hieyoks and other demon states in Hieyoks, and organization of allied non-human states, while highly successful, led to endemic and seemingly incessant low scale warfare among the neighboring countries or displaced or victim peoples in Hieyoks. The nascent State of Draconia-Hieyoks was already busy in its own development and protection, and had little capacity to aid the Dark Legion in Aels in a major way, particularly in the Second War of the Power.
Third War of the PowerEdit
During the Third War of the Power (2633-2675 a.a.H) Draco, Draconia-Hieyoks and the Draconians played a limited role in the war, with some minor forces taking part in the campaigns in Aels, and in some of the campaigns of Hieyoks, mostly to keep secure the borders of Draconia against the Snow elves (see: Northern Snow elf and Southern Snow elf), Krakavian humans, Kanovs of the Northern Confederation and Dannu, being able to keep the three cities of Drakonia -Khainga, Zirkon and Dracon- untouched by the tides of war.
Like all the Bazrrods and the Soul Shard demons: with the activation of the holy relic that brought about The Cataclysm that brought about the end of the Third War of the Power, (and much of the world as people knew it), the 'god-king' Draco would disappear. The nation of Draconia-Hieyoks would be badly damaged as well by earthquakes and volcanism. After some generations of war with the Dannu and others, Draco's State of Draconia-Hieyoks would also fade to unpopulated ruins as most of the Draconians were hunted down and exterminated by various Kanov peoples and others.
The original creator of Draco was the deviantArt user Walt-Marsters.