Monster Hordes | E. Christopher Clark

Monster Hordes

The Monster Hordes were a frightening army of mind-controlled kíndallans during Eden’s First Age. Bound to the will of Zaragon by the Sword of the River, the Hordes were led in the field by Stagnekad the Defiler.

 

At the height of their reign of terror in the year 28 CE, they controlled large swaths of the Edenian South and were making ready to push across the Oadü to invade the North. Only through the combined efforts of the Bekiskapan at the Battle of Frankburg Bridge and the sacrifice of Augustus Might in the Zone Forbidden was the age of the Monster Hordes brought to an end.

Structure

The organization structure of the Hordes was loose at best. Though every soldier was bound to the will of Zaragon by the spell he cast with the Sword of the River, the wicked sorceror gave only three instructions to his legion of shapeshifters:

 
  1. Assume the most horrifying shape you can imagine;
  2. Strike fear into the hearts of any and all Edenians who will not bend the knee; and,
  3. Follow the leadership of Stagnekad during great battles.
 

Thus, the only kíndallan who stood above the rest was Stagnekad. And the only person that Stagnekad answered to was Zaragon himself.

Culture

A culture of fear, anger, and hate was pervasive throughout the Hordes. The kíndallans were aware of what they were doing, and able to communicate with one another their grief and remorse over their actions, but they were ultimately powerless to resist Zaragon’s commands. Eventually their sadness festered and became anger, anger which twisted them into mindless brutes.

 

It was easier to do hateful things, after all, when one surrendered one‘s will—when one used their ability to shift their cells into different shapes to turn off one’s higher cognitive functions entirely.

 

Fueled by hate, the Monster Hordes committed unspeakable acts with only one hope left inside their increasingly empty souls. One day, they dared to dream, there would be nobody left to kill but their master himself.

Public Agenda

Zaragon promised the free peoples of Eden that the Horde’s reign of terror would end if and only if rule of this purgatorial paradise was turned over to him.

Assets

Beyond the tens of thousands of subjugated kíndallans, the cavalry of the Hordes was mounted on monstrous nahnlaríx—beasts originally from the kíndallan homeworld of Gadalla who took on a variety of nightmarish forms.

 

A small, elite group of infantry wore ríxtahnian armor, and air support was provided by three well-paid dragons.

20 CE - 28 CE

Type
Military, Army
Training Level
Untrained
Veterancy Level
Recruit
Leader
Location
Official Languages
Related Ethnicities

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Jul 5, 2023 12:46

Interesting idea that the soldiers of the Horde felt bad about their actions, but couldn't resist the power and control of their leader

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Jul 5, 2023 19:05 by E. Christopher Clark

Thank you. Yes, the Sword that he used to bind them to his will was irresistible to them because it was created by the goddess they most love and revere. She never expected it to be used for such nefarious means.

Now it's time for the awkward wave.
Jul 6, 2023 00:24 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Oh, poor kíndallans :( I actually feel really bad for them.

Jul 6, 2023 10:34 by E. Christopher Clark

Me too! Actually, a lot of lore around the kíndallans has sprung up out of the fact that I portrayed them as purely evil villains in the comic book I wrote when I was in my late teens and early 20s. Over the last couple of years, I’ve looked for every way I can to understand them as a people.

Now it's time for the awkward wave.
Jul 12, 2023 13:26 by Chris L

The concept of the kindallans being mind control is inventive and horrifying. The orcs, goblins, etc of my world used to be similarly subject to the whims of the gods. But that went away and they're free to be how they want now.


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Jul 12, 2023 16:59 by E. Christopher Clark

Thanks you! In a lot of ways, the last few years have been like the "kindallan rehabilitation project" after I cast them as one-note villains in my teenage/twentysomething comic book.

Now it's time for the awkward wave.
Jul 13, 2023 20:08 by Haly the Moonlight Bard

One day, they dared to dream, there would be nobody left to kill but their master himself. That gave me chills. Well done.

Jul 13, 2023 21:51 by E. Christopher Clark

Thank you so much! I'd actually forgotten I wrote that line and as I was reading your comment I was thinking, "Ooh, that sounds cool. Where's that from?!"

Now it's time for the awkward wave.
Jul 13, 2023 22:09 by Haly the Moonlight Bard

I just inhaled salad dressing because I have that exact feeling sometimes when I get drawn into my own writing. Hell, if we're not writing for ourselves first, then what are we even doing here? LUL

Jul 14, 2023 01:43 by E. Christopher Clark

100% agree! You gotta please yourself before you can please anyone else. At least I think so.

Now it's time for the awkward wave.
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