The Lance of Marduk
Kalarel, Scion of Orcus
Originally named Karl
Kalarel was originally part of a circus, the Circus of Rakdos. The circus was well-known for its variety of strange creatures. Eventually, the circus was exposed for a necromancy cult as various wizards and warriors who were curious and explored more into the history and nature of these creatures.
Kalarel had a number of siblings who were part of the circus with him. The actual number of siblings is unknown. The only thing that is known is that all the brothers have names that are derivatives of Charles.
What was revealed to the heroes in their encounter was that Kalarel’s original name was Karl – he thought Kalarel sounded cooler. I would have to agree with him.
Kalarel had been a major follower of Orcus and had taken up residency in the region of Winterhaven in Shadowfell Keep where he employed the local hobgoblins, goblins, and a spy by the name of Ninarin to remain undisturbed.
He initially disregarded the members of the Lance as nuisances, but quickly realized that wasn’t the case. He strengthened his defenses and left many different and deceiving messages to throw off the party in hopes to distract them long enough or kill them entirely. Unfortunately for Kalarel, the adventurers kept true to their path and eventually confronted him in the deepest level of the keep. He was defeated after a long struggle, but not before starting the ritual to open the portal to let Orcus through. After an even more tense situation, Kalarel’s plans were finally foiled by the Lance.