Sorimmar the Necromancer
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(the Dark Lord) former apprentice of Alokkair the Sorcerer, and later an important and brilliant member of the Council of Sorcerë. Sorimmar was rumored to be the greatest mage on Corwyn by the beginning of the Fifth Age, and was second in seniority to the Council leader Saar Thromm the Invoker. His views on the role of magic in the world of men differed from those of the other Saar, and he was shunned and later expelled from the Council in 110/5. Sorimmar was so embittered by being cast out; he swore revenge on the Council, the Ravinian Empire that supported it and the entire West. Sorimmar left Erôn-Mystarë to dwell far in the East, at Erôn-Mored, where he soon took control of a group of evil knights that ruled a small barbaric realm from that fortress. Sorimmar grew ever more powerful in sorcery and influence that he eventually controlled the seven kings of all the eastern realms and those of Vilzar to the south. The Dark lord waited for a traitor to emerge, then he met Lord Malachar of Gwynne, with whom he made a pact to steal the Orenthir from the Empress and destroy the Empire once and for all. Once Malachar had stolen the orb and murdered the Empress, Sorimmar then unleashed his orc hordes on the Empire in 621/5. This war caused the cataclysmic collapse of the Ravinian Empire and western civilization on Corwyn. Ultimately, Sorimmar lost the Orenthir as well as his right hand at the Battle of Harkalad, and fled into the East. The legacy remained that the Empire was gone and the Dark lord’s goals had been achieved. Throughout the Sixth Age, Sorimmar rebuilt his strength once again, until he was again ready to invade the West in 1246/6. Sorimmar the Necromancer is the single most powerful and most dangerous enemy to the West that the people of Corwyn have ever faced. Sorimmar’s legend goes back to the founding of the Council of Sorcerë in the early days of the Third Age. There were to be nine Saar, or ‘wisemen,’ on the council, one for each of the schools of magic. Sorimmar was one of these nine arch-mages. He participated in the creation of such wondrous artifacts as the Itharils, the Var-Illümen, and the Melanthir swords. He even helped forge the Orenthir. Sorimmar watched as Alokkair grew powerful in the East, and saw him defeated twice, and finally slain in battle. From this Sorimmar learned Alokkair’s mistakes, and saw his own true potential as the potential master of the known world. With the creation of the Ravinian Empire in the Fifth Age, Sorimmar soon rose to new heights as one of the empress’ senior advisors. But his views on humanity and desire to dominate the empire and rule it himself soon saw him ostracized from the Council of Sorcerë and the empire. Empress Ravinia pardoned Sorimmar and instead banished him to dwell forever in the East as an outcast or ‘Saugreth.’ Sorimmar never forgave this slight and vowed revenge on the empire and all the peoples of the West. Through cunning and brutality, Sorimmar soon united the factions of the East under his banner, the new realm of Morgoth. He created seven copies of the Melanthir swords and gave one to each of the seven kings of the East, binding them to his will. These seven kings became the Zûl, or the Shadows, the most feared lieutenants of the Dark lord ever seen on Corwyn. Sorimmar then raised huge armies of orcs and men, and repeatedly assaulted the Ravinian Empire until it was destroyed in the Cataclysm. Sorimmar was not ultimately victorious, for he too was defeated and forced into long exile. Now, he has risen again and is preparing to invade the West and destroy it once and for all.