The Reign of Darkness
Forces in the world – cruel, carnal, bestial forces – seek to unravel the divine and shatter its works. They struggle to turn mortals against one another and tear down the works of civilization. Such forces are known by many names: Urgathoa, Yeenoghu, and others. However, one has an insidious presence that worms into mortal hearts and minds, and deceives them into turning away from righteousness to embrace brutality. This agent of destruction is Baphomet, who is also known as the Prince of Beasts, the Minotaur Lord, and the Horned King. Born from the churning chaos of the Abyss near the dawn of time, Baphomet is the embodiment of savagery, beserker rage and mindless fury – one of nature’s most destructive aspects, and the catalyst that looses the beast residing in all.
Baphomet longs to rule over the natural world, where his savagery can be expressed in unfettered ways. He devotes much of his resources to this front. Minotaurs and others that follow the Horned King take pains to spread over and defile the natural order, making enemies of any who follow the Old Faith.
Of note is the irrational hatred Baphomet and Yeenoghu share for each other. Unrelenting and costly, the conflict between them consumes at least half of each demon lord’s attention and resources. Gnolls and minotaurs clash with spectacular violence, fighting until one or both sides find utter destruction.