The Nightmare Prince, The Scourge of Middenheim, Urien Grimwarden Race:
Witch Gender / Sexuality:
Male, Bisexual Age:
Ahriman is best described as unpredictable, an agent of chaos. In the best of times he is eccentric, polite yet flamboyant. Civil to the point of being patronizing, it’s not uncommon to get the feeling Ahriman is putting on a performance of some sort for those around him. Even in the midst of a fight, Ahriman seems to hide behind this veneer, making it hard sometimes to tell what he might be truly thinking and feeling. The only exception to this seems to be when he encounters anything that seems to have the power to cleanse the blight that inhabits his soul, in which case he shows true anger and will either vehemently destroy the offender or try to get away.
While Urien fell because he couldn’t ignore his empathy and the plight of the mortals, Ahriman seems completely lacking in any empathy whatsoever. Considering how different he is now from his time as a Gaiyan, one might think it’s a completely different being simply wearing his face but despite his vastly different temperament Ahriman seems to remember fairly clearly those he met when he was still alive and chooses his targets based on the same values he entailed in life. Despite this, his previous loyalty to the Eldritch seems only to last so long as he has another target to sate his sadistic urges on. History:
Urien Grimwarden and his twin brother, Castiel Grimwarden were born in the latter part of the Great Holy War. The twins were inseparable growing up, differing only in their temperament; Urien was a bleeding heart, often caring greatly for others' wellbeing, whereas Castiel was very much a stickler for the rules and maintaining the order those rules brought. For almost 500 years, there was almost no issue between the two of them. Barring a select few instances both of their outlooks were extremely compatible while dealing only with other Gaiyans.
Eventually, however, their assigned tasks brought them out into the world at large. Castiel was able to hold to the ideals the greater portion of the Gaiyan race favoured at that point, sticking strictly to Gaiyan interests, though Urien found himself disturbed by the atrocities the brothers witnessed whenever their tasks took them into the wider world. Urien questioned whether the Gaiyans were doing the right thing by allowing all of this to happen while they stayed shut up in their own lands leaving mortals to do as they would, and a rift formed between the brothers. After years of his objections being shut down at every turn by those in power among his people, and a climactic fight between the brothers as their ideals clashed, Urien left his homeland to join his brethren of the Eldritch.
It didn’t take long for the angel to fall whilst among the Eldritch, the process causing his very wings to wilt away as he studied the dark powers of his brethren. It was a price Urien was prepared to pay if it meant bringing a swift close to this war and putting an end to the suffering inflicted on both sides. As much as Urien was able to contribute to the war effort, in particular at the battle of Middenheim where a combination of his knowledge of the dark arts and the Eldritch commander's strategic brilliance brought absolute ruin upon the opposing army, a single person couldn’t possibly change the outcome of the war at large.
In the end, it was one of the many otherworlders who joined the side of the humans that brought an end to Urien. At the battle of Rosewater, Urien attempted to repeat his success at Middenheim but his spell was interrupted and twisted against him at the height of the battle. Urien and the contingent of warriors who stood by his side were caught up in the resulting vortex of energies, and were seemingly utterly obliterated.
Whether it was his own body or his soul itself, Urien found himself in a twisted black hellscape chained together with so many other damned souls. It’s unclear just how long he suffered there, as time and space in that realm seemed to be playthings of some mad god.
Whatever happened in that hellish place, the being that eventually managed to claw it’s way back into Vyldemire calls itself Ahriman. It takes the form of Urien, but seems to be some amalgamation of the entities that called that nightmare realm home. Likes:
Good wine: It’s honestly baffling how often Ahriman manages to obtain a glass of wine to sip on in places he has no business having one.
Making Others Suffer: Ahriman is unlikely to finish any foe he could leave to suffer, even when it would be far easier for him to end it all than hold back. He has an inherent need to hurt people emotionally, spiritually, and physically.
Fear: Those who show proper terror when Ahriman sets his gaze upon them are far more likely to escape unscathed. Dislikes:
His brother: His raw hatred for his brother is unmatched. He felt betrayed when his closest of kin chose blind adherence rather than make a difference in the needless slaughter, and his time in purgatory gave him a lot of time to relive those memories.
Otherworlders: While he was originally alive, Urien felt very strongly that the only thing that had kept the humans from collapsing under the weight of the Eldritch might were the constant infusions of otherworlder heroes into their ranks.
Gaiyans: For the entirety of his time on Vyldemire the Gaiyans sat back and allowed the senseless slaughter of untold innocents to happen right under their noses. The war may have ended now, but the lingering hatred persists. Goal/Aspiration:
What drives Ahriman at any given moment varies given the utterly broken state of his mind, but his overarching goal is to bring the suffering he has experienced to the entirety of Vyl. Key Fear/Adversary:
The only really effective way of dealing with Ahriman is to cleanse the corruption that makes up who he has become. Since “killing” him by other means merely banishes him for a time and is, to him, of little consequence. Unfortunately, it is also the quickest way to unite the broken pieces of his mind against someone, so tread with caution.
6’2” Body Type:
Red with a hint of violet Eyes:
Amber (glows gold when his corruption is showing) Skin Tone:
Suntanned (Becomes pale when corruption is showing) Overall Appearance: