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    Valve Developer Lamprey's Avatar
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    Shadow Demon

    Among the sovereign Demons with explicit access to this world, Doom Bringer scarcely bothers with the affairs of Noninfernals and Lesser Spectral Consorts, while Shadow Fiend passes through almost exclusively on collecting expeditions. The Shadow Demon, however, has always taken a deep and abiding interest in the material plane, as if sensing that mastery of this gritty dimensional nexus might be the key to total domination of all realities. Summoned first by minor wizards, the Shadow Demon granted every wish and put on increasingly impressive displays of power until he had the full attention of the greatest demonologists, and through them the various lords, tyrants, autarchs and heirophants who depended on sorcery to buttress their mundane power. So great was his deception that all his summoners considered themselves the master and Shadow Demon the servant; meanwhile, he eroded their identities and made their minds his own. In the end, most members of the cult were hollow puppets, extensions of his evil will. What Shadow Demon's next step would have been remains open to speculation, for around this time, Nevermore the Shadow Fiend bit into a particularly nasty-tasting soul and discovered that it held nothing but a foul nougat of Shadow Demon's essence. Alerted that a coup was underway, and that the ancient equilibrium of the Umbral Pact was about to be destabilized, Doom Bringer and Shadow Fiend briefly joined forces to destroy the burgeoning cult. Combining spells of incredible force, they undid Shadow Demon's centuries of patient work, reducing his cult to smithereens--and all its members to a bloody splatter. Nothing remained except a tiny speck of demon shadow. Immortal and irreducible, this mote of evil was enough to seed the Shadow Demon's next scheme, and in fits and starts, over further centuries, he began to regroup. Whatever that speck of shadow touched, it tainted, and its influence gradually grew. A chaos of damaged parts pulled together, reknit, and combined to give Shadow Demon a form even stronger than his former. He is all but complete now, and his plan for infinite dominion lacks all of its former weaknesses. It would seem that such a being of pure malice and malevolence, a threat to all creation, would be forever out of place in our world...yet Shadow Demon does not lack for followers.

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    I like his lore and the fact that SF is actually mentioned as being from the same plane Doom and SD are.
    I do think it would fit his lore best to have no face, just the smoke and eyes particles, his face doesnt really convince me. Maybe even something similar to the warlock's golem head would look better.
    Just my personal opinion.

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    Basic Member wesai's Avatar
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    Nice! You guy working for Valve should write a book!

    But in all seriousness, good job. I'm looking forward to see more comics coming. Quite entertaining, Dota 2's lore have so much interesting stories.

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    Basic Member Cryle's Avatar
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    Will doom and shadowfiend have their lore retroactively changed?

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    Shadow Demon reminds me of Skeletor from He-man .
    At least his "face". Nevertheless great hero and great lore.

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    I like the fact that connections are being made between the heroes. That's the kind of thing that appeals to people like me.

    But yeah, like what Cryle said, I'm wondering if, as more characters (and rivalries) are added, will the older heroes have their lore changed a bit to make connection with other characters (or at least mention to their affiliations)?

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    My vote for a book of cain like lore book around the dota 2 universe, with extended background story on the heroes with some nice concept art. I would buy that in a heartbeat.

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    Basic Member pramo's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lamprey View Post
    and through them the various lords, tyrants, autarchs and heirophants who depended on sorcery to buttress their mundane power
    A small typo (I think it should be hierophants).

    Great story otherwise.
    Last edited by pramo; 03-15-2012 at 03:38 AM.

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    Can't say i particularly like this lore. Its a little cliché in places and seems a little desperate to site other hero names for the sake of making connections.

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    huh. interesting.

    lucifer being able to go where he likes makes sense but what's the deal with nevermore's access to the material plane? that sounds like it needs a backstory. is he just that powerful?

    also: them being called shadow fiend, shadow demon, shadow shaman etc only makes sense if it's their "brand" or something people call them by their reputation. they should use their proper names when addressing eachother. similiarly they should use those names here more

    "Lucifer and Nevermore briefly joined forces to destroy the burgeoning cult. Combining spells of incredible force, they undid Eredar(?)'s centuries of patient work"

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