"Be warned, and be vigilant - for the Dark Gods, the shadows of Creation, wrap their dread fingers around all that exists, seeking an end to what was wrought at the Inception. For vain is all courage and valor against the evil they seek to bring upon Existence."
- Anurel, Divine God of Righteous Rulership.The Dark Gods are primordial beings or gods of incredible power who once inhabited the plane known as Aetherius, the home realm of the divine beings known as Ae'ada. These gods are the main source of darkness and evil in Existence as we know it.
Originally the "Dark Gods" were all members of the Ae'ada, the spirits born of Anui and Aetheria, tasked with preserving the Order of all Creation. However Aku, the brother of the chief Ae'ada, Anurel, abandoned the teachings of the Order and turned towards the "Five Troubles", which are believed by the Ae'ada to be the concepts purged from the All-Father Ehyeh at the dawn of time. These Troubles are said to be - Hate, Wrath, Deceit, Fear, and Greed. These Five concepts make up all Evil in the Ae'ada teachings. Aku believed the "Five Hallmarks" as he called them, could lead the gods to unimaginable power.
During the period of time known as The Aetherium War, many gods sided with Aku and his teachings. These came to be known as the Dark Gods. They battled the Divine Gods, who were led by Anurel, god of righteousness and rulership. Eventually the Darks faced defeat and were banished from the Paradise of Aetherius. These Darks remain secluded in their own personal realms at the edge of reality, and together they form a loose alliance that sometimes works together, but more often than not, the Dark Beings will work alone and exert their own influences across Creation.
The remaining Dark Gods are:
- Aku, Lord of Evil, Change, and Chaotic Revolution.
- Sithis, Lord of Death, Fear, and Emotional Suffering.
- Kharne, Lord of War, Anger, and Senseless Slaughter.
- Molag Bal, Lord of Domination, Schemes, and the Vampiric Curse.
- Hargon Daas, Lord of Wealth, Power, and Greed.
- Nezoth, Lord of Darkness, Secrets, and Corruption.
- Nurgle, Lord of Disease, Decay, and Pain.
- Slaanesh, Mistress of Pleasure, Decadence, and Madness.
The Dark Gods believe that the universe is at its purest when filled with chaos and evil. Aku and the Darks believe that "good" and "order" are hopeless dreams that can never exist for long, and that Creation should either be destroyed or remade into a state of perpetual chaos.