Harbingers of the End
The Four Horsemen
The Four Horsemen, the archdaemons, the End Bringers are powerful and unique daemons: they rule Abaddon, and have hordes of daemons in their service.
Each of the Four Horsemen represents one of four ideals: war, disease, famine and death. The actual position of being a Horseman is a coveted title and is often fought for by the greatest members of daemonkind. Each Horseman has his own legion of servitor daemons known as deacons or destroyers. Each Horseman also boasts his own realm uniquely suited to what they represent. The current Four Horsemen are Apollyon, the horseman of pestilence, Charon, the horseman of death, Szuriel, the horseman of war, and Trelmarixian, the horseman of famine. A fifth Horseman, known in forbidden texts as the Oinodaemon, is said to be superior even to the Four Horsemen in power and stature. Most believe he either never existed, or was killed by the remaining Horsemen long ago.
The Four Horsemen are such powerful fiends that they are capable of granting spells and power to their deluded, nihilistic clerics. They do not have churches or organised faiths on the Material Plane, but rather are worshipped out of fear or by hate-filled monsters.
- Current Horsemen
2.1 The Oinodaemon
2.2 Previous Horsemen
2.2.1 Horseman of Death
2.2.2 Horseman of Famine
2.2.3 Horseman of Pestilence
2.2.4 Horseman of War
‘Horseman’ is a title granted to a powerful daemon who ascends to this position. There have been other daemons in the past who have arisen to the title of on of the Horsemen, but they have been replaced for various reasons, including by their murder at the hands of Lamashtu.
An ancient Horseman is responsible for the genesis of the demons.6 Lamashtu learnt the daemon’s secret ‘art’ of creating demons from the torture of a former Horseman of the Apocalypse, whom she had taken during her wars against Abaddon. She had managed to take two Horsemen captive during these wars and murdered both of them.7
There are also rumors of a fifth Horseman, who lies bound in a dead zone at the heart of the plane which none may enter.Oinodaemon, The Fifth Horseman
Before the current incumbents, there have been a number of previous Horsemen such as the following:8
Horseman of Death
Charon is the only Horseman of Death to exist holding this possession since the beginning.
Horseman of Famine
Horseman of PestilenceAzulos the Corrupting, the original Horseman of Pestilence Drulaema the Fever Princess Yrsinius
Horseman of WarHoreksim, the original Horseman of War Roshmolem the Steel Weaver Ortaro of the Ten Thousand Screams