Let’s delve into the events of Call of the Arbiter Episode 9, which sheds light on Bad El Kazar’s journey into darkness.
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The episode begins with the Arbiter, instructing her champions, emphasizing the urgency of knowing their enemy.
We find Alure in the aftermath of being cursed by the Arbiter’s sword, saved by Elhain, and surrounded by the other champions – Athel, Kael, Galek, Jizoh, and Gnut. They demand Alure’s help in locating Bad El Kazar. Initially resistant and distrustful, Alure’s cooperation is compelled by Elhain’s magical influence.
We are then taken on a narrated flashback by Alure, revealing the past life of Bad El Kazar when he was known as Valkanen. He was a talented mage attending the academy of magic, with Arion as his rival. Both vied for the affections of the Lady of Ireth, but Arion won her heart, leaving Valkanen filled with rage.
In his anger, Valkanen hears a voice from a mysterious mirror portal – the voice of his future self, Bad El Kazar. Fascinated by the promise of dark magic’s power, he succumbs to its temptations and begins his transformation. He performs a forbidden ritual, binding his soul to Siroth, the god of chaos, which leads to the tragic demise of his fellow students, including Arion and the Lady of Ireth.
Hunted by guards, Valkanen flees through the mirror portal, leaving behind the last remnant of his former self, a rose symbolizing his love.
Back in the present, Alure reveals that Bad El Kazar has lived for a long time and plans to unseal the Tower of Beasts with the sword’s power. Athel asserts that the Arbiter will stop him, but Alure warns them that Bad El Kazar fears the Arbiter even without her physical form. The champions realize that obtaining the sword will give them all the components needed to summon the Arbiter, and Alure seeks her revenge. The episode ends with an ominous air surrounding Alure.
“Before he took the name Bad-El-Kazar, his name was Valkanen. At the academy of magic, where the brightest and best studied the occult and arcane arts, he was without equal. Except for one… Valkanen’s rival: Arion.
Arion presented a riddle to Valkanen. How could he best him at every turn? But there was a voice that spoke to Valkanen across the barrier between worlds. A voice of great power.
Valkanen had been warned about dark magic. But now, he could feel the power of Siroth, raw and merciless. The warnings of his teachers now reeked of cowardice. Darkness was just another side of power. There was nothing to fear. He was no longer Valkanen. He was becoming more than human.
For months, Valkanen trained in secret, labouring to understand Siroth’s dark arts. His magic now extended beyond illusions, mere appearances – this… was real magic. The changing of things. He now called out to Siroth, and at that moment, he bound his soul to the god of chaos. All power has a price.”