|Class: Black Mage|
|Faction: Southern Horde|
- "Those who do not plan in war do not survive."
- —Hepnaz L'invrad
Duke Hepnaz L'invrad was an old archdemon, the Lord of the Duchy of Southern Yamato and the leader of the Southern Horde in the Third Age of tGA. He began to openly move against the other demon hordes in 11 AOE and planned to use the inner conflicts of his enemies to take over Yamato. He was betrayed and killed by his closest subordinate Gin'vel.
Hepnaz, like other demons, entered the world during the Second Battle of Kageshima and witnessed the death of Mardük which began the Cataclysm. When Mardük's power over the demons was gone, Hepnaz too fought hard to carve his domain in Yamato. He and his followers eventually settled in an area which would be known as the Duchy of Southern Yamato, and he made Gin'vel his second-in-command, a Dreadlady. Hepnaz became officially known as the lord of the Southern Horde.
He wasted no time and sent various agents all around Yamato and even beyond borders to find out if there was something he could do to expand his power base. Out of the agents, Iblis al-Djinn in particular turned out to be useful as he managed to become member of the court of Vanna in Southern Libaterra. Hepnaz instructed him to stay put and slowly weaken Vanna from within in preparation of the eventual invasion.
Hepnaz also sent Dreadlady Gin'vel to participate in the Night of Blood to get rid of the Dreadlord of the fifth, Central Horde whose master Omaroch d'Zarnagon had been missing for years. The Dreadlord was dealt with, and Hepnaz took one quarter of the Central Horde, which had fallen into chaos after its Dreadlord's disappearance, into his growing army.
A Game of Deception
Hepnaz, like the other archdemons, went to Kageshima in 11 AOE to give his annual report to Grand Duchess Nhrakate d'Zarnagon. It was around this time that he found out that Duke Malphas d'Xuvadon and the Northern Horde were preparing to move although he was unsure which opponent the Northern Horde would face. Nevertheless this bit of information was important for Hepnaz, and he immediately returned back to his duchy to figure out how to use this sudden development to his advantage.
Echoes of War
Hepnaz sent some of his forces to conquer the vulnerable areas of Aison that were next to the Yamatian border. Although he could not take over strongholds such as New Molson, his forces scored many victories by outnumbering their opponents. The Southern Horde had taken over mines which they began using to supply their soldiers with metals for armor and weapons. Hepnaz heard that the Northern Horde was on the move and decided to let the conflict play out. After the fighting ended, he would pick the weaker of the two and crush them.
A Crimson Dawn
- "It's almost time we strike."
- —Hepnaz to Gin'vel
Gin'vel informed Hepnaz that the Northern Horde had sent some of its forces to reclaim Vulpengaard Keep from the Akai Tora and the Forgotten who had captured it earlier. Hepnaz ordered her to prepare the Southern Horde's forces. They would use the opportunity to move against Malphas himself while Malphas's forces were busy elsewhere.
Tears of the Sun
- "Lesser beings always take things at face value, never bothering to look deeper. Their ignorance will be their downfall."
- "I hope so for your sake, Baron Iblis. I've spent a lot of time, resources and manpower to make all of this happen. Do not fail me."
- —Iblis al-Djinn and Hepnaz
Hepnaz was contacted by a traitor of his who had accompanied the heroes of the Grand Alliance to Vanna. The traitor was ostensibly reporting to the Northern Horde of the heroes' activities, but he was instead triple-crossing people as his true master was none other than Hepnaz. Everything was going as planned: now that the traitor had informed the Northern Horde of the situation in Vanna, Malphas's forces would begin the march to Vanna, which would in turn leave the horde's stronghold almost undefended and ripe for invasion from Hepnaz's Southern Horde. Hepnaz told the traitor to stay put and enjoy the show.
Hepnaz was later contacted by another one of his agents, Grand Vizier Iblis al-Djinn, who informed him that the plan to use Krystallopyr was going as planned. However, Iblis also informed Hepnaz that he had spotted a familiar figure, Ronove, among the heroes and that Ronove seemed to have lost his memories. Hepnaz immediately ordered Iblis to send a group of skilled warriors after the heroes in order to kill Ronove before Ronove could regain his memories. Both of them knew that it was time to finish what they had begun in the Night of Blood.
The Winds of Wrath
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- "What do you want?"
- "Merely to inform you that by now, my army has taken most of your mines and villages. Such a shame to have your army fighting rebels and invading Libaterra, when the true threat...lies at your very doorstep."
- —Malphas d'Xuvadon and Hepnaz
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- "No! I was so...close..."
- —Hepnaz's last words
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Aliases and Nicknames
- Lord of the South
- An honorary title given to Hepnaz after he formed the Duchy of Southern Yamato.
An old, black-robed guy with golden trimming who looks like Andre Linoge. He has many expressions on his face that should be illegal.
Personality and Traits
Hepnaz is cold and likes to manipulate people. He prefers to let two sides fight and finishes both of them off when they have become weak enough. He believes that strength does not always lie in numbers.
Powers and Abilities
Hepnaz is a powerful black mage, but he prefers to use his cunning and words against his opponents rather than brute force.
Gin'vel acts as Duke Hepnaz's Dreadlady and is thus the second-in-command of the duke's forces. Hepnaz sees Gin'vel as a loyal subordinate.
Iblis has served Hepnaz loyally for a long time. The two share ambitious plans, and Iblis is more than willing to manipulate people to please his master. Although Hepnaz seems to respect Iblis to an extent, he sees Iblis nothing more as a grand pawn in his elaborate game of deception.