The Apocalypse of Yesterday
Harbinger of Unrest, Lord of Slaughter, The Bloody Tyrant, The Conqueror
Lesser Deity (Lawful Evil)
Conflict, Conquest, Massacre, Tyranny, and Vengeance
Bloodstained Greatsword, Red Horse
Domination, Evil, Law, Retribution, Spite, Tyranny, War, and Wrath
Unlike the rest of the Horsemen, War does not embody mere destruction. Instead, it seeks to convert followers under its banner although even different sects are pitted against each other. While most followers are strong-armed in War’s service, the clergy itself consists of willing subjects who will accept applications. All newly anointed clerics of War are subjugated by their superiors and must claw their way up the church’s hierarchy.
War wishes to pit different factions each other and see those closest to its ideal triumph. Thus, its followers might request outside aid in the culling of members of opposing parties.
Actions are the true form of prayers to War. However, the Bloody Tyrant also accepts oaths of vengeance and words of extortion.
Temples to War are always enforced and act as barracks for the horseman’s followers in their endless war. Black iron spikes protrude from these buildings, and oftentimes the enemies of the church can be seen impaled on some of them. Crimson cloth emblazoned with War’s symbols decorate these temples.
War oversees official declarations of hostility and war, and its clergy commits itself to execute these rituals. Even personal grudges are sanctified by the priests of War.
Herald and Allies
The herald of War is none other than the horseman itself. Its allies include the rest of the Four Horsemen as well as numerous followers, including hand-picked apostles and many tyrannical rulers of the new world.
To War, what matters most is conflict. While bloodshed is a part of its portfolio, being the patron of domination by force is what identifies the Harbinger of Unrest. Conflict for its own sake pleases this horseman but ambition and vindictiveness define its portfolio. It sparks hatred systematically by attacking specified settlements seemingly randomly. However, each death for which War is responsible is part of its larger scheme.
Other gods which embody aspects of war such as Atrope despise War because it embodies everything about warfare which they abhor. For example, while Atrope governs justified wars, War itself is satisfied by any and all motivations which ignite conflict.