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Note – this article details the Mendevian Crusades against the demons of the Worldwound; for details of the crusade against the Whispering Tyrant, see Shining Crusade

It is said that whilst Aroden was still a mortal he defeated a cult dedicated to the demon lord Deskari, driving the survivors into the Lake of Mists and Veils and making the north of Avistan safe from demonic influence. If so, this protection ended on Aroden’s death.

Golarion moved into alignment with the Abyss, and the Worldwound was formed. Demons poured out, and overran the barbarian nation of Sarkoris. As the Worldwound grew ever larger, it came to be seen as a threat to the entire world.

The remaining clerics of Aroden, and the clerics of his follower Iomedae took it upon themselves to defeat the demons and seal the Worldwound. Thus the Mendevian Crusades were born.[1]

First Mendevian Crusade

The first crusade was called in 4622 AR and met with considerable success. The demons were defeated and pushed back towards the Worldwound, and the border was fortified. [2]

Second Mendevian Crusade

In 4638 AR the demons counterattacked.[3] Forces led by the powerful marilith Zuhra Apponavicius captured the crusader city of Drezen[4] and killed many of Mendev’s warriors. The Second Crusade was called to combat this menace, and these reinforcements enabled a new front line to be established on the Sellen River. The discover of nexovar allowed the wardstones to be created to prevent future demonic inclusions. [5]

Third Mendevian Crusade

The Second Crusade had contained the demonic threat once more, and it was hoped a third crusade could drive them back. However, balked by the wardstones, the demons had resorted to subtler incursions into Mendev. The Third Crusade stalled in the face of this demonic infestation, wasting its energies in witch hunts, paranoia and internal squabbling. Fortunately, the demons were also too divided to take advantage of this, and the Crusade ended in a stalemate. [6]

Fourth Mendevian Crusade

A new leader has emerged amongst the demons, a powerful balor known as the Storm King. His forces were able to damage a wardstone and cross the frontier, but fortunately the defenders managed to drive them back and repair the wardstone. This worrying development has led to the calling of the Fourth Crusade in order to defeat the Storm King before he has the chance to unite more of the demons under his banner. [7]

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