"Skulls for the Skull Throne!"
-Warcry for worshippers of Kharne
Kharne, also known as the Lord of Ruin, the All-Destroyer and the Father of Orks, is one of the remaining Dark Gods, the bloodthirsty God of War, Killing, and Hatred. Due to all the War and Hate circulating about Existence, Kharne is considered to be the strongest Dark God apart from Aku himself. When war is waged, or if hate is acted upon, or when aggression is unleashed in the mortal realms, Kharne's strength grows. Being the God of War, Kharne is the greatest warrior and fighter in all of Existence. His might is unmatched by any mortal or god, only rivaled by his sister, the Divine goddess Kyne.
Kharne often takes on the form of a mighty, muscular upright dark pig monster. Across his body and his neck are glowing red runes that denote violence, slaughter, and war in the ancient Ada language. Carved horns protrude from his shoulders and massive carved tusks protrude from his hideous face.
Kharne was one of Anurel's many siblings, born of the deities Anui and Aetheria before the dawn of time.
After Aku began questioning Anurel's leadership, the unrest polarized the gods in their heavenly home, and soon war was waged in Paradise - this came to be known as the Aetherium War. Those gods who sided with Aku became the Darks; Kharne himself was included in this grouping. While this conflict raged, Kharne, a fierce and mighty warrior, killed many of his fellow gods, but still, the holy strength of Anurel was too much, and the Darks lost the war. When the Darks retreated to various pockets of Existence, Kharne created The Killing Field as his personal realm.
The Killing Field is a realm where the land is made out of the bones, skulls, and flesh from those who died in his name. Across the bonescape, there are also lakes of blood from those who died in his name. At the center of the realm, sitting in a massive throne of bones and skulls, known as the Skull Throne, is the terrifying God of War himself, watching over the death and war that is constantly being waged across Existence.
Personality and Interaction with Mortals
Kharne is one of the Dark Gods more willing to interact with mortals - he sees their petty wars and battles as amusing and useful for advancing his power.
Throughout history, Kharne has been prayed to by warriors or soldiers who seek his blessing before stepping into war. Kharne will give minor blessings to warriors who seek his guidance, however those who devote themselves to war and combat will find they gain more and more power from Kharne directly.
Those who submit themselves to the War God can become champions of Kharne. Some mortal warriors choose this path because it grants the warrior great strength, endurance, stamina, and skill with weapons. However, as a price, Kharne lays claim to the mortal's body and soul. The mortal will eventually become a slave to Kharne's will, and when this mortal dies, they become scattered bones and flesh added to the grim landscape of The Killing Field.