The Hands that Move the World
Orphaned or else completely abandoned by his parents, Morgue was left without a family or a name in a small village in rural Aundair. The village was primarily a tiefling settlement, and though the villagers were mostly of his kind, none of them could identify Morgue’s birth parents. He was taken in by a kind family, who had lost their only natural child in the Last War. They gave Morgue his name to signify that he had replaced what they had lost to death.
The tiefling village stayed out of most of the combat during the Last War, save for the few villagers who voluntarily enlisted, like Morgue’s adopted brother. One day, however, an unidentified drifter arrived in the village, nursing a near-fatal wound. His mind a haze on the precipice of death, the drifter began madly attacking the villagers. Though Morgue was raised a pacifist by his war-hating parents, some indescribable instinct within compelled him to act, and he killed the drifter with his bare hands. Though he was shocked and horrified by what he had done, his family and fellow villagers revered him as a hero for saving them from the madman.
The years passed, and Morgue only grew to fear himself and his dark side even more. He finally chose to leave his village, and departed from home under the cover of night so nobody would be aware of his departure. As he was approaching the main road, however, he saw the torches and heard the voices of an advancing army on the warpath from the south, moving towards his home. He made his way back as quickly as he could, but he was too late; he returned only to find everything destroyed by the army under Thrane’s banner, en route to reinforce troops besieging the Aundair city of Thaliost. The unit was led by the infamous dragonborn general, Pangeon Wyrmeye, who Morgue never forgot. The ruins of the town remain in Thrane’s borders to this day.
Morgue took the role of an avenger of injustice, and sought to atone for the doings of his dark side and his abandonment of his home when they needed him most. To do this, he had to resort to the side of him he most feared: the primal killer that dwelt within. To the same end, Morgue sought something he called the “sword that pierces the heart of evil men,” an ill-defined item he hoped to use to serve the ends of true justice.
Joining the Eclipse Collective
Morgue’s unending quest for justice brought him to Lakeside, where he encountered a heated argument between Tam’elanath Edroin and Zil’dejin Firebane when the latter spent a drunken night in the elf’s woodshed. Thinking that Zil’dejin had been enslaved by Tam’elanath, he intervened, only to learn that he had made a mistake. He became, like Zil’dejin, an employee of Tam’elanath’s bowyer shop, living a relatively simple life until the group’s first adventure together, as prompted by Teldorthan Goldcap’s request.
He traveled with the party to Winterhaven, during which time he became known for his habit of engraving messages to his enemies in his throwing weapons and for often acting dangerously boldly (such as in attempting to hide beneath his cloak in a well-lit room, or kicking down a door known to have a powerful enemy behind it). Because of this, the phrase “do the opposite” became associated with Morgue. The tiefling was killed in the second level of the Shadowfell Keep on Lharvion 24, 998 YK. He was assaulted by two hobgoblin soldiers while protecting Lythanis Zyk and Eshunu further down the hall behind him.
His last words were, appropriately, “Screw the opposite!”
Even death couldn’t stop Morgue’s thirst for justice. A year after his death, Morgue was raised by unknown forces as a revenant, wielding the Blade of Annihilation as the Hexblade of the Infernal Pact in the Tournament of Blades. His face, having been mangled by the hobgoblins that killed him, was replaced by a helmet he could not remove. In this form, Morgue used his power to strike against the dark powers that created him, and became known as the “Devilslayer,” at last wielding something that could be considered a sword that pierces the heart of evil men. He assisted the party and fellow hexblade Conlon Ostrennar in defeating Raldar d’Kundarak.
Though Morgue’s primary interest remained in keeping the world safe, he felt a strong sense of duty even to his nature as a Hexblade. Once the task of felling Derli’s father was complete, he challenged Conlon to a fateful duel on the roof of the Fattest Lady in Krona Peak. It was during this duel that Morgue threw one of his signature engraved shuriken, revealing his identity to the party. After an intense battle, Conlon killed him and took his blade-token, marking what may have been the first fatality of the Tournament of Blades.