Augustus Razzaine was a famous figure in Ramsalon and the Vaxian Empire serving as its First General for nearly thirty years, during which time Emperor Balcazar lay comatose and Razzaine held total Imperial power. Prior to this, he was part of a famous duo known in legends and stories as the Warrior and the Wizard, consisting of himself and the wizard Merguth. As First General, Razzaine oversaw the Darkest Night and the Second Orc War as well as contributing the Empire's assistance to Candenord and Shi Inkahan during civil disputes of their own.
Not much is known about Razzaine's early history. He went on many journeys with Merguth as "the Warrior and the Wizard," but many of these tales have likely been exaggerated over the span of generations of storytelling. It is believed that, some time after Necromos merged with Kosmo and (possibly) became fragmented as a result, Razzaine and Merguth made a deal with one of these fragments, and Razzaine became immune to magic as a result, while Merguth went slowly insane.
Razzaine served as First Commander of the Iron Army at the time that Wyndham became Emperor of Vaxia. Some time during this period, or perhaps before, he was trained in the Vaxian Shadow Death style of combat, like the Drads and other high-ranking military officials.
Wyndham was eventually assassinated by those Drads for his cruelty, and in a complex but rapid series of events, Balcazar became Emperor. However, his reign was short lived as he soon went mad for exercising free will in calling for Drathan's aid. He fell into a coma, at which time Razzaine declared himself First General of the Vaxian Empire and assumed the entirety of Balcazar's power in the interim.
As First General
The first twenty years of Razzaine's command were relatively peaceful. It was during this time that he assisted Belosarios of Candenord to unite the feuding Five Kingdoms under his own banner, strengthening ties with that nation. He also offered assistance during the Red Lotus War in Shi Inkahan.
Razzaine's reign was punctuated by the return of Necromos, who instigated the Darkest Night with the assistance of the gnomish animancer the Whirler. It was during this time that the Red Witch Hickorigatta was beheaded by Razzaine himself in Ramsalon, using the Dragon Sword.
Ramsalon weathered this catastrophe, and Razzaine led a number of rebuilding and revitalization efforts, including the paving and sanctification of Death Row, often the seat of Necromos' power in Ramsalon, to replace it with the housing tenements of Beth Bow He also built Congreth Kane Castle on the spot where the Shanty Town once stood, and moved its former citizens to Beth Bow. It was around this time that Shinkantown came into existence, populated primarily by refugees from the Red Lotus War.
Razzaine also ordered the formal creation of the Royal Labs which incorporated a number of the mind mages that already existed in the form of the court sorcerer and his cabal. The Labs were created to study the Black Oil Plague that came as part of the Darkest Night, and to reverse-engineer the Whirler's machines for use by the Empire. This ultimately resulted in the invention of the Automatons The Yeek Orrtek was placed in charge of the Royal Labs by Razzaine in exchange for his cleverness and knowledge of the mysterious metal yeekpewter, which vastly improved the automaton design.
Some time after the Darkest Night, Razzaine declared the Groms free states.
Second Orc War
In the year 3002 AC, Necromos rose again and declared war against the Vaxian Empire, having rebuilt and repopulated the ruins of Ghuundagor razed almost 3000 years earlier by Ramsen I The declaration was made during a tournament at Kane Coliseum after which Orcs began pouring out of the newly- and secretly-built Underpass portal in Beth Bow. The orcs were driven from the city when Father Pero managed to deactivate the portal.
At that time, Razzaine declared war in turn, and led the Iron Army west through Jorkana to Ghuundagor. This was the first time the Iron Army deployed automatons in battle. As well, his coalition consisted of forces from the Elves Shi Inkahan, and Candenord, bringing the full strength of his army to nearly one million men, women, and machines. This coalition army was evenly matched by Necromos' orc army, and in the battle that followed, there were incalculable casualties. Necromos raised the fallen from both sides as Zombies and during this final battle, in the shadow of Mount Fang, a weakened and exhausted Necromos fled and his army was defeated.
Razzaine ordered the formation of the Victory City penal colony after the war, and connected it to Ramsalon by having the Royal Labs reactivate Necromos' Underpass portal and recommission it for the Empire's own use.
In 3006 AC, Razzaine apparently decided he had accomplished everything he could, or that he wanted to, and left for Nebrak and dove to the bottom of Lake Nebrak, where a mysterious portal existed connected to another realm (sometimes referred to in legends as the "Sea of Stars"). He vanished from the world at this time, never to return, and Merguth vanished with him, taking the Dragon Sword and Armor with them.
With Merguth's disappearance, the Black Hand Curse was finally lifted, and the Drads were free from its effects and their subservience to the Empire. Balcazar awoke from his coma, completely free from his madness, and resumed his position as Emperor of Vaxia. Kire Cordock took Razzaine's place as First General, and Racine Moonsword replaced Kire as First Commander.