The Lords of Chaos are higher beings of great mystical power that represent chaos and acted as the avatars of the concept of change during the Ninth Age of Magic. Empowering followers with their magics, they fight the Lords of Order as their ultimate goal is to bring about the "kali yuga", a term use to describe a period where chaos reigns ultimately supreme.
War Between Order and Chaos
Chaos and Order have been fighting a cyclical battle for eons. First Order is dominant, then Chaos, then destruction and renewal and then it starts over again. Originally, the struggle was depicted as one between Good (Order) and Evil (Chaos); it is currently depicted as a balance between stagnation and anarchy.
The two opposing forces are bundles of mystical energy who usually depend on servants to accomplish their goals. They can take physical form by possessing a living being, as in the case of Nabu or Mordru, or empower humans to act as their agents, as in the case of Terataya and T'Charr (a Lord of Order and a Lord of Chaos respectively), who empowered Hawk and Dove to act in their stead.
A Lord of Order and a Lord of Chaos were also sent to the Dreaming as representatives of their realms. Kilderkin of Order manifested as a lidless box with a servant djinn holding it, and Shivering Jemmy of the Shallow Brigade of Chaos as a young blonde girl with a balloon.
During the events of Day of Vengeance, Eclipso seduced the Spectre into slaughtering most of Earth's magic users after she claimed that magic was the source of all of Earth's evil. The Spectre's rampage on magic users resulted in the death of the wizard Shazam, the destruction of the Rock of Eternity and the release of the forces contained within it.
Nabu called together a team of magical beings to stop the Spectre and seal the Seven Deadly Sins. Nabu confronted the Spectre, whose anger grew so great that the Presence took notice and sent the Spectre to his new host. In the process Nabu died and with him the Ninth Age of Magic. Before his death, he gave the helmet of Doctor Fate to Detective Chimp to give to the new Doctor Fate. Although Nabu and his spirit would no longer be a part of the helmet, it would still have significant powers. After a failed attempt by Detective Chimp to put the helmet on, he asked Captain Marvel to throw the helmet down to Earth and let it land where it will, letting fate pick the next Doctor Fate.
The deaths of the Lords of Order and Chaos caused magic to break down into its basic raw state, triggering the end of the Ninth Age of Magic and the beginning of the Tenth. Amethyst and Mordru are the only known Lords to have survived into the Tenth Age.
When the primordial being of magic, Hecate, relocated herself to Earth 0 and gifted mankind magic, men and women alike took notice of her greater power and conspired to steal it to supplant themselves capable of ushering in their own version of order. Chief among the group was Mordru, who relentlessly tortured Hecate into giving the mortals her power. While Hecate endured the lorture for years she finally relented when she heard the news that her husband, Hades, had left her for a new bride. She did not, however, give the mortals her own power but instead gifted them the dark magic form the Otherplace which the goddess hoped would eventually destroy the humans from within. Wary of the unpredictable nature of magic most of the humans set out laws and wrote books dictating how magic in their control should be ordered and called themselves the Lords of Order. Mordru, however found the notion of 'Ordered Magic' laughable when it had been born through such chaotic means as Heacate's torture. Instead he refused to follow the rules and methods of the Lords of Order and used chaotic magic instead, unbridled by the limits of Order, which allowed him to survive for thousands of years unlike his former colleagues in the Lords of Order who had to bind their souls to artefacts and amulets after their bodies were destroyed by the magic of 'Order'. Mordru claimed to be the only 'true Lord of Chaos' implying that all late 'Lords of Chaos' merely mastered Chaos magic unlike Mordru who actually invented it in the same manner the Lords of Order invented the magic of Order.
Thousands of years later Mordru would share the magic of Chaos with the Justice League Dark when the League crossed the Lords of Order who were trying to destroy all magic in the universe. The League harnessed the chaos power and their leader, Wonder Woman introduced themselves as the 'new Lords of Chaos' and defeated the Lords of Order, trapping their leader, Nabu, in his own helmet. The reign of the new Lords of Chaos would be short however as immediately after the battle Wonder Woman quickly used the League's Chaos power to mitigate the harm caused by the Lords of Order and then swiftly banished the chaos magic before it corrupt any of the Justice League Dark. Wonder Woman would briefly regain her powers over chaos magic to defeat the Injustice League Dark but she once more dismissed them as soon as the battle was won.
List of agents
Like their orderly counterpart, the Lords of Chaos can also choose agents to act as their emissary in their quest to supplant chaos over order, sometimes even choosing to directly empower them or bestowing them a specific responsibility. Certain agents also serve the interest of these lords without a particular lord as their benefactor.
- New Earth
- Dark Opal
- Inza Cramer (unknowingly; formerly)
- Kid Eternity
- Doctor Chaos
- Dark Majistra
- Garn Daanuth
- Prime Earth