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The Lords of Order are higher beings of great mystical power that represent order and acted as the avatars of the concept of stagnation during the Ninth Age of Magic. Dedicated their near infinite power to empowering mortal agents, they battle the Lords of Chaos in a constant struggle for supremacy as their rivals bring about the "kali yuga", a period where chaos reigns supreme.[2]

Overview

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Being immensely powerful entities governing order, most of the Lords of Order existed as energy beings and were born fully developed.[3] However, some Lords of Order can be born with a physical form in the case of their offspring though unlike them, they develop in a manner like other lifeforms (i.e Amethyst and Arion).[4]

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Being powerful entities of magic, the Lords of Order are required to manifest through a host (with objects called "Amulets of Power") due to their bodies having long decayed from the use of magic in consequence to it's malevolent origin.[5][6] With the use of the Cosmic Log and the Book of Souls, they're able to enforce true order in existence.[7]

History

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Origins

The first Lords of Order were born before creation[8] from Darkworld, a realm of magic created by the sleeping dreams of the eponymous cosmic entity that created these gods whom representect aspects of balance, . Chief among the them were: Gemimn, Chaon, and Tynan, the Lord of Order, Chaos, and a entity known as the Balancer respectively.[9]

Another group of Lords of Order originated from Cilia. Forming around the same time as the Maltusians[10], these Lords of Order were one of the first sentient races in the known universe[11] and were born fully developed.[12]

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 the useless extremes of 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. The sole exception to this is Amethyst, who is the product of a union between one of the Lords of Order and a citizen of Gemworld. As a result, she is the only one of the Lords who possesses a truly physical form.

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 blond girl with a balloon.

Infinite Crisis

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.

In the Day of Vengeance Special, 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.

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Origin

When 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, whom was charged with convincing her to give up her magic to them in order to make better use of it. After years of captivity due to a ritual using her own power against her and the betrayal of the Olympian Gods when her husband, Hades, took on a new bride, Hecate let out a scream that shook all of reality and felt the dark presence of the Upside-Down Man. Her fury tore a hole in magic, allowing some of the darkness from the Otherplace to break through the veil of existence and gifted the men and women alike with the dark magic in hopes that they would eventually destroy themselves with it.[13][14]

With the power, the group of men and women became god-like and became known as both the Lords of Order and Lords of Chaos. The Lords of Order recognized their Magic of Order"often ended up destroying them from within, so they forced them to act within enchanted objects to survive.[14]

Creating the Parliaments

During the dawn of humanity, the Lords of Order set forth and performed a ritual that convened the forces that infused the natural world with power. Called the "Parliment of Life", this ritual spawned the natural forces of the world: The Green, The Red, The Grey, The Divided, and The Rot.[15]

The Lords of Order

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List of agents

Periodically, the Lords of Order choose agents to act on their behalf, sometimes endowing them with special powers and responsibilities.[16][17] In some cases, agents are even chosen by force.[18][19] The most prominent example are those whom hold the mantle of Doctor Fate.

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Paraphernalia

Equipment:

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  • Cosmic Logs: A tool used by the Lords of Order in which allows them to follow the true order in the universe. It is done by following patterns set out in it's contemporary tool, the Book of Souls.[20]
  • Book of Souls: A tool accessed by the Lords of Order in which govern all of existence. Using this alongside the Cosmic Logs allows the Lords of Order to understand and enforce true order.[21]
Amulets of Power


Notes

  • Though the Lords of Order are generally known as the source of power of Doctor Fate, they were created in the mid 70s, when Fate was already an established character.

Trivia

  • Some of the Lords of Order, in nature, consider themselves to be beyond sex and form.[22]
  • Though Nabu claims the Lords of Order do not fall in love and engage in procreation (in which case it is viewed as defying order and inviting chaos)[17], several Lords of Order have done so including: Pantagones, Arion, and Shazam (Wizard).
  • Pantagones is viewed as the weakest Lord by his fellow Lords of Order (including Nabu) and the Lords of Chaos.[17]

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