- "And whilst evil was nurtured in the bowels of the earth, in its absense came a new age. A new power. And thus began the reign of the Glorious Empire. Everyone was happy, and those who weren't were killed, enslaved or had other nasty things done to them."
- — Gnarl during the intro to Overlord II.
Of the Human nations of the World, the most important by far was that of the Glorious Empire, more often called simply The Empire, forged by the mysterious, masked conqueror Solarius, from the many former human nations of the Empire Heartlands, Nordberg and so on, more than twenty years before the events of Overlord II. It's a heavily militarized and xenophobic nation that preached human supremacy all over the world and promoted the persecution of non-human races and magic users. Although not as skilled in craftsmanship as the Dwarfs or in magic as the Elves, the people of the Glorious Empire are fuelled by an extreme hatred for everything that is connected with magic that pushes them constantly to overcome their limits and to progress relentlessly in culture and technology. Since many enemies have failed to stop the Empire and its ruthless march towards the conquest of the world, it is the faith, the sense of righteousness, and the unconquerable spirit of its citizens which gives the Empire its strength, as well as the ruthless efficiency of its military and anti-magic machineries.
- 1 History
- 2 Politics
- 3 Culture
- 4 Economy
- 5 Notable Members
- 6 Military
- 7 Foreign Policy
- 8 True Purpose
- 9 Trivia
- 10 Gallery
History[edit | edit source]
Overlord Raising Hell[edit | edit source]
Shortly after the Third Overlord was trapped and the minions were forced to abandon him, his empire began crumbling. After the Great Cataclysm destroyed the dark tower and caused the Magical Plague, the scared citizens of the world were united by a man named Solarius. Solarius attempted to unite the scared and scattered human populations under one banner: The Glorious Empire. Solarius named himself Emperor of this growing, he seeked to get rid of the magic creatures and apparently restore order, but the true ideals of Solarius were not to protect the people, but so he could ascend into godhood, and for nearly 20 years they hunted down magic creatures and imprisoned them for the arena, forcing the remaining Magic creatures such as the fairies, elves and unicorns to form the hidden sanctuaries,and one figure united the magic creatures, the beautiful and good hearted Queen Fay.
Overlord II[edit | edit source]
Besieging Nordberg[edit | edit source]
The still-expanding Empire is first encountered during the Overlad Prologue. They besiege Nordberg Town and demand they hand over any magic users to be "cleansed". In response, the Nordbergians toss out the Overlad, who proceeds to escape with the aid of the minions and a Yeti. During the time the Overlad is being raised to become the Fourth Overlord, the Glorious Empire expands and takes over much of the World. Their ruler is Emperor Solarius, a ruthless and deluded tyrant, who wishes to eradicate all of the world's magic and collect it in the Magic Containment Room in the Imperial Palace.
Nordberg[edit | edit source]
Many years later when the Overlord was proving his value to be the reigning Overlord, he came across hunters that were authorized by the Glorious Empire to hunt, and believing that he was a poacher, attacked the Overlord, to which he destroyed their camp and drove the hunters out. The Overlord then proceeded, and found a area with trees that had been cut down, and upon further investigation, discovered that the Glorious Empire had found another sanctuary. Gnarl suggested to go inside to take a magic relic to power the gates of the Netherworld Tower, which was still incomplete, but when inside they've seen that the soldiers already taken the relic and Borius was there to oversee the operation. After going through the sanctuary, the Overlord found a stone from the abyss, but was inactive due of his unconfirmed Overlord status, and after taking the stone and smashing the gnomes, his status as the rightful Overlord was confirmed. With his lordship confirmed, the new Overlord's first move was to take Nordberg, which was held by the Glorious Empire, but they had fire barriers to prevent the Overlord from entering the city. After rescuing the reds from the sanctuary, the barriers were destroyed, but the city was protected by a garrison of legionnaires, supported by a ballista, The Overlord took an alternate path and routed the cohort guarding the gates, but the city itself was inaccessible due to the gates being reinforced. With this obstacle, the Overlord switched tactics, departing to a nearby mine that the Glorious Empire was excavating in an attempt to reach the Netherworld. Taking a mine-cart full of explosives, it's former use likely intended for use as a form of rock-blasting, and sent it up the rails at high speed, causing the cart to fly off the rails and into the gate, setting off the unstable explosives and destroying the gate. He then assaulted the city, which was protected by the rest of the garrison and some Nordbergians that preferred the rule of the Empire over that of the Overlord, but they were of little match for the Overlord, signalling the occupation of Nordberg and the start of his war with the Glorious Empire by pushing a marble statue carved in Borius' likeness on top of the governor. After seizing Nordberg, the Overlord reached the shipyard to commandeer a ship and sail to Everlight, however the vessel was frozen along with the river, the solution for which was found in a series of pits of tar, which melted the ice when set alight, causing a flash flood at an Elvish Sanctuary that was under assault from the Empire at the time, destroying the forces of both parties and allowing the Overlord to pass through with relatively little trouble from the survivors.
Everlight[edit | edit source]
Wastelands[edit | edit source]
Both the Overlord, Elves and the Empire had traveled to the Wastelands, a barren land ruined by the Great Cataclysm, and found its sanctuary. Here, he joined the elves and drained Fay, their queen as the Empire destroyed the last sanctuary.
Empire Heartlands[edit | edit source]
The Overlord finally launched a major attack against the Empire, he proceeded to conquer the Empire Heartlands and conquer Empire City smashing through its anti-magic shield by catapulting the Tower Heart at the walls of the City, where he finds out Solarius has become corrupt and that the Overlord's Darkness is necessary. After finding Solarius and discovering that he is actually Florian Greenheart who has gone mad with power and must be stopped before he can destroy all traces of good in him. After fighting the newly formed Devourer, the Overlord realizes that in order for there to be evil, there must be good, and the only thing that could destroy a great evil is an even greater evil. The Overlord accepts that he is that greater evil and kills the Devourer, the Glorious Empire fell and the Fouth Overlord takes his rightful place as ruler of all the land as Overlord.
Politics[edit | edit source]
The Imperial government is nearly identical to the Roman Dominate Period (the ruling System of the Roman Empire in the late Antiquity from 284-630AD) in which the Emperor is nearly an absolute monarch. He has the responsibility for the overall policy of the state and its diplomacy and has the final authority on most matters of state. However, substantial power also lie in the hands of the Imperial Senate. Like in the Late Antiquity Roman Empire, domestic affairs are still managed locally, by governors selected by the Emperor to administer domains on his behalf.
Despite the Empire claims to want to unite all of humanity and the world under one banner, it doesn't treat the conquered territories on a par with the Empire Heartlands but only as colonies useful only to be exploited. Everything produced by the colony is shipped back to the mother country for the mother's benefit alone.
Culture[edit | edit source]
- "We don't need mercy, elf. We have justice!" — Empire centurion
Their art-style, clothes and architecture is heavily based on ancient roman or greek culture, and the sheer size and detail of their main-capital surpasses that of any other civilization seen in the Overlord games. The empire considers themselves highly sophisticated and have high respect for intelligence and strategy.
Politicians such as Marius and Borius are highly valued citizens, and are provided with all manners of luxury and entertainment such as a vacation-resort in Everlight and gladiator-games. While the workers and the slaves are forced to live under pitiful conditions, and are sometimes even forced to compete as gladiators.
They have a tendency to either fear, hate or disrespect any kind of creature or person that is affiliated with magic, making no difference between good and evil ones. This is due to the Great Cataclysm, an unnatural disaster that took place before the empire was founded and destroyed everything within several square miles.
The empire thus considers the mere existence of magic as a crime and tend to label those who use it as barbarians, due to its destructive abilities.
Anti-magic policy[edit | edit source]
- "Hmmm, considering the Empire condemns magic... that looked awfully magical to me!" — Gnarl after seeing Marius teleporting away.
Since the time of the Great Cataclysm, mankind has always identified magic as the greatest threat to its existance and it is for this reason that the Empire sees the extermination or enslavement of all the magical creatures of the world as their main mission. This inspired the creation of a vast arsenal of weapons and inventions especially designed to combat sorcery, as well as the formation of agents and soldiers specialized in the fight against enemy magic-users, such as the Sentinels and the Eradicators.
The cleansing of the world from all the sources of magic that taints it is considered by the Empire as a supreme act of justice, the rightful retribution for all the sufferings that humans have faced following the spread of the magical plague caused by the Great Cataclysm.
However, it is important to note that on more than one occasion the Empire has proved to be hypocritical and non-adherent even to its founding ideal of abhorring magic in all its forms. Magic, despite being despised and officially forbidden throughout the Glorious Empire, is widely used by the Sentinels and various high-ranking members of the imperial government to perform various jobs, while masking its true nature by simply calling it "Anti-Magic" and claiming it is some sort of esoteric art that completely differs from traditional magic. Sentinels use their so-called "anti-magic" to power the Anti-Magic Shield and locate magical creatures, while Marius and Rose use it primarily to teleport from one place to another.
Social class[edit | edit source]
The most important division in the Glorious Empire's society is between the nobility and the plebs. The title of Senator would support this.
The nobles are the ruling class of the Empire. They wield the power, control the land and make the laws, and they all vie for more money and more power. Some seek their fortunes in war, others in business or politics. None would sully themselves by practising a common trade. The most contemptible nobles do nothing at all, merely live off their family wealth and attend an endless array of parties, dances, and gala events. A peculiarity that distinguishes all the members of the nobility is their impressive obesity, in fact all the nobles with a big belly are seen as important and wealthy, for they has obviously eaten well to ensure such impressive girth (obviously this is not a rule that always applies, in fact the nobles Marius and Juno are very thin and nevertheless they play roles of great importance in imperial society).
The plebs, also known as the peasantry, makes up the preponderance of the Empire's population. While the nobles rule and trade, the plebeians toil. They are farmers, labourers, herdsman and hunters. Some plebeians seek a better life in one of the major cities, but many find themselves simply joining the ranks of urban beggars on the verge of starvation or, in the worst cases, thrown into the Arena to be slaughtered by gladiators or wild beasts. A way out from the toil of the peasantry is found in military service, joining the professional ranks of the legions, the imperial guard or the eradicators. In so doing they gain full time employment and a boost in status in exchange for the dangers of active service.
Cuisine[edit | edit source]
- -"And Governor Borius said he wanted stuffed widgeon at the Midwinter's feast. I said to the wife 'What the hell is a widgeon?!"
- -"Oh, that's posh stuff. I think it's maybe some kind of... small bear."
- -"Do you think if we put a wolf skin on a pig, Borius would notice?"
- -"Well, he eats so fast anyway I doubt his eyes get a chance to focus!"
- -"Yeah, they'll be no feast for the rest of us! He's a bigger pain than wolves and Yetis put together."
- -"Yeah, but you know... at least we've got folks watching over us!"
- -"Watching over us while we starve, you mean!"
- -"Hmmpf, yeah bet there no good eating on a widgeon anyway!" — Two Nordbergians discussing about Borius.
The great economic prosperity resulting from the control of many rich and prosperous areas had led the Imperial people of the upper classes to consider power only and exclusively as a way to unleash their basest desires and indulge in all kinds of activities that consecrate excess. The ostentation of wealth and excess was mainly manifested through two ways: the larger and larger palaces and the abundant banquets of esotic and extravagant delicacies.
Clothing[edit | edit source]
In the Glorious Empire, the cloth and the dress distinguish one class of people from the other class. The tunic worn by plebeians (common people) like shepherds is made from coarse and dark material, whereas the tunic worn by nobles is of linen or white wool. Military tunics are shorter than the ones worn by civilians and dyed with the colors associated with the various roles of soldiers in the army (Green = Light Legionary; Blue = Heavy Legionary; Black = Elite Legionary, etc).
Economy[edit | edit source]
During the period in which it existed, the Glorious Empire was the dominant power in the world, with an economy large enough to deploy a full-time professional army, as well as completing massive construction projects such as many of the great buildings and statues of Empire City.
Since the Glorious Empire is in many ways similar to the real-world Roman Empire, it is presumed to have an agrarian and slave based economy whose main concern is feeding the vast number of citizens and legionaries who populates its vast domains. Agriculture and trade dominates imperial economic fortunes, only supplemented by small scale industrial production. The need to secure grain providing provinces is one important, of many factors that brought to the expansion and conquests of the Empire.
One particular element that should also be noted of the Empire's economy is one of its characteristics shared with ancient Rome: Slavery. It is not known whether the mechanics of slavery in the Glorious Empire are similar or not to those of ancient Rome but is known that in the Empire exists a market completely dedicated to the trade of slaves and that the slaves are used for forced labor and sexual exploitation in inhumane and life-threatening conditions.
Notable Members[edit | edit source]
- Emperor Solarius - The mysterious, masked emperor Solarius is the founder and supreme ruler of the Glorious Empire, revered by his people as the divinely sanctioned master of most of the known world and maximum exponent of the human race. From the point of view of his citizens he is a tough but essentially benevolent sovereign, capable to balance the interests of the imperial military, senate and people and maintain peace, security and prosperity throughout a wide and ethnically diverse empire. But he is also the bane of all magical creatures, slayer of elves, killer of gnomes and torturer of minions. He's the greatest enemy of all that is magic in the world.
- Marius - Emperor Solarius is a man of few words, for this reason he needs a man who speaks on his behalf to the people.That man is Marius, brother of Borius and aristocrat of the Empire. He's the spokesperson and most trusted advisor of the emperor, as well as the only man in the world, along with his wife Rose, to know the darkest secrets of their beloved ruler.
- Rose - The mysterious, hooded woman known as Rose is one of the most important leading figures of the Empire. She's the leader of the Sentinels and the wife of Marius, as well as one of the staunchest supporters of Solarius' vision of an ordered and peaceful world without magic (at least until she saw dark and all-consuming ambition grow in the emperor's heart and corrupt his soul as well as his mission, thus pushing her to defect). But there is also a dark truth about her, of which no citizen of the Empire is acquainted, not even her husband: she's the daughter of the fallen hero known as the Wizard, the former mistress of the late Third Overlord and the mother of the dreadful Fourth Overlord.
- Borius - Borius is the tyrannical, incompetent and self-serving governor of Nordberg, as well as the mayor of Nordberg Town during the period of the Glorious Empire's occupation. This gluttonous imperial aristocrat is also well known in the wider Empire as the brother of the Emperor's spokesperson, Marius. He was the master of Kelda before Nordberg was conquered by the Fourth Overlord.
- Everlight Governess - The Everlight Governess is an agent for the Glorious Empire, who has taken control of Everlight and turned it into a resort for the wealthy citizens of the Empire, when they get tired of city life. This ruthless noblewoman has enslaved almost all the elves left to live in her newly-acquired domain in order to exploit them as laborers in the service of her noble guests.
- Empire General - The Empire General is the gargantuan commander of the Imperial Army. Possibly the most successful imperial officer of all time, the Empire General is the only one among the military leaders of the Empire to have actually reached the Fourth Overlord's hidden domain, the Netherworld, and laid siege to the Dark Tower. Despite his remarkable record of service and his unquestionable military prowess, his loyalty to the empire is rather dubious, since the main reason for which he waged war against the Fourth Overlord is not to avenge the wounded honor of his people but to "rescue" (i.e. kidnap) Juno, of which he is madly in love.
- Senator Drearius - Drearius is an important member of the imperial senate, respected by his peers and feared by those he see beneath him. He is also an extremely lustful and greedy person who often cheated on his wife behind her back with many other women. In the past he even tried to seduce Juno, but without success.
- Juno - Juno is an imperial noblewoman regarded by many as the most beautiful woman in all of the Glorious Empire, and some even say of the whole World, even if her beauty masks a superficial and materialistic personality that makes her a skilful and ruthless manipulator of men. Her obvious beauty has made her very conceited about appearance, seeing everyone else below her worth. The only men she believes to be of value are for her only temporary tools to achieve her goals. She has been falsely accused of witchcraft by the wives of men she has seduced, forcing her to seek asylum to the Fourth Overlord, who gladly consented in return for the "pleasures" of her company.
- Maximus - Maximus is an Empire Soldier suffering from a magical illness known as Species Identity Crisis. His mental disorder is the consequence of his heavy exposure to the energies emanating from one of the Fourth Overlord's Spell Stones. The Species Identity Crisis severely altered his vision of the world, generating the delusional belief of being a fairy named Miss Trixiebelle Buttercup Fairy and having a mushroom house as a home.
Military[edit | edit source]
Since its existence, the Glorious Empire has always been a nation born and bred for war, fighting and crushing uncountable enemies with the will, the steel, and the faith of their patriotic soldiers. Fully dedicated to a seemingly endless military campaign of territorial expansion, the armies of the Empire are brimmed with grizzled veterans of many battles, each one lead by an even greater man of strength, valor and heroic leaderships. As their nation progress throughout the years, innovations and inventions were created for the use of warfare, with the armies of the Empire now stockpiled with large quantities of devastating war machines that no one else has ever seen before in the history of the world, such as catapults and ballistae.
The Imperial Army is similar in appearance and structure to the real-world Roman Army during its Imperial period, being made up primarily of formations of infantry armed with swords and large rectangular shields. Also present in the military are archers, siege engines such as ballistae and trebuchets, and auxiliary troops mainly recruited from the Empire's free provincial subjects, such as the Nordbergians.
Much like the Roman army, the largest division of troops is referred to as a legion. Other divisions of the army are not known and it is not clear how the size of an Imperial legion is comparable to that of a Roman legion from the Early Principate Period (2.000-5.000 man per Legion and 1.000-2.000 man auxillaries). It is also not clear whether auxiliaries are integrated into the legions or they exist separately. Auxilliariy forces are structured and fashioned in their own native ways like the foederati (regional recruited barbarian forces, lead by their own rulers) in Roman Armies of the late Antiquity.
Almost everything that happened in the Overlord II's storyline took place on land, so there was no contact with anything that resembles an Imperial Navy. Yet, more than once on the background of the game levels you can see galley-like warships that have been patently manufactured and used by the Empire. This suggests that the Glorious Empire possesses some form of naval forces.
Empire Infantry[edit | edit source]
- Empire Legionary - The Empire Legionaries are amongst the three most common infantry types fielded by the armies of the Glorious Empire, equipped with a sword, oval shield, helmet and colored tunics to signify how effective they are in any given battle.
- Light - Dressed in green tunics and often engage the enemy in small formations. Due to their light equipment and their general lack of formation flexibility, the Light Legionaries of the Empire are used to fight the enemies considered too weak to require the intervention of the heavy infantry.
- Heavy - Dressed in blue tunics, these brave soldiers often engage the enemy with both valor and courage in huge formations. Due to their expertise with the sword and their flexible formation, these groups of line infantry are a powerful force on the battlefield, providing the Empire with both offensive and defensive capability with bone-crushing force.
- Elite - Dressed in black tunics, these elite soldiers are hardy fighters well-accustomed to the rigors of war and ready to fight the most dreadful enemies for the glory of the Empire. Operating as a crack fighting force, their main duty is the protection of individuals or places of greater importance during the heat of battle, and to provide the Empire with dedicated shock infantry, often attacking the Empire's foes at their flanks, where their swordsmanship puts even the most battle-hardened foes to their knees. The greatest among them also hold the role of Praetorian guard, the bodyguard of emperor Solarius.
- Empire Archer - The Empire Archers are disciplined, keen-eyed legionaries armed with bows and fire arrows. These adaptable troops fight in a loose skirmish screen to help support their armies on the field of battle. They usually band together to form their own formations of scouts and support units.
- Empire Bomber - The Empire Bombers are legionaries trained in the uses of explosives. On the battlefield, small teams of these soldiers would lurk behind allied formations or appropriate fortifications and platforms before awaiting the perfect time to let loose their cargo. The Bombers are used in battle to decimate tight and heavily-defended enemy formations. When the opportunity arises, these soldiers would dash forward and let loose their weapons before darting back behind the safety of their comrades.
- Imperial Guard - The Imperial Guards form an elite corps of heavily-armored infantrymen armed with sword and crossbow who are promoted from the ranks of the Imperial army for their exceptional skill, bravery, and courage on the battlefield. They are the designated defenders of the Empire Heartlands and protectors of all upstanding imperial citizens. They stand resolute, barring danger from advancing beyond their post, regardless of the form it takes. It is an honour to be selected to join the Guard, for they are trusted to protect the Empire's most vital assets and locations.
- Gargantuan - The Gargantuans are the jewel in the crown of the Glorious Empire, the largest and most fearsome warriors of the Empire Army. Larger then any human, these brutish gorilla-like soldiers stand taller then two man and has enough strenght and muscle to fight a whole enemy company. Although the members of the higher echelons of the Empire say that the gargantuans come from a 100% natural breeding program, they are actually subjects, who, either willingly or unwillingly, undergo extensive physical modification at the hands of the Sentinels through the use of dark magic. Twisted in body and mind, these enhanced warriors exhibit strength and reactions many times greater than standard humans, yet their intelligence and eyesight are rather poor.
- Eradicator Agents - Eradicator Agents are mighty warriors and slayers of magical creatures who work in tandem with the inquisitive Sentinels. The protectors of all that is sacred for the Empire, the Eradicator Agents battle tirelessly to prevent the desecration of their homes by the creatures and human traitors who dare to mess with magic. These mighty warriors are unparalleled in their fighting capability, where their small numbers are often compensated with full suits of high-quality weapons and armor. Their main weapon of choice is an arcane vacuum cleaner-like machine, probably produced by the Sentinels, that sucks up any creatures of magic ability and kills them instantly.
Empire Auxiliaries[edit | edit source]
- Nordberg Hunter - Hunting is an activity widely practiced by the Nordbergians who live in the Hunting Grounds, making them extremely skilled at hunting dangerous creatures such as adult seals, wolves and yetis and fully capable of withstanding the cold winds and the ruthless climate of their homeland. Ever since the Empire conquered Nordberg, the hunters were forced to aid the imperial army on any possible occasion, putting their lethal wood clubs and their long experience in killing ferocious beasts at their disposal.
- Nordberg Harpooner - Nordberg Harpooners are not just typical hunters, they are also well-abled warriors. Since fishing is an important trade for the land of Nordberg, Harpooners are respected even among the warriors due to the extreme dangers of the waters surronding the Hunting Grounds. Ever since the Empire conquered Nordberg, the harpooners were forced to aid the imperial army on any possible occasion, putting their sharp, lethal harpoons and their long experience in killing ferocious beasts at their disposal.
Empire Artillery[edit | edit source]
- Ballista - The Imperial ballista is a repeating missile weapon that rapidly launches a set of large projectiles at a distant target. This mighty war machine is similar to a catapult that almost like a modern machine gun could fire again and again against the enemy formations thanks to its rotating charging mechanism composed of a cylinder that houses the projectiles.
- Fire Ballista - The fire ballista is a rare version of the imperial ballista that fires deadly flaming projectiles that inflict additional fire damage to the enemy. This weapon is available only during the duel against the Empire General in the Battle Rock arena.
- Catapult - An Imperial catapult is a trebuchet-like battle machine used by the Empire armies to throw heavy payloads at enemies. The payload could be thrown a far distance and do considerable damage, either by smashing down buildings or striking the enemies while inside their strongholds. The most commonly used ammunition is stones, while the most effective ones involves fire, such as deadly explosive shells.
Empire War Machines[edit | edit source]
- Siege Tower - A siege tower or breaching tower is a specialized siege engine, constructed to approach the defensive walls of a fortification and transport troops. The tower is rectangular with four wheels with its height roughly equal to that of the walls to allow archers to stand on top of the tower and shoot arrows into the fortification. Because the towers were wooden and armored with metal lion statues and thus rather resistant to the regular sword attacks of the infantry, only the catapult is capable of destroying them.
- Watchtower - Imperial Watchtowers are wooden fortifications built on high grounds, in strategically important locations, with the main purpose to provide a high, safe place from which a group of Archers or Guards may observe the surrounding area and shoot their arrows and bolts at all the enemies who dare to get too close. Watchtowers are solidly built structures and only the catapult is capable of destroying them.
Empire Heroes[edit | edit source]
- Centurion - A Centurion is a warrior and leader of unparalleled valour, amongst the highest commanding officers within a Imperial army, second only in command to a general or the Emperor himself. These tested veterans with many years of experience in soldiering have spent most of their lives practicing the arts of war for the glory and expansion of the Empire. Their military prowess is beyond question and their mere presence on the battlefield is enough to bolster the morale of all the neighboring troops.
- Sentinel - Sentinels are strange figures to the people of the Empire, who wield arcane powers and are privy to secrets beyond the ken of normal folk. Having been trained in the art of anti-magic by the sorceress Rose for many long years, arcane power courses through the Sentinels' veins and lurks behind their hooded eyes. They are mainly known to be the sacred keepers of the Anti-Magic Shield, but their main job is to eradicate and kill any if not all magical creatures that dare to defile the lands of the Glorious Empire. If one of these creatures is discovered, then it is sucked up into the machine of the Eradicator Agents.
Foreign Policy[edit | edit source]
All empire-builders have to justify what they do - to themselves, to their own people, and to those they dominate. Just like the Roman Empire, the Glorious Empire has also developed a sophisticated view of the universe projected successfully through literature, inscriptions, architecture, art, and elaborate public ceremonial. The Glorious Empire is always depicted as a utopia characterized by peace, good government, and the rule of law. All places beyond the Empire's frontiers are instead depicted as barbaric, lawless and dangerous lands, territories that the imperial citizens have the divine right and duty to civilize through war and colonization. All the people who inhabit these foreign lands are caricatured as weird savages with even weirder customs and traditions, people that worship false deities, glorify a degenerate culture and practice vile magical arts. Clearly, the implication seems to be, such people could not but benefit from the Glorious Empire's rule. As a logical consequence of this way of thinking the Empire recognizes no other state except its own and declares war on all human and non-human nations that exist beyond its borders. Diplomacy is almost impossible and the alliances are not at all lasting, for the simple reason that the Glorious Empire recognizes no other nation or organization as its equal.
All the civilizations and non-human species of the world consider the Glorious Empire a threat to their very existence and treat it accordingly, especially since the beginning of their genocidal campaign against all the magical creatures of the world. The Elven Resistance and the Fourth Overlord's minion horde are universally recognized as the sworn enemies of the Empire.
True Purpose[edit | edit source]
This article contains major end-game spoilers. Reader discretion is advised. There was more to the Glorious Empire than the publicly-announced ideals of world conquest, human supremacy and destruction of all magic. At the end of Overlord II, when the Fourth Overlord reached the Magic Containment Room at the heart of the Imperial Palace, it is revealed that emperor Solarius, self-procalimed maximum exponent of mankind, is not even human, but an elf in disguise called Florian Greenheart.
Thanks to this meeting it is possible to uncover Florian's past and the reason that drove him to secretly betray his people and to create the Glorious Empire.
According to his own words, Florian was born without any magical powers, which caused the other elves to tease him. After the fall of the Third Overlord, he attempted to steal the Tower Heart, thinking it would unlock his magical potential. Unfortunately for him, the Tower Heart instead became unstable and exploded, causing the obliteration of the old lands, an apocaliptic event known as the Great Cataclysm, followed by a magical plague which caused mutations in what would become The Wastelands. In the aftermath of these disasters, humans began to fear magic and in this Florian saw his chance to rise to power and finally take possession of what Mother Nature had denied him. He assumed the identity of Emperor Solarius, founded the Glorious Empire and cleansed many magical creatures of the world of their magical powers for revenge, fooling the imperial citizens into thinking he was trying to eradicate magic, while secretly collecting every bit of magical energy in the Magic Containment Room, hoping to use it to become an almighty god.
Florian doesn't believe that mankind is superior to all other races in the world, but he believes that as pawns for his plan they are much more useful than the elves. For him, humans are sufficiently intelligent and strong to rout innumerable enemies all over the world but also weak-minded and manipulable enough to follow without hesitation all his orders (all "qualities" that his kind, the elves, do not have).
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- The Empire is heavily inspired by the Roman Empire.