The Overlord is the title for the dark and powerful beings who rule territories of the world.
The Overlord Position
There can only be one Overlord, the person who Gnarl and the Minions call "master". If there were multiple beings who wanted to be the Overlord, then they would have to decide among themselves, peacefully or not, who would become the Overlord.
There have been people in the same position before the title of Overlord was used, since Gnarl points out that four Overlords have fallen before the Third Overlord.
Gnarl and the Minions
- "The evil that men do is nothing compared to the evil that we do." — Gnarl's Musings
History of the Overlord Position
Little is known to be true about the history of the overlord position beyond several basic facts.
First is that there have most likely been at least six Overlords and only the most recent four have gone by the title of Overlord alone. Specifically the title of the First Overlord as mentioned by Gnarl is unknown and the second was referred to as The Black Baron, who was also an uncle of the Overlord known as the First Overlord.
It would appear that, while it isn't required, there is some preference towards blood relatives of previous overlords when the matter of succession arises. Specifically, we know that the Black Baron was an uncle of the First Overlord, the Third Overlord fathered the Fourth Overlord, and the Second Overlord (possessing the body of the Wizard) was Grandfather of the fourth, since one of his daughters was the Overlad's mother. The only wrenches in this mix are the Netherghuls, four candidates competing for the title with no currently-known connections with any past overlords. It also seems that, while the Overlords seen thus far were males, females can claim the position, as two of the Netherghuls are females.Lastly, the Overlord and the Minions appear to share a symbiotic relationship throughout all of the history of the position. The Overlord collects life force which is used to create more minions and if an overlord falls the minions retreat either to the most recent overlord's seat of power in the mortal world or to the netherworld. This could imply that Minions can't collect life force themselves and deal with Overlord as a necessity, but at this point, there is not enough information to draw a solid conclusion.
Four Overlords have been known to exist.
Note: The First and Second Overlords could possibly be the same Overlord.
The Black Baron (†)
Main Article: The Black Baron (†) (Predecessor of Lord Gromgard) Deceased
First Overlord (†)
Second Overlord (†)
- Main Article: Third Overlord (Overlord and Overlord: Raising Hell) Currently M.I.A in the Infernal Abyss