"Ah, the ancient mage Horazon! He believed that he could bend Evil forces to his will. What he didn't know was that Evil uses man, not the reverse."— Fara(src)
The Will of DemonsEdit
Horazon rose to prominence in the Vizjerei Clan alongside his brother Bartuc. Both were equally powerful and ambitious, and both were fascinated by the power one could obtain through the practice of Demonic Magics. Horazon viewed demons as a great source of power, and felt that in order to use that power best, a magic user must harness a demon and bend it to their will. This was in contrast to Bartuc, who advocated allying with the Burning Hells to best learn the demons' secrets.
This was in a time after the Sin War, and that the Vizjerei were engaged in such reckless summoning in the first place caught the attention of the other Mage Clans. When the other clans tried to assassinate some Vizjerei summoners and the Vizjerei responded in kind, the result was the Mage Clan Wars.
The Mage Clan WarsEdit
The Mage Clan Wars were short, but devastating. Pushed to the brink, the Vizjerei unleashed demons on their foes. The plan worked, and the tides of the war turned, as the Vizjerei pushed the other clans back to the ancient city of Viz-jun. Horazon however, had grown concerned. Bartuc had since gained the epiphet "Warlord of Blood" and lived up to that name, slaughtering his foes and summoning demons en masse. He realized that even if the Vizjerei won the war, there would soon be nothing of civilization left, bar enslavement to Hell. However, the Vizjerei Ruling Council dismissed Bartuc for his acts of depravity. By this point, the views of Horazon and Bartuc on demons had turned into opposing philosophies, and thus a great schism split the ranks of the clan. Thus, the Vizjerei engaged in civil war and after many hard fought battles, Bartuc and his faction gained the upperhand. Thus, he turned his attention to conquering Viz-jun. Only then did Horazon resolve to confront his brother.
At the end of all things, the brothers realized that Hell had played them for fools, yet still they battled. By the end of the battle, Horazon stood victorious and Bartuc lay dead, yet at the cost of Viz-jun and the casualties its destruction resulted in.
The Armor of BartucEdit
Lord of Terror's ReturnEdit
During the time of Diablo's resurgence, it was doubted Horazon still lived. Adventurers fought their way through hordes of demons running rampant in the Arcane Sanctuary. There they discovered a dark impersonator: one of the Vizjerei sorcerers that attempted to save Tristram (the playable Sorcerer character from Diablo I) who had been corrupted and styled himself The Summoner. He was slain by the adventurers. Deckard Cain suggested that impersonator was pulled down to Hell by the forces of Evil after his death. Others suggest that it was Horazon's spirit that possessed the sorcerer.
Personality and TraitsEdit
- "Ha! That was but the first of many times I supposedly met death at the hands of my enemies."
Horazon was ambitous, and delighted in breaking the will of demons, though turned away from this path at the end of the Mage Clan Wars. Deckard Cain was of the opinion that Horazon was perhaps one of the greatest mages who has ever lived. The Vizjerei still revere Horazon as a symbol of humanity's ability to triumph over otherworldly forces. The Zakarum, however, cite him as an example of mankind's folly.