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Axe minimap icon.png Mogul Khan, the Axe
As a grunt in the Army of Red Mist, Mogul Khan set his sights on the rank of Red Mist General. In battle after battle he proved his worth through gory deed. His rise through the ranks was helped by the fact that he never hesitated to decapitate a superior. Through the seven year Campaign of the Thousand Tarns, he distinguished himself in glorious carnage, his star of fame shining ever brighter, while the number of comrades in arms steadily dwindled. On the night of ultimate victory, Axe declared himself the new Red Mist General, and took on the ultimate title of 'Axe.' But his troops now numbered zero. Of course, many had died in battle, but a significant number had also fallen to Axe's blade. Needless to say, most soldiers now shun his leadership. But this matters not a whit to Axe, who knows that a one-man army is by far the best.
Axe

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Illus. Tyler Jacobson
Axe is a man of many talents. Well one talent. The murder talent. However that seems to be enough for Axe to attract a legion of devoted fans that follow his adventures. It also probably helps that Axe's bard, Goodkind is good at what she calls 'embellishment' - Axe is unsure what the word means, but it's probably a good thing.
Axe, Adventurer and Murder Machine

Associated with
Heroes Disruptor minimap icon.png Disruptor
Races Oglodi
Factions Red Mist
Bloodmist
Places Thousand Tarns
Characters Goodkind
Sorla Khan
Species Gryftok
Texts Red Mist, Red Passion
The Roshan Expedition
  • Bristleback minimap icon.png Bristleback admires Mogul Khan for his toughness, as he does with other Oglodi.[1]
  • Mogul is well known for his feats as a one man army after the fall of the first Red Mist army. Besides storming large castles, butchering armies, stealing treasure, and destroying entire kingdoms[2][3] one of his most notable feats is the destruction of the Fortress of Valhessi's forces, including the Sorcerer King and the five Zongom Warriors.[4]

Red Mist[]

All warriors of the Red Mist are their own blacksmiths and Mogul is no exception.[5] During his time as a mere grunt, he attempted to forge a weapon with an axe, which he considers his only failure.[6]

Mogul used to hold the title of the Reaper, a high ranking soldier who would slay any deserters in the Red Mist army.[7] To those who are granted the position of Reaper, they are given tattoos that express the responsibility that they must carry and the respect that it bestows on those who wear it.[8]

After the fall of the Red Mist, Mogul Khan may have joined or destroyed the Bloodmist army.[9]

The Last Castle[]

The story takes place in the Hazhadal Barrens where Mogul and Goodkind have managed to reach the northern gate of the Fortress of Valhessi. Mogul greets the gatekeeper and introduces him to his bard Goodkind. He cheerfully inquires him about the location of the Fortress of Valhessi and the seven jeweled crown that is guarded by five "unstoppable" Zongom warriors, but the gatekeeper's taciturn nature forces Axe to stop his charade.

Slightly annoyed, Mogul asks for his name so that Goodkind may do his "bard thing" but the gatekeeper simply refuses to do so. Mogul convinces him again by saying that his bard needs to record his name for the sake of "accuracy of the historical records" which prompts the gatekeeper to reveal his name. Grigrikh introduces himself in an intimidating manner and taunts Mogul by calling him a "little pink ape". Likely offended by his remarks, Mogul leaves the scene without Goodkind, supposedly leaving him to be eaten by Grigrikh.

However, Goodkind reveals that Mogul did not leave him and he arrives shortly to perform his signature Culling Blade on Grigrikh, instantly killing him and destroying the gate behind him. With these moments, Goodkind successfully writes down the first few lines of their adventure. They venture into the castle and are greeted by an army of Valhessi soldiers. Fighting his way through the horde, Goodkind writes down the scene with some of his own embellishment (e.g. writing that Mogul was a disciplined fighter even though he was clearly enjoying the fight) until they made their way into the final chamber of the castle.

The five "unstoppable" Zongom warriors have been waiting for the intruders and they greet them with an eerie and synchronized speech. Axe halts their speech to take a moment with Goodkind, who might have thought that Mogul hesitated out of fear. Mogul makes it clear that he was simply weirded out by their unexpected speech and tells him not to write that he was scared of the Zongom warriors. He readies himself for battle and tells Goodkind to stop writing and watch him fight. Mogul decapitates the first warrior, does his second ultimate Culling Blade on the second warrior, disembowels the third and fourth warriors, and finally kills the last warrior in a fit of rage.

Mogul and Goodkind proceed into the throne room, where they find the Sorcerer King of Valhessi on his knees, supplicating them to spare him by offering the crown and the other riches of his throne room. Disappointed that their adventure has an anticlimatic ending, Mogul accepts the crown, but he is suddenly transferred into the body of the king, who reveals that he has swapped bodies with him and is now possessing Mogul. The Sorcerer King chases after Goodkind, while Mogul tries to rid himself of the spell. Goodkind tells him to destroy the source of the spell as it might be a channeled spell.

Rummaging through the throne room, Axe breaks every trinket that he can find to undo the spell, but to no avail. He realizes that the crown might be the source and holds it above his head exclaiming "Sorcerer! Behold your talisman!" and shatters it. The Sorcerer King ridicules his foolishness and says that he does not keep all of his power in mere jewelries. With quick thinking, Mogul realizes that his body is the source of the spell and runs out off the window to fall to his supposed death. The spell is nullified and Mogul returns to his body, much to the surprise of Goodkind who jots down what happened soon after.

With the draft for their next novel accomplished, Axe wonders where they should go next while Goodkind sends his draft with a carrier raven. After suggesting a few locations that they have already explored, Goodkind tells him that their stories are getting a bit repetitive and their book sales have been going down in several cities. He suggests joining the battle of the Ancients, which Mogul hesitates at first until he mentions that even gods will be joining the fight, leaving Mogul to reconsider it.

The Jungle[]

Axe once fought a gryftok. Wounded, the beast ran into a river, and Axe pursued, against Goodkind's protests.[10] In the struggle, he dropped his axe in the river. Using his bare hands, Axe choked the gryftok to death, then used its body like a raft, falling asleep on it as it drifted down the river.[11] He woke as the raft was about to go over a waterfall, just in time to hit his head on a rock. When he woke up, he was naked and alone in a jungle, possibly Fellstrath.[12]

While in the jungle, he befriended a spider,[13] and learned some herbal remedies.[14]

Relationships[]

Axe is frequently accompanied by his scribe Goodkind. Whenever they go out on an adventure, he writes down everything that occurs in it, but he may also resort to embellishing his stories. Afterwards, he publishes these stories and sells them to different cities. Thanks to these stories, Axe's reputation has grown tremendously, but there are also critics and haters who regard these stories as stale and trashy.[15][16] Axe has also started to train him in the arts of combat, starting with swordsmanship.[17]

Axe has cast himself away from his fellow Oglodi, but he still retains their inner hatred for demons, which he expresses by paying Anessix an unfriendly visit.[18] He also dislikes to kill other Oglodi.[19] As for his fellow Oglodi, Disruptor minimap icon.png Disruptor is keeping an eye on Axe in White Spire for reasons unknown.[20] Warlock minimap icon.png Warlock encourages Axe to be intelligent like him and Disruptor[21] and if he plays his cards right, he might even teach him how to read.[22]

Like all other Oglodi, Mogul Khan hates the Keen[23] but he makes an exception for Sniper minimap icon.png Sniper whom he considers as a worthy opponent.[24]

Mogul Khan is being hunted by Sorla, a fellow Oglodi who took over leadership of the Red Mist army after he decimated it. When she catches him, she plans to flay him.[25] Due to Sorla's bloodthirsty and violent nature, Juggernaut minimap icon.png Juggernaut wishes to discuss with Mogul on how to best deal with her.[26]

Artifact Card Game Artifact[]

  • Berserker's Call Berserker's Call
    Artifact Card Game Spell Card
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    Illus. Tyler Jacobson
    Axe doesn't look back on his time in the Red Mist with particular fondness, but he acknowledges that he learned a lot about violence.
    Axe, Former Khan of the Red Mist
  • Culling Blade Culling Blade
    Artifact Card Game Spell Card
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  • Bloodrage Bloodrage
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    Illus. Lake Hurwitz
    My role is a sacred one. The holy blades and armor I wield allows me to be a conduit to the Flayed Ones... and the blood I spill in combat becomes tribute, given in the name of my people.
    Bloodseeker, Servant of the Flayed Ones
  • Unknown icon.png Fight Through the Pain
    Artifact Card Game Spell Card
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    Illus. Forrest Imel
    I've seen a lot of people try to kill Axe over the years. 3 of them even got close.
    Goodkind, Bard to Axe
  • Unknown icon.png Cheating Death
    Artifact Card Game Improvement Card
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    Illus. Daarken
    The Narrow Maze is a nightmarish labyrinth where the souls of dead Heroes are given a chance to return to the living. Axe claims that he's escaped it twice, but I don't believe him... mainly for two reasons. 1: You can't kill Axe. 2. Even if he DID die, he would punch death in the face before he could be taken to the narrow maze.
    Goodkind on metaphysics
  • Unknown icon.png Time of Triumph
    Artifact Card Game Spell Card
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    Illus. Darek Zabrocki
    I've written a lot of books about Axe, the most popular of which is easily 'The Roshan Expedition'. Personally I think, 'Red Mist, Red Passion' is better, but people heard 'erotic thriller' and never gave it a chance.
    Goodkind, Literary Icon
  • Unknown icon.png Fog of War
    Artifact Card Game Spell Card
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    Illus. Magali Villeneuve
    Chronicling Axe's adventure's has taken me to lots of interesting places. It first it was scary but eventually you get used to a certain level of baseline terror.
    Goodkind, Axe's Voice of Reason
  • Unknown icon.png Cleansing Rite
    Artifact Card Game Spell Card
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    Illus. John Stanko
    Healing doesn't end suffering, it merely treats it. The only way to end suffering is to actively fight those who cause it.
    Lady Anshu, Rumusque High Priestess
  • Unknown icon.png Combat Training
    Artifact Card Game Spell Card
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    Illus. Magali Villeneuve
    The ability to successfully kill someone that wants to kill you is a life skill everyone should have. Even Goodkind
    Axe, Proud Teacher
  • Unknown icon.png Blink Dagger
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    Illus. Pauline Voss
    For years Axe has yearned to trade out his blink dagger for a blink axe, and for years Goodkind has had to remind him that blink axe's don't exist.
    Jolixia, The Card Faun

Character References

  • ▶️ Bloodseeker minimap icon.png That you keep fighting is a testament to your courage and your stupidity...
  • ▶️ Bristleback minimap icon.png Don't worry Axe, Goodkind can mop it up for ya...
  • ▶️ Dark Seer minimap icon.png Axe you couldn't even spell victory, let alone achieve it.

Friendships and Rivalries[]

Allies meeting Axe

  • ▶️ Abaddon minimap icon.png r Axe, a fellow fighter of the mist.
  • ▶️ Bristleback minimap icon.png r I tell you what, it's nice to know an Oglodi's got me back.
  • ▶️ Dark Willow minimap icon.png r So Axe, you betrayed your own people. I can respect that.
  • ▶️ Dark Willow minimap icon.png r Hey Axe. Is Khan a last name? Or more of a title thing?
  • ▶️ Disruptor minimap icon.png r Good day, Axe.
  • ▶️ Disruptor minimap icon.png r Axe, my Oglodi cousin.
  • ▶️ ▶️ Legion Commander minimap icon.png r Just save some for me, Axe.
  • ▶️ ▶️ Monkey King minimap icon.png r I think it's great you commissioned Goodkind to write about you. I mean, people talk about me for free but—good for you.
  • ▶️ ▶️ Monkey King minimap icon.png r Axe, you and I are gonna hurt a whole lot of people.
  • ▶️ Pangolier minimap icon.png r Axe, you're arrogant, hot tempered, and entirely too bold. I like it.
  • ▶️ Pangolier minimap icon.png r I will try not to upstage you in front of the bard, Axe. Not too much, anyway.
  • ▶️ Timbersaw minimap icon.png r An axe to grind. Oh good! Ye-good good good we'll need that!
  • ▶️ Winter Wyvern minimap icon.png r In this world, nothing is certain but ice and axes.
  • ▶️ Winter Wyvern minimap icon.png r Dear Axe, you and I go together like cold and steel.

Enemies meeting Axe

Enemies killing Axe

Others

References[]

  1. Bristleback response: ▶️ The Oglodi always put up a good fight.
  2. Stone Guard description.
  3. Stone Helmet description.
  4. The Last Castle comic
  5. Forgemaster's Mask description.
  6. Forgemaster's Hammer description.
  7. Red Mist Reaper's Belt description.
  8. Red Mist Reaper's Tattoos description.
  9. Bloodmist Pauldrons description.
  10. Axe Unleashed response: ▶️ The tiny scribe said it didn't matter, but it mattered to Axe! So, Axe went into the river!
  11. Axe Unleashed response: ▶️ After Axe choked the beast, it made a good raft. That was nice because Axe needed a nap.
  12. Axe Unleashed response: ▶️ Now Axe is alone. Alone with no axe... The only law here is jungle law. And Axe's fists are enforcers.
  13. Axe Unleashed response: ▶️ Axe made a spider friend in the jungle. But you're no friend.
  14. Axe Unleashed response: ▶️ Axe learned some herbal remedies in the jungle, Witch Doctor.
  15. Pangolier response: ▶️ Even with the obvious embellishment, your stories have gone stale, Axe.
  16. The Disciple's Path comic.
  17. Artifact Card: Combat Training
  18. Dota Underlords, City Crawl, Red Mist Revenge lore
  19. Axe response: ▶️ Axe hates to kill Oglodi, but it must be done.
  20. Dota Underlords, Static Storm description
  21. Dota Underlords, Warlock response: Axe, be more like Disruptor and I.
  22. Dota Underlords, Warlock response: Play your cards right, Axe, and one day I'll teach you to read.
  23. Axe response: ▶️ Axe hates the Keenfolk!
  24. Axe response: ▶️ A Keen worthy to fight.
  25. Feast of Abscession response: ▶️ Sorla can have your skin. But that meat's mine.
  26. Call of the Bladeform Legacy: ▶️ Axe, when this battle is over we must discuss what to do about Sorla Khan.
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