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|“||The Dark Lord is the leader of Hell's armies. Not a king, but a warrior of the Dark Realm. The fiercest among them, as only the strongest could rule the demons. He is you, in their world.||„|
|~ The Father on the Dark Lord.|
Davoth, better known by his title of the Dark Lord, is the main antagonist of the Doom reboot series.
He is the overarching antagonist of the 2016 reboot of Doom and its 2020 sequel Doom Eternal, and the main antagonist of the DLC Doom Eternal: The Ancient Gods - Part One and its sequel Doom Eternal: The Ancient Gods - Part Two. He is the ruler of Hell, and the master of the demons that destroyed countless civilizations under his command. He is the alternate counterpart and arch-nemesis of Doomguy.
In the beginning of times, the Father appeared. He created many civilizations, species, worlds and even realities. As he stopped to rest after traversing the universe, he gave birth to Urdak and the Makyr race. Yet he still wasn't satisfied. As such, he experimented until he created Jekkad, the first realm he gave birth to knowingly, from Urdak. The Father created Jekkad's denizens with a burning ambition and no restraints whatsoever, wishing to see them prosper. Afterwards, he forged a being to be its guardian. That being came to be known as Davoth.
Davoth was the first of the Primevals, the very first gods created by the Father. They were beings of such power that only one could exist per realm. Davoth guided his people towards achieving the perfect society. And they achieved many wonders, as they were not burdened by indecisiveness. Davoth felt pride seeing his realm striving for perfection. However, one problem still remained. Jekkad was designed to be superior to Urdak in every way. And yet, its people were still mortal, while the Makyrs were not.
Davoth was created by the Father to deeply care for Jekkad and its children. As such, the Primeval dreaded their mortality, as he would be left alone when his people would be no more. Their love of life and boundless curiosity pushed the people of Jekkad towards seeking this immortality, and Davoth soon bent his entire realm towards this end. They were to uncover the secret of eternal life at any cost.
Eventually, the Father sealed Jekkad away, aware that Davoth's search would eventually threaten all of creation. Consumed with rage, Davoth bent the entirety of his realm to his will. This marked the fall of Jekkad and the beginning of what many would later name Hell. It was around this time that Davoth came to be known as the Dark Lord.
Unfortunately for creation, Hell soon found a way to invade other realms. Entire civilizations were consumed, while the Dark Lord challenged, killed and absorbed the power of their respective god in order to grow stronger. This grew to such a degree that the Father personally descended to Hell to challenge the Dark Lord. From atop the Pyramid of the Lost, whereas Hell once worshipped him, the Father defeated the Dark Lord and tore the Primevil's essence from him, turning it into a life sphere. Thus ended the reign of Davoth.
And yet, the Dark Lord endured. While the Father's right hand, Samur Makyr the Seraphim, begged him to destroy the Dark Lord's essence, the creator refused. He still cherished his firstborn, and he instead placed Davoth's life sphere in the Tomb of Souls, at the Ingmore's Sanctum, the only part of Jekkad still untouched by Hell's corruption. This left Hell contained without the guidance of their ruler.
Imprisoned deep in Hell, the Dark Lord whispered lies and deceptions about the Father to his praying minions. He raged, trapped, for even without a physical form, gods may still influence realms.
An incalculable amount of time later, roughly at the same time Doomguy arrived on Argent D'Nur, a pact between Hell and the Khan Maykr, ruler of the Makyr race, was made. The Father had inexplicably vanished, which made the Makyrs susceptible to transfiguration, or in mortal terms, mortal. As such, in exchange for more worlds for Hell to consume, the Maykrs would receive the power of Argent Energy, increasing their power and granting them back their eternal life.
DOOM (2016) and DOOM Eternal
The first time the Dark Lord is mentioned is in the 2016 Doom reboot. It is said that he made contact with Olivia Pierce, pushing her to betray everyone she was working with for her own gain. An order known as the "Order of the Six" is also said to be directly beneath him in the hellish hierarchy.
In Doom Eternal, a voice (presumably the Dark Lord) can be heard shouting "Noooo!" when the Doomslayer killed the Khan Maykr.
DOOM Eternal - The Ancient Gods
In the DLC DOOM Eternal - The Ancient Gods, Doomguy made his way to the Ingmore's Sanctum to retrieve the life sphere of the Father. This was requested by the Seraphim, as the Father could both contain Hell once more, and restore Samur's dying body.
However, the Slayer destroyed the Father's life sphere, taking instead the Dark Lord's life sphere. The Slayer planned to resurrect, and then kill the Dark Lord, as stripping a Primeval's bindings to the realm it was forged in would scatter said realm across the stars. In essence, this would both destroy any demon outside of Hell and contain any surviving ones into it.
The Slayer took the life sphere to the Luminarium in Urdak to grant the Dark Lord a physical form, so that he could destroy the leader of Hell's demons. Upon completing the ritual, the Slayer realized that him and the Dark Lord were physically identical.
- Despite his title, it is apparent given the lore of the Doom reboot series that Davoth is not the only Dark Lord of Hell, as it was (presumably) another who made the deal with the Khan Makyr. Also, Olivia Pierce heard a voice attributed to the current Dark Lord, which might have been the Spider Mastermind fought in DOOM (2016) (although it is pure speculation).
- While it is quite clear that the Slayer and Davoth share some kind of link, its nature is still unclear as of now.