Blood War is in simplest terms the eternal war between the two major denizen of
the lower planes. The Baatezu, from Baator, and the Tanar'ri, from the Abyss,
are the two main factions in the war. The Baatezu are the representatives of
vicious law and cruel order in the conflict while the Tanar'ri are the forces of
chaos in its purest form. Both of the forces have an inborn hatred of one
another, no sage has ever figured out why or what would happen if you separated
one from his race, but that's the way the war is.
The Blood War is all consuming and most think that it's a
never-changing, futile stalemate; but each side has come very close to defeating
the other on many occasions. Every inch of the planes, at one time or another,
has had blood spilled on it from this conflict. Even the mighty Archons and
Solars wield little power in the war. The thing that many berks don't realize is
that no matter who you are, it don't matter in the grand theme of things. No
matter how many Pit Fiends or Balors you kill, you ain't going to change much.
doesn't the forces of good try to stop them or swing the balance? Well the
answer isn't a simple one. First of all, it is the very nature of good to stop
evil, not smite it. Doing such an atrocious act as killing billions of Lemures
(the "cannon fodder" of the Baatezu) is still killing in any light. Likewise,
remember there is still a division line in the forces of good, law and chaos. No
matter how hard you try you can't get anyone to agree to one another. The
Archons wanna destroy the Tanar'ri while the Aasimon wanna take out the Baatezu.
You can't get them to agree on anything. Second, if you help eradicate the
forces of chaos and evil, the Tanar'ri, the Baatezu are going to turn their
attention toward something else; like the Modrons or the Slaadi. In the end you
are stuck with someone always being at war. What hope would the Lady of Pain
have trying to keep out the entire race of Baatezu or even the mighty Mediators
of Mechanus? In reality very little. Both of these races have been warring since
the beginning of time and have perfected their races for war against any foe.
It's easier just to make sure they keep fighting each other.
The thing about the Blood War is that it is all
consuming. It has bent EVERYTHING in its path. The noble Archons have even
resorted to supplying one side or another with weapons. The Blood War creates a
great need for supplies, weapons, troops and leaders. Many bashers capitalize on
these needs to earn some jink of their own. Some "brave" planewalkers deal in
weapons or mercenaries with either or both sides. The Yugoloths, natives of the
Gray Waste and Gehenna, devote a great deal of time and energy in helping both
sides --but only so they can earn a fair profit.
People said that the tale of war is written by
the victors so you ain't ever gonna get an accurate retelling of the war. That's
the one role that the Yugoloths fill that may be of usefulness. The Arcaenoloths
sit next to their furnaces on Gehenna and write what really happens during the
Blood War. The only problem is no basher's ever been able to bring back a
Yugoloth text from Gehenna alive.