The Warlords are the last five survivors of their race of shadow people, known as the Orleks . Four brothers, Korthoe , Thaelog , Salebane , Cortalg , and their sister, Malsate , were saved by Kaja before the light of day could destroy them. Once a peaceful, compassionate race that resided within the Black Forest , they could heal mortal wounds. Soon, humans began to tear down their forest to harvest the ironwood ; wood that became stronger than iron once treated with fire. Kaja gifted the siblings with magical armor and weapons to defend themselves against the destruction of the humans. To repay Kaja for his kindness, all five became his most powerful soldiers, fighting in his name, to become an unstoppable force.