|Region||Dhark Bolg, Ma'Ohari|
|Enemies||Tilnangau, various tribes|
|Reign||684 LE - 2764 LE|
In the Demon Spawn War (8972 GE - 9493 GE), a demon named Aperoq led a demon regiment named the Vauquix. When the main army was defeated in the Imrabêl vale, Aperoq and most of his unit escaped. They hid, locked away, in the subterrrean reaches for nearly six centuries. Awoken in 590 LE, they ended up in Ma'Ohari where they battled the natives, subjugating tens of thousands. Aperoq put the slaves to work, building a massive citadel named Orias Vual.
In 684 LE, eighteen years after the founding of Orias Vual, Aperoq established the Varelay empire. He named the empire after one of his favorite succubus; one that he accidentally killed during a fit of anger.
Three centuries after the empire's formation, Varelay controlled nearly all of Ma'Ohari and the Underdark region beneath. Tilnangau and most other large holdings across the region became either vassal states or slave holds of Varelay. In the campaigns to dominate all those around them and when there were no longer enemies to fight, demon usurpers were always at work trying to unseat Aperoq. These often involved wars between slave armies since the demon numbers were getting smaller with each passing year. Some of the more dangerous usurpers were the Cambion, half-fiend products of the Vauquix. Aperoq built up massive fortifications and grandiose palaces. Slaves by the tens of thousands were sent into mountains and valleys as expendables, mining iron and precious metals, and quarrying marble and lava stone. For centuries, all of this went on in the most reckless manner. Gradually earthquakes and volcanic eruptions became more frequent and violent. This period of volatile activity became known as the Varelay Upheaval (2608 LE - 16 HE).
During Aperoq's long reign (684 LE - 984 LE), he and his succubus consorts created a lot of magic items and some new spells. On the first day of his 300th year of ruling, he was given a present from his succubus wizards. They gave him a crown, a scepter and an orb, artifacts of great magic. These items became known as the Regalia of Evil. When Aperoq mysteriously disappeared on the night of 1 War March 984 LE, the Regalia of Evil were left behind. They were lost during the wars that followed Aperoq's ascension.
Varelay disappeared thousands of years ago, but its legacy of evil has carried on. Across Ma'Ohari are many secret demon cults and areas of demon worship. The many relics and magic items created in this empire are still out there, buried in ancient ruins, stashed in some treasure horde, and occasionally popping up in a merchant stall or magic shop of some far-flung city.