*Copied from another thread*
Consider this, look at what the altars say to Elise:
East Altar (AKA Lord):
"The spider welcomes you, Elise."
"We thank you for your gifts, Elise."
West Altar (The Lady):
"Your power is not worth the price, Elise."
"Your humanity traded away, and for what?"
Now didnt Elise got her power from a misterious Spider god? And if you look at the quotes from the east altar... doesnt it seem like that altar is in fact an altar for the Spider god? (The gifts would be of course all the sacrifices she brings to the spider)
And if you read at what the altar says to the other champions there is nothing that contradicts this speculation of mine (Except the quote when the altar refers to Morde as his lord, but i will try to explain this further on). Now we know this Spidy thing is a god for the shadow isles and then he would certainly want to, may be, expand his influence? Or to put it in other words, the wants to invade and dominate the whole world?
-Lead our charge Hecarim, and let the living tremble
-The dark requiem will be the last thing they hear
-Slay them, gravedigger! Make them serve us
-Bind their spirits to the Shadow Isles
Ok so now leave aside the Spidy thing, he is just a god... or a demon. But the altars are just that, altars in honor to this and may be another still unkown god. I find it hard to believe that the actual god is prisioner so ill go with the mob here and say that in fact the spirits that live on those altars are... people. But i dont think that they are a lord or a lady that had power in the old days, if you ask me i would go with priests... and now we can explain this: "Free me my lord so I may aid you" (The priest served Morekaiser now and wants to do so in the present)
Ok so the in the east altar we have a priest for the god that gave Elise her power (im leaving aside the spidy thing because, as a god, he probably is or was able to take any form, but even if we want to say: "No he is a spider god because in Elise's lore it clearly says so" that still works fine for my next ponit). In the west Altar then we have a different priest for... the same god? I dont know about this.
Anyway, i think that this two, as it has also been mentioned, probably had a love story back in the old days. The west altar holds the spirit of a female priest, well mannered but who most likely despises the lower class, and then in the East altar we have a male who clearly seems to be more agressive, ambitious and really cocky (this applies to both, as seen by the way they treat Yorick, like if the gravedigger wast just a dog). This man is the kind of person you would expect planning a putsch may be, plotting to start a civil war? And there we have this huge commander that is Morde as the head of the rebels? (Remember the quote were this altar refers to Morde as "My Lord"). All this also points to the idea of an evil god, cruel and agressive (then their priests tend to be fanatics and cruel as well), although why there was a civil war... the specific reason doesnt really matter, political riff raff that went out of control probably. Anyway, i leave here space for you to think of the heart breaking fight that came when the female priest, who was loyal to the King, discovered all this, so bad was it that she is still rumbling about it today ("This place was once so... beautiful." - "Has he forgotten me?") but that also troubles the priest after all the time that has passed ("Sometimes I-I can almost remember... her face.")
Now lets continue with our previous point, it is highly probable that a long time ago there was a civil war on the isles, i think one of the sides was commanded by Morde, on the other side? Well we have our mysterious king (For this i was thinking a lot about Morde's old lore and remebered that in the beggining there was speculation about him being Du Couteau, AKA Kat's father, because he had this "aura" of a powerful knight and lord, that is why i was pointing him as the head of a posible revolution however he might just be a very prominent general).
Another character that seems to have participated on the Civil War is Heca. Hecarim, where was he during this civil war? On which side? Probably on the same side that the priest of the West Altar (that is why she is somewhat kind to him) and opposite to Mordekaiser's... and then the other altar has the priest supporting Morde, and the relationship between the two lovers hits a tragical end...
Aaaaand finally Yorick was just a servant so he didnt really had weight on that war, that is what i think (although im pretty sure that he holds great power but hast this submissive personality, kind of what happens on Pirate of The Caribbean with that stupid guys with the wooden eye, *spoiler alert*...............................we think he is just this useless pirate but he was holding a powerfull piece to summon that godess etc etc.)
So to start closing my really long post, i think that although the isles were always a kinda darky place (the god that the priests ive created worshipped, if we consider that at least the east altar is an altar for the same god Elise got her power from, really seems to point in that direction), during this civil war there is no doubt magic was used indiscriminately and probably one of the sides took it to far (something like what would have happened in Valoran if the League hadn't appeared to stop the Rune wars and the endless conflict between city states), dooming the whole region, transforming the unlucky that survived into this undead monster-like creatures whos only purpose is to extend the domains of the dark god/s that they served during their lifetime (From Evelyn's Lore "... [About the Shadow Isles] the mysterious island located northwest of Valoran that is eternally blanketed by a thick, unnatural fog. It is thought that the Shadow Isles are home to countless forms of undead").
Of course there are exceptions and really strong characters wont be just like zombies blindly following the commands of the god/s:
Mordekaiser: New lore says he's looking for something (may be he wants more power so he can defy the god, or he wants that power to help him accomplish the desires of this creature, or just wants to be free of the curse or whatever else you can think of).
Hecarim: He seems to be... well, blindly following the commands of the god/s (based on the fact that, as some in the forums say, he is "the war", in a reference to the four horsemen, and i will not contradict this because i think its a really nice theory and i support it) but then the west altar talks to him like trying to "wake him up" or something like that (so he is certainly not just a zombie thing).
Elise: She is a" follower of the god" but isnt a zombie at all, she only cares about power and living for ever. Also i dont think she participated on this civil war, if she had already visited the Shadow Isles by the time all this happened she most likely waited to see which was the winning side and only then supported them.
Yorick: He seems to be or to have been a lower class character since the beggining (by how the altars talk to him), probably a servant or something like that.
Evelyn: If you ask me she is nowhere near this god ive been talking about, i think she didnt took part on the civil war and im pretty sure she has completely different objectives than the rest of the shadow isles' characters (that is why there is no reference to her from the altars)
Karthus: This guy is now (in his new lore i mean), just this fanatical guy who wants to kill them all so he can prefectly fit in my cathegory of zombie like creature trying to extend the domains of that deaththirsty god. This doesnt mean he is a brainless zombie, he clearly has his own motives to do so, he does this because he is willing to do, he likes it, in other words, he is doing this because he wants and is able to do so and in the process he helps this god that gave him most of his power