The arrival of Molik Karn at the Shroudwall Mountains was followed by scores of maddened cyclopes charging down, destroying every skorne village in their path. They subjected dozens of captives to cruel blood sports before consuming their flesh.
Even faced with the magnitude of this threat, the skorne knew they must capture rather than kill Molik Karn. House Kophar, led by Tyrant Xerxis, dispatched an army including some of the most skilled beast handlers to capture him, and despite heavy casualties they succeeded. Paingivers subjected Karn to every of their techniques to break him - all to no avail. Only exhaustion could overcome Karn after long nights of torture, and after the briefest rest, he'd rise again.
Eventually Archdomina Makeda orders the tormentors to bring Molik Karn before her. He is led to the Abyssal Fortress when the Army of the Western Reaches are preparing for their first crossing. Makeda steps alone into the arena where Karn awaits. He leaps forward to attack, but she latches onto his mind with a will that only she could command, forcing Karn to prostrate before her. Sensing his fighting spirit, she accepts the paingivers' gift.
Since that day, Molik Karn has served Makeda faithfully, quickly dominating all other cyclopes in her army.
The delight Molik Karn finds in the wars in the west suits his brutality, and his cruelty has been amplified by the humiliation subjected by the paingivers. Beast handlers are rightly wary around him, but he rarely needs such encouragement - his nature makes him ideal for conquest and subjugation of the weak. Karn's service to Makeda extends beyond mere slavery and demonstrates some deeper loyalty to her - though he has borne the paingivers' lash, his will has never been truly broken.