Landor Platnihart, the virtuous Paladin, was supposed to be hailed as the hero who saved the world; he went up against the Demon Lord and won; he and his party were exhausted after the battle, having pushed themselves well beyond the limits they thought they had. They were supposed to be greeted as the heroes they were, praised for freeing the lands from the dark corruption spreading over the land like a blight, but that didn’t happen. The moment they sent back word of their accomplishments, things took a turn for the worse. They were all sent a message they were exiled and would be publicly executed as soon as they were found in the sight of the borders of the lands of the peoples they had worked so hard to save. The Saintess, Valerie Goldstaff, was “relieved” of her position in the church and excommunicated; the Archmage, Raquiel Arcason, was relieved of her positions in all of the magical academia; the crafty Rogue, Melinda Thoughtknife, was informed that all pardons for her alleged crimes would be revoked upon her return and request overturned, this was especially hard-hitting for her because of her desire to just settle down and look after the orphanage she had been raised at in order to give those kids better lives than herself; Jared Bronson, had been the party’s muscle and chef with dreams of establishing affordable dining establishments with high-quality meals all over the lands, he was informed at the same time as his companions that his requests for what was needed to start all that were being reallocated; Glisallia Meadowsong, a Druid of the Elven peoples was told that for the sake of positive diplomatic relations, she must remain away from her homeland, even though she took up the cause because she wished to find new ways to help revitalize her home forest. Klimarna, a member of the dragon tribes and the party’s additional muscle did all this to make sure the lands her people called home would go untouched by other races and was told the only way for that promise to remain true was to keep away from the lands she wished to be there to protect.
All in all, the party was basically betrayed by what they thought was their support network and those that were not betrayed would risk incurring the wrath of the lands that had done the betrayal if they ever tried to cross the boundaries; they would sometimes be forced to enter if they chose to travel via magic. So now, they are all forced to return to the former dark sanctum of the Demon Lord. Upon doing so, the party is all inoculated with the lingering corruptive energies that suffused the place when they stopped to finally rest. This caused them all to transform into terrifying, and sexy, Demons to start the process of new heroes being appointed to take them down. When they awaken, the whole party is the highest-tier demons based on aspects of who and what they were. And Landor is now the new Demon King; the first order of the business for the new party of demons, strip the citadel of everything it has and move into the mountainside Dungeon they had cleared out as heroes a few months prior, less conspicuous and more defensible. Just what will they do now, and why does the former saintess, who is now a Dark Light Demon High Priestess, keep looking at the new Demon King with lustful eyes?