|“||Legend says, the blood of a god provides new life. And I need them alive! Alive, under my spell, with all their POWER!||„|
|~ Hokan while he resurrects Rohen|
Hokan Ashir is a major antagonist in the Spellforce series. While aiding the Runewarrior in Order of Dawn, he is the main antagonist of the addon Shadow of the Phoenix. Hokan was one of the thirteen Circle mages and the most powerful necromancer ever known.
Hokan was born on the continent Xu. There, hidden deep in the black jungle, he discovered the Bone Temple and inside the Mask of Belial. Using the powers of the mask, he wanted to take the treasure of his own kind and attacked his people with an army of undead. After besieging and killing the last hideaout of his people, he traveled to Fiara to join the Circle. During his time in the circle he had a feud with a fellow Circle mage, Uram the Red and often fought against his demons. To gain an advantage in his fight against Uram, he created the Soulforger, an entity who forged an army of iron soldiers, who were powered by the souls of the deceased. With his Iron Ones, Hokan was able to defeat Uram's armies.
During the convocation, all Circle mages including Hokan performed rituals to gain immense power. But as they, in their lust for power, did not realise that they were not powerful enough to wield the power of the gods, Hokan and almost every other circle mage were killed by their own ritual spells, excluding Rohen who did not partake in any ritual. Hokan and the mask of Belial were buried in Whisper.
The Order of Dawn
In "Spellforce: The Order of Dawn",the Iron Ones are sighted in the Icegate Marshes. As the Order does not know how to stop the flood of Iron Ones, they send the Runewarrior to Whisper to find the grave of Hokan Ashir and stop the flood of undead roaming around. The Rune Warrior finds Hokan's ghost in the ruins of Whisper. The Mask of Belial, which protected Hokan from the souls used in the creation of his iron soldiers had been looted from his grave so Hokan can't rest in peace. Craving the mask, Hokan sent his undead forces under the lead of his lieutenant Korshar to search for the mask. Hokan and the Runewarrior strike a deal: Hokan tells the Runewarrior how to stop the Iron Ones and the Runewarrior gives him the mask of Belial. Hokan tells the Warrior, that the Iron Ones can only be destroyed by killing the Soulforger. As part of the deal, the Runewarrior puts the mask on Hokans grave and the ghost of the necromancer vanishes.
Breath of Winter
Hokan was revived by the powers of Belial. Being relatively weak, he disguised himself and aided the Shadow blade, a fellow Runewarrior by giving him powerful runes. The Runewarrior defeated the Red Legion (Hokan's old enemies) and freed the city Shal Dun, which Hokan then used as his base.
Shadow of The PhoenixWith the mask of Belial, Hokans true power also returned. The god Ereon, disguised as a man, Darius, took notice and tried to follow Hokan, but was defeated in the Bone Temple, where he held no power. Hokan drained Ereons blood to create an essence which he used to revive the Circle Mages. With the power of the mages and the mask of Belial, Hokan wanted to become a god.The Runewarrior who carried the shadow blade was desperate for a cure for his curse so he did the masked man's bidding. When Hokan discovered that the Emperor of Xu, Magnus Arias wound never kill the last dryad the ordered the Shadowblade to kill her. The warrior made his way to the dryad cove but was followed by the servant of the dryad and a lot of her guardians. When Hokan found out he waited for them to reach the Onyx Bay. There he killed them all with his Allfire power. The Shadowblade entered the dryad cove but could not force himself to kill the dryad. When she told the Shadowblade that Hokan lied and was not able to save him, the cursed Runewarrior swore revenge. He allied himself with the bearer of the Phoenix Sone and so the Runewarrior and the Shadowblade fought their way into the black jungle and stormed the Bone Temple, where they had to fight the remaining eleven Circle mages (Rohen was killed before) and Hokan, whose power had transformed him to the god Belial. The two Runewarriors released the phoenix, an old entity once imprisoned by the Circle, who immediately recognized his old enemy Hokan and bathed him in flames, killing him once and for all.
- As was discovered in "Spellforce 2: Dragonborn", Hokan had a daughter named Yara, who managed to create her own Iron Ones, but she could be talked out of her evil and user her magic in favor of the Shaikan.