A scheming (unsurprising) Necromancer surrounded by personal guardians (aren’t they always?) and followed by a servant (hunchbacked of course!) is the main central villain in COT. The best twist to the plot is that there is a threat far more dark, sinister, and powerful: the Dread King, who lies dormant and weak. Only the Warriors can stop him from awakening whereupon he would wreck havoc upon the Old World.