A predestined cyclical conflict among powers and mystic principalities of the mystic planes. In this war, many of the ancient treaties and arrangements between the deities are annulled. As a result, the laws of magic are subject to revision and at times can be circumvented.
The conflict involved many powers and mystic Principalities, including the eight members of the Octessence (Balthakk, Cyttorak, Farralah, Ikonn, Krakkan, Raggadorr, Valtorr, and Watoomb), the Vishanti (Agamotto, Oshtur, and Hoggoth), the Seraphim, the Faltine, Raggadorr, Munipoor, Satannish, Denak, Shaeol, Fatalis, Slorioth, and the Trinity of Ashes (Griefsavor, Ygmlosvorraich; Mother-of-Pain).
The war is an inevitable occurrence in which roles of opposing forces are assigned. For example, the enemies of the Vishanti were primarily the Trinity of Ashes. Other parties had their own adversaries, such as the Seraphim who considered themselves enemy of Shaeol.
Preparation and pre-war events
Recruiting Doctor Strange
Before the War was to begin, the deities sought to recruit mystic warriors. Doctor Strange was approached by many powers at once. They each insisted that he was obligated to serve them as they have previously assisted him on may occasions. Learning that the conflict would last five thousand years, Strange declined participation on the grounds that Earth could not afford to be without its Sorcerer Supreme for so long. It was then that the gods became angered and argued over the right to draft Dr. Strange.
In an effort to remove himself from the center of debate, Strange invoked the Emancipation Law, enabling him to renounce the powers' claims, but making him unable to call upon any of the powers and principalities - in effect, Strange surrendered the mantle of Sorcerer Supreme.
As the powers and principalities prepared for the War of the Seven Spheres, Dormammu attacked his sister, Umar, to reclaim his place as ruler of the Dark Dimension. Whether the timing was planned or coincidental is uncertain.
War of the Seven Spheres
As the war waged, Doctor Druid acted as the avatar of Slorioth. Slorioth would take hold of Earth, as all other powers were preoccupied with the war. None would notice the attempt until it was too late.
Fortunately, The Vishanti were alerted to Slorioth's actions. Knowing that a conflict with Slorioth would destroy Earth, The Vishanti summoned The Living Tribunal (Multiverse) to arbitrate the issue between higher entities. In the end, Slorioth was removed from earth "for the nonce."
Doctor Strange involvment
Eventually, Strange did fight in the war for The Vishanti. Strange fought in the war for millennia, yet he only aged one year and the Vishanti returned him to Earth only four months after he left.
Links and References
- Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #48 & #49; Featuring: Watoomb, Ikonn, Cyttorak, The Seraphim, The Vishanti, The Faltine, Raggadorr, Munnopor, Satannish, Valtorr, Denak
- Secret Defenders #25
- Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #80
- Sensational Spider-Man #22 & #23; Featuring: Doctor Strange