The creature known as High Prefect Apateon of the Union, the effective Usurper of the Empyraen, did not always go by that name.
Three thousand years ago Sham, in a cave under the Carpathians, ran into the very first Trinity he had met in his already long life; until then he had thought himself the only one. What should have been a time of joy and celebration for him was soured by one thing.
He went by the name of Atara then and we suspect this was not his true name either, simply an indication of where he is from. In his eventful and dangerous life, Sham had never known a fear like that contained in the dead eyes of Atara, the man was a true emotinal void and Sham thought he was mouring the death of his family in the long and dangerous journey the Trinity made made. He was wrong.
Atara was, and likely remains, the most powerful empath in existence. He is both a radio empath (one who can tune into the emotions of any around him) and a mirror empath (one who can reflect both his own emotions and those of others onto others nearby). This combination is rare in itself but Atara can affect everyone n his immediate vicinity at the same time, regardless of numbers; he is also proably the only beacon empath we know of.
He could have done great things in the service of the human race but he chose power, as often happens. He used his abilities to corrupt and steal the Council from under Sham's nose and supplant the Empyraeum with his own vision of how the world should be..
No-one dares to challenge him because, within five minutes of entering his presence, they forget what was so bad about the world in the first place.
Sham states that the weak love him and the the strong fear him because the latter see through his illusions and see the emptiness that lies at their centre.