The Deva Princes were a secret group of four aristocrats in the world of Grendel
during the era of Pope Innocent XLII
. They were dedicated to various good deeds and wanted to take Innocent down. They were divided in how to do this. Orion Assante
and another member wanted to do it through legal channels. Two other members were in favor of assassination.
Ultimately, Assante quit the group, which he considered to be too slow and hesitant. They brought in a new member from Japan, who agreed to spearhead the assassination of Innocent. However, Innocent learned about Assante's involvement with the group through Pellon Cross
, and had them arrested and tortured. One member, Harvey Keitel, was released because he was Jewish. Assante, because he had quit, was not there when they were arrested. This was the end of the Devas.
The Deva Princes always met in the dark. Their meetings were always presented as completely back panels with colored text representing each of the four members. Although they all knew each other, they referred to each other by the aliases of the North, South, East, and West Winds. Orion was the North Wind. The exact identity of the others is unknown. Orion's text was yellow-orange, the West Wind was pink, the South Wind was red, the East Wind was green, and the new member who replaced Orion as the North Wind was blue.