The frozen lands of Valika afford no second chances—except perhaps in the case of the Undying Garren Ulfhart. Garren had as peaceful and happy a life as could be had among the Valikan Clans. He was about to come into his own—starting a family with his sweetheart and stepping into leadership of his village—when that life abruptly ended. A distant clan’s raiding party found Garren’s village and attacked without warning. They took the villagers prisoner, and forced them to kill each other for their amusement—promising that the survivors would be freed. In an especially cruel stroke, Garren and his beloved were pitted against each other. Refusing to spill her blood, he turned his sword on himself, hoping to save her. But as his consciousness faded, he saw her fall beside him, run through by one of the raiders. Garren awoke amid the burning remains of his village, alone. He stayed there nine days, searching for a reason he should have survived. At last, he found it. He headed south, to the far end of Etharis, to Castinella where he had heard warriors could serve a greater cause. Garren is now a member of the Cleansing Flame, an arm of the Knights Transcendent. He has burned more cultists, staked more vampires, and banished more fiends than he can remember. He has aided the poor, fed the hungry, and warmed the cold. All this he does with a happy heart, for he knows what awaits him in death: a long hall with a roaring hearth filled with his kin stretching back beyond memory, and the family he should have had. His only failure, in his own eyes, is that the traitor known as the Mad Jester still lives. To put an end to the madman, he has allied himself with the demagogic paladin Kaine. These two very different paladins have unleashed a great manhunt for their shared enemy.
Race: Human Region: Valikan Clans
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