Lief Ericson was born into a middle class working elf family just outside of the farm village of Luzerne where elves, humans, and half-evles have peacefully coexisted for many generations. As the son of a renown elf soldier, Lief trained tirelessly with his father when he was not away at war. Lief was gaining notoriety as he was becoming a mirror image of his father, mastering many weapon skills by the age of five.
At the age of ten and during a town celebration of a good harvest, Lief and his mother fell ill and were rushed to the town doctor. They stayed a few bedridden days stay at the local inn since they were too sick to return to their forest hut they called home. After dozens of visits by locals, they were ostracized from the community and blamed for infecting many of the villagers who came into contact with them. Soon after, over three-quarters of the town was suffering a slow painful agonizing death, Lief and his mother included.
Moments after watching his mother fall to what became to be known as “the demonic plague,” a cult of warlocks burst into Lief’s hut and began forming rituals that ultimately spared his life. For the next several months, Lief slowly recovered with the cults aid in their nearby makeshift cathedral, anxiously awaiting the return of his father. The disease would have lasting visual affects, however, as his eyeballs remained engulfed with darkness and his skin covered with dark blue, purple, and even black markings resembling ancient runes of Vecna (the evil god of undead, necromancy, and secrets). As months turned into years, Lief continued his training and fought desperately to remember everything his father had taught him with his keepers closely watching his every move. Since there weren’t any long swords or battle axes at hand, Lief concentrated on his bow and arrow attacks as he could whittle them out of the abundance wood. During these years, Lief was frequently paraded around town by the cult. His appearance and company lead the few remaining townspeople to believe that Lief was a follower of one of the evil gods and must’ve been the cause of the demonic plague that crippled the area’s population.
At the age of fifteen, word spread that the war Lief’s father was fighting in had ended. Lief asked to leave the cult and return to his father, only to be punished for being unfaithful by the cult’s leader, Vaden the Whispering-Eye. It was then that he truly realized that cult wasn’t selflessly helping him, instead he was their prisoner. He remained held against his will for the next several years, only seeing daylight through cracks in the tall ceilings of the cathedral. Unannounced to Lief, his father soon left the area to start anew after being told both his wife and son both fell victim to the disease years ago.
It wasn’t until Lief was in his early twenties that he was able to escape Vaden’s imprisonment and he’s been searching for his father ever since. The only time Lief sees his father is when he’s asleep and more often than not, these pleasant dreams turn into nightmares as his father transforms into his previous captivator Vaden right before his eyes.
Lief is certain his father is out there somewhere, just as he is certain that Vaden the Whispering-Eye is seeking to punish his escape. Lief is also seeking many truths: Was he somehow responsible for the demonic plague? Did the cult spread the plague? Why was he held against his will, unable to reunite with his father? Was the cult holding him as ransom? Was the cult preparing to use him as a dark assassin?