Bellum Caeli Flagrantis
Haddin, is very sick and coughs constantly,
his lungs ruined by decades of breathing ash, but
he refuses help and is very hard to befriend. He
only really likes people who share his negative
opinion of life in general, but especially the
worship of deities. He will not mention religion,
but he takes every opportunity to complain
bitterly about how others fail to realize his value
or respect him.
Once strong and handsome, this man is now old and feeble, his brown hair stringy, his voice ragged from constant coughing. He dresses like a common merchant, but he clutches an aged book to his chest. The book is a sketchbook containing various well- executed works; it is a keepsake from a time when Haddin was still a good man, in love with his wife and daughter.
Twenty years ago, Haddin was a skilled
artist and respected citizen of Gate Pass, but
his half-brother Mandragore was a notorious
criminal. One day, suddenly, Mandragore
turned over a new leaf and began working to
redeem his name. Rumors arose that Haddin
was mentally dominating his brother, and an
investigation revealed it was true.
Within weeks, the protests of countless
people who believed (rightly or wrongly)
that Haddin had likewise dominated
them utterly ruined Haddin’s reputation.
Mandragore tried valiantly to defend him
but was killed by rioters, and Haddin fled
the city in disgust, taking his wife and
Occasionally, Gate Pass residents see
a young woman who closely resembles
Haddin’s wife purchasing supplies, her
expression distant. The stories — true for
once —say that this is Haddin’s daughter,
dominated by the bitter old mage.