D&D5E - Stars of Destiny
- Belias Haarlock was raised in a wealthy family, with a large estate and a variety of business endeavors.
- Belias attended a prestigious academy, with a focus in literature, philosophy and debate.
- The Haarlock family has long been involved in a secret cabal of warlocks, Scions of the Burning Moon, for several generations. Belias was given basic knowledge of this order, but never fully initiated.
- When Belias was 12 years old, a rival cabal, the Blighted Stars, made an attack on the Haarlock family estates. His father and mother were killed.
- Unbeknownst to Belias, his mother was not actually killed. Her soul was stolen from her body, to be used in a dark ritual. Her soul probably still exists somewhere in the world, though probably not the same as it was before.
- While Belias could have inherited some portion of the estates, he chose to forsake it all, and leave his childhood home, as soon as he could.
- The eldest child of the family, his sister Arielle, inherited the family estates. The next oldest, his brother Osric, inherited the family’s duties to the Scions of the Burning Moon.
- At the age of 17, Belias journeyed to the city of Caerillias.
- He started working as speechwriter for local politician, Lord Giacomo. Before long, he was appointed as a spokesman for Giacomo, where he puts his considerable oratorical skills to use.
- Giacomo later introduced Belias to one who goes by the name of the White Raven. From the White Raven, Belias is trained in the ways of the Bard, the art of incorporating arcane powers into one’s words.
- It is during his bardic training, however, that Belias comes into contact with the Kharnadas Consortium, an underground organization that deals in the black market trade of magical artifacts and services.
- The White Raven acts as a recruiter for the Consortium.
- Much of Giacomo’s political power came from services rendered by the Kharnadas Consortium. As such, much of his political decisions have been in their favor.
- Eventually, Giacomo’s success falters, and his influence weakens. The Kharnadas Consortium comes to collect on the debt Giacomo has racked up with them. Giacomo goes into hiding, to avoid the terrible fate of one who fails to satisfy the Consortium.
- Belias recognizes the bad position Giacomo is in, and wastes no time in selling out his master, and offering himself in service to the Kharnadas Consortium. The White Raven vouches for Belias’ potential in the arcane arts, and the Consortium lets Belias join them.
- For several years, Belias works in the service of the Consortium. It’s all sorts of shady business (This is where my Arcane Society background comes from).
- Eventually, Belias is assigned to work with a merchant house that has a partnership with the Consortium.
- Few in the merchant house know of Belias’ background, or even the nature of the Consortium.
- While there are likely many reasons that the merchant house falls, Belias is directly involved in some of them.
- Certain high-ranking members of the merchant house, Faustas Brimm and Ophelia Dirge, were embezzling funds that were supposed to be put towards the interests of the Consortium. It was Belias who discovered this fraud, and reported it to the Consortium through the White Raven.
- Belias led the Consortium’s raid on Faustas and Ophelia. The two put up a fight, however, unleashing the power of an artifact of the Elemental Chaos.
- Although they were defeated and taken prisoner by the Consortium, Belias did not come out unscathed. Exposure to the artifact left him touched by the primordial powers of the Elemental Chaos (hence his Born of the Elements feat).
- Belias has yet to see the full measure of the effects of the elemental artifact, but he can feel the power it has instilled inside of him, and the future may hold strange times.