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The people below, down there in the real world, treasured life. They believed it was a precious thing, one to be guarded at all costs, while death was the ultimate misfortune. It took many years for Kildar to make sense of it.
Raised by the priests of Dur, the god of Death, he'd learned that death was humanity's greatest fortune, a single ray of light in a world of pain, while life was the source of all agony, dishonesty, and misery. A tattered, worthless nothing that only a madman could love.
Since very young, Kildar would set out from the Temple of Dur and head down the mountain into the world of madmen. The High Priest gave him names, and his task was to find them and sacrifice them to Dur, which he believed was a generous gift.
But somewhere across the years, Kildar begins to waver. Doubt comes slowly, unannounced, until he finds himself unable to continue. The truth of his convictions weakens as his hunger for life increases. He sets out to find his way somewhere among the chaos of the Warring States of the North, only to find there is no clear road to follow.
Defeated, Kildar returns to the Temple of Dur seeking a strange sort of redemption, one that only works within his confused mind. Encouraged by the High Priest, Kildar sets out on one last hunt, but the hardest of them all. The High Priest gives him the name of Caen Mürim, known as Lord War, the most powerful commander of the land and the greatest promise of peace for the Warring States of the North in almost a century. To kill him, Kildar must find a way to get close enough to strike.