Heart of ice, soul aflame, In hubris she conquers, forcing the mighty to fall. She calls upon the mountains to kneel, and the seas to give way, and the very skies to bow. Pelor grant the heart of ice remembers warmth, and the soul of fire, love.
-From “Empire’s Fall” by the bard Azrael, published 713 AoD.
Exerpt from a report from Sgt. Benedict of the interrogation of captured insurgents:
… however, the inquiry finally proved useful after some long hours and the intense devotion of our Questioners. We have learned names of members of this fractious group. Some are of little note to you, your Lordship, but there are three in which you may take particular interest. All of these bear potential significance, and I will include all details we have in this report.
The first, a member of the inner circle and one I must pose to you in shame. One Invictus Grimm, a former member of the Ordo Arcanus with some degree of training. Grimm had gone missing some time ago, thought to have disappeared potentially at the hands of renegade Magus. I need not go into detail the training the Ordo Arcanus agents recieve, but suffice it to say my lord I shall be increasing the guard upon your personage, and other important factors.
The second, a name you may already know, if not only the surname. Avis Belltrame of the Belltrame fortune. Apparently involved in some questionable actions at the academy, she held a professorship there until recently, when she was expelled for dangerous, and perhaps heretical lines of research. I believe this woman is responsible for some of the stranger occurrences propagated by these insurgents, and we should take care to defend our men against whatever strange alchemy she concocts.
Last was simply the name Katriana, one which we unfortunately have not been able to discover any more information on. It is possible this name was falsely given, and it is also possible this is an assumed name, but rest assured my men will be working tirelessly to find more information for you my Lord. Additionally…