This report was commissioned during the 1st of Autumnturn during the 15th hour of the Faerie Day. Funded through the Duvain Spell Research Account 24012.
As this report was commissioned for next-day delivery, few facts in this report have been double-checked. Many of these records are official Keeper records and I do not doubt their veracity. However, these records include hearsay and rumor gathered from informants in the Sunset Fields over 500 years ago (due to the absence of a Keeper outpost at this time) and are completely unverifiable. Believe them at your own risk.
The Three Heroes
Presented with three heroic insignia (sketched below for records), we successfully identified three heroes well documented roughly 500 years ago: Alton Frederick, a human wizard from Asuren; Paladin Sagro, a loxodon paladin of Gaea from the forests of Ikari; Gustav Nebezial, a half-elf sorcerer from Celanthiral. Of particular interest given the provided research done by this trio is 1) Where did they get their original research and 2) Why were they attempting to warp it to such a specific alternate purpose?
We see these three heroes join up together shortly before mysteriously heading to Celanthiral and up into the Sunset Fields. While we have no indication of a job taken or any pay given, we do have records that they expended funds not only for a Teleport from Kha Nar to Ikari, but that they immediately hire an elven trade ship to leave port that same day and take them down to Celanthiral. Unfortunately, they nearly disappear entirely once they set out into the Sunset Fields. A few of our informants at the time noted their appearance briefly in Harcourt and an extended stay in Harrow’s Port (now known as Starfork), in both instances they reportedly ventured into and out of the wood repeatedly. In Starfork they reportedly investigated into the falling star that had then recently split apart while striking the town’s temple. They also seemed to take an inordinate interest in regional crops, buying samples of harvested crops and even purchasing still-growing crops and ripping them from the ground. While our informants noted their presence repeatedly around Botanicas and Magic-Shops, the illegal nature of our informants presence and research there resulted in no gathered information from these purchases. Information past this point is much of the same, until one day the corpse of Alton Frederick was discovered just outside of Celanthiral, severely burned and withered, and he was buried with his research (at the request of the family) in the Noble’s graveyard, as befitted his station.
Alton Frederick is perhaps the most well documented of the group, attending the academy in Asuren and marking well even against his Vedalkin peers. He completed his graduate studies in wizardry by 35, pursuing Warping and Recombining Spells as a thesis topic. While his decision to leave academia is unrecorded, we see his name appear a number of times as the recipient of various local awards for wanted criminals and dealing with antagonistic creatures. After his clear shift to becoming an adventurer, we see his role in dealing with an infamous group of wizards experimenting with illegal and controlled substances, pushing him to considerable local and regional fame. The text gives a few more examples of his works,... after which he petitioned The Keepers and Divinity’s Reach for Hero status, which was awarded. The text continues on detailing his works after becoming a hero, finally getting to the good part… at which point we see his first recorded interaction with one of the other two heroes, the Paladin Sagro, meeting at Perhera and traveling together after that point.
Alton Frederick had two sisters, all born from…the text goes on like this for some length, noting nothing of real interest of Alton’s family back in Asuren.
Alton took a Barion-cut Sapphire for his heroic symbol.
Sagro is recorded as becoming a paladin of Gaea shortly after his 18th birthday, noted early on as a successful traveling paladin in Ikari’s outlaying regions. He is well documented in his efforts to keep inexperienced travelers in this region safe from the dangers of the forests and jungles. Sagro was a well noted survivalist and tracker, and gained regional attention when this skill helped him rescue the missing daughter of a traveling kitsune noble. Tales of his years of work and numerous other lives saved began circulating, drawing the attention of an undead hunting group in the eastern Twin Kingdoms. His tracking skills were a considerable boon to this group and with his assistance they successfully located and destroyed an underground tar pit which had been spewing vile and very dangerous undead out into the Kingdoms. The text gives a few more examples of his works,... after which his comrades petitioned The Keepers and Ikari for Hero status for Sagro, which was awarded. During the interview for his Hero status, Sagro was forced to put on record that he was a Crafter. Sagro continued his work, becoming a widely renown expert undead hunter, and…the text continues on detailing his works after becoming a hero, finally getting to the good part… at which point we see his first recorded interaction with one of the other two heroes, Alton Frederick, meeting at Perhera and traveling together after that point. Some months later, the duo meet Gustav Nebezial during an investigation into undead-raising spirits in northern Ikari. After what proved to be a successful joint venture, the three began traveling together.
Sagro was married to a human woman, Heather Sataro, from Ikari shortly before he gained Hero status. Heather had a sizable family in Ikari, including two brothers and…this continues on for some time …however, her sister, Tamara, had moved out to the Sunset Fields to the small town of Harrowden, just outside of Starfork, some years before. Tamara was married to one Chris Dorwell and they had a two daughters, Pamela Dorwell and Avlyn Dorwell. Sagro kept the rest of his family private, and surprisingly we actually have no information on them.
Sagro took a golden hammer for his heroic symbol.
Gustav Nebezial was a half-elf sorcerer and magistrate-hopeful in Celanthiral. He was the illegitimate son of an elven noble and a female student at the local academy, though this was not public record. Gustav was raised by his mother and showed considerable magical aptitude as well as a particular knack for languages from a young age. His father took some pains to quietly fund private tutors and schooling for Gustav, and eventually got him placed into a magistrate training program with House Varis. However, during the later years of his training, Gustav mysteriously decided to abandon his pursuits and became a wandering adventurer. Records show him traveling the elven lands for nearly a decade, showing up numerous times in every city running the coast and reportedly spending a considerable amount of time out near the Faewoods. During this time, Gustav became famous for fighting off both the Fae and the other great threats of The Great Forest. When Gustav saved a town from a young Rampaging Baloth, the incredibly grateful townfolk petitioned The Keepers and Celanthiral for Hero status for Gustav, which was awarded. For years more Gustav continued traveling up and down the Erathell coast, until eventually he came back to Celanthiral. Shortly after entering town, he petitioned The Keepers (at some great cost) for everything we had on record concerning undead, reanimation magics, and resurrection magics. Records show this request was completed and delivered, and that three months later Gustav set out from the city once again. Records show that he began pursuing undead, spending a considerable amount of time around The Murkwoods. Some years later, he was hired by Ikari to look into undead-raising spirits in northern Ikari where he met Alton Frederick and Sargo. After their success, the three began traveling together. However, it was little more than a few months before their rapid travel over to the Sunset Fields, so no group name or symbol was ever recognized.
Gustav had some amount of family over in the Twin Kingdoms on his mother’s side, though…the text goes on like this for some length, noting nothing of real interest that hasn’t already been stated.
Gustav took the renewing leaf for his heroic symbol.