Quaerentes in Extremis
Decades ago, the founders of Ashenrise lived in a covenant in Wales named Tagelyn. Buried beneath the ground, the lower reaches of its caverns extended deep into the earth, reaching, perhaps, even to the lairs of demons. They lived in peace with the Welsh people and slowly matured as a covenant, though they were still young. Then the covenant from which many of the wizards had come, Blackthorn, turned against them. Combining magical (and perhaps diabolic) powers with aid from a Norman army, Blackthorn routed the magi of Tagelyn. The young magi were forced to flee to the edge of the world, the misty isle of Hibernia. In their flight, a magus and many grogs were killed or captured. Their tragedy was made all the more bitter when they realized that all along, Blackthorn had meant to take the caverns, and that they had used these younger magi simply to test the caverns’ safety before taking them for themselves.