The story so far:
Six inmates of Bleakguard prison find themselves somewhat tortured (Branded with an elaborate "F" and some of them beaten.) One of the group is taken for questioning, however the questioner has an ulterior motive. He hands the Asmodean Priestess a scrap of cloth, with strange symbols on it. He then proceeds to break her nose for the sake of making it look like she was questioned more fiercely. The Priestess goes back to the cell, is rechained, and tells the others in her cell about what happened. After discussing strategy, the six prisoners go back to the cloth, and make use of it, pulling the symbols off and recieving items that will help in their escape, a window, some knives, lockpicks, etc.
Later that night they use their items, and somewhat awkwardly escape, killing a few guards. Two more prisoners are found in another cell, and are also set free on the concept of strength in numbers. The group explores the prison, gets into the armory and finds weapons and takes the guards' armor.
Meanwhile, the corruption of the corrections facility has led to the sergeant killing off a group of guards on his way out. He had been embezzling, and freaked out when the questioner came. This led to an easy escape, up until the group decided to take on the warden. After killing off the wizard warden and his familiar, they escape to the outer bridge. There the group meets up with two more guards, more elite stock. The battle in the snow ends in the group getting away, and walking.
Out of pure curiosity they meet up with the questioner who kept them all from either death or life in prison. The questioner turns out to be a man named Merlin, who leads them all to a repurposed hunting lodge. The lodge is the base of operations of the Tyrant of Asmodeus, a mortal chosen by the god himself to serve his will, who is outside the normal ranks of the secret and illicit church. There is no freedom of religion in the lands of the God Sol Invictus, and King Darius. (the goody two shoes who rules the land with a careless fist)
All eight of them are recruited, however one of them disappears. . Eight members remained, (replacements) however, to swear their services away to Asmodeus. They meet the Illustrious Constantine Thorn, a woman of incredible beauty and power, and also the Tyrant. She convinces them all to attend a ceremony, with a devil officiating. (Convinces in some cases with threat, implied or explicit.) Eight swear, but not all eight will survive, in a scouting trip gone wrong, another member of the party dies.
The Ninth also meet the Seventh circle, a circle Thorn has other plans for, and they spend some time training and watching each other. The Seventh seems to have a different mission in store, however, and leave before the Ninth are ready for their assignment.
After getting to know each other, training, and getting more efficient, Thorn's Ninth Circle is about to go out on their first real mission. Before that can happen, however, a party of guards has come to the door, elite guards. And Thorn isn't home.