Some background details for Keriath:
Over nine centuries before Keriath was born, the great paladin Amorant won the favor of a beautiful angel - a peri known as Nehulessi. Their only son, Celon, followed in his parent's footsteps, and grew to untold heights of power - eventually slaying Amrigophales, a Duke of Hell who had managed to find a path to true immortality. This impossible act he secured with his own line - so long as his sons lived, the great Duke would remain slain. For his own heroic deeds in Talingarde itself, he was granted a barony and the right accorded a noble house: Vannerolm. Sworn to the Duchy of Soravet, now held by Duke Geriant of House Rissoran, this house has been on the brink of extinction for nearly a millennia.
Asmodeus himself laid his curse on the man - none of his line would ever sire more than one child - unless they turned irrevocably to evil. After five of his six sons each sired daughters, he sought a blessing from Mitra himself. Any such single sons would thensforth sire only sons.
A great many forces sought to break the curse, as few powers good or evil desired to see the Duke return. At least three succubi bore sons for the line. Despite this heritage, the children remained true to the virtues of their fathers. Each son was raised a paladin, as his father before him, creating a most ancient and lonesome order, keeping the peace over the Castle Vannerolm and its barony.
After centuries of loyal service, House Rissoran forgot about the fell curse laid upon their servant, and House Vannerolm was eventually granted possession of the barony of Sophsfell, along with oversight of the three nearby towns. Now counts, this increased their prestige significantly.
- The Barony of Vannerolm her castle (capital of the County of Sophiret)
- The Barony of Sophsfell and her castle
- Right of corvee and taxation from the towns of Sophiret, Vasserel, and Dovreight.
- Right of same from the villages and hamlets within the county borders.
Recent Members: The house consists of three widely known members. Until Keriath, all are Emberkin (Peri-blooded Aasimar) with the Deathless Spirit and Scion of Humanity traits, and all are Paladins.
- Keriath (known to a few). Known to a few scholars who pieced it together during or before his trial, as well as his father. Keriath saw Dhaevon at the trial, but amongst all those there, it did not register. Keriath's trial was attended by a veritable army of those whose family members he had slain or ravaged.
- Dhaevon, Keriath's father. A deeply troubled man in his early thirties who has long been in search of his fell son. He was present at the trial, and though he feels deep regret for the damage his son had wrought, he is glad that the curse is finally over. He is currently working to adopt some of Keriath's oldest sons. He knows better than to even try to find them all. He is far from the only one looking to do so, however.
- Amorant VII, Dhaevon's father (deceased). Perished when the erinyes Zen attacked the castle to ravage his son.
- Ghavris, Dhaevon's grandfather. Currently the acting count after his father stepped down. Was away when the erinyes attacked.
- Teleron, Ghavris' father. A great hero in the Darian war for succession and the battles Markadian the First led later. Maimed during Zen's attack, he abdicated rule of the county to his son. Over a century old, infirm and crippled, death will soon take him.
- Celon XI, Teleron's father (deceased). A hero alongside his son, died at the Battle of Tamberlyn.
Fed up with the plodding seduction attempts of succubi who were content to simply try again every century or three, Zen - a powerful erinyes - decided to take Dhaevon by force, and ravaged him.
The child of this unholy union, she named Keriath.
She endured raising the boy personally for nearly two years - instilling discipline into him as only a devil can. After that, she passed him between a chain of diabolists to engage his magical instruction, preventing him from getting attached to any one. All females with a highly patriarchal outlook, Keriath was used to being in a position of authority from a young age.
As he entered puberty, Zen ensured that his instructors were nubile and alluring, only barely holding his lust in check. She was about to lose what little patience she had with the boy until one of his prior instructors presented her a newborn son, appearing almost human save for a prominent tail.
She took Keriath - now a man - to a remote village, which she had been preparing for some years with a series of tragic accidents. The few men that remained in the village had little to show for themselves, and the women were quite eager when the half-fiend arrived.
He did better than Zen could possibly have dreamed. When the first children were born, the lords of the ruling house were furious - and cuckolded - but there was little they could do as Keriath had long since moved on, and the girls were in fact willing.
(Remainder of background is still being written with Meliai. Altered the remainder significantly. >_>)