Heironeous Bosch grew up in a small village in the eastern Crath Mountains where the local folk religion was run by worshippers of an evil deity. Bosch eventually was recruited by the clergy to serve as a young war priest in their secret Hellheart Legion, which had been working to establish a foothold in the underdark, where they sought to open a portal from the abyss and raise up a demonic invasion of the surface world.
During a campaign against a dwarven kingdom, Bosch intervened to stop a ritual sacrifice of the dwarf king’s children, after which his divine powers were cut off, and his own children executed by the clergy in exchange for the ones he set free. Bosch was left for dead after an ensuing fight with the legionnaires. He has spent the intervening years as a wandering nomad, practicing as a stone mason and high stakes gambler in the villages and towns of central Belpan until he is inevitably forced to leave after challenging local abuses of power he sees.
Bosch drinks heavily to relieve the chronic pain of lingering injuries as well as that of his tragic loss, and has an unfortunate habit of starting to record his life story late at night, frequently blacking out and forgetting his journal. For years, innkeepers all over Belpan have been finding these lost journals containing the memoirs of some drunkard’s horrific childhood tales of an evil cult in the mountains… (See Journal Fragment 1 , Journal Fragment 2 , and Journal Fragment 3)
Bosch recently arrived in the town of Hewton, hoping to find a place to rest for a while that had cheap drinks and card games with easy winnings. A few weeks ago, his divine powers started flowing again out of nowhere. He doesn’t know this is because of a revolution in the realm of his former evil god, Antiochus Rancour. A good deity, Eutherian Aletheia, has reclaimed territory there, and is reinstating Bosch as an agent under their jurisdiction. Unfortunately their archon messenger has been delayed by demonic resistance so Bosch is perplexed about this new power and has been using it mostly for his own amusement, until now…