The abomination called Goreshade the Bastard was once known by a different name. Only decades ago, Ghyrrshyld ruled one of the most powerful houses of Ios. He was obsessed with the decline of his race, so he decided to take on the difficult responsibility of forcing the Iosans to confront their doom rather than hide from it. He immersed himself in monstrous experiments and dark rituals in search of Ios? salvation, but his actions horrified his people and plunged his nation into civil war. Now an outcast, Goreshade serves Cryx in an alliance of convenience to further his research into the dark arts.