Sacio Boldman’s future was set from the moment of his birth. He was born into the powerful Boldman warrior clan, and unlike his older two brothers, or any subsequent offspring, he was destined to the Temple. As far back as anyone could remember, the third son entered the order of healers.
Therefore at the age of seven, Sacio began his life as a novice. He was an able student, and applied himself to the rudiments of first aid, and the mixing of herbal remedies. It wasn’t until he was seventeen, when he had just taken his vows, that anything seemed amiss.
As he began the advanced training, which included a complex study of healing spells, he failed. The tried and true spells of multiple generations didn’t seem to have any effect when uttered by Sacio. This gave great concern to his superiors. He had passed all of the rites of the order. He had dedicated himself to the deity. He had remained celibate. The incantations should have worked, but they just didn’t.
Father Prudens from the Mother House was sent for, and Sacio was examined. The healing aura was strong in him, and no outward flaws could be detected. Prudens decided that the youth should remain under observation, and that the lad should therefore accompany him back to the Mother House.
As the pair travelled to the mountain top temple, they happened upon a peasant whose oxcart had over turned. The man’s companions had managed to free him from the wreckage but his legs, which had been trapped, were horribly mangled.
Prudens ordered young Brother Sacio to intervene with a second level healing spell. The master healer wanted to see the young cleric at work in a real life situation. Sacio bent down over the injured peasant and laid hands on his legs and began the incantation. Though the injuries had not been life threatening, the man let out a tremendous scream and then fell back dead upon the road way.
“But why?” Sacio called to the heavens. “I did it right. Why should this man suffer for my ineptitude?” At this altruistic, self-deprecating profession, the peasant coughed and then stood upright. He was healed of any trace of the accident with not so much as a bruise to be seen. Even Father Prudens looked on with amazement.
On reaching the Mother House, the peasant, who Prudens ordered to accompany them was examined by the greatest healers of the chapter. He was found to be free of any ailments at all. Even a tooth he had lost two years before had grown back.
This was but the first such healing by Sacio. All, however, followed the same pattern. The injured person would, under Sacio’s care, degenerate and die, only to rise again moments later in a better state of health than when they began his “treatment.”
Prudens and the abbot conferred and yet one more test for Brother Sacio was arranged. A highway bandit was to be hanged the following day. Abbot Wizeman, Prudens, and Sacio would attend.
The following day, with the execution completed, the highwayman’s corpse was laid at Sacio’s feet. Sacio bent over him, and touched his neck. As soon as the man was touched he resurrected, much to the dismay of the guards and the hangman, who were uncertain if this meant that they would have to hang him again.
The fame of Sacio spread like wildfire. His fellow clerics ceased addressing him as Brother Sacio, but dubbed him Brother Mortbane.
But this was not an end. Mortbane’s powers increased at a precipitous pace, and soon even the elders were beginning to fear him. He was called before the council and offered the opportunity to leave the order and become an itinerate “healer.” It was an offer which he gladly accepted.
Almost immediately, the now twenty year old, Mortbane sought female companionship. Celibacy was no longer going to feature in his life. He soon met a young herbal healer named Delores, and the pair courted and wed. This did not lead to the diminishing of his powers, but rather enhanced them.
A year later Delores delivered a healthy son. The boy was named Duo Mortbane, the father taking the name Primo Mortbane at the same time. Thus began the Mortbane Dynasty of Grave Domain clerics.