Toric lives in a small village in the realm of Asgeir. Asgeir is ruled by many different Earls, all of whom answer to the High King, although the territory in Asgeir is more or less composed of city-states. Toric and his brother, Valius, are part of the Valgard clan, known for being extremely capable warriors throughout history. Both are expected to become Keepers of the North, an elite force of rangers dedicated to the protection of Asgeir, and their rivals consist of the many untamed tribes that reside in the Icelands just north of Asgeir. The Icelandic tribes raid parts of Asgeir every winter when the lakes freeze over (during the Spring, Summer, and Fall this area is extremely dangerous and nigh-impassible). It is long believed that these Icelandic tribes are united by Ixxor, also known as the Icelord in various myths. Toric instead marries and has a daughter, while Valius would later rise to become the Warden of the North (the leader of the Keepers). Okay, so one day one of the Earls becomes radical after he feels 'betrayed' by the High King and the King's Council, and it would appear as if his armies have been bolstered by mercenaries from the Icelands. Toric's village is attacked, and while the warriors manage to fend them off many of the children are abducted... including Toric's daughter. Toric and others pursue the attackers, but end up getting ambushed. Toric, due to his warriors gift, manages to survive and is rescued by the Red Lady, a mysterious prophetess. He begins to see visions and has nightmares of both his daughter and of the mysterious entity known as Sidonis. The Red Lady 'recruits' Toric into Sidonis' fold (a shaia, like the Icelord). Toric's daughter is being held by the Wraithlord, brother and rival of Sidonis. The only way to defeat the Wraithlord is to free Sidonis. So Toric joins up with his brother, Valius, to assault Crystal Spire up in the Icelands, slay the Icelord, and retrieve Icebreaker and Darksoul (personal shaian weapons of the Icelord and Sidonis, respectively). Toric flees with Icebreaker, heading to Under Deep to free the banished Darklord (Sidonis). Valius is forced to pursue his brother with Darksoul. In Under Deep, Sidonis is freed but 'mounts' and possesses the body of Valius, who just so happens to be wielding Darksoul. Almost at full power, Sidonis and Toric head out to find and defeat the Wraithlord. The Wraithlord is defeated by the duo, and Toric's daughter is retrieved, although she has been corrupted; the Wraithlord needed her soul/blood/spirit for something (the same elements that give Valius and Toric and all the Valgards their special skills. So now the Darklord is about to begin HIS reign, and his first conquest will be Asgeir. He spares Toric and his daughter, who both head eastward, to Elaria - home of the Elves. The rest of the story is not fully developed, but it involves Toric not only HEALING his daughter, but uniting the other mortal races together to combat the growing threat of the Darklord. So the idea is that the Earl allied himself with the Wraithlord, and he has done some pretty terrible things. Now Toric is allying himself with the Darklord, and the choices he makes is no better than the Earl. So in a way, Toric kind of becomes the very thing he is fighting against. What do you think of all this?