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Harrel Groe was an artificer from Kaladesh. He worked on large-scale constructions such as Skysovereign. He also could manipulate Aether, making him into a respected figure in Ghirapur. He led a huge designer, architect, and technologist team that was given most of the work. However, one day, he accidentally put the wrong plating on a highly important security machine. When it was found out, he lost her position of respect, and was taken down as leader of the group. He was so infuriated that he burned down the construction site, and then was detained and arrested. For the safebeing of the citizens, Hareel was deemed too dangerous to be allowed in public, so he was kept under close supervision.
But one day, he escaped from the detainment area and went rogue. He explored for days and nights, looking for refuge. Finally, he saw a sign saying “Ladies and gentlemen! Warriors and wizards! Beasts and summoners! Angels and demons! I welcome you to the Tournament of Champions 5! Hosted in Avalade” He knew that Avalde was another plane.
An hour later, he hit another stroke of luck. Another sign, this time saying “Planar Bridge containment Area this way” So he went exactly there. When he got there, she was stopped by a group of aetherborn. He was harassed and bullied, so Hareel lost control. His flames spread across Ghirapur, and many people died in the blaze. As authorities were attracted to his position, she hopped into the portal. His memory of Kaladesh lived on through an eternal wound in his left arm…….
Claire grew up as an assistant and adoptive daughter to Samuel Greathook, a local fisherman. Each morning, she would be woken up before sunrise by Samuel for long work days where she would use her hydromancy to help catch large amounts of fish. By the evening, Samuel and her would go to sell what they caught, and use that money they earned to put food on their table for the next day.
However, the plane of Nerotomea is a world that everyone struggles to survive in, and this was no exception for Claire and Samuel. On some days, they would catch only a few fish, and on those days, they wouldn’t have enough money for both of them to eat.
On one evening as they were walking home by the docks, Samuel stopped Claire, and asked her to wait for him as he ran an errand.
“Can’t I help?” Claire asked.
“Heh,” Samuel chuckled, “You are the kindest soul I know. Unfortunately, I’m afraid this isn’t something you can help with. I promise this will be a quick errand.”
Samuel walked into a dark alley, black fog slowly creeping out of it. While she waited for Samuel to return, she could feel many eyes looking at her, as if they were all planning on robbing or kidnapping her, which was all too common in this world. After what felt like hours, Samuel returned with a large grin on his face.
“C’mon, I want to treat you to some delicious food tonight.”
“Did we earn a lot of money today?”
“We earned an average amount, but the errand I just ran has given us enough to buy food for weeks.”
Claire’s jaw dropped. “Really?!”
Still grinning, Samuel nodded. “Yep! Now c’mon, what do you want to eat tonight?”
A few months go by, and while Claire and Samuel still spent all day every day catching fish, they didn’t have to worry about earning enough to have food for the next day. That is, until Samuel’s debt caught up to him one late evening...
End of prologue part 1