The Shadowfall Retrieval
Aeras Torfang was Lord of the domain of Dalemark in the Taer Imperium and an able military strategist as part of the Imperial armed forces. However, Aeras Torfang was also a practitioner of dark arts, being the first Sorcerer-Knight and using his abilities to his advantage as needed. A thin man of slight build, many who first looked upon the Lord underestimated him to their woe later on.
Torfang was one of the five lords sent as part of the Imperial Expeditionary Force to raze Rhineheart utterly – however, the coming of the Fog of the South made him conclude that the Taer Imperium was completely lost, and razing Rhineheart would only mean the Force would have no place to settle or survive. Torfang thus contacted House Valian at the eve before battle to strike a deal that would ensure the survival of House Torfang; Torfang subsequently betrayed the Imperial Expeditionary Force, using his powers to rout the Imperial army and sent them fleeing during the Battle of the Southern Plains. Torfang left the field of battle after the day was won, knowing he would never be accepted for what he had done, and rode back south to be embraced by the Fog.
Torfang has a mixed reputation in Dominion society – while most respect him for saving Rhineheart from destruction, even more fear him for what he was and only some, mostly House Torfang and its supporters, revere him for giving them the chance to survive. A small group of sorcerer-knights has taken root in House Torfang, dedicated to understanding more of his powers and of the Fog.