The Lance of Marduk
Atreus the Chronicler
Born almost half a century prior to the events of Tarnished Silver in the city of Cadrin, Atreus was, from a young age, intrigued with tales of epic heroes, great battles, and ingenious inventions in ages past. His relentless curiosity and thirst for knowledge drew the attention of Ellair, the master of histories in Cadrin’s Senatorial Archive. Sensing great promise in the young boy, Ellair apprenticed him in the making of histories. From then forward, he spent his days sifting through and paraphrasing old texts into new documents to be added to the archive. Eventually, as Ellair aged, Atreus was sent to observe the city and the senate and write his own accounts of events. By the time of Ellair’s death, Atreus almost forty and more than prepared to assume the post of Master Archivist for the city.
Atreus’ tenure as Master Archivist was fairly long-lived, lasting a full fifty years. In his time at the post, he bore witness to some of the darkest days of Cadrin, as well as some of the brightest. For his to chronicle was the rule of Luther Yderig and the rise of his daughter, Aryawwn Casalee. Unsurprisingly, many of his histories focused on her actions, not just in Cadrin but throughout the world as part of the group of adventurers called The Lance of Marduk. As he himself grew old and passed on the work of recording the history of Cadrin to his apprentice (the elf Trestin Thetryn), he began to focus increasingly on the tales of Aryawwn and her compatriots, weeding out reality from myth. By the time of his death in his mid-nineties, he was regarded as the unparalleled authority on the topic, and his works served to spread the truth of their deeds almost as far as word-of-mouth spread the rumors.