Born into an impoverished noble family, Lady Ashlyn envied the power and wealth of other noble heirs. Seeking influential allies, she joined a cult composed of powerful individuals who used the threat of darkness to intimidate business rivals. She believed the cult had no real religious connection and only gathered in pursuit of authority, pleasure, and coin.
They held infrequent rituals where chanting and tedious religious mummery would ensue. Nothing ever came of the rites, and it would eventually devolve into the more important business of drinking, scheming, and debauchery.
Then one day Lady Ashlyn arrived to discover the ritual chamber covered in blood and gore. A lit brazier stood among the dismembered limbs of her fellow cultists. Unable to resist, she stepped forward and a flame drove into her chest, burning both body and soul. Lady Ashlyn had been branded with the mark of Asmodeus. Her dreams are now filled with treachery, violence, and fire. She often wakes in searing pain, her brand burning through clothing and flesh.
- Neverwinter Campaign Setting, Devil’s Pawn character theme
- Human Warlock, Infernal Pact