One of the last masters of the Way of the Iron Soul, and mentor to Sláine.
Iron Soul monk
Áedan came to Stormreach with his pupil, Sláine, after wandering Khorvaire in the wake of the Mourning. He travelled with Sláine and other survivors of the Iron Soul order back to what remained of their monastery in the heart of the Mournland, but he decided not to join the others in their foolish attempt to rebuild. Yes, the Way of the Iron Soul is to seek hardship and face it, but he felt the Mournland was too evil a force to confront directly – proved, perhaps, by the wound he took during their escape, which has never healed properly.
Now, Áedan has found a challenge more to his liking – helping the people of Stormreach establish a foothold on the ancient continent of Xen’drik. It’s also his way to study mysteries, including the Draconic Prophecy, and surely there are no end of mysteries to be found in Stormreach? Besides, his real obsession is the Mourning – and he believes its secrets will be unlocked far from Cyre.
When the ’’Kraken’s Keepsake’’ arrives in Stormreach, Áedan soon hears the story of the serpent cultists and the foul magics with which they killed Alarich ir’Cerfas. Sensing a connection to the energies that unleashed the Mourning, he investigates – only to find a group of armoured men stealing the body. Sláine and her new companions’ run-ins with the Storm Hammers and their mysterious leader have further convinced Áedan that he was right to seek answers here – though he may not be telling all he knows.
His wound has been growing steadily worse, causing him to sequester himself in his quarters, but he agreed at Sláine’s urging to seek help – help which the Church of the Silver Flame eventually offered to give, though not for free. He recently put much of his learning into practice drawing the diagrams for a new technique, but before he could officially pass it on to his student, he vanished: seemingly kidnapped from his home, the only sign of his captors a trail of strange grey slime. His ghost-fighting prana was left behind, and Sláine has vowed to use it to destroy the Fell Taints in Stormreach, and track down her master.