The Candyman (Host-Bearer)

Little more than lore, The Candyman is said to have been a successful merchant before his descent into despondence. His collection of rare and exotic minerals granted him an audience within the marble walls of New Founding's elite. Here he lived a lavish life of luxury and excess, yet remained very much separate from the noble class. Ultimately, the greed that gave him rise would lead to his demise. Unable to feed his patrons' cravings for precious stones, the merchant was cast aside. Banished from Sanctum and subject to torment from New Founding's oppressed, he frantically sought to return to the graces of his former employers.

Years of travel throughout Archaos proved to be a frivolous endeavor as large pockets of the lands' resources had been razed from decades of conflict. Whether by chance of misfortune, his efforts lead him to stumble upon the fabled Citadel of the Consumed. Although a shambled cavern of its former glory, the shrine contained the very treasure believed to have been myth - a trove of mesmerizing sapphire constructs. These gemstones, however, were not sought for their monetary value. Rather, they possessed a value far beyond that of any materialistic desire.

Radiating the essence of an otherworldly energy, it's promise of insurmountable power resulted in centuries of bloodshed as warbands fought to claim possession of the site. Doing so came with a perilous price. A realization that came far too late for the tattered traveler. As his body became filled with manic vitality, his mind withdrew into madness through exposure to these crystalline idols - effectively bearing the terrible possession of the citadel. While there are no first-hand accounts of his existence, tales of grizzly deaths continue to persist in remote regions of Archaos. Factual or fictitious, fear of The Candyman remains very real in the hearts of those who share such stories.