Abandoned just hours after his birth, Cade grew up as an orphan in a small cloistered monastery in Powys, Wales, at a time when his people were embroiled in a bitter and ongoing war with neighboring Mercians for their borders. He had been placed in the monastery by his mother, the goddess Brigid, to keep him sequestered from any evil.

As a young teen, the oblate was drafted into the war when the king’s army invaded his monastery. Thrust into battle with no training, he quickly learned that he had an unholy gift for war. Embraced by the king, but mocked by his court, Cade kept to himself until the day Thorn appeared and offered him a new cause to fight for. Humanity.

Thorn told Cade that they were brothers, but they were actually father and son. Thorn taught Cade the rules to keep his demon side at bay and promised never to abandon him. When Cade was spurned by the woman he loved, he unleashed the demon inside and slaughtered her brothers. As punishment, Thorn locked him in Terre Derrière le Voile, a world without color, where he had to battle even worse demons than those he fought by Thorn’s side. The only thing that kept him remotely sane was his desire to escape his hell and shove his payback down Thorn’s throat.