N'aix, the Lifestealer
In the dungeons of Devarque, a vengeful wizard lay in shackles, plotting his escape. He shared his cell with a gibbering creature known as N'aix, a thief cursed by the Vile Council with longevity, so that its life-sentence for theft and cozening might be as punishing as possible. Over the years, its chains had corroded, along with its sanity; N'aix retained no memory of its former life and no longer dreamt of escape. Seeing a perfect vessel for his plans, the wizard wove a spell of Infestation and cast his life-force into N'aix's body, intending to compel N'aix to sacrifice itself in a frenzy of violence while the mage returned to his body and crept away unnoticed. Instead, the wizard found his mind caught in a vortex of madness so powerful that it swept away his plans and shattered his will. Jarred to consciousness by the sudden infusion of fresh life, N'aix woke from its nightmare of madness and obeyed the disembodied voice that filled its skull, which had only the one thought: To escape. In that moment Lifestealer was born. The creature cast its mind into dungeon guards and soldiers, compelling them to open locks and cut down their companions, opening an unobstructed path to freedom while feeding on their lives. Lifestealer still wears the broken shackles as a warning that none may hold him, but on the inside remains a prisoner. Two minds inhabit the single form--a nameless creature of malevolent cunning, and the Master whose voice he pretends to obey.
- N'aix refers to a "Master", likely the wizard who shared his cell.
- According to Bristleback, N'aix is an Oglodi. Bristleback also admires him for his toughness.
- N'aix endured many cruel and novel tortures at the hands of Devarque's nobles, which continued after he had lost his mind.
Friendships and rivalries
Allies meeting Lifestealer
- Play Play r Lifestealer, is that a family name? Or more of an occupation, like haberdasher?
- Play Play r So, you were in prison a long time. Got any good stories?
- Play r Throw off your shackles, friend.
- Play r Take for us, Lifestealer.
- Play u Take for us, Lifestealer.
- Play r Lifestealer, if you ever feel like serving a different master, let me know.
Enemies killing Lifestealer
- Play Heh,Your blood was a prisoner begging me to set it free.
- Play The Oglodi, they don't die easy, I will give em that.
- Play My mast, your master.
- Play Lifestealer, I will find what did this to you.
- Play Play r You were safer in that dungeon, Lifestealer.
- Play Play r Your name's 'Lifestealer'? Hohoho! Man, this joke writes itself.
- Play That's what you get, taking a bite out of my turf.
- Play You can look but don't touch. Come to think of it, don't look either.
- Play Oh look, another shackle-dragger.
- Play Your life is stolen.
- Play I think you bit off more than you can chew, Lifestealer.
- Play My life is too big to be stolen.
- Play Play You steal, we consume.
- Play I will unmake your master's work, Lifestealer.
- Play r Learn to be your own life's master, lest ye be ruled by evil servitude.
- ↑ Lifestealer response: Play Oh Master, behold all these lives for the taking!
- ↑ Bristleback response: Play The Oglodi, they don't die easy, I will give em that.
- ↑ Torment of the Chainbreaker description.