Grasp of Orcus
A dwarven king and friend to Salmon Battlebeard.
King Bram Darkstone is the king of Clan Darkstone and ruler of Darkstone Hall. He is known to be a good and wise king, and was formerly a fast friend of Salmon Battlebeard, who was his Royal Blacksmith for nearly 100 years. When King Bram’s seven year old grandson, the prince, died through his own carelessness in Salmon’s forge, King Bram banished his old friend from the hall. He knew the accident was not Salmon’s fault, but Salmon blamed himself anyway and King Bram could no longer bear to look at him. This precipitated Salmon’s corruption by the Far Realm and actions at the Red Hook Rat, though King Bram himself could not have known this at the time.
The Evening Group heard King Bram’s name again when they were imprisoned in Velkynvelve alongside Eldeth Feldrun, a scout from Darkstone Hall. They encountered King Bram in person several weeks later, as they escaped from the Underdark through Darkstone Hall to the surface. He welcomed them and thanked them profusely for bringing Eldeth home.
Three months after most of the party left, King Bram summoned them back to to Darkstone Hall to attend a council regarding the strange events in the Underdark. He told them that he had also summoned the heads of several important factions to discuss the demonic invasion of the Underdark and possible strategies to combat it. King Bram’s plan was for the party to lead an expedition to the mystic library of Gravenhollow, said to contain all the knowledge of the Underdark.
The group attended a banquet thrown by King Bram, at which they successfully persuaded the heads of the The Harpers, The Emerald Enclave, the Lords’ Alliance, the Order of the Gauntlet, and the Shadow Academy (in the person of Honest Bob) to lend support to the expedition. They then left Darkstone Hall at the head of a joint force manned by members of those organizations, in search of Gravenhollow.
Some weeks later, after finding Gravenhollow, the party encountered King Bram Darkstone again. This time, it was an echo of his future self, after he had become white-bearded and bent. The timeless nature of the library allowed this future Bram to interact with the party in the present, where he revealed that he had come to Gravenhollow in search of information, but could not remember what he was looking for. In his senile state, he also did not recognize the party, nor did he seem to realize that they were time echoes, existing in a different time frame than himself. Once they finally reminded him that he had sent them to Gravenhollow to stop the demonic invasion, he appeared confused and asked “Are you just getting here now?” before disappearing.