Grasp of Orcus
Sir Keegan was a once-noble knight driven mad by dark forces and doomed to haunt Shadowfell Keep forever.
Sir Keegan was the commander of the last Imperial garrison stationed at Shadowfell Keep, about 80 years ago. The party met his shade in the ruins.
Within two short decades after the collapse of the Nerath Empire, Shadowfell Keep was abandoned and left to fall apart and decay. It was on a grisly night about eighty years ago that the commander of the keep garrison, Sir Keegan, put into motion the events that led to the keep’s downfall.
Though the Shadow Rift remained sealed in the centuries after the Empire defeated Orcus, the dark creatures on the other side still exerted their evil influence. Sir Keegan was an honorable paladin, yet even his dedication slowly crumbled under the maddening whispers of Orcus’s minions from the Shadowfell. When his mind snapped, he suffered paranoid delusions that the people of the keep were all spies plotting to open the rift.
At the stroke of midnight one fateful day, Sir Keegan began to systematically slaughter every resident of the keep. His own wife and children were first to fall to his blade, then his trusted advisors, and finally many of the soldiers under his command. Sir Keegan was too skilled for any one soldier to defeat, yet eventually the garrison managed to respond with an organized defense. Although many brave soldiers died, they managed to drive the mad knight into the passages beneath the keep and finally dispatch him.
He was not killed by the knights of the keep, however. Gravely wounded, he fled into the deep passages beneath the keep and hid. His senses returned while he rested and tended to his wounds. Crushed with remorse, he lay within a secret tomb in the dungeons and, rather than live with his guilt, he drank a vial of poison. His spirit now awaits a champion to redeem his memory and complete his mission—to keep the seal in place and protected so that this passage into the Shadowfell remains closed forever.
Eighty years after his death, the heroes met Sir Keegan in their adventures and, convincing him that their intentions were to stop Kalarel from opening the rift, received his help and advice in doing so.