Raigryn saw the fall of Empathy
first hand during his years as a young acolyte. The school in Allira was already small when he joined but by the time he graduated stigma around the magical art had grown. The school was closed down, many nobles stopped hiring Empaths or did so in secret. College magic
had grown in fashion and older, more traditional arts were fading. It made a noble popular to be well-read and keep up with scholarly articles.
As a younger man he travelled widely. The fall of Empathy took many years and for some time they were welcome in Vel'anir
further from Allira and Elbion
where the decline was most rapid. He worked with his mentor who personally advised a prince from Vel'anir on some military campaigns. Raigryn ventured from Amol-kalit
to the Ixchel Wilds and knows the location of every known portal stone
Raigryn had kept close ties to a family living in a town on the Allir Reach who had once sheltered him. He would often pass through the area and stay. He would teach their children to read and write when he passed through. Raigryn even introduced their daughter to the regional baron's eldest son. On his most recent visit he found the town in disarray. Houses smashed apart, the dead still being buried. A raiding party of naga had come this far west and taken captives. Among them the daughter of his close friends. The baron's reward was unnecessary to send Raigryn in pursuit of the group .
Raigryn recently travelled with an expedition as far as the ruins
of Valen. This was motivated as much by his love of travel as it was the coin on offer. The expedition went badly, with the group assailed by magic foes.
A young street girl named Fife
broke into his room when staying in Allira. In her attempt to escape Fife
used a touch of Empathy. Sensing this, Raigryn decided to make the girl - who kept the pretence of being a young boy - an offer of some training. This was partially based on selfish motivations as a wild Empath could have dragged their reputation even further through the dirt.