At its height, Amenkor was a center of wealth and culture. But a millennium ago, the city was caught in the White Fire, a force that swept across the land spreading madness, drought, famine, and disease in its wake. Now the Dredge - the bustling market street that snaked between the slums and the prosperous center of the city - marked the dividing line between plenty and poverty, safety and peril. Left a homeless orphan as a very young child, Varis learned to survive in the Dredge. And when the White Fire blasted through Amenkor for the second time, Varis - along with the entire city - was trapped the overwhelming blaze of power.