Sanrin Delorif is the leader of a group of religious fanatics who roam the countrysides hunting demons.
As a child, Sanrin was raised to observe strict religious practices which included suffering and occasional blood sacrifice. Ferryport forbade human sacrifice, so animals were used, and there were rumors regarding a couple of disappearances before he was born.
A ritual of suffering was to be endured by every child at his or her coming of age. Sanrin was the eldest of three children and came through this feeling stronger of faith. The middling child, however, was weaker of constitution and did not survive. The youngest did not make it to his coming of age ritual, as a plague swept through Ferryport and took him prematurely, along with many of the young children and elderly of the city.
His father was much older, and only four years after Sanrin’s coming of age, was not able to continue his duties as judge and sheriff of the south farms, and so Sanrin was raised to the position. He was a strict and pious judge, and many were beheaded. This was how he sacrificed to the gods within the bounds of Ferryport law, and thereby kept the town safe and prosperous. Times were tough, but as opposed to many neighboring areas, the people were well enough fed, and the plagues were minimal.
The people of Ferryport proper, however, were disturbed by the rural beheadings, especially as they increased in frequency, so they drafted legislation that banned execution by beheading (replacing it with hanging) and limiting execution to only extreme cases of murder and dark magic. This ended the age of blood sacrifice, and the town was promptly punished by the gods, or so it seemed to Sanrin, with the onslaught of strange demons from the forests, which claimed the lives of both people and livestock. Sanrin suspected a local hunter named Jass of bringing the curse to their village.
Sanrin and his wife were formally accused and the villagers demanded swift justice. They chased the couple into their house where they shut the doors for fortification, and then the men torched the place. Jass and his wife Renoira finally emerged, coughing, and were executed on the spot. Sanrin knew he couldn’t stop this blood thirst if he wanted to, so he decided to make it a new blood sacrifice and beheaded them both in violation of Ferryport law.
He fled his home immediately. For several years, he hunted, and as he traveled, he began hunting demons along his path, becoming a better hunter as he went. He felt as if his blood sacrifice of Jass had given him Jass’s natural hunting prowess. It was his calling to hunt these things. As he moved from town to town, he found others—frightened and able—to join his cause, and his following grew. By day they would train intensely, and by night they would hunt. As word spread, the legend of the Demon Stalkers grew.