As a young healer living in Northendell, Mathias is deeply troubled by his inability to help wounded men-at-arms. The problem of death plagues him until he meets Dak, a scholar of ancient artifacts. Working in secret, the two men discover how the Ancients, or Zo, transferred their minds into invincible bodies called golems. When Dak falls in love and marries, however, he abandons the pursuit, leaving Mathias to study the countless tomes on his own. One day, King Frizzbeard discovers Dak's research and he and his wife are burned as witches. Dak's infant daughter, Emma, escapes the flames in the arms of Dak's golem, Grimosse. Grimm delivers the infant to Mathias, but fearing the discovery of his work, he commands the golem to go south, to the Sea. Along the way, Grimm kills thirty Hedonian soldiers as they attempt to seize him. The High Priest Urukjinn tries to control the golem but fails. But when the High Priest's daughter, Merneptes, is caught in a riot, Grimm tears free of his bonds and pulverizes her attackers with a church bell, which is later fashioned into a hammer. Grimosse would later find new purpose in defending Merneptes, or anyone reminding him of the child he was made to protect. Emma.