Born in Hiberia, Alucarsia, Sophia Richter was the daughter of two unmarried servants working for a wealthy lord. When she was still very young, her mother died. Her father became a listless alcoholic and soon lost his job. To escape her father, the thirteen year old Sophia became a prostitute and lived in a brothel.
One day she heard the prophet Vormund preaching compassion and forgiveness. She was so moved by his words that she began following him.
Roughly a year later, an Exekian called Kemet was found badly beaten in the woods. Vormund tasked Sophia with nursing him back to health. While she was somewhat nervous in his presence and largely ignorant of Exekian biology, she soon warmed to Kemet and proved instrumental in his conversion to Vormundism.
Fellow acolyte Drusus Rolfe often targeted Clara. He particularly disapproved of her relationship with Kemet. Rolfe was usually tempered by Vormund, who defended Sophia and Kemet as ideals of his teachings. The prophet would later agree to perform a marriage ceremony for the two.
Disbanding of the Cult
With the new religion's growth, their renown also increased. King Tristan began to see the faith as a threat, and ordered Vormund's arrest. Soldiers arrived at the commune and demanded Vormund come with them.
After the arrest and death of Vormund, his followers scattered. A third of the Vormundists joined Rolfe against King Tristan. The other two thirds went their own ways. Sophia went with Kemet, traveling south with the aid of Lord Gavin Zosimus.
After crossing the river Antoi, they built a cottage in the wilderness and lived there as a family.