Erasmus was born on the island of Skadi to Letholdus Stirling, a warrior, and his wife Jossa. When Erasmus was only an infant, their settlement was attacked by Exekian raiders. Letholdus was killed and Jossa and Erasmus were captured.
After being transported to the mainland, mother and child were both sold as slaves in the Old Exekian Empire. Because Erasmus was so young, he was permitted to remain with his mother. They were purchased by an Exekian prince and made to work in the fields.
Jossa raised Erasmus, telling him of his homeland and his father. It is unknown how old he was when they were separated, but by the time Erasmus was ten years old, he was among the many children working in the copper mines of Red Mountain. There he met Camilla, a water girl, and the two became close.
When he was seventeen, he saw an event that would change history. Struck by a dislodged iron ore, one of the Exekian overseers was severely burned. The slaves realized iron could be used as a weapon against the Exekians, and planned an uprising. With Erasmus and Camilla among them, they attacked their masters with pieces of iron and marched to the forge, where they smelted the ores into weapons.
Ten years later, at age twenty seven, Erasmus had married Camilla and become the leader of the burgeoning population of fugitive slaves. Organizing them into an army, he sacked the capital of Exekias, slew Emperor Taranis, and took up residence in the palace.
Whether or not Erasmus ordered, permitted, or even knew about the destruction of the House of Life is unknown.
Ascension, Reign, and Death
Shortly after, Erasmus was crowned king of the newly formed human kingdom, which he dubbed Wallachia based on a vague, ancient human myth. He established his court at the emperor's palace, renaming it Castle Vallon in honor of the Skadi village where he was born, and declared the pregnant Camilla his queen consort.
Camilla died in childbirth, bearing a son, Cassius. Reportedly, Erasmus was so stricken with grief at her death he locked himself in his chambers and refused to eat anything but carrots for thirty days.
Erasmus' reign lasted sixteen years; at the time of his death, his kingdom consisted only of the land from his castle to the city of Io. He continued to repel the Exekian forces up until he was slain in battle. Cassius succeeded him and proceeded to expand the borders by force.