Buro Durkierna set in motion the destruction of the world, opening a gateway between the Mortal World and the Demon World. Consumed by rage over injustices suffered, he was deceived by the Witch of the Defiled and her minions, who promised him revenge, into placing a mystical stone from the Before Times into a golden gargoyle’s claw, which instead of granting him the vengeance he so desired opened a portal into the Demon World, which allowed the Witch to bring her terrible Possessed Realm into reality. Now the Possessed Realm grows and grows, consuming the land like a wasting disease. Buro Durkierna knows that if there is to be any hope for his dying world, he must brave the Possessed Realm and face the terrible Witch of the Defiled.
Galein, the Terrible Man, fearing the darkness he sees in his own soul, has retreated into the monastery of Sheogarath, hoping to find solace and peace. But a new evil has come to the land of Uruad, a creature of such malevolent hatred that threatens to consume the earth. It is a werewolf. Galein will have to confront more than the darkness he sees in himself, or watch the world die.
Ex-soldier Jonathan Vera is having a tough year—his girlfriend dumped him in a particularly cruel way and, due to his own stupidity, he finds himself saddled with debt. Instead of despairing he chooses to barter his military experience for quick money and accepts what is advertised as a very dangerous job. When his new potential employers tell him that the job involves hunting vampires, he, of course, suspects that perhaps they are not quite sane. However, their check cleared, solving all of Jonathan’s financial woes in one swoop. Now Jonathan must decide whether his new employers are crazy or, much worse, telling the truth.