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Piotyr is a major character in the fourth game in the series, Shadows of Darkness, if the Hero protagonist is a Paladin himself. The Paladin encounters the ghost of Piotyr at night in the town of Mordavia (at Town Center near Erana's Staff). As a side quest, he will be able to redeem Piotyr's family name. Others will only hear Piotyr being mentioned as the history of Mordavia unfolds. Piotyr is a Paladin, the former Adventurer's Guildmaster[1], and the grandfather of Mordavia's Burgomeister Dmitri Ivanov.

BackgroundEdit

Piotyr journeyed to Mordavia to aid the Mage Erana in defeating Avoozl. He and an army of soldiers tried to stop the Cult of the Dark One from summoning Avoozl in the Dark One's Cave. Most of the Cult were destroyed by Piotyr as Erana sought to drive the Dark One back to his own dimension. Unfortunately, his army and Erana were lost before the gate between worlds was closed. Piotyr found Erana's Staff and made it back to the town where he collapsed from his wounds.

A young woman, Magda, nursed Piotyr back to health, and they fell in love. Piotyr placed Erana's Staff in the center of town, to stand as Erana's memorial and to protect the town with its magic.

One night, Piotyr had a dream about Erana. He knew that her spirit was trapped between worlds. Only by casting all the rituals to summon Avoozl could Erana be free and the gate between worlds closed forever. One week before he and Magda were to be wed, he learned where one of the rituals was hidden.[2] He made his final entry in the Adventure's Logbook in the guild, and went after the location of the Heart Ritual.[3] It was guarded by a powerful Wraith. In the terrible battle with the Wraith, Piotyr was killed.

No one in town knew what happened to Piotyr. Many snide rumors said that Piotyr was just dallying with Magda, and deserted her when he discovered she was pregnant. Magda's family felt she and Piotyr had dishonored them, and threw her out of her home.

Magda raised her son Geoff by herself. Piotyr visited her in her dreams to comfort her, but his ghost wept at what he had put her through by taking on the Wraith alone. Now he guards the town, and watches his grandson Dmitri get old and bitter.

Piotyr spirit returned to the Town and watching over the village, and his grandson. Remaining close to the Staff. But no one could see him, and he was not ready to move on.

In most realities this is where the story ends. However...

MultiverseEdit

Paladin Universe Edit

At some point a Paladin Hero slept near the Staff, and began to sense Piotyr's ghost. Piotyr began to have conversations with the Hero explaining to him his actions in life that lead to his situation, and steps the hero could take to help the villagers, appease trapped souls and help others in the valley.

Piotyr sent the Hero to free the soul of Elyssa, a Rusalka and let her soul pass on to the afterlife.

Ultimately the Hero would avenge the Paladin's death, defeating the Wraith that had slain him, recover Piotyr's sword, and restore honor to his family name. Finally bringing closure to his grandson.

Once the Hero had finished Piotyr's task of rescuing Tanya and recovering Erana's staff, he was finally ready to move onto the afterlife.

Wizard Universe Edit

Tatiana came to the valley after Piotyr's death, desiring the staff he had put up to guard the village. At some point she discovered the place where Piotyr had died and was able to bypass the Wraith to take the Heart Ritual it was guarding over without killing it. Piotyr's sword remained lost. The Hero was able to recover the Heart Ritual from Tatiana during a magic battle.

Fighter UniverseEdit

In this universe another unlucky adventure was killed by the Wraith some time after Piotyr's death, and the warrior's Battle Axe incorporated into barrow.

Some time later, the Hero discovered Piotyr's place of death and obtain the Heart Ritual, the axe. Unfortunately Piotyr's sword remained lost.

Thief Universe Edit

The hero discovered Piotyr's place of death and obtain the Heart Ritual, but Piotyr's sword remained lost.

It is not known if Piotyr was able to find peace in the other universes despite the Heor's inability to help him out directly.

Titles Edit

  • Paladin Piotyr
  • Ghost of Piotyr

See alsoEdit

Behind the scenesEdit

Piotyr's last name is not given, it may be "Ivanov". But this is not verified. However a paladin has the chance of redeeming Piotyr's family name implying his last name is Ivanov. However as he never married Magda, she and her son may have kept her own name. Ivanov means 'Ivan's' which means that Dmitri at least had an ancestor named Ivan in his heritage.

Strangely, most accounts appear to treat Piotyr as Dmitri's grandfather, and he does refer to him as grandfather in most cases. However, when you return the sword, he says that its his 'great-grandfather's sword'. This would seem that there was one extra generation between Geoff and Dmitri. With this in mind certain details such that Dmitri's mother's father (Dmitri's grandfather) only speaking badly of Piotyr, or that Dmitri's father would never speak of or allow Piotyr's name to be be mentioned may have a completely different context. Another possibility is that the sword belonged to a paladin, Pyotyr's grandfather before it was passed onto Pyotr. So that the sword is the 'great-grandfather's's sword as well. This appears to be the explanation that Corey currently uses (although he has suggested it was likely a mistake in the past)[4]. Perhaps the great-grandfather is "Ivan", if the name wasn't passed through Magda's line instead.

Tatiana came to Mordavia (or was already living there see Eastern Woods and Hero Magazine) in order to obtain Erana's staff from the village (where Piotyr had placed it). She discovers the barrow mound where Piotyr died, and takes the Heart Ritual, and waits years for someone to help her take the staff.

Note: Piotyr died not long after placing the staff in town. So Tatiana had to have come to Mordavia or began concocting her plans to take the staff from the Village after Piotyr had died. It's not clear how long it took her to find the wraith's mound (and she may have been in Mordavia for several decades). It's not clear if she came to Mordavia before or after the Dark Master settled there.

Much of Piotyr's backstory appears in all class universes, and can be read about in the adventure's log book in in the Adventure's Guild. Some other details may be discussed with Dmitri Ivanov, the innkeepers, and the Gypsies. The QFG4 Hintbook covers even more of the backstory. Only the Paladin gets to experience and hear the complete details and outcome of the character.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Narrator (QFG4):"Signature only, please. Only the Guildmaster is allowed to make other logbook entries.", "Near the end of the book, Piotyr tells how he led the armies against the Chernovy Cult outside the Dark One's Cave.", "Near the end of the book, Piotyr tells that he was going to seek out the Rituals of the Dark One and destroy them. There are no later entries."
  2. QFG4 Hintbook, pg
  3. Narrator (QFG4): "You read in the adventurer's log about some of the exploits of past adventurers in Mordavia. Prominent among them is the story of Piotyr and the Dark Ones Cult. Near the end of the book, Piotyr tells how he led the armies against the Chernovy Cult outside the Dark One's Cave. The fighters were trained soldiers, but the cult members fought like madmen. Suddenly, the Cult members changed their forms and became grotesque monsters. Many of the soldiers panicked and ran. The battle was nearly lost. Then Piotyr heard the voice of Erana. "By all my Will, I banish you to..." The voice was cut off. The Cult members screamed and ran. Piotyr entered the Cave, and searched for some sign of life. All he could find were the grotesque remains of Cult members. The only sign of Erana was her magical staff lying on the ground. Piotyr picked it up and left the cave, knowing that Erana was beyond his help. Piotyr then tells how he brought the staff back to town and placed it in the town square. A garden of flowers instantly sprung up around it. Near the end of the book, Piotyr tells that he was going to seek out the Rituals of the Dark One and destroy them. There are no later entries.
  4. http://www.hero-u.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=292&p=3501#p3501