I am Fomorous Hugues, Scholar of Vivification, Prime Circle. We're standing above my life's work, the Well of Souls.
Focused, dedicated, and visionary—these words have all been uttered in the great Librarium of Adessa about the Scholar of Vivification, Fomorous Hugues. Little is known about Hugues’ life before his graduation from the academy. Following a brief professorship in Adessa, Hugues dedicated himself to a single project: the Well of Souls. The benevolent professor seeks to cease all war and, indeed, prevent any sentient mortal creature from meeting an unnatural end.
In that effort, he worked with Ventrinio, another gnome who also worked in the field of vivification under the Templar Octienne. Both were stationed in Detyre working in the Saltwell Caverns. Hugues became disturbed with Ventrinio's methods of experiments but quietly worked beside him for a while for results. Eventually Ventrinio caught the eyes of many other templar's and was arrested and tried for breaking their code of ethics in scientific research.
After Ventrinio's arrest, Hugues was moved to Allestar Tower to continue working on the Well of Souls project, while Octienne secretly saved and moved Ventrinio to Dannestar Tower to follow his own methods for the project.
Although the project has yet to yield a success, the Fateweaver Agarth has seen it written in Fate’s tapestry that Hugues will succeed. Unfortunately, Agarth has also foreseen that Hugues’ success will come at the cost of his own life. It came true, as when the Fateless One came back to life, the Tuatha Deohn launched a massive attack on Allestar Tower, completely catching everyone there off guard, and resulting in high causalities. After meeting the Fateless One, Hugues used himself as a distraction to draw the Tuatha forces away from him/her to escape.
But Fate was wrong and Hugues actually survived the Tuatha attack on Allestar Tower, becoming paranoid and not trusting anyone he had worked with formerly, especially his benefactor Templar Octienne. Constantly moving and setting up makeshift laboratories to continue his research and figure out why the Fateless One was the only successful being revived from the Well of Souls. After the Fateless One approached Templar Octienne who requested him/her to go to Saltwell Caverns and convince Hugues to come out of hiding.
In reality, Octienne had sent assassins to follow him/her with orders to kill both the Fateless One and Hugues. The assassins failed and Hugues trusted him/her with evidence to indict Octienne and expose his crimes to the gnomes.
After Octienne's arrest following a major fight between himself and his hired assassin's and the Fateless One, Hugues finally returns to Adessa under Templar Jorielle's protection. Continuing his research in vivification and also finding a lead to the real whereabouts of Ventrinio.
First met in Allestar Tower in the Allestar Glade of Odarath. After the Tuatha attack, he is constantly on the move until ultimately he is reunited with the Fateless One at his old laboratory in Saltwell Caverns. After completing the quest Enemies in High Places, Hugues finally relocates to Adessa.
In battle against the assassins, Hugues is proficient in the common magic attacks deployed by many NPCs.