"Brutal bugger, but he's handy to have around in a fight!"
In theory, he could settle down. But because he’s such a nice guy, he won’t.
Baugl, lost in the darkness beneath Hydra keep. Would that he had stayed in the shadow.
"Stay back! I’m a… a powerful wizard!"
Scale and bone and tooth and claw,
All are symbols of His law
Mourn not the fallen, sick, or weak,
They are His to claim and His to keep!
"We, who carry the weight of an empire. We, who break our backs that others might rest easily! We, who will be slaves no longer! Rise, my friends! Rise against the injustices done to you!"
It’s amazing what a huge amount of strain can do to somebody, what it can cause them to become.
"Did a BEAR just jump out of that mans backpack?!?"
"Yes sir, I believe it did."
With a huge number of sacrificial victims, another realm long ago secretly bound a Prince of the land spirits, Iorstonn by name, thus ensuring the fertility, and improving the magical defences, of their realm. But binding that Prince to one spot has disrupted the weather and magical patterns (ley lines?) over half the continent. Things have become bad enough that a coalition has been formed to rectify the situation, once divinations have established the cause.
Your party is one of the teams assembled to do the rectification: find the binding object and steal it ("so that we can destroy it here in our realm, of course"...*) or destroy it over there. Presumably the Prince will be grateful to his rescuers and angry at the binders, but with a greater spirit like Iorstonn one can never be sure: such beings are "tricksy".
* Of course, the rulers of our realm might want to control Iorstonn for their own ends...