I disagree -- the back-story is very good. It neatly explains the circles powers and motivations, as well as the (several) risks involved in looting the catacombs beneath.
One quibble -- What happened to the souls of all the youngsters sacrificed to give Circle life?
Did they all become part of the Circle's personality? (shades of Paranoia here)
Are some of them still around, seeking vengeance on Dahlia and her descendents?
Where they instrumental in the destruction of the Brethren of the Red Chalice? Go to Comment
"Even as their youthful souls were fleeing to the stars above, she gathered them and spun a greater mind of the matter, wiping all memories, but giving the potential for growth, learning and development." that is what I wrote. Break them down, merge the stuff, forge a new being. No memories, new personality. Go to Comment