In life, Brother Swarm had been a child-killer who was caught by vigilantes and horribly executed—covered in honey and stung to death by hornets. Returning as a wraith, Brother Swarm wandered the Dippelmere Swamp until he found Hergstag, taking up residence in small hilltop cave outside of town. A young boy named Maarten had the misfortune to fall into the cave while he was playing on the hill, and was quickly slain by Brother Swarm. Maarten soon rose as a wraith spawn, and Brother Swarm sent him out in search of more of the village’s children to lure to the hill to make into his spawn. To the villagers, it seemed that the children simply vanished, then returned as ghosts haunting the village.