Clarissa is an NPC in act 3. She can initially be found in The City of Sarn, and later permanently in The Sarn Encampment (after talking to her once in the City of Sarn). When the player finds her in the City of Sarn during the Lost in Love quest, she is being guarded by several Blackguard soldiers. After dispatching those, she tells the player that Piety captured her and her boyfriend, Tolman, while they were out in the slums, and requests you investigate what happened to her friend who was taken to the Crematorium. She rewards the player with the Sewer Keys upon bringing Tolman's Bracelet to her, allowing the player to progress with the main story (as well as opening up the Victario's Secrets side quest). She seems to care a great deal for Grigor out of pity for his condition, though he would rather she left him alone.
Maramoa? I've heard that the Karui have this philosophy... makanui, the Way of the Warrior. I don't think you could get any more makanui than her. She took it upon herself to look after me... before Tolman arrived. Saved my skin more than once. I'm fine with that. Beats being on her bad side.
Hargan likes to think he was my kind, old 'uncle' back in Theopolis. Granted, the work he gave me saved my parents and me from starvation. This was after my father lost the family fortune on the card table and we had to give up the manor in the country for a flea-box in Theopolis. But he's not half as generous as he makes out. When Hargan gives you something, you can be damned sure that he's getting his pound of flesh in return.
No-one should have to go through what Grigor has. I help him as much as he'll let me, but he's a proud one... and so he should be. He's survived what has destroyed... too many of us.
Vinia was arrested for 'Consorting with the Unholy' and condemned to the pyre. This was before the banishments. Dominus shared a last supper with her, heard her confession. Most think Vinia earned Dominus' patronage on her back. I don't. Vinia gave Dominus her 'better life' and got a new name in return. You can count on one thing: Piety's grand future won't include the likes of you, me, or Tolman.
Gravicius dined with us once. This was before my father's gambling debts caught up with him. I dined with him again, in Theopolis prison, the night before my exile. He wasn't so polite that time... Thank you. That's one memory I can put to rest.
On the fall of the Empire, the historians are deathly silent. After the Purity Rebellion, the Kingdom of Kaom blockaded Oriath, preventing any trade or correspondence with the mainland. It's said that Kaom planned to invade. Only when the Karui retreated did Oriath get any news from Wraeclast, but by that time there wasn't really anyone left to tell the tale.
I know, so strange that stone and metal should move and live as you and I. Still, I read that Chitus' sculptors used to soften their materials with 'thaumetic sulphide', a by-product of gem refining. It's the only connection that I can fathom between the cataclysm and the living sculptures of Sarn.
The Purity Rebellion
Chitus thought that the Gemling was the pinnacle of human progress. "These glorious gems have brought us within spitting distance of godhood", he once said. The High Templar as the time, Voll of Thebrus, thought they were a perversion. He wanted the Empire made pure, "cleansed of the stain of thaumaturgy". You look at Sarn and tell me which one you thought was right. And while you're out there, look out for monkeys. No, not those bloody monkeys from Phrecia. These ones are painted on the walls. I think you'll find them enlightening.