In an epic battle, Cail struggles against the demon juggernaut Halstein in the streets of Rome. When the skirmish is interrupted, Cail realizes that he will need assistance to take his opponent down. For that he turns to the infamous Dr. Faustus who takes him on a journey that leads Cail through many darkened corners of the Eternal City before he forces a final confrontation with his adversary.
The Ascendant is a tale of an escaped Duke of Hell who begins to feel remorse for his millennia of debauchery and cruelty. That guilt causes him to masquerade as a human and go on a crusade against the other escaped creatures that inhabit the earth, corrupting and harming its citizens. Cail, the Doge of the Darkened Reaches, knows there is nothing but Earth and Hell, so his struggles are aimed at making the earth a better place, even if but for a short time.