The events of the Sakoric Heresy occurred several years ago. A couple of highly-placed individuals within the Seekers of Joachim started questioning where the powers that helped Joachim defeat the Solomonari had come from. They began to look into the histories to determine whether there was any indication as to a power source, perhaps Joachim was simply a vessel for a higher being to work through. Their research drew the attention of the Council of Bastarnae. The Council did not like the direction that these individuals were taking with their research. They dispatched a group (including the PCs) to investigate the priests. The group working for the council found that the priests had come to the conclusion that there must be some figure above Joachim and they had given this figure the name Sakor. The group working for the Council immediately moved to supress this heresy, and in doing so, the priests were killed and their notes were destroyed. In the aftermath of this incident, all of the members of the group that the Council dispatched were reassigned to the most remote postings that their respective orders maintained. In some cases, this may have taken the PCs out of Bastarnae entirely. These individuals were recalled to the capital when the Portal was discovered.