Holanthrus was an Adviser to The Baron. At one point, he needed a new librarian for his extensive collection of books. Giles, a former librarian to Lord Gervasius, heard about the opportunity. His objective was to escape with his lover, Lorna, who was the wife to Giles assistant, Ashton. Ashton found out, and murdered both Lorna and Giles.
Ashton then took the job Holanthrus was offering.