Balestus was a druid, terrorist and cult leader living in the sewers of Hornfallow. Using his druidic magic to control people's bodies against their will, he collected the skeletons of hundreds of Trunked people, usually at night, by forcing them to walk into his sewers. Using a dark ritual he then animated those bones into Wood Golems. Before his plan was able to unfold however, he was thwarted by Mugthar, Autolycus, and Sysysphus.