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I just played through the Dungeon Siege 3 demo, and as a newcomer with no previous experience in the franchise, I was a bit lost, plotwise.

Who is this Jeyne Kassynder, and why does she want me dead?

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According to Square's official website

Then, thirty years ago, Ehb's king was murdered, and blame was cast upon the Legion. Led by the young and charismatic Jeyne Kassynder, the people rose up and slaughtered the 10th Legion, tearing down their proud chapterhouses and estates.

With the fall of the Legion, the kingdom has fractured into petty states and free towns. Most of the country has fallen under the sway of Jeyne Kassynder, who controls the Church and eastern Ehb. Her power is steadily growing. The royal court has retreated to the mountain fastness of Glitterdelve, in the west, and the bustling city of Stonebridge has declared itself a free and independent republic.

Only a scattering of Legion descendants survive. Many were hunted down and slain by Jeyne Kassynder, while others fell victim to the mobs of common folk who rose up to sack their estates. But a network of descendants endures, organized by an elusive old man - the Venerable Odo - believed to be the last surviving legionnaire. He has protected the children of Legion blood and kept them safe from Jeyne Kassynder.

Now a gathering has been called in the remote Rukkenvahl, in the north. Odo has asked all the Legion descendants to assemble, in an attempt to rebuild the Legion and take back their kingdom from Jeyne Kassynder, before it is too late...

So to answer your question Jeyne is hunting down anyone remotely related to the Legion because of the supposed involvement in the regicide 30 years ago. She controls the Church and must of the eastern land of Ehb

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Has she appeared in either of the two previous games? (And welcome back, by the way; it's been awhile since I've seen you around) –  Raven Dreamer Jun 13 '11 at 5:29
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@Raven my understanding is that Jayne rose to power between Dungeon Siege II and III and was not part of the continuity before this game. (and thanks, I've been dealing with health problems for the last month, but things have been getting better) –  tzenes Jun 13 '11 at 5:33
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