15 years prior to the events of Octopath Traveler, Dominic was commissioned by Yvon to translate the tome From the Far Reaches of Hell. As his daughter was sick and he could not afford medicine, he accepted the job, but shortly regretted it. The translated tome unleashed infernal secrets about life and death, and his daughter later passed away.
Dominic grew depressed and refused to let anyone into his home. When approached by Cyrus Albright, who learns of his plight from the townspeople, he agrees to speak with him about the translation of the tome.