Dear readers, tonight with us is a mage, one of those defending the realm. He’s here to tell us about his life, and about his recent role in solving magical murders.
Tell us a little about where you grew up. What was it like there?
I grew up in Kalanon but not like it is now. We’re talking four hundred years ago so a lot has changed. The gold mines at Sandilar hadn’t been found yet. Obviously Valda was still the capital city and not much of one at that. People today don’t get how much effort was put into building this country. They know about the war but ask them about the years before that and they know nothing.
I know I have a bit of a reputation as a grumpy old man but, well, appearances aside I AM old. And not always entirely patient when it comes to fools. There’s a tiredness that comes with that, no matter how much power you have.
Did you have any favourite toys as a child? Any cherished memories?
Toys weren’t really a part of my childhood. You have to understand what’s necessary for someone to become a mage. It’s not like wanting to be a baker or a soldier when you grow up. The dedication required is…relentless. Magic has a price and that price is sacrifice. I prefer not to dwell on it. Nobody truly understands anyway.
What do you do now?
I’m the magus of Kalanon. I’ve done more to defend this country than anyone – both during the war and before it. These days I’ve been tasked to help Sir Brannon Kesh solve a series of unusual and magical crimes. I suppose I’m a consultant and a guide for him. A soldier grunt can’t be expected to know about the true mysteries of the world so he needs my guidance.
What can you tell us about your latest adventure?
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