Current Status: Summer, 1331 Avard. Norion is apprenticed to ArchMage Delbin Arcanus, the ExtraPlanar Studies instructor at Lok Magius. Norion is the de facto expert on demons, angels, and anything that came from outside of Gaeleth, with Delbin often gone on jaunts through the multiverse. Norion is furious at the loss and destruction of the books from the library of Lok Magius, and like most of the mages, is willing to pay good money for information on what happened to the books and scrolls and documents that were stolen. Norion has staunch allies in this task, the vicar of Agincoth, Rell, and the mage Savana.
Male Slate Human, 3rd-level Wizard
Skills: Concentration +8, Craft (Alchemy) +12*, Craft (Weaponsmithing)
+8*, Decipher Script +10, Spellcraft +10, Knowledge (Arcana)
+10, Knowledge (The Planes) +10, Knowledge (Monster Lore) +8.
Languages: Common, Celestial, Abyssal, Infernal, Draconic
Date of Birth: Sad the 22nd, 1301 Avard.
Possessions: Norion has at least five scrolls of all his 0-level spells, held within a scroll-case over his shoulder. He carries a masterwork light crossbow, with a variety of hand-made quarrels, including alchemists' fire tipped, silver-tipped, and 'fowling blunts' used for bringing down small birds without cutting them up. He also has a masterwork quarterstaff with one head of silver, and one head of iron. Norion's backpack is a bag of holding I, and carries a variety of general equipment, from smoke sticks to antitoxins, caltrops to acid, and even thunder stones. The pack also has a rope of climbing, an everburning torch, a stone of alarm, horseshoes of the zephyr, goggles of minute seeing, goggles of night, and 3 bags of dust of illusion. He wears a horn of fog, boots of striding and springing, a minor cloak of displacement, a black, cloth-knit fisherman's hat of disguise, gloves of arrow snaring, and a brooch of shielding -- most of which he has created or enchanted during his studies at Lok Magius. Norion also has a general-purpose, masterwork dagger at his belt.
Spells: 4/2/1. Unique 2nd-level: Norion's Concussive Blast.
Appearance: Norion is a rather gaunt man with a grotesque visage. His pasty white skin is heavily scarred, with one scar running through his right eye. His left eye is a pale gray in color, and his right, scarred eye, is a vertically-slitted, bilious shade of yellow. Norion's dark hair is neck-length -- including his bangs, helping sometimes to hide his appearance (although it can be disconcerting to see his discolored, cat-like eye peering through his bangs).
Background: He was born to a poor fishing village on the northern end of the Tikranor Plateau. The village had a population of only fifty, and was considerably backwards, seeing trading ships or goods but once a month, if that. Norion's father, Brock, was always disappointed in his youngest son because he was skinny, weak, and bookish. Norion's mother, Jenny, was very proud of her boy, for Norion had taught himself how to read the village's six books by the age of six. Brock's eldest son, Tram, followed in his father's footsteps, and made life difficult for Norion. At the age of nine, Gil Lyle traveled through Bass Cove on his first recruiting circuit for the new Lok Magius. Gil paid Brock one-hundred silver for the young man's apprenticeship, and then brought him back to Kashin to begin teaching him the mysterious arts of magic.
Norion took to magic like a bass takes to water; he excelled, far and above the other recruits that Gil would find over the years. He missed his mother, and his younger sisters, twins Becky and Beth, though he never went back and visited Bass Cove.
When Norion was seventeen, one of Gil Lyle's dark secrets escaped. A demon savaged Norion before the summoning was undone by Gil Lyle's last breath. Norion spent several months bed-ridden as the demon's poisons coursed through his blood, altering his damaged eye, and filtering into his marrow. The experience forced Norion to spend many more months recovering, and forever changed the young wizard.
He then spent several years at Lok Magius, questing through books and tomes, determined to be prepared against another such attack -- should it come. Few mages at the Mage Academy knew about the other planes, or could teach on such subjects, but Duke Henrik Kamus and Delbin Arcanus were available on occasion -- instructing interested pupils in the arts of Abyssal speech, Hellish defenses, and more. The duke's duties kept him away from Lok Magius fairly often, but he made available to Norion some of his books and tomes to learn from. Delbin Arcanus was more often available, though on an unpredictable basis, as the elven mage often planes-hopped -- once taking young Norion with him, to the Plane of Valhalla for several days.
In 1329, Norion received word from Gil Lyle's replacement that the demon-summoning laboratory had been rediscovered. Mistress Brin, the head the academy, decided to send Norion to the Lyle House to look through the remains of the basement, and learn what could be uncovered from Gil's final mistakes.
Roleplaying Notes: He is irascible, sarcastic, scathing, and generally intolerant of anything that interrupts his studies. Norion is driven to find power, to prevent his ever being as helpless as he had been at the jaws and claws of a demon. He fears being helpless, and will do anything to prevent being in that position, again. He continually practices with his crossbow, and studies magics with a nearly supernatural focus.