Name: Arthus Maelor Ashwood | Class: War-Mage
    Age: 107 | Race: Human | Physical Appearance: Average height, broad-shouldered and toned. Oval face, narrow features. Dark green eyes. Long brown hair, trimmed beard, various piercings. Tattoos depicting demons and mythical creatures eating each other, with humans wielding magic; covers full body, back-to-front.

    Equipment
    Quote:
    Cloak of Soaring
    While wearing this cloak, the user speaks the command word to turn it into a pair of bat wings or bird wings on their back for 1 hour or until command word is repeated. Can soar up to 60 feet and travel at 80 feet per second.

    Amulet of Natural Armor
    An amulet that contains a piece of material—usually bone, scales, or carapace—toughens the wearers body and flesh as to make them more resistant to harm. Turned on and off by rubbing the center of the thumb over the amulets surface, works passively unless the amulet is removed or destroyed.

    Shortsword
    Unassuming, well-polished blade 20 inches in length. Engravings on the hilt allow this weapon to act as a catalyst for spell-casting.

    Daggers
    Small iron daggers worn on a belt in affixed sheaths. A catalyst for spell-casting.

    Pouch of Materials
    Contents:
    Ruby Dust 10 oz
    Amethyst Dust 10 oz
    Sapphire Dust 10 oz
    Emerald Dust 10 oz
    Opal Dust 10 oz
    Topaz Dust 10 oz
    Salt 10 oz
    Coal x4
    Vials of Acrid Liquid x20


    Powers and Abilities

    Arcana: Though known by many different names, this is the force that naturally permeates the multiverse and by which all spells are engineered and powered. | Sorcerer: Arthus has an innate connection to magic. He creates and wields magic intrinsically, using only his will. | Magecraft: Arthus is a quick study, able to learn new magic easily or create his own.

    Spell List
    Novice—Master

    Brief Background:

    As a child, Arthus discovered his latent power accidentally; conjuring a fire that led to the complete destruction of a farm. His parents were given the choice to turn him over to the custody of the mages guild, or be imprisoned indefinitely. Arthus ended up spending 10 years of his life at a college for mages, before his forced recruitment to a military facility to be turned into a war-mage.

    Despite the circumstances by which he had come to arrive there, Arthus enjoyed learning to develop his powers. Mages were not harsh tutors like drill instructors, but no less strict when it came to discipline. Arthus flourished under their instruction, rising to become one of the dozens of elite graduates.

    When war broke out between the current three kingdoms, the company of war-mages Arthus was assigned to was deployed to the front lines. There he witnessed countless horrors and atrocities; bloodletting on an untold scale. Till now all of his combat experience was confined to drills in a courtyard against straw men, not living humans. To survive he had to use all of his 'gifts' against enemy soldiers, watching his power reduce men to burnt husks, putrid liquid or frozen pulp.

    The nightmare only grew worse. On orders, the company of war-mages was ordered to raze an enemy city. The siege resulted in the deaths of thousands of innocents; Arthus himself closed his eyes as he sent fireballs into the homes where he knew people would be hiding. His wishes were to kill as quickly and possible, so as to limit suffering. He reached his breaking point when he watched a fellow mage kill a man fleeing with his children. Their screams, their terror, drove him mad and he delivered a fatal spell to his comrades back. In horror and driven by a fear of being caught, Arthos used his remaining power to bring a building down on top of his company. With no witnesses to his crime and the city desolated, he returned to his commander with the news.

    Arthus was honored as a hero at the wars end. All it brought him was a feeling of shame and disgrace. He melted his medals and discarded them in a river, and retired far away from the city.

    Arthus soon took a position as instructor at the mages academy, becoming known for lectures on mercy and humanitarianism in times of war. He taught only the skills that were mandatory to teach, and replaced the straw dummies in the court-yard with living animals; so students could see the true effects of their magic on living tissue. Years later he became infamous for making his students keep a pet, only to have to kill it with their magic in order to graduate. Arthus wished to impose the true nature of war on his students. His methods led to a more humane, though not any less disciplined fighting force. Fearing that he might sow dissent and weaken the nation, Arthus was forcibly retired from his position and was to live his days out in an estate.

    One day, he simply...vanished.