During the early bloody years of the Second
Era, Vanus Galerion was born under the name Trechtus, a serf
on the estate of a minor nobleman, Lord Gyrnasse of Sollicich-on-Ker.
Trechtus' father and mother were common laborers, but his
father had secretly, against the law of Lord Gyrnasse, taught
himself and then Trechtus to read. Lord Gyrnasse had been
advised that literate serfs were an abomination of nature
and dangerous to themselves and their lords, and had closed
all bookstalls within Sollicich-on-Ker. All booksellers, poets,
and teachers were forbidden, except within Gyrnasse's keep.
Nevertheless, a small scale smuggling operation kept a number
of books and scrolls in circulation right under Gyrnasse's
When Trechtus was eight, the smugglers were
found and imprisoned. Some said that Trechtus's mother, an
ignorant and religious woman fearful of her husband, was the
betrayer of the smugglers, but there were other rumors as
well. The trial of the smugglers was nonexistant, and the
punishment swift. The body of Trechtus' father was kept hanging
for weeks during the hottest summer Sollicich-on-Ker had seen
Three months later, Trechtus ran away from
Lord Gyrnasse's estate. He made it as far as Alinor, half-way
across Sumurset Isle. A band of troubadours found him nearly
dead, curled up in a ditch by the side of the road, nursed
him to health, and employed him as an errand boy in return
for food and shelter. One of the troubadours, a soothsayer
named Heliand began testing Trechtus' mind and found the boy,
though shy, to be preternaturally intelligent and sophisticated
given his circumstances. Heliand recognized in the boy a commonality,
for Heliand had been trained on the Isle of Artaeum as a mystic.
When the troupe was performing in the village
of Potansa on the far eastern end of Sumurset, Heliand took
Trechtus, then a boy of eleven, to the Isle of Artaeum. The
Magister of the Isle, Iachesis, recognized potential in Trechtus
and took him on as pupil, giving him the name of Vanus Galarion.
Vanus trained his mind on the Isle of Artium, as well as his
Thus was the first Archmagister of the Mages
Guild trained. From the Psijics of the Isle of Artaeum, he
received his training. From his childhood of want and injustice,
he received his philosophy of sharing knowledge.
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