Ardis, a muscular sort of poet (as opposed to the neurasthenic), sported a full black beard, wild hair, and talked in a loud voice, was the guildmaster of the Guild of Poets in 966 GUE. He gave a speech to the Final Conclave of enchanters about the failure of magical rhyming and spelling aids.

The course of this discussion was interrupted when the Shadow of the Head of the Circle enterred the Guild Hall and turned everyone except his human counterpart into various amphibious creatures. Ardis was turned into a large orange newt.

SOURCE(S): Spellbreaker