Choboz might have been a warrior of old Quendor
had he been born a
century earlier. He was broad and powerful, with huge biceps and
thighs, and though his belly had gone a little soft, the muscles of his
arms and shoulders and back stood out impressively. His face was marked
by deep-set eyes and dark beard.
had always wanted to be a wizard and it thought to have married Mildi
to get close
to her father Strible Wartsworth
, but Choboz never had the talent or
imagination needed for wizardy. The spells would not stay in his head
no matter how hard he tried or how hard he studied. He could not get
into the university or even apprentice himself out to the independent
enchanters. Even Stribel gave up on him. He did not have
imagination. Still, Choboz lusted after the secrets of
thaumaturgy, and had envied others for their abundant knowledge.
before 956 GUE, Stribel was able to pull some strings to get their son
accepted into Galepath University
as the youngest member ever
enrolled. Although provoked by jealously, Choboz believed that the
wizards (“those perverts” as
he called them) were teaching his boy bad things, trying to make him
both an enchanter and better than his own father. He refused to allow
such a thing and jerked Anesi out of the university before even less
than half a term had passed. Choboz packed up the family and moved to
isolated wildlands north of Frobozz
, to be as far removed from the
as possible. They would not see Stribel
again for another ten years.
Choboz took Anesi's spell book and burned it, along with other books his grandfather Stribel left with him, which
included legends about the Great Terror
. He forbade his son from
ever using spells again.
family lived in a clearing near Caper’s Hill
, near the shore on a point
of land that jutted into the ocean, so there was an unobstructed view
of the water. Choboz had built the family’s log cottage with his own
two hands, tree by tree. The interior was crammed with furniture, every
piece and stick made by his own hands. He even made Anesi’s sandals.
The smoke hole out back, a hidden knoll that nested among a grove of
young elms, he had hollowed out himself to use as a slaughterhouse and
smoke house, where he cured and smoked the game he occasionally caught
in his traps or the fish he dragged from the sea.
About 966 GUE,
the influence of the Great Terror reached its height, the Great Shuboz
of the Thriff Guild of Enchanters, sought Anesi because of his
great talent and innocence. Because of these two things, he thought
that the boy would have a chance to defeat the Great Terror.
was the first to spot the vessl of the Great Shuboz Shuboz off the
coast and alerted his parents. The anxious Choboz hid his family in the
smoke hole that was at a distance in
the woods from their home. The seven wizards disembarked their vessel
and approached the house. They left the Great Shuboz Shuboz without the
house while the other six went to find Anesi at the smoke hole. The
locked door was quickly broken down with REZROV. Choboz went after the
infiltrators with his axe, but was subdued by Grimbol Grumble
that the fear of enmity had departed, the six wizards and the
family returned to Anesi’s home to meet the elderly Shuboz Shuboz.
After explaining their reason for setting forth to find Anesi, the
Great Shuboz Shuboz gave Anesi a new spellbook. It was then that Anesi
went to the beach to show
his parents what he had been hiding from them for so long—his
water-shaping spell. Enraged, Choboz stomped off alone, and Anesi would
not see him again until he had managed to defeat the Great Terror.
the time that Anesi was away, the Thriff wizards made
improvements on the property: more land was cleaned, the house was
painted and trimmed, new rooms were been built, a bright new barn was constructed
were the old one had been, and an elaborate series of pipes and pimps
carried fresh water from the creek right into the house.
When Anesi returned with his grandfather Stribel, the entire family was reunited as one.
|SOURCE(S): Enchanter (novel)|