Radnor attended the Borphee Magic School, where he had always teased a
fellow student named Frobwit the Fair. Althea, a carefree beauty who
flirted with all the boys, gained the attention of Radnor. Although
Frobwit wooed her, she chose Radnor over him.
After graduating, the clever Radnor was able to convince Thorman the
Red-beard (one of the finest magicians of the time) to take him as his
apprentice instead of the Frobwit. As life swept Radnor along on its
strange path, Althea instead married a sea captain, although the
magician secretly desired to yet make her his Queen. While apprenticed
to Thorman, Radnor sought to gain possession of the Amulet of Egreth
which belonged to his master. He never was able to, and it would not be
until much later in his life when he found a way to weaken Thorman.
Radnor did this by causing the death of his daughter. But as his dying
gesture, Thorman threw the amulet out of his turret window, so that
none but his granddaughter Lia might have it. Radnor was unable to find
the amulet for many years.
While a long succession of evil magicians dwelt in the crumbling ruins
of Egreth Castle, Radnor grew to become the last of these black
wizards, and most dreaded of all. And using powerful enchantments, he
enslaved the peaceful night gaunts and rallied the evil trolls,
hobgoblins and grues to be his monstrous servants. Radnor became known
both as the Evil Magician of Egreth as well as the Evil One. Those who
chanced seeing him could only describe him as a sinister old man
cloaked in red.
It was not until the tenth century (957-966 GUE) when the amulet
returned to Radnor at Castle Egreth in the possession of a woman. His
crystal ball revealed it to him during the night. It was around the
neck of a female (although her face could not be discerned) who was a
part of a group of travelers who had encamped in a clearing near his
castle. He commanded his night gaunts to bring back the woman from
among them. While they were away, Radnor went to prepare a vat of
hereditary neutralizing potion which was intended to remove the last
vestige of magical power from the amulet’s current owner—no longer
would the granddaughter of Thorman fulfill the ancestral promise; the
amulet would belong to him. Out of his bubbling vat of vile potion was
born a crown anointed with the potion.
The night gaunts returned with a prisoner. Unknown to Radnor, there had
been two women of the caravan, Acia and Lia. He mistakenly believed
that Acia was the granddaughter of Thorman (not aware that it was Lia),
and sought to take her as a bride. Acia no longer had Lia’s amulet upon
her, for she had dropped it. Radnor signaled for his creatures to
return to the campsite and bring him whatever cloaks they found there.
In the meantime, the necromancer had his troll guards place Acia in the
Later that night, Radnor detected an intruder in his crystal ball. It
was the boy Dirinthrax, a companion of Acia who had went after her when
she was abducted by the night gaunts. The necromancer did not tolerate
intruders and sent a spirit guard to destroy him.
When the night gaunts returned with the garments, Radnor eagerly sifted
through them to find nothing. Enraged, the dark one cast a spell of
searching on the amulet. He spied the jeweled prize in the scaly hand
of a night gaunt in his very own castle. Radnor summoned the creature
In expectation of the night gaunt’s heed, Radnor failed to notice
Frobwit’s arrival in the room. Frobwit sought to greet his former
schoolmate, until he realized that Radnor was the evil magician of
Egreth. They were interrupted by the arrival of a night gaunt, who in
the process of his walk to the throne room had accidentally dropped the
amulet. Short-tempered, the merciless Radnor murdered the helpless
night gaunt. Radnor used his magical powers to bring Acia directly to
him. A magical vapor left for the beautiful maiden.
Frobwit was shocked, realizing that Radnor desired the Amulet of Egreth
for some evil purpose. Frobwit desired to stop him, but Radnor would
have none of it. He prepared to kill Frobwit in turn. After a magical
battle of flaring beams and pyrotechnics, the evil wizard was able to
defeat Frobwit by morphing him into a slug.
At that moment, Ryker, Dirinthrax, and Lia burst into the room. In
revenge at what Radnor had done to his master, Dirinthrax used the
Amulet of Egreth to funnel his rage into a mighty spell which took
Radnor by surprise. The magician’s power was subdued and Frobwit was
restored to health and vigor.
Pretending that he was changed by the spell into a kind and wise old
man, Radnor roleplayed. Still thinking that Acia was the granddaughter
of Thorman, Radnor seduced Acia into believing that the Amulet of
Egreth rightly belonged to her. Acia snatched the amulet from Dirin and
quickly slipped it on. Bending Acia to his whim, he was able to
convince her to become his Queen. Radnor placed his magical crown upon
her hoping to neutralize the amulet’s connection to her. When worn, she
was cursed into a deep trance. Radnor took the opportunity to obtain
the amulet and at the same time stripped off his fašade of kindness.
Ryker sprang into action, and snatched the amulet from the magician. He
had barely wrenched the amulet out of Radnor’s grasp when the sorcerer
unleashed an evil force to subdue the warrior. Lia fished the amulet
from Ryker with its own magic. At the same time, her disguise fell
away, revealing a womanly figure, and her hair lengthened. Using the
power of the amulet, Lia transformed Radnor into a puddle of
foul-smelling liquid. Frobwit finished the deed by entrapping the
warlock’s essence in a crystal ball, and sent it into the Egreth
treasury. Little did the companions know, but the ignorant Gurthark
took the crystal ball from the treasury, thinking it was but simple
The small caravan continued on its way from Egreth, leaving behind two
of their number Dirinthrax and Lia. Unknown to the caravan, the crystal
ball Gurthark took as a souvenir of Egreth was not what it seemed. The
sphere was the very one in which Frobwit had imprisoned Radnor’s evil
essence. The Evil One was determined to make Frobwit pay dearly for his
imprisonment. The sorcerer’s malevolent force, concentrated in this
small sphere, would burst out in fits of rage, wreaking havoc upon
those around him. There was a series of seven evils which had been
prophesied to emit from the orb.
The first peril commenced—an eerie light emanated from the ball,
fabricating a flock of giant corbies from nowhere. One swooped towards
Frobwit, snatched him out of the wagon, and carried him high above the
meadowlands. Ryker was able to defeat the remaining ones.
The second burst of evil caused Acia to fall into a deadly illness.
Coherently, Acia was drawn out of her body into the crystal orb.
Although he knew that Acia was not the granddaughter of Lia, he still
sought her as his queen, calling her by the name Althea (whether he
thought Acia was actually Althea, or called her this because of the
bloodline, is unknown). Acia was pulled out of this hellish reality
when Ryker returned with the sacred gumpwort fungus. Although while he
was gone, Radnor released the third burst of evil, which had set fire
to the silken coverlets which Gurthark had in his wagon.
While Gurthark, Acia and Ryker were crossing the Borphee River on boat,
the fourth spell summoned a great sea serpent. The monster took hold of
Gurthark’s fishing line and dragged him off the ferry. The man would
survive, but separated far from his companions.
The fifth spell caused Ryker to be transformed into a hideous monster
with superhuman strength, while shortly after the sixth burst of evil
caused Althea to miraculously regain all the loveliness of her youth
while Acia became as weak, withered, stooped and wrinkled as a woman
many times her age.
By the time Ryker and Acia had used the gumpfort fungus to cure
themselves, the crystal ball radiated for the seventh burst of evil. At
Acia’s urging, Ryker grasped the crystal to throw it out of the room
before its evil could further affect them. But as he did so, the spirit
of Radnor fought its way out of the crystal ball. It darted straight at
Ryker and leapt into him. Then Ryker’s spirit floated out of his own
body and into the crystal. Ryker’s body now belonged to Radnor. As he
moved towards Acia to take her as his queen, he suddenly disappeared.
Radnor, having been summoned by Moog to participate in the ultimate
evil union known as the Triax, found himself at the ancient ruins of
Pheebor at the junction of the Phee and Bor rivers. This was the moment
he had been waiting for all his vile life. He could see that it would
be easy to dominate over Moog and Slye (the other two who formed the
Triax). Combining their powers together, the Triax began its reign of
the Eternal Darkness. The rivers and the sea turned to blood, as the
charred land gave up its nurturing spirit. Although the
records of this period are wanting, the grim tyranny would take many
seasons and much valor to undo.
to the mysteries of temporal travel, the crystal ball which Radnor was
once trapped inside made its way to the Steppinthrax Monastery sometime
prior to 949 GUE.