Magus was an immediate sensation in the Erst Empire, and was brought to the court of Paladis IV Felud in -916 to present his teachings to the emperor and his mystics. Swept up in the hustle of the capital and the resources available in court, Magus and the court mystics began rapidly expanding the application of magic and established the first mage university, in Lancbog.
Magus was assigned as headmaster of the newly-founded Lancbog University in -910, a position he would hold for seventeen years. During that time, he had opportunity to meet with dignitaries from various cultures that interacted with the Ersti, and travel around Veşti and Prindern to recruit knowledgeable astrologers and priests, as well as build the university's library collection and encourage promising youth to study under his staff. He did most of his writing during this time, and Magus Ascendant was written by a court scribe based on his recollection of his adventure in the realm of Krophis.
Late in his tenure, Magus learned that the land of central Prindern had been growing barren and suffering incredibly poor weather for two decades. When he traveled there to see if his magic could help them, he was met with incredible hostility and driven out after multiple attempts on his life. After extensive study, he found that they believed that the gods were angry with his study of magic and had turned against mankind in response. When he arrived and claimed to have developed magic, they blamed him for their problems, and the people of central Prindern suspected that they might be able to appease the gods if they could kill him and destroy his university. His safe return to Lancbog initiated a series of small skirmishes between the Ersti and the tribes to the empire's south, as the people of central Prindern began attempting to attack the university.
Magus was terribly shaken by the accusation and resulting conflict, and began asking for information on other mages. Some had died in mysterious circumstances, and he became paranoid that the gods were hunting him and the people he had taught. Guilt-ridden over the deaths that he blamed himself for, he began to petition the emperor to close the university and discourage the practice of magic. The emperor refused, believing Magus' fears to be unfounded and seeing magic as far too useful to the advancement of the empire. Magus was disgraced and driven out of the empire in -893. He hired a ship to return him to Veşti, where he hoped he could find some peace and begin working on a way to fix his wrong. Unfortunately, his ship vanished before reaching its destination, presumably shipwrecked, and Magus was never seen again.
As the creator of Krophin magic and the founding head of Lancbog University, Magus is considered to be one of the most influential figures in world history. Mage traditions around the world trace their methods back to him, and his story is told in some form or another in nearly every culture on Khadaka. Thanks to the description popularized by Magus Ascendant, he is often portrayed as a clever rebel who tricked Krophis into revealing the secrets of magic and then barely escaping the wrath of the god to spread his ill-gotten gains to mankind. For this, Phaelism treats him as a folk hero who stood up to the gods and stole their ultimate weapon against mankind, while Agnara describes him as a villain that plunged the world into chaos and warfare that the faithful must undo. The raids that started as a desperate attempt to kill him and destroy Lancbog University were escalated under Nilarchus I to full-scale war against the Erst Empire.
Magus was eventually vindicated in his fears about the effect of magic, as mages around the world came to believe that the gods were actively hunting those who practiced magic. The spread of this belief caused many to risk the dangers of Tempest on the understanding that it was the only place safe from the gods, produced most of the restraint shown by mages across the centuries, and led to the events of the Epic of Hadral.
Less popular during his lifetime, Magus' notes on astrology and the nature of Krophis resurfaced during the early days of the University of Jektan and became the foundation of modern astronomy. Modern scientists now consider him one of the first true observational researchers, and he is honored in universities all over the world, except those aligned with Agnara.
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