Like they say...knowledge is power...
Ristian "Turtle" Rathbone is a native
person of Breck's Haven. He is the only child of rich and powerful parents. They expected him to follow in their footsteps. Instead he became a Mage
and later after physical and mental injuries on the job he became a teacher at Breckskeep
...but I don't believe that it necessarily corrupts. I think it depends a lot on how that knowledge and power is achieved.
Turtle was born to a high ranking politician in The Court
and a high ranking Warden
. His parents didn't have much time for him other than to berate him and use him as a shield when they argued with each other, so he spent most of his early years with books. His father did do miniature building with him when he was really young. Before his parents started having problems and he still remember those times with fondness.
As a 10-year-old he got verbally abused by a group of boys at the primary school in his area. This did not bother him much, as the verbal abuse he got from his parents at home did not compare. Though, when he saw that the same group was bullying another boy at school he took the boy under his wing and told the bullies to stop. He saw to it that they did. That group never bullied anyone at the school again.
...and what kind of power it is.
At 29 years old Turtle retired from being a Mage
after a serious injury on the job, during an event called the The Frostvine attack
. He spent 2 years unemployed while doing physical therapy and studying for a teacher's licence.
At 31 he started working as a Teacher
of Spell crafting
at Breck's academy of Magic
together with his best friend Ness
and Ness' girlfiend Mai
Turtle has worked as a teacher for a year and a half. He is already popular among parts of the student body and he is well-liked among most of the other teachers and professors.
...and many people who achieve power were corrupt to begin with.
Magical talentsTurtle managed to create Dolls before he even entered a magical academy because he read and studied a lot as a small child. Many called him, and still do, a natural talent. It annoys him because it dimishes the work he has put into studying magic.
He is currently the one who holds the record of most dolls kept active at the same time.
...I think you either want power to be able to help others or to reach your own goals.
...and sometimes...well...not having enough power can teach a person to step on others to gather more power.