Life In The Grove
As a young boy around the age of 8, Ponder was found by a druid wandering through the Aderian forest. The boy was starving, bleeding and incapable of speech. The druid, who lived in the forest, together with her young apprentice, took the boy in and nursed him back to health.
It quickly became clear that the boy had a mind unlike any other person the druid had ever met. While the boy could not speak when he was found, by the time a year had passed, he had mastered the local Common Language
, and Sylvan languages, while showing a remarkable talent for magic. Unfortunately, Ponder made a terrible druid. He was impulsive, impatient and reckless. He had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, and a fearlessness that bordered on self-destructive.
The Owlbear Accident
After four years with the druid, while Ponder was out gathering herbs, he encountered a monster. He had seen bears before, but this one was much bigger, covered in feathers and had an owl-like head. He could not contain his curiosity and went to take a closer look. When his teacher found him, Ponder was on the verge of death. His torso had been ripped open by the owlbear's beak, and he was covered in claw marks. The druid just barely managed to save the boy's life.
When Ponder had fully healed, the druid sent him away. The boy was entirely unsuited to life in the forest, but the druid did know that with his talent for magic and his thirst for knowledge, he would make a great mage someday. Thus, the druid gave Ponder some money and supplies, and sent him to the Conclave of Magi
At the conclave, the same curiosity that got him into trouble in the forest served him well; and he quickly rose to be one of the top students in his class. He spent the following years in the libraries, classrooms and laboratories of the conclave, learning everything he could. He was a bit of an outcast among his peers, who looked down on him for practicing the habits he had acquired while in the forest, but his enthusiasm in class made him a favorite among his teachers. Ponder excelled in his studies and earned his 'Mage' rank; acknowledging him as a wizard who went under official Conclave training thus allowing him to be employed as one.
Ponder Stibbons as a young Wizard
His impulsiveness and recklessness, however, did not diminish. Soon, Ponder was doing experiments on his own, and he got in trouble for performing dangerous experiments many times. The conclave did not want to risk losing such a brilliant mind, but they also could not allow his reckless experimentation to continue inside the branch, or the city. He was put under house arrest in one of the Conclave's houses in Ammand and his experiments were strictly monitored. To Ponder, this meant he could no longer learn everything he wanted to at the conclave, which in his mind left him with only one option. It was time to leave.
In the kingdom of Navara
Ponder leaves Ammand
for the distant town of Taldirin
, deep into the Eastern Frontier
on the far side of the empire. In his travels he meets Emrys Telnarthor
and the Inquisitor Kairoz Half-Elven
and the three return to the city.
, Ponder, Kairoz and Emrys meet with Elistar Ariora
, a changeling and a long time friend of the inquisitor
. On their first day after arriving at the city Ponder loses his wizard permit and gets in trouble with the Inquisition
while trying to buy a loaf of bread in the city's market. After a chase that includes a burning flying broom, several volleys of arrows and one fainted civilian he is finally arrested. Kairoz, returning home to the scene of ponder in shackles uses his leverage to free him, as he needs his help to uproot a cult that operates inside the city.
Talador and the wish
During his stay in Navara, Ponder is transported into the Astral Plane
, and arrives into the realm of Talador
. The god uses the spirit of Joy
to lure him into meeting him, where he tricks him with a fake blessing, actually reuniting Ponder with a portion of his former powers. Talador then sends him to go look for his lost friend in the realms of Eyre
, knowing full well the young mage would not be able to cross the Empty
between them and would end up in the Blue Palace
Ponder indeed did not manage to cross into Eyre's domain and landed straight inside the anti-magic
throne room of the King of Navara
. He was promptly incarcerated and sent to the dungeons. While locked up, ponder manages to awake some of his powers and unlocks the dungeon doors, releasing all the prisoners inside, providing him with a way to escape. The situation quickly becomes a terrible mess and Ponder is transported away once more. On his return he wishes the events of today would not affect anyone but himself. His wish is granted and he returns back to his room under Laughing Kate
The Culling of Northriver
The next few days become a painful reminder to the adverse effects of excessive use of powerful magic, as ponder suffers a slight case of Wishisitis
. Nonetheless, he agrees to escort Emrys and his mentor, Felix Feininger to a meeting with some sun-elves
. The meeting is discovered to be an ambush laid by the unknown cult, Felix betrays the group and leaves them to fend off the abominations
that roam the streets. The group barely manages to clear their way towards the city gates when a terrible sound brings everyone to their knees.
Studying in Darseras
Ponder wake up 3 days later sitting next to a table in an unknown inn along with Elistar and Emrys. A mysterious figure reveals to him that the two are about to die and that he must make his escape from the inn. The two are indeed killed immediately after, Ponder manages to go out unscathed and find out he is in East Hollow
, in the Kingdom of Southern Amarris
. A messenger quickly find him and invites him to study in the White Diamond Tower
on the Isle of Darseras
in order to achieve his Magus
title. The confused Ponder agrees, becoming the youngest person ever to be permitted to study.
After being the fastest human to ever finish their Consternation
, Ponder is appointed as an apprentice under Magus-Tir Rymir
of the Council of Dragons
and start his first year in Darseras
. During his studies he met with Magus-Tir Maira Von Fritz
, who would later leave the conclave in the form the Fellowship of the Ponderer
. He also met with Venadora
, who would proceed to form the Dragonguard
after the incident in Vintia
Visiting in Vintia
As he was advised by Venadora, Ponder decide to spend the Days of Non-Magic
staying at her apartment in the Ivory Towers
. Born in Ader
, he didn't venture outside the empire
before. Ponder was not accustomed to the magic being openly displayed in the streets and was immediately captivated by the city.
On the eve of the 4th
of Erlwin, Ponder accompanies two ladies to a ball in a nearby town. Unbeknown to him, the other passengers are actually the Queen of Vintia
, Alexia Von Grieft
and her right hand
and instead of a ball, they are smuggling the queen to a safehouse in the outskirts.
The convoy was attacked by the Vexian Crows
who were contracted by the family of the queen's Spellmaster
. Emrys turns out to be alive, and tries to kill Ponder with the help of another assassin. Ponder's mystical
forces awoken during the fight and he exploded. Decimating the surrounding outskirts in a 3 km radius, turning them into a 50 feet deep crater. Forces that were sent to retrieve the queen found them eventually and returned the three to the Marble Palace
. The three formed a connection, sharing their entire life experience up to that point. Bethany would later join the Fellowship of the Ponderer
and would write his biography
based on these newly shared experiences.
The next morning, Ponder burns a hole through the palace roof as his mind is transported to The Tower
where he meets with Bartholomew Lorewise. Lorewise tells ponder about his origin, reveling to him he is a Traveler
, and a god. The creator of his shard, bound into a shell of his creation. When Ponder returned to the palace, he was appointed as the new court mage
of the Vintian Imperium
. He had to fight an exceptionaly large mimic in order to clear his predecessor's office, displaying a terrifying power according to eye witnesses. Later, he went to visit the Grand Library of Vintia
to learn more about his new duties. He was given a tour of the building, during which he was led into the underground anti-magic
vaults by the chief-librarian, Toverti Jesiniari
On the eve of the 5th of Earlwin
second sun began to shine in the sky, washing the entirety of southern Edora
with a faint blue light. Later the Imperium would disclose that the phenomena was related to the events that occurred the day before.
About an hour after sunset an earthquake started the shake the city as Ponder blew his way out of the vault. The explosion was so big it immediately pulverized the City's eastern, and much wealthier, side. One of the famous Ivory Towers of Vintia
, up until then presumed indestructible, has collapsed and the Darsal Sea
rushed into the rubble. Most of the city's nobility was staying in the city for the Days of Non-Magic
, and very few of them survived. By the time the city's many wizards have managed to reach Ponder he was already turned into stone. There have been several attempts to move, or even destroy him completely since then, none have succeed and some even proved lethal. The Conclave of Magi declared him banned and revoked his titles, but not before confiscating all of his belongings and assets. Ponder's unique Spellbook
remains unaccounted for. Eventually the city continued its life around him. A new harbor
was built where the former district was and several traditions
formed around the statue.
Two years after the Escape, Maira Von Fritz
returns to Vintia
from her expedition to Southern Amadels
. She begins to study the statue and invite Loddvir Bessel
, Ponder's childhood friend who became a famous enchanter. The two meets with Bethany Lidori
and with her help found the Fellowship of the Ponderer
, the organization would devote itself to study the statue and to rebuild the city.
The organization discovered a connection between the statue, the Weave
and the Infernal Storm
and managed to prove that it slowly, but consistently, slows it down to a halt. In a single decade the storm was all but gone, much to the relief of the Dragonguard
, who were they only ones capable of combating the demons
routinely crashing down through its center. Following this discovery, the Conclave reinstated The Ponderer's titles, and granted him the title of honorary Magus-Tir
. His belongings where not returned, despite several requests made by the Vintian Museum of Magical Heritage
In the 22nd of Midspri
, 1572 The Ponderer's statue suddenly and without warning crumbled to dust
. Mass panics quickly ensued throught the Imperial Lands
and the Darsal Crest
, as people speculated the end-times
where upon them.
In the 10th of Latspri
, The gold dragon Venadora
announced she has found the Ponderer and that "mortals of the Prime Material Realm can rest assured he is well, bares no ill intents, and would return in the near future."
Vendora refused to name dates or even specific time frames for the Ponderer's return, citing she can not make such predictions in the name of the deity
. In response, interest in the Ponderer and his teachings began to soar again after being somewhat stagnant during the late 15th and early 16th centuries.