Ken is the oldest of two children, and spent a majority of his life being pruned by his Father to surpass him. Starting early in his life, his teachers found he had a knack for the science of manipulating Fonons
and casting spells. By the age of 12, Ken could perform multiple spells without exhaustion. This feat baffled his mentors, as wizards usually needed extensive years of training to manage that level of mastery before the spark. As a reward, his father allowed him on a trip to the free city of Northgate with his mentor Jacque
On his first day, he fell in love with the liveliness of the city, specifically with the music-filled district of Golden Oak Hill. He was fascinated with the vast culture and people compared to his homeland. That night, The Spark
occurred, causing massive destruction to Northgate, and the world as a whole. The shockwave knocked Ken out of bed, and debris fell onto Jacque
, which knocked him unconscious, but alive. In this rare circumstance, Ken found his first taste of freedom and explored the city despite the rubble, flames, and terror.
After spending the night exploring, helping, and discovering Northgate further, he decided to rest at a secluded beach. Lost in thought, he cast a practice spell, and noticed the change The Spark had caused in Fonons. After some minutes of experimenting and interacting with these new, now shining fonons, he attempted a full spell. As he manipulated the fonon at their core with practiced technique, he noticed a change in behavior. The fonons dimmed and flickered, and as he split them in routine wizard fashion, the lights reacted poorly. The empathy Ken's mother had planted into him tugged at him. Though he could not fully communicate with fonons, he could feel that this method of magic was physically hurting them, and decided that being a full wizard was not for him.
After a few moments of inner crisis, he saw a young teenage girl with matted white hair wash up to shore, and he rushed over to her. On further inspection, he noticed this wasn't an ordinary girl, but one with a horn, and even a tail!
In a panic he froze, shocked that one of the key enemies of Rivan
laid before him. Looking at her soft face and features, he hesitated, facing a fear injected into him his whole life. Thoughts of all he was taught rushed into his head, but the same empathy as he felt with fonons pang instead, and checked her breathing. Alive. He attempted to pick up or pull her, but she was too heavy for him alone. Running to the nearest dock he found a middle aged, seasoned sailor who rescued her and took her in. He returned to his room and with his mind sparking like lightning, rethought everything he knew up to that point.
He continued his training, but switched to a new method of magic, becoming a bard. While his mentor chastised him, saying that this 'easier, weaker magic' was putting unnecessary limits on his abilities, but eventually accepted his decision.