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Gervase Bertrand
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« on: June 21, 2007, 05:42:54 AM »

Name: Gervase Bertrand

Age: 24

Gender: Male

Race: Human

[tribe:
Centoraurian

Occupation:
Assistant to the librarians at the Ximaxian Academy, scribe, translator, mapmaker

Title: Fire Mage

Overview:
Gervase is a talented mage who spends much of his time deep in the libraries of the Academy of Magic. He enjoys reading and learning as many new things as he can.
As part of the education acquired at an early age so he could one day take over the families merchant business. His parents provided a variety of tutors for Gervase to fill his insatiable appetite for knowledge. He is a skilled linguist allowing him to speak, read and write in different languages. As a merchant he would have needed to travel and so learned how to read and create maps. Not forgetting to insure a balance of education art was part of the curriculum that has allowed him to be a fairly skilled illustrator. 

He is honest and trustworthy. Often Gervase is entrusted with artifacts and tomes to be delivered to other libraries and places of learning.

If you have the privilege of meeting this mage you will discover he is extremely polite and eager to be of assistance. Furthermore if you befriend Gervase you will find him loyal and true.

Gervase spends long hours researching, compiling information and comparing writings about subjects that would be uninteresting to others. In his studies he has found a few clerical mistakes made by the authors or copiers of library materials. When this occurs he searches for the correct answer.


Height: 1 Ped, 2 Fores, 3 Nailsbreadths
Weight: 1 Pygge, 1 Hafeb, 3 Ods,
Hair Color: Raven Black
Eye Color: Deep Blue

Physical Appearance:
Gervase Bertrand's hair is shiny and black like a ravens feathers. It is straight and is cropped just two finger widths from his shoulders.

Because of the countless hours he has spent reading ancient texts and researching Garvanse’s skin tone is paler than most members of his clan.

He is stature is about average for his tribe but he is slightly gaunt due to his preference for books over food.

His deep blue eyes are bright and sometimes appear to twinkle when he is up to mischief.

Clothing:
Gervase typically wears a Dark red robe with red and yellow accents around the wrists and bottom hem. These robes include an outer robe containing sleeves and an inner sleeveless one. He also will wear a broad girdle that has pouches inside the top seam for reagents. Matching soft leather boots are worn and are fastened by lacing. These boots come to an end just before his knees.

Dark red hooded cloak

He wears a silver ring set with a small oval opal on the little finger of his left hand.

Personality:

Gervase is shy and reserved around most people. Because of this timidity he finds it difficult to make new friends. This is one of the reasons he prefers to study than to socialize.

He is inclined to read rather than to carry on a conversation. This is not surprising seeing he is so shy. Gervase is improving do to the contact he finds necessary to perform his job as a librarian assistant.

In his classes he is extremely competitive. He will strive to get the highest grade in the class and more importantly impress his professors.

He is willing to assist anyone who will ask for his assistance. Members of other elemental schools have fond that he has a vast knowledge for his age of many subjects and is willing to aid help them if they have a question.

Because of his honesty and trustworthiness Gervase is often entrusted with tasks and objects that would not normally be assigned to his superiors. This has given him access to items and individuals that he would not otherwise have.

He is a neat organized person who likes to have a place for everything. Gervase is also careful with things entrusted to him.  This is why he wears and carries articles with many pockets and compartments. He also possesses several black cloth handkerchiefs that he will wrap different objects in.

The young mage has little appreciation for aggression. If necessary he will defend himself and others but does not look for opportunities to fight. Because of his training to become a merchant Gervase would rather negotiate than argue.

If given the opportunity to address his classmates for an oral assignment he has the tendency be over zealous in his presentation. He becomes so caught up in the topic that he looses track of time.

He blames his inability to make friends and other “failures” he sees in his life on the Gods and Goddesses of Santharia. Gervase feels that they enjoy using him as their play thing and that he has little control of his personal destiny.

He still is seeking his father’s approval. After Gervase became a mage his father showed even less interest in him then he did before. His father belittles him and diminishes the value of any of his accomplishments. An example of this would be in his mapmaking skills, even though Gervase’s maps are of high quality and often have exceptional detail he will tell those who would wish to purchase them they are worthless and good only to cover holes in a persons walls.

Gervase is a good person and will go out of his way to help the other students or professors if they will come to him for assistance.

He is polite to everyone he meets. Despite his upbringing in a wealthy home he tries not to show partiality to anyone.

Strength/Weaknesses:
Strengths:
  • He is extremely intelligent.

  • He has the ability to cast magic

    • Because of his early years of education in his parents home he has an excellent grasp of languages and can speak, read and write in many of them.

    Weaknesses:
    • Gervase has a strong desire to prove he is mentally superior to others and has taken on challenges he should not have.

    • Because of an early childhood incident of heat stroke and the fact he burns easily in the sun he must wear a hooded cloak and long sleeves while in the sun.

    • He has problems forming friendships because of his shyness and the fact that he failed to develop proper relationship skills


    History:
    The Early Years
    Gervase was born on the twelfth day of the seventh month of the Santharian calendar, Efér'ypheró or Burning Heavens. His mother, Ada, had been blessed with wavy coal black hair that came gracefully down to her thin waist in flowing waves that glistened in the flickering glow of a fire. She was an intelligent, educated woman who devoted many hours to her son teaching him the skills of reading and writing.
     
    His father, Gertrude Bertrand, a tall dark haired merchant, spent much of his days away from home tending to his mercantile business and traveling. He came from a long line of intelligent, scholarly men that valued education very highly. It was his desire that Gervase, his firstborn son, would take over the business from him. To insure this he employed many tutors to instruct him in different skills including, map reading and making, languages, history and cultures.  Training was provided in gemology, types of fabric, cultures and other subjects related to commerce. His wife insisting that her son's education be well rounded saw that art and music were included as part of his education as well.

    Gervase also had an uncle Hector that would visit the family from time to time. Hector was his mother's brother from the first marriage of his maternal grandfather Rupert. Uncle Hector was nearly twenty years older than his mother Ava and demonstrated it handsomely in his heavy graying beard.

    Hector was a mage devoted to the study of the element of fire. He taught and working as a librarian at Magical Academy of Ximax. When Hector would visit the family he would bringing a book for the bright young Gervase to see. Many of the books would have brightly colored illustrations and dealt with the elements of nature or the history of powerful mages and the academy he taught at.

    One of the first words young Gervase spoke was fire. He would point at a burning candle or the flames as they leaped from the logs and utter the single word smiling from ear to ear.

    When he was five he had been playing the families courtyard with two other children. While Ada was preparing the midday meal the sound of anxious little voices and the patter of small feet disturbed her as they hurried inside.

    “Wipe your feet,” said over the clamor then realized her son was not with them.  “Where is Gervase,” she asked.

    Fearfully the redheaded boy pointed towards the courtyard, “he fell over, I think he is dead.”

    Ada ran towards the still open door and burst into the sunlit courtyard. Gervase lay motionless, his face down on the ground, She touched his face and found it to be extremely warm. His skin was flushed red and felt as if it were on fire. Quickly she scooped him up and brought the lad into the kitchen and laid him across the sturdy wooden dining table.

    “Quick” she told the redhead, “run and get Mrs. Halverson, the woman from across the street.

    The young boy nodded and rushed to complete his errand. In a short wile Mrs. Halverson rushed into the room being pulled along by Gervase’s friend.

    “Oh dear,” where the woman's first words as she felt the dark haired lads dry forehead. The woman grabbed the pitcher of water not far from the table and pored it over Gervase then removed a fan from her dress pocket and began fanning him.

    “Ada,” Mrs. Halverson ordered close all the drapes and get me more water.”

    Gervase opened his eyes and looked around puzzled. He was lying in his bed wrapped with cool wet towels as his crying mothers held tightly to his small hand. The room was dark but in the dim light he could make out the form of his father standing in the doorway.

    “What happened,” the lad asked peering into the gentle eyes of his mother.

    She smiled and squeezed his hand tighter, “You fainted from the sun, my precious,” she said then unable to control herself placed her head on his chest and wept with relief.

    “What your mother is saying,” his father began, “is that the sun was too hot for you and you fainted.” He walked to the opposite side of the bed from his wife and took a seat. “You almost died Gervase,” his father said rustling his son’s dark hair. “From now on cannot go outside without your cloak and the hood must be up over your head.” Gertrude sighed an placed his elbow on his knee to lean closer to his son, “it is very important son that you always carry water with you and that you drink it often, do you understand?”

    Gervase nodded his consent then asked, “am I in trouble Father?”

    “No,” his father said, “but you did give your mother and I quite a scare.”

    His father smiled broadly and placed a hand on his shoulder, “now Mrs. Halverson said to have you stay in bed here for at least two days to get your strength back.”

    “Two days,” Gervase protested is eyes wide, but I need to practice my reading and letters.”

    “That can wait,” Ada said bringing her head up from his chest. She took a handkerchief from her dress pocket and wiped the tears from her eyes, “what is important now is that you get better.”

    From that time on Gervase has been forced be covered while out in the sun. His constitution was weakened from the stress his small body endured. The cotton tunics he would now were required to be long sleeved all year round to protect him from the heat of the sun.

    This did not lessen his enthusiasm for fire but did give him a greater appreciation for the abilities it possesses.

    By the time Gervase was ten year old he was adept in Styrásh (Elvish) and versed in Thergerim (Dwarvish). He devoured any book he could get his hands on and had to be called several times for any meal. Getting him to go to bed was equally difficult because he would try to stay up as late as he could studying.

    When the lad was eleven his father arrived home late from a long trip. He was surprised to find is son still up well after dark. Opening the door to his son’s room he found his deep in contemplation of a large book. “What are you reading son?”

    Gervase glanced up at his father and flashed him a large smile, "fire father,” he said pointing to the open tome in front of him. “Uncle Hector brought me this book, it is all about the elements and how they work together and separately from each other.”

    Gertrude was puzzled, “elements,” he asked?

    “Yes father,” he responded excitedly, “although not in a magical way but just discussing what each of them is.”

    “Sure,” said his father,“ we all know there is water, earth, water and…,” he hesitated for a moment as if looking for the word.

    “Fire, father,” Gervase said nearly interrupting and standing to his feet, “I believe fire is my favorite though.”

    “I know your uncle is a fire mage but why the sudden interest in fire,” his father asked as he sat down in a chair near his son.

    Gervase gestured wildly with his hands, “because,” he answered excitedly fire uses wind to spread itself almost as if it were alive, because of how powerful it is. It says that healers sometimes use flames or heat created by flames to sear a wound closed.”

    “True, but it can also be destructive,” his father said gesturing for his son to sit back down, “I know that when your uncle comes around he shows you tricks with his magic and it is fascinating, but what if his spells were to get out of control, what would happen then?"

    Gervase was quiet for a moment, “I know father,” he said, “but it also can do good as well. Again he moved his hand and pointed to the lit candle in his room, “like providing light and heat.”

    “I see,” said his father smiling broadly,“ I see you have studied the book well.”  The older man stood to his feet and began to leave the room.“  I know you love your uncle Gervase but I can’t let you go to the Academy of Magic, I need you to help me with the business.”

    The lad was silent for a moment. He lowered his guise to the floor and then looked back as his father. “I understand, ”he said and turned back to his book.

    The following morning Ada noticed the sullen look on her husbands furrowed face. "what seems to be troubling you dear, "she asked stroking his dark hair.

    "I talked to Gervase last night,"the man said peering down into his morning meal. He fiddled with his utensils for a moment then let out a sigh.

    "Oh," Ada said still stroking his hair, "and since when is talking to your son such a bad thing?"

    "Ada, he said laying down his knife and fork, "I don't think he much cares for the idea of becoming a merchant like his old father.

    "I see, the dark haired woman responded with a hint of a smile in her voice. She sat next to her husband and placed her hand of his shoulder, "and when did you come to this conclusion."

    The merchant crossed his arms and leaned back, "last night when I came in."

    Ada smiled as she listened, "was he reading that book on the elements he loves so much?"

    "Yes and all he wanted to talk about was fire, fire, fire, you would think that he was made of the stuff," Gertrude took the napkin from his lap and tossed in on the table. "Ada," he went on, "I think he has his heart set on become one of those surfer smelling, book reading magic users like your brother."

    "And would that be so bad," his wife asked taking his hand in hers.

    There was silence for a moment as the man rubbed his chin, "well..."

    Ada chucked and gave Gertrude a hug, "Why don't we keep this discovery a secret  for now and perhaps we could work on having another son?"

    The man smiled in spite of himself then asked, "how long have you know about our aspiring mage?"

    She tilted her head and with a glint in his eyes responded, "about eleven years."

    About a month before his birthday Gervase had a knock at his study door. When he got up from his desk and answered it he found his mother excitedly standing there with a man hurriedly messing with a satchel behind her.

    "Hi honey," she said brushing past him into the room, "this is Mr. Corwin, a tailor your father knows," she gestured towards the man as he entered and nodded at the young man.  "He is here to take your measurements son for your new cloths," she clapped her hands together excitedly.

    Gervase shrugged and allowed the man to take extensive measurement, more extensive than he ever remembered having taken before. He asked no question but kept in eye on his excited mother.

    On the day of his twelfth birthday he rushed down stairs knowing he would be receiving his customary presents and sweet cakes. There at the dining table sat his parents and Uncle Hector all eagerly awaiting his arrival. On the table was a large bundle wrapped with a bright fire red bow on top with two smaller packages nestled close beside it.

    "Happy birthday Gervase," The trio said in unison, "time for you to become part of the family business."

    The look of eager anticipation left the lads face. He had been dreading the day he would have to give up his book in favor of a career with his father. Looking disappointed he took in a deep breath and sat down across from the three other individuals in the room.

    Puzzled by the abrupt change in moods Ada saw in her son she furrowed her brow, "are you not going to open your presents birthday boy?" She picked up a small rectangular shaped package and handed it to her son.

    Gervase took the bundle and loosened the shiny red bow. He pulled the fabric away from the firm object hidden beneath. It was a highly polished wooden box similarly to one his father possessed. It was designed for holding sheets of paper while an individual was traveling.

    The top of the rectangular box was adorned with a beautiful Haloen bird perched atop the branches of a flowering bush. This enamel image was inlaid into the wood in relief so that each delicate feather could be felt under the shiny transparent surface. Under the relief was Gervase’s initials smartly engraved and filled with cherry wood inlay.

    On the short side closest to him he could see two wooden doors with tiny brass pulls. Tiny brass latches held each door closed until the owner wish to open them These doors swung downward on hidden brass hinges reveal the compartments black velvet line compartments inside. The top area was filled with blotting paper and the bottom with white writing paper just as his fathers was.
     
    By the look on the lads face he was not surprised to receive the gift, in fact, he had been expecting it for years, a right of passage into his fathers business. The gift was a symbol of what he saw as imprisonment into the family business and not something to be desired.

    “Thank you, it is beautiful,” Gervase offered politely with a halfhearted smile. He set the box on the table gently.

    “Maybe,” his father said with a hint of mischief in his voice, “you should open this one next.” He gently pushed the other small package towards his son as if encouraging him to continue.

    Gervase loosened the bow from the package and pulled the fabric aside. As he expected a shiny new traveling quill and ink case with the same enamel image and initials as the paper box. The lad smiled again with effort and placed it down on the table.

    Each gift felt like a hammer coming down on some enormous nail that would fasten that last few wooden bars in on his dreams of becoming a mage. He had been expecting this day to come but he had hoped that it would be many years before it would become a reality.

    “Perhaps you should have my gift next,” his uncle said with a smile, He reached down next to him and lifted a wooden quarter staff from the grey stone floor, “I thought you might be needing one of these seeing you might be doing some walking.”

    The lad looked puzzled for a moment, “but father usually rides his horse everywhere, I thought I would be riding too?”

    The graying mage chuckled for a moment, “here he said carefully handing the old staff to the lad. “It was my first quarterstaff, he said trying to read the actions of the birthday boy, “It is all knotty and a bit heavy on top but it still has a lot of use left in it.”

    “Thank you Uncle Hector,” Gervase said politely, “wow my own quarterstaff.”

    “That’s not all,” his mother said with a twinkle in her eyes, “since you will be going to university we thought you might like what is in the big package.” She stood directly in front of her son, took the wooden staff and handed it to her brother and handed the bundle with pride into Gervase’s awaiting hands.

    His father stood and walked over to him as well, “Hurry up son, I am anxious to see how they look on you.”

    With greater interest he opened the last package. As the bow began to drift gently to the floor the lad's mouth grew wider. Inside the bright red fabric wrapping he could see a dark red fabric embroidered with yellow and orange accents.

    Quickly he sat the package on the table and removed the article, “a robe,” he shouted holding it up against himself.

    “Yes and a red robe for you to wear with it,” his father added smiling widely.

    “Does this mean I get to go to the Academy of Magic,” the dark haired boy blurted excitedly.

    His father and mother shared a glance then his father spoke, “we thought you might like being a magic user like your uncle much more than helping me run my business.”

    Gervase leaped into the air still holding tightly to his new robe, “thank you, thank you,“ he said excitedly then gave his father a hug.

    “I’ll take you as soon as registration for new classes begin,” his uncle said with a chuckle in his voice, “but you will have to study hard, no slacking now.”

    “Oh I will study hard Uncle I promise. The lad said grinning as wide as anyone had ever seen him.

    “That is not all,” his mother added, “You will be having a new brother or sister soon too,”  She patted her belly and smiled at her husband, “I did not know how much longer I could go without telling you son, I am starting to show.”

    The Young Mage
    Shortly after his twelfth birthday his parents brought him to the Academy of Magic where he began his training as a mage. He took up residence with his uncle who would offer assistance, as he needed it in his studies.

    When it was noted that Gervase was extremely helpful to other students in the library, and since he was there as often as he was, he was offered a position as an assistant librarian. The land leaped at the opportunity seeing it would give him access to even more material than he already had.

    Gervase is often asked to deliver a tome or other artifact to one of the other schools seeing he is able to be polite and courteous to nearly anyone. This is a result of his early training when his father deemed it a necessary skill for a merchant to possess. He will often travel to other places to retrieve books or materials that have been place on loan for the libraries.

    From time to time he has had the opportunity to travel and explore under the auspices of the library to assist in research. He enjoys this immensely seeing he often learns new information and skills.

    A bit of magic history
    Level 1:   
    This level was the hardest for him because of his lack of control. By the end of his last year on this level he had demonstrated more precision in his casting ability and experienced less accidents. Even with his strong desire to learn and dedication he was unable to master this level until just after his sixteenth birthday.

    Level 2:
    After extensive studying in level one and hours of patient practice Gervase moved on to the next level.  Unlike his first attempts at magic these spell came more easily and with greater control. At this level he has experienced some fizzling of spells that was not the case with the previous.

    Level 3:
    Gervase has found that his early research about the elements is paying off. Even though spells fizzling are still a rare occurrence he has an easier time understanding the root causes and addressing them.


    Weapons:
    Quarterstaff

    Belongings:
    Traveling quill case: This wooden box is approximately 7 Nailsbreds in height by 1 palmspan wide by 2 palm spans and 5 nailbeds long. The lid has a brass hinge on the topside and a brass closure on the opposite side. The inside is divided into two sections the top section is lined with black velvet and holds three writing quills. The bottom compartment is square and lined with black velvet. A square capped inkwell is stored in this location. The divider has three holes that serve as quill rest.

    Wooden paper box: This box is rectangular in shape and holds up to twenty sheets of blotting paper in the first compartment and twenty sheets of writing paper.

    2 leather scroll cases: One small case and one medium sized case

    Magic book: This book is hard bound and is designed to be able to use while traveling.

    Journal: Gervase writes down important information in the book about what he has learned and experienced.

    Black leather satchel: this satchel has several pockets of varying sizes allowing him to store his belongings neatly.

    Dark red robe with lighter shades of red and yellow accents: This robe includes an outer robe containing sleeves and an inner sleeveless one.

    Fourteen black cloth handkerchiefs of varying sizes

    Water bottle

    20 sheets of writing paper

    20 sheets of blotting paper

    Colored Ink Box: This wooden box contains four small glass bottles of ink. These inks are red, green, blue and yellow.

    Map making tool kit: This wooden box contains a protractor, drafting compass, straight edge ruler and other instruments used in map making.

    Surveyors scope 

    Broad red girdle with varying sized pouches inside the top seam for reagents.

    Black soft leather boots are worn and are fastened by lacing. These boots come to an end just before his knees.

    Dark red hooded cloak

    Quarterstaff

    Regents:
    Sulfur
    Ashes
    Rat Blood
    Water

    Magic:
    Gervase's is a third level mage of the element of fire. His ability is above average for his level. He may still have the occasional spell fizzle but because of his ability to concentrate this is seldom a problem especially with first level spells.[/list]
    « Last Edit: December 13, 2007, 07:57:49 AM by Vesk Lyricahl » Logged

    "Fire is like the mind:
    It can simmer like hot coals when at rest,
    Burn fervently with passion,
    Sputter and hiss with anger,
    Dance with joy,
    And Dazzle with wisdom."
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    « Reply #1 on: June 21, 2007, 06:22:38 AM »

    im not a mod so you can take my advice or leave it changes inred


    Greetings!

    This is my first attempt at a character so please feel free to make any comments and suggestions you would like.

    Thank you.

    Name: Gervase Bertrand

    Age: 23

    Gender: Male

    Race: Human

    Tribe: Centoraurian

    Occupation:
    Assistant to the librarians at the School of magic, scribe, translator, map maker

    Title: Wind Mage

    Overview:the overview is a short paragraph that you quickly describe your character
    Should start Appearence here
    Height: 1 Ped, 2 Fores, 3 Nailsbreadths, 2 Grains
    Weight: 1 Pygge, 1 Hafeb, 3 Ods, 9 Mut
    Hair Color: Dark Black
    Eye Color: Deep Blue
    Physical Appearance: Gervase Bertrand’s hair is shiny and black like a raven. It is straight and is cropped just two finger widths from his shoulders.

    Because of the countless hours he has spent reading ancient texts and researching Garvanse’s skin tone is paler than most members of his clan.

    He is stature is about average for his tribe but he is slightly gaunt due to his preference for books over food.

    His deep blue eyes are bright and sometimes appear to twinkle when he is up to mischief.

    Clothing: Gervase typically wears a pale grayish blue robe. These robes include an outer robe containing sleeves and an inner sleeveless one. He also will wear a broad girdle that has pouncespouches? inside the top seam for reagents. Matching soft leather boots are worn and are fastened by lacing. These boots come to an end just before his knees.

    Attached to his girdle on the right side is a dark brown dagger scabbard. On his left hand he wears silver ring. Set in this ring is a small opal

    Personality: He is reserved and more inclined to read than to carry on a conversation. He is competitive when it comes to his learning and will strive to get the highest grade in the class.Add more.HOw does he veiw the world?What does he think of others?Is he nice?Does he treat others well?That kind of thing.this is one of the most important parts of your cd.Im not saying it should be really long just try to make it more than a few sentences


    Strength/Weaknesses:
    Strengths: He is extremely intelligent and adept at magic. Because of his early years of education in his parents home he has an excellent grasp of many languages and can both read and write in them.

    His dedication to research and study has given him a strong will power and concentration necessary to be a skilled mage.

    He is honest to a fault, what is meant here is that he finds it nearly impossible to lie.
     
    Weaknesses: He has little patient for people with lower intelligences who try and act superior to others.You should bullet these and they should be a one to one ratio.Also you need to have mod or administrator approve your magic abilities.

    Magic:
    Level 1: This level was the hardest for him because of his lack of control. By the end of his last year on this level he had demonstrated more precision in his casting ability and experienced less accidents. Even with his strong desire to learn and dedication he was unable to master this level until just after his sixteenth birthday.

    Level 2: After extensive studying in level on and hours of patient practice Gervase Bertrand moved on to the next level of wind magic.  Unlike his first attempts at magic these spell came more easily and with greater control. At this level he has experienced some fizzling of spells that was not the case with the previous.

    Level 3: Gervase has found that his early research about the elements is paying off. Even though spells fizzling are still a problem he has an easier time understanding the root cause and addressing it.  The Clap of thunder spell has caused him some pain seeing that occasionally he has struck himself as well as the target. Shape Smoke has also been a problem in that he is thinking much faster than he can move the sphere.  Occasionally the smoke cloud has careened into walls and other structures as it first moves slowly and then jettisons toward his desired location. The more he practices these two spells the more refined they are becoming.

    Level 4: Although he has achieved this level he hesitates to use some of the spells. The Aura of Smothering, for example reminds him too much of his difficult early days before receiving training as a magician.Again mods need to aprove of your magic abilities

    History: Gervase Bertrand was born the only son of the wealthy merchant Waleran and Isolda, a wealthy couple living in the city of Milkengrad. His loving parents made sure that from an early age he had access to some of the best education they could find. Tutors in language, reading and writing to name a few assisted the youth as he eagerly devoured every scrap of knowledge.

    When Gervase was twelve, a magician friend of the family named Ranulf Morel for happened to see him studying hard through an open window. Seeing the lad was diligent in his studies asked the father if he knew if his son had any magical ability.  There was a moment of laughter from Waleran then his face turned serious, “I believe he does,” looking into the eyes of the wizard. “Every time the poor child walks into a room with a flame it is blown out by some sudden gust of wind,” he turned and stared off into the room trees of his courtyard. “My wife and I have always planned for him to take over my business when he is old enough but do you think he might be gifted as a mage of the wind?”

    The wizard played with his fabric of his cloak for a moment then answered, “has he ever mentioned anything about the school.”

    “You mean the school of magic,” the father questioned?

    “Yes,” the guest said nodding his head, from what you have described with the candles blowing out it might be early outburst of magic that he is unaware that he is using.

    “Of course he has asked many times about it,” Waleran said, “he has wanted to go study their ever since he was able to read stories about the great wizards but I never considered sending him there.”

    “Perhaps you should my good fellow,” came the reply from the robed guest, “perhaps you should.”

    When the lads twelfth birthday arrived he was taken to the school of magic with his father. By this time the outburst had begun to cause even greater trouble. Often when his father would be going threw some papers a gust wind would cause them to fly from his desk. At other times in the winter the house could not be kept warm because of his presence.

    Gervase and his parents were greeted by the mage in charge of new arrivals. When he asked if the boy had any magical promise there was silence. With a bit of impertinence the man looked up from his pages before him and said, “well.”

    With that the boy raised his right hand and opened his mouth to reply only blow off the man’s cap and put out his pipe.

    “I see you do,” replied the man curtly, “at least I hope we get it under control.”

    Once accepted into the school he excelled in his classroom work and impressed his professors with his knowledge. He was however frustrating to some of the teachers. To be honest it was not that he lacked the will power or the magical prowess to perform the spells; it was that he would loose control and end up blowing something or someone over.i think a bit unlikely at his age but wait to see wat other people say

    The young mage studied hard and could be seen studying late into the night practicing every thing he could. It was at this time that he was noticed by one of librarians fussing over two volumes of the same book. She asked him if here was a problem and he nodded a positive response to her. “I am trying to figure out which one of these is correct madam,” he said politely as he pointed two paragraphs in each tome. “They seem to disagree,” he added and turned the books to face her.

    To her surprise he was correct about the error.

    Not long after this he was offered a position to assist the librarians in research that he heartily excepted seeing he would have access to more books.

    After achieving his first level he found a group of youth about his age and headed out to examine an abandoned castle at which he found the opal ring he now wears.first level of magic?

    By the age of eighteen he was given the responsibility of copying some the schools oldest books so the originals could be stored away for safe keeping. Gervase would create illustrations for many of the pages and for this he was paid some additional funds.

    There have been many occasions where he has been asked to venture to a location to verify if some historic information was correct. In every case he was willing to first talk to any individual he could find who had already been to the location and gather as much knowledge before hand as he could. He has also posted advertisements recruiting members to his party and had success with responses.

    On several occasions where this has happened he was able to verify the information was correct and add to the knowledge that had already been gathered and bring back artifacts and relics from that location for further study.

    At this time he still attends any classes he can and works in the library hungry for more knowledge.

    Weapons: Three quarter staff, Dagger

    Familiars: Gervase Bertrand owns no animals. He will rent a horse when he needs one.should be last thing and you dont need this if you dont have an animal

    Belongings: Silver opal broach:
    Traviling quill case: Holds three quills and a capped ink well.
    Wooden paper box: This box holds up to twenty sheets of paper and has wooden lid that is fastened with fabric hinges and held together by a leather strap.

    2 leather scroll cases: One small case and one medium case

    Magic book: This book is hard bound and is designed to be able to use while traveling.

    Journal: Gervase will write down important information in the book about what he has learned and experienced.Make your belongings into a paragraphso you dont have we dont have to skip lines to see.

    here should be your magic.state what level magic you are and you need to get it approved.

    And there you.also there was some spelling errors that i will let you find.


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    « Reply #2 on: June 21, 2007, 06:30:14 AM »

    Thank you so much for responding I will make the corrections, sorry for the oversites.
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    « Reply #3 on: June 21, 2007, 07:28:57 AM »

    Thank you for your input

    I believe I have made the changes requested. Please feel free to look at this again.
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    « Reply #4 on: June 21, 2007, 11:16:20 AM »

    better just a few things
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    you repeated taste twice just say he will make sure it is a tastefull prank.

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    After achieving his first level he found a group of youths and tried to set out to prove one of his professors wrong. They ventured into an abandoned castle hoping to find some proof as to why it had been left to decay. Not long after getting inside the structure things started to go wrong. Two of the boys scurried back out instantly as a bat they disturbed hurled itself towards the opening they had just left. Gervase paniced and tried follow his companions only to have his left leg fall through a wooden floorboard.  Trying to scare the angered bat away he cast conjureneed only cast or conjured both cases you need an a afterward wind lonely to disturb the dust more than anger the bat. He and the other would be adventurers made it out without too much damage. He limped for a week after the inident but his pride was more than he was.pride was hurt more than he was?
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    « Reply #5 on: June 21, 2007, 04:50:21 PM »

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    Height: 1 Ped, 2 Fores, 3 Nailsbreadths, 2 Grains
    This is, I think, a little too precise.  Differences of a few grains aren't really noticable, I believe, so it's probably better to round it off to the nearest nailsbreadth. 

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    “Yes,” the guest said nodding his head, from what you have described with the candles blowing out it might be early outburst of magic that he is unaware that he is using.
    Magic doesn't happen unconsciously unless the caster is untrained and under great stress, which your character apparently isn't, and even then, it doesn't happen with most people.  In addition, it doesn't show elemental affinity.  That has more to do with personality. 

    One thing you might not know is that magic isn't an innate ability, but rather a skill that anyone can pick up.  The few people who can unconsciously cause magical effects are just the ones with a natural talent. 

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    Level 4 is restricted.  You have to be fairly familiar with the magic system to be allowed to play a mage who is level 4 or above. 
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    « Reply #6 on: June 22, 2007, 03:26:54 AM »

    Thank you all fory your imput I will see what I can do to resolve these issue.
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    « Reply #7 on: June 26, 2007, 07:18:51 AM »

    I think its good but just make sure you are allowed to have magic. Plus you might want to write a little more on personality, after all it is very important.    Thats all I have to say for now.   God luck.
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    « Reply #8 on: June 26, 2007, 01:00:10 PM »

    Hello, Gervase, and welcome to Santharia. I'll check your CD today, in the burning, fiery color of red (I love that line).

    I suggest reading the entry about magic and the Centoraurian to familiarize yourself with them.

    Name: Gervase Bertrand

    Age: 18(Too young for a level 3 fire mage.)

    Gender: Male

    Race: Human

    Tribe: Centoraurian

    Occupation:
    Assistant to the librarians at the School of magic, scribe, translator, mapmaker

    Title: Fire Mage

    Overview:
    Gervase is a talented mage who spends much of his time deep in the libraries of the school of magic. He enjoys reading and learning as many new things as he can. Gervase has been given a room in the attic of the library to be close to his studies and work.

    As part of the education acquired at an early age so he could one day take over the families merchant business. His parents provided a variety of tutors for Gervase to fill his insatiable appetite for knowledge. He is a skilled linguist allowing him to speak, read and write in different languages. As a merchant he would have needed to travel and so learned how to read and create maps. Not forgetting to insure a balance of education art was part of the curriculum that has allowed him to be a fairly skilled illustrator. 

    He is honest and trustworthy. Often Gervase is entrusted with artifacts and tomes to be delivered to other libraries and places of learning.

    If you have the privilege of meeting this mage you will discover his is extremely polite and eager to be of assistance. Furthermore if you befriend Gervase you will find him loyal and true.

    Because of his interest in many areas he is often used by the mages of the university to assist them in their research(I doubt it. They would only seek the aid of powerful and knowledgeable magi, not apprentices in training.). Gervase spends long hours researching, compiling information and comparing writings about subjects that would be uninteresting to others. In his studies he has found a few mistakes made by the authors or copiers of library materials. When this occurs he searches for the correct answer(What kinds of mistakes? Keep in mind that mistakes in magic will be discovered in practice, not by reading them.).

    Height: 1 Ped, 2 Fores, 3 Nailsbreadths
    Weight: 1 Pygge, 1 Hafeb, 3 Ods,
    Hair Color: Raven Black
    Eye Color: Dee[(Deep) Blue

    Physical Appearance:
    Gervase Bertrand’s hair is shiny and black like a ravens feathers. It is straight and is cropped just two finger widths from his shoulders.

    Because of the countless hours he has spent reading ancient texts and researching Garvanse’s skin tone is paler than most members of his clan.

    He is stature is about average for his tribe but he is slightly gaunt due to his preference for books over food.

    His deep blue eyes are bright and sometimes appear to twinkle when he is up to mischief.

    Clothing:
    Gervase typically wears a Black robes(remove the s) with red and yellow accents around the wrists and bottom hem. These robes include an outer robe containing sleeves and an inner sleeveless one. He also will wear a broad girdle that has pouches inside the top seam for reagents. Matching soft leather boots are worn and are fastened by lacing. These boots come to an end just before his knees.

    He wears a silver ring set with a small oval opal on the little finger of his left hand.


    Personality:
    Gervase is shy (and) reserved around most people because of his lack of contact with them. He is inclined to read than to carry on a conversation. In his classes he is extremely competitive and will strive to get the highest grade in the class. He is a good person and will go out of his way to help the other students or professors if they will come to him for assistance. He is polite to everyone he meets. Despite his upbringing in a wealthy home he tries not to show partiality to anyone.


    Strength/Weaknesses:
    Strengths:
    He is extremely intelligent.

    Because of his early years of education in his parents home he has an excellent grasp of many languages and can both read and write in them.

    His dedication to research and study has given him a strong will power and concentration necessary to be a skilled mage.
    (You should include his ability to cast magic as a strength.)
     
    Weaknesses:
    He has little patient for people with lower intelligences who try and act superior to others.

    Because of his studios(studious) nature he will burn easily in the sun
       
    He has problems forming friendships because of his shyness and the fact that he failed to develop these skills.
    (Once you've included the magic in the strengths section, you will become unbalanced. Try to balance your S&W's.)

    History:
    Gervase was born on a blustery spring day in the fourth month of Changing Winds. True to the name a wind was blowing on that day. His mother, Ada, had wavy blond hair so fair that at times it appeared white. It came down gracefully to her thin waist in flowing waves. She was an intelligent, educated woman who spent many hours with her son teaching him the skills of reading and writing.
     
    His father, Gertrude, a tall dark haired merchant, spent many hours away from home tending to his business and traveling. He came from a long line of intelligent, scholarly men that valued their education very highly. It was his desire that Gervase take over his business from him so he employed many tutors to instruct him in many different things including, map reading and making, languages, history and cultures.  His wife also insisted that he learn art as part of his education as well.

    Gervase also had an uncle Hector that would visit the family from time to time. He was his mother’s brother from the first marriage of his maternal grandfather. Uncle Hector was nearly twenty years older than his mother Ava. Hector was a mage of the element of fire that taught and working as a librarian at the Institute of Magic. He would often stop by and see the family often bringing a book or something from the library for Garvse(Gervase) to see.

    By the time Gervase was ten year old he was adept in Styrásh (Elvish) and versed in Thergerim (Dwarvish). He devoured any book he could get his hands on and had to be called several times for any meal. Getting him to go to bed was equally difficult because he would try to stay up as late as he could studying.

    When the lad was eleven his father arrived home from a ling trip. (H) he was surprised to find is son still up well after dark. Opening the door to his son’s room he found his(son) deep in contemplation of a large book. “What are you reading son?,” he asked questioningly?

    Gervase glanced up at his father and flashed him a large smile, “wind father,” he said pointing to the open tome in front of him. “Uncle Hector brought me this book, it is all about the elements and how they work together and separately from each other.”

    Gertrude was puzzled, “elements,” he asked?

    “Yes father,” he responded excitedly, “although not in a magical way but just discussing what each of them is.”

    “Sure,” said his father, “we all know there is water, earth, fire and…,” he hesitated for a moment as if looking for the word.

    “Wind, father,” Gervase said nearly interrupting and standing to his feet, “I believe fire is my favorite though.”

    “I know your uncle is a fire mage but why the sudden interest in fire?,” his father asked as he sat down in a chair near his son?(remove ?, put a period.)

    Gervase gestured wildly with his hands, “because,” he answered excitedly fire uses wind to spread itself almost as if it were alive, because of how powerful it is. It says that healers sometimes use flames ore(or) heat created by flames to sear a would(wound) closed.”

    “True, but it can also be destructive,” his father said gesturing for (his) son to sit back down, “I know that when your uncle comes around he shows you tricks with his magic and it is fascinating, but what if his spells were to get out of control, what would happen then?

    Gervase was quiet for a moment, “I know father,” he said, “but it also can do good as well. Again he moved his hand and pointed to the lit candle in his room, “like providing light and heat.”

    “I see,” said his father smiling broadly, “I see you have studied the book well.”  The older man stood to his feet and began to leave the room. “I know you love your uncle Gervase but I can’t let you go to the school of magic, I need you to help me with the business.”

    The lad was silent for a moment. He lowered his guise to the floor and then looked back as his father. “I understand.” He said and turned back to his book.

    Later his mother had a discussion with his father about the issue of going to the school of magic and was able to convince him that it was in Gervase’s benefit to attend because he really had no desire to be a merchant.

    Shortly after his twelfth birthday his parents brought him to the Institute of Magic where he began his training as a mage. He took up residence with his uncle who would offer assistance, as he needed it in his studies.

    When it was noted that Gervase was extremely helpful to other students in the library, and since he was there as often as he was, he was offered a position as an assistant librarian. The land leaped at the opportunity seeing it would give him access to even more material than he already had.

    Gervase is often asked to deliver a tome or other artifact to one of the other schools seeing he is able to be polite and courteous to nearly anyone. This is a result of his early training when his father deemed it a necessary skill for a merchant to possess. He will often travel to other places to retrieve books or materials that have been place on loan for the libraries.

    From time to time he has had the opportunity to travel and explore under the auspices of the library to assist in research(research on what?). He enjoys this immensely seeing he often learns new information and skills.

    Weapons:
    Three quarter staff(Three quarter staffs?)

    Belongings:
    Silver opal ring: This ring was found on one of the expeditions he went on for the school of magic. The stone measures about three grains in width and 4 grains in width.(What?)

     

    Traveling quill case: This wooden box is approximately 7 Nailsbreadths in height by 1 palmspan wide by 2 palm spans and 5 nailbeds long. The lid has a brass hinge on the topside and a brass closure on the opposite side. The inside is devided into two sections the top section is lined with black and holds three writing quills. The bottom compartment is square and also lined with black velvet and hold a capped ink well

    Wooden paper box: This oak wood box is rectangular in shape and holds up to twenty sheets of paper. The wooden lid is fastened with black fabric strips that function as hinges.  For the purpose of holding the lid closed two leather straps join together with a metal clasp.

    2 leather scroll cases: One small case and one medium sized case

    Magic book: This book is hard bound and is designed to be able to use while traveling.

    Journal: Gervase writes down important information in the book about what he has learned and experienced.

    Magic:
    Level 1:
    This level was the hardest for him because of his lack of control. By the end of his last year on this level he had demonstrated more precision in his casting ability and experienced less accidents. Even with his strong desire to learn and dedication he was unable to master this level until just after his sixteenth birthday.

    Level 2:
    After extensive studying in level one and hours of patient practice Gervase moved on to the next level.  Unlike his first attempts at magic these spell came more easily and with greater control. At this level he has experienced some fizzling of spells that was not the case with the previous.

    Level 3:
    Gervase has found that his early research about the elements is paying off. Even though spells fizzling are still a rare occurrence he has an easier time understanding the root causes and addressing them.(To be promoted to a level 3 mage, one must reach the age of 21 and above.)

    There you go. Work on them and I'll check back later.
    Have a nice day.
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    « Reply #9 on: June 27, 2007, 04:13:27 AM »

    Thank you to everyone who has looked at my CD.

    I have tried to make the suggested modifications.

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    « Reply #10 on: June 29, 2007, 05:13:10 AM »

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    University of Magic
    If you're talking about the academy at Ximax, the proper term would be the Academy of Magic, or the Ximaxian Academy, or something along that line. 

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    Gervase has been given a room in the attic of the library to be close to his studies and work.
    As a student of Fire magic, he most likely lives in the Tower of Fire itself.  At this point, I'm not sure if the library has an attic either, or even if it's a single building. 

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    This sets him back two years, meaning that he would have to be at least 23 to be level 3. 
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    « Reply #11 on: June 29, 2007, 05:56:33 AM »

    Thank you so much for reading my CD!

     
    The Academy of Magic will now replace the other terms I used. Thank you for pointing that out.

    From the description of Academy of Magic I was not sure where he would reside so I made a place I thought might be an interesting location for him. It will of course be changed to reflect the correct location.

    With the colors of clothing then I presume I should stick to red? I will make this change as well.

    I will also make the change in his age to 23 to account for the additional two years.

    Sorry for these over sites.

    Please feel free to make any comments you wish. I value your input.
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    « Reply #12 on: June 30, 2007, 11:57:55 AM »

    The color of your robes doesn't necessarily need to be red. Thorgas' robes are green, and he's a fire mage.
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    « Reply #13 on: June 30, 2007, 01:05:06 PM »

    I loved reading your CD, it is so beautifully written. And I couldn't find any flaws with it. I'm not an expert on magic, but the rest of the CD seems fine to me. Good luck on getting titled. ;)
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    « Reply #14 on: July 02, 2007, 08:15:09 PM »

    Thank you for your input.

    Anything I should add or change?
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