“One day, as we talked through the garden near his tower, I asked Myrddon why he had come east. He did not answer immediately and when he did I was not immediately sure that it was my question he was answering.

He said ‘The fires died but the heat remains.’ It has kept me from sleep for weeks." – from Caelic the Black’s journal, 51 T.R.

It took some time and many aggressive scholarly essays, but historians have generally come to agree that various mythological and literary figures in fact represent the same historical one.

From “Morlin Ambrosius” of The Rising Empire, “Wizard Adhan” of Aulde Tales of Taen, to the enigmatic “Staff-Man” of When The Walls Fell, or the grave “Ravenwhisper” of The Morality Play; all represent some iteration of the person named Myrddon.

The most reliable historical information comes from the writings and journals of Caelic the Black, who studied under his tutelage and recorded his principles of magic for later use. The picture he paints is not one often replicated artistically— Myrddon was a troubled man of great magical talent and growing disaffection with the practical world. Refusing to comment on his friend, Taen the Conqueror’s disappearance, Myrddon kept himself from even the most casual political relevance.

Caelic’s journals report that he had come to the Taenish Kingdom from somewhere west, and historians generally posit him as either native to Iron Ghozul or the far-flung communities of the Irambar desert. His exact age is unknown, as he claimed to have lived several lifetimes in a row before losing the magical capacity to rejuvenate himself.

Myrddon’s final words were recorded by both his apprentice and the nurse who tended to him; he is said to have uttered a mumbled desire to “hear once more their songs, in the night, as the cool settles”. Historians who believe Myrddon to have come from Ghozul point to the famous Song of the World, a chorus mantra which has gone on for nearly a thousand years, as being the song Myrddon spoke up. Those who claim Myrddon was from Irambar believe he was referring to the legendary Singing Worms of the deep desert.

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