Who am I you ask?

I am an exile. I was cast out of the Ascendancy and on to these inhospitable shores by the mad Emperor Mobius. Why? I choose not to say, it was a disagreement of an intensely personal nature. Readily will I admit to making a grievous error, but it was mine. No other should dictate how I chose to address that error, the choice was mine and mine alone. I will not be dictated to on that issue, but.. the Judges of the Ascendancy disagreed, and so I am here.

My name is Callia, I am or perhaps I should say "was" the daughter of minor official in a minor town on the Eastern coast of Shan Deral. As my father had no sons, he was perhaps more indulgent of me than he might otherwise have been. When I had reached an age at which most young women are married off, I was instead sent to the Capital for my education. There I attended a University, where I chose to spend my time on philosophy, and other cultural pursuits. When I chose to study...

I was not, I'm sorry to say, a diligent student. And other pursuits, including a romantic interlude with a young man from a family far above mine, tended to interfere with my studies.

However, it was these studies which set the tone for the path I was to follow when I arrived here, on Puddleby.

For a long time, after my arrival, I did little. I read in the libraries, I wandered the lands, exploring, to the extent to which I was capable, and little else. Eventually, I encountered traces of the combined Mind of the Council of the Mystic's Guild. Intrigued, I pursued these traces, and I discovered a vast an intricate maze of thought and action. As intricate as a rose, or, perhaps, as an onion, for often as not the complexities of the path I followed brought me to tears.

It was the 532nd year of the Ascendancy when I first set foot on these islands, and much has changed since that time. I have followed the Path, and I have progressed far enough along it that the uninitiated would say I had finished it. I met many friends, some of whom I have lost, and some who I yet keep, both near and far. I participated in what is called the Ripture War, to the extent that I was capable, and I struggled with the Guild as it developed in the years that followed.

"I am part of all that I have met;
Yet all experience is an arch wherethrough
Gleams that untravelled world, whose margin fades
For ever and for ever when I move." *

Now and always, I am Callia, the Mystic.


All contained herein, are the works of Callia the Mystic,
who is a character in the game Clan Lord by Delta Tao Software

* Except this of course, which is more of
Alfred, Lord Tennyson's Ulysses.


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