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Derium Ceriuam

stockvault-fire-122242_smallDerium Ceriuam, better known as the Mad Sage, (Age and life unknown, before the 14th Age) was an Eridan native. His greatest and most notorious achievement was the creation of the Glorifian Construct, which served as an amplifier for arcane purposes and as a doorway to parallel worlds.

 

Early Life

Derium’s interests in the arcane grew from devotion to fanaticism at a very young age.

As a young man, Derium excelled in the arcane and attended the Riesuts Royal Academy. At seventeen, Derium became the youngest Mage in history to be bestowed the title of Archmage. At twenty-eight he became a High Sage and an advisor to Eridan’s Royal Family.

Derium’s interests in the arcane grew from devotion to fanaticism at a very young age. Many of his instructors were concerned with his obsessive research and urged for his removal from the academy—the Royal Family, who intervened on Derium’s behalf, prevented this from occurring.

Derium became primarily interested in parallel worlds when he was around the age of thirteen. At fifteen he published his first book, Utpan Relea, or Utopian Reality, which detailed a philosophy for infinite universes with infinite possibilities. He argued that through the Gaia Tributary it would be possible to locate and transfer to the Utopian Reality—a world composed of the best of all possible realities.

Consider a Mage’s staff. Inclusion of Anima within the wood allows for better control. Chisel the edges, and align the Anima to construct a smooth catalyst, and you shall witness far more powerful spells. Now, picture a mountain. Imagine for a moment this mountain is our staff; you break away the rock and find Anima beneath. Cut and polish this mountain until it is as smooth as the catalyst we considered previously. If control is the only deterrent to our imagination, and this mountain is perfect, arcane control, then what cannot be accomplished? Start with a simple teleportation spell, and work forward.

– Derium Ceriuam, Utpan Relea

Utpan Relea met with harsh criticism. Critics argued that a “perfect world” would not be perfect if it became a destination for travel. It would only be a matter of time before those who traveled there would seek to abuse it for their own purposes. Some argued that the “perfect world” would not contain the Gaia Tributary, thus preventing transfer, but this is still debated.

 

Politics

Unfortunately, for Derium and the rest of the world, the design for defensive amplifiers would be the only constructive mark Derium would ever leave in the political world.

As an advisor to the Royal Family, Derium designed structures that would amplify Eridan’s protective energy shield to be built and improve its arcane powers. Seeing an opportunity to become the most powerful city in the world, the Royal Family immediately drafted Derium’s plans and the towers were built around the city’s perimeter in under a year. The amplifiers proved so effective that Derium improved on his previous construction and built a larger and more effective tower for his own personal use. He called it the Glorifian Construct and ordered it to be built in the depths of Mt. Gillaman.

Mt. Gillaman was essential for the location of Derium’s project for two reasons: one, Mt. Gillaman’s harsh winter conditions make it impossible to navigate without intense mystical force, so risking possible exile for building the Glorifian Construct was easier; and two, Mt. Gillaman has the richest source of Essence in the entire world, thus providing Derium with power he required for his amplifier.

Unfortunately, for Derium and the rest of the world, the design for defensive amplifiers would be the only constructive mark Derium would ever leave in the political world.

 

The Mad Sage

Derium understood the risk of prolonged exposure to the Gaia Tributary, so he created rock creatures to carry out his task of mining Mt. Gillaman for Essence; this task would require him to stay close to the mine in order to control his rocky creations. Unfortunately, Derium underestimated his exposure to the Gaia Tributary and being on location at the dig, for such a long time during the construction of the Glorifian Construct, ultimately drove him insane.

 

Derium’s Fate

Despite insanity, Derium found his own powers heightened by his exposure to the Gaia Tributary. After the completion of his tower, Derium, in an extremely random act of violence, transported the Glorifian Construct onto the Riesuts Royal Academy killing half the student body and all but nine members of the faculty.

As Derium began to use the Glorifian Construct to heighten his power and burn Eridan to the ground, <unknown name> Riesuts, a surviving faculty member, emerged from the rubble of the academy to defend his beloved city. After a long and difficult battle, the unknown Riesuts rerouted Derium’s power through the Glorifian Construct triggering a doorway to an alternate reality to open.

Derium became distracted by his fascination with the doorway giving <unknown name> Riesuts just enough time to reroute the doorway’s power through Eridan’s amplifiers and send both Derium and his construction spiraling into another dimension.

 

Derium’s Return

Derium discovered a way to return to Eihydia and did so during the 14th Age.

Derium discovered a way to return to Eihydia and did so during the 14th Age, bringing with him the Glorifian Construct. This time, he dropped the Glorifian Construct in the middle of Tralisia located on the Ama’rane continent. In an attempt to wage war and destroy Eihydia, with his army of Abyssians, he kidnapped Archmage Erius Riesuts—an active member of Tralisia’s government. Using journals through the Riesuts’ family, the citizens of Tralisians banded together and brought the fight to Abyss by entering the Glorifian Construct. It was there they defeated Derium, recovered Erius, and closed the Glorifian Construct forever.