↑ Return to Important People

Mornauto Garoth

He remained tight-lipped about his past prior to his arrival in Tralisia, but some aspects can be inferred.

Mornauto is a disorain mage and established resident of Tralisia.  He remained tight-lipped about his past prior to his arrival in Tralisia, but some aspects can be inferred.  He never spoke of a family, suggesting that he likely grew up as an orphan.  He demonstrates a preference for rural over urban environments, indicating a background in hunting and tracking or some sort of wilderness survival.  He has also consistently demonstrated an innate aptitude for essence manipulation, though the implications of this are unclear.  This last bit may be related to his friendship with cryinale mage Aeolus Zephyrus.  The two arrived in Tralisia around the same time and were already friends from encounters in Vanyelar and the voyage thence.

Mornauto struggled to find his place in Tralisian society, shunning the traditional disorain rogue path for more honorable occupations.  Unfortunately, there were few such opportunities for a disorain wishing to keep his hands clean.  He briefly joined the nascent Thieves Guild of Tralisia, hoping to find honorable outlets for his skills and a functional professional network, but he quickly found that the leadership of the guild sought only to create an organized crime ring and left.  Mornauto’s friendship with Aeolus alleviated these difficulties somewhat, and he could often be found assisting the cryinale mage in his exploration and documentation of the wilderness around Tralisia, including the Silent Woods.

Silent Wood

Silent Wood

After the pair’s last joint venture into the Silent Woods, they emerged severely bloodied and beaten.  Although neither would speak of their experiences, it was clear that they responded differently to whatever had befallen them.  Aeolus became increasingly obsessed with the forest and was often seen muttering to himself about ‘the truth’.  Conversely, Mornauto indicated hatred and fear of the place and, after a brief venture for some unknown purpose, refused to go near that cursed forest.  For different reasons, both men grew distant and withdrawn after their experience, both from Tralisian society and, to a lesser extent, from each other.

At around this time, Mornauto took up the study of the arcane arts in earnest.  He took to reading about and practicing magic in the fields to the south of town with occasional instruction from Aeolus.  Some who were acquainted with him noticed that he had begun talking to himself, and rumors spread that his sanity had lapsed, so strange was the change that had come over him.

Aeolus’s final disappearance struck Mornauto particularly hard, and he withdrew from the city entirely.  Somewhere south of town he constructed a well-hidden dwelling where he spends most of his time studying books and tinkering with parts from broken steam-powered stalk reapers from the nearby farm.  Mornauto typically goes into town sparingly and makes only brief visits to the merchant district, primarily to the book store, Another Tale.  The old man that runs the store claims that his purchasing habits are erratic and prone to binges.  Apparently, he tends to alternately seek books on mechanics, arcane arts (often obscure texts, but with no readily apparent theme), and nature.

Aside from Aeolus, if indeed the lost cryinale yet lives, only Arch Mage Erius and the old man in the book store still know him for who he was.

Sightings of the eccentric disorain mage have become increasingly rare.  Having never been a prominent member of Tralisian society, he is largely forgotten by the populace.  Aside from Aeolus, if indeed the lost cryinale yet lives, only Arch Mage Erius and the old man in the book store still know him for who he was.  To the rare adventurer who stumbles upon him south of the city, he is simply ‘the dark hermit’.  Reports of the sound of hissing steam and metallic clinking from the vicinity of his dwelling generate periodic rumors of some sort of devious plot on the part of the hermit, but the town guards remain under orders to treat him as a harmless and upstanding citizen whenever he emerges.

 

 *Mornauto Garoth was an actual player of ATS. The writings above are of his own words.