I sat down to work on the map and draw a few sketches and I stumbled into drawing Algerbane as he was at age 13.
Along with the sketch came a small look into his childhood and upbringing:
Algerbane was born in the city of Welsley, the son of a farmer-turned merchant and a devoted homemaker. His father’s vocation brought in a comfortable life for the family, so Algerbane was privileged to spent his early years reading, instead of toiling in a field. Of all the books he read, he loved most adventure tales. His dream was to one day become a swashbuckling sailor. Though his land-locked home was far from the sea, he imagined himself exploring undiscovered vistas, wresting gold and treasure from ill-bred pirates.
But at the age of 13, his mother became gravely ill. Only the craft of an old, unassuming “wise-man” was able to restore her health. The experience changed Algerbane forever. The idea of becoming a sea-farer no longer held allure for him. He resolved to discover the secrets of this wise-man, and thus embarked on a journey that led him into the world of wizardry.
There’s quite a bit I want to write concerning Algerbane’s past. How he became a wizard, his early years as a councilor and advisor. And what ultimately lead him on his journey against Mordred. I’ve mentioned a little bit about this in the comic, but there’s always more to say. I’m loathe, though, to put too many “flashbacks” into the comic itself and the idea of launching a prequel seems an unattractive prospect (thank’s a lot, Lucas!). But I’ll find a way to tell that story, maybe as a book.