Claven Mastherik, played by Kurt Weber, was a character in my high school Advanced Dungeons & Dragons campaign that featured prominently as one of the five heroes who saved the world of Welstar in my novel, The Well of Stars.
Claven Mastherik was a necromancer obsessed with becoming a dragon. But he was lonely. He took on as his apprentice Gabrielle, an attractive brown-eyed, brown-haired girl. Eager to leave her small town roots, she accepted.
Her travels took her far and wide, and Claven’s battles against the forces of both the living and the dead proved to bring out her best. She was cool-headed in dangerous situations and possessed a calm demeanor despite the atrocities she often witnessed.
Claven was an excellent teacher. Over time their relationship began to hint at something more. But as time passed, Claven took on a new form of study, something he had stumbled upon in a dark tome. It was the art of defiling the land, the magic which uses the lifeblood of living things to power its effects.
Claven’s demeanor changed. He became obsessed with immortality, but terrified of undeath. He wanted, more than anything, to possess an item known only as the Hyrtstone, rumored to allow Claven to jump from body to body. Gabrielle began to fear the worst as she watched her master’s power increase exponentially. Defiling magic was a quick and dangerous path to Claven’s goal, and soon Gabrielle began to wonder if Claven had taken her under his wing only to discover if the Hyrtstone was somewhere in her hometown.
Their paths began to diverge, as Gabrielle sought to undo with necromancy what Claven found to be a foolish triviality — the preservation of life. That all ended during a spell gone awry, whereupon Ymerek Stats unleashed a fireball that backfired. Gabrielle did not survive.
For all Claven’s distance, he had become quite attached to Gabrielle, even loved her. Her death was inexcusable. Claven’s only recourse was to clone her from the burnt and shattered remains of her former body. Gabrielle was horrified.
Claven was responsible for resurrecting Ymerek Stats from the dead, but in doing so defiled an entire countryside and caused several women to miscarriage. He was haunted by these ghosts until his final confrontation with the Darklord, when he realized his true potential as a dragon against the Nidhogg only to be torn apart in the battle of the Lerad.
Claven didn’t even bother to point the Gray Staff at the bubble. “We cannot defeat him this way,” he said. “We must focus our efforts on releasing the unicorns.”
“And how do you propose we do that?” snarled Ashman.
“I will buy you time.” With that, Claven turned and leaped off the edge of the chasm into the Well of Stars.
The Darklord stopped laughing.
Seconds later, a huge dragon flapped its way across the yawning chasm.
“He finally did it,” said Ymerek.
You can read more about Ymerek in my novel, The Well of Stars, and on the Multi-User Dungeon, RetroMUD.