Son of Roger, who makes barrels like his father and father’s father before him. Thaniel has obviously become the black sheep of his family, though he’s easily the most successful. ‘Putting on airs,’ as they say. His half brothers and half sister all work for their father, and are more resentful of Thaniel than their father – after all, they never knew the mysterious elven maiden their father bedded as a young man, so the whole ‘half elf brother’ thing doesn’t explain Thaniel’s behavior to them. (Two brothers James and john, sister Eleanor) Thaniel’s chosen school is evocation, putting a strain on his relationship with his peers, who mainly go into Universalist or Transmutation. The Boccob order prohibits Necromancy and Enchantment, holding life and the mind to be sacred. Officially, anyways. When the king requested a mage, Thaniel’s superiors offered it to him to get him out of their hair, and he jumped at the chance to get away from this place. .