Born a mage, Gilman's talents were so potent that he eventually transcended the limits to a mage's power and was recognized as the first wizard in Llandwellyn. Gentle and self effacing, he changed when challenged by the ruthless mad wizard Vanmur.

Witnessing and enduring unspeakable atrocities embittered Gilman and started him down the road to madness himself. Knowing that he would not survive a final duel with Vanmur, he created a shirna, an embryonic trait, of wizardry so he could ensure his legacy. He then made a "leap through time" to find a worthy recipient. One thousand years into the future he found one in Aleksandor.

Gilman perished during his last duel with Vanmur, but his influence lives on in Aleksandor.

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