Geoffrey of Melrose

Geoffrey was christened in 1191 anno domini, the youngest son of a Scottish tenant farmer. The land his family worked was never bountiful, and rather than continue to support him, his family sent him to Melrose abbey a handful of years later to become a novice in the Cistercian order.

Monastic Life

While Geoffrey proved to be an intelligent child, he grew wilful and wayward as he approached the age of majority. His superiors at the abbey were doubtful of his faith, and alarmed at his unwillingness to participate in the manual labour that not only supported the abbey, but formed a keystone of the Cistercian Rule. He was denied the opportunity to take his full monastic vows for several years as the abbot and senior monks sought to rectify his conduct. This only served to make him more bitter and resentful of the clerical authorities.

Geoffrey's rebellious nature did not change when he did finally take holy orders. He showed no willingness whatsoever to humble himself in manual work with his peers, instead choosing to spend endless hours studying in the abbey's library. In desperation, the monks of Melrose made him an assistant to their librarian. For a time, it appeared that lazy, curmudgeonly Geoffrey had at last found a useful purpose.

Though he was happy enough in his work, Geoffrey continued to have little respect for his monastic vows. While he displayed no desire to own property, his adherence to his vow of humility was token at best. Worse, a string of angry fathers appeared at the doors of the abbey, claiming that he had seduced their daughters while abroad on errands.

This proved to be the last straw. Exasperated and furious, the abbot of Melrose renounced Geoffrey, and he was driven from the monestary in disgrace.

The Academica

It was pure chance that drove him to the Academica Septima Superior. Fleeing from Melrose, Geoffrey headed into Galloway, where the locals were reputed to be less than friendly to the church of Rome. He happened to arrive at the point where the magi of the covenant were casting about for someone to maintain their library. Seeing the usefulness of the magi as protection against any lasting grudge, and having no problem with the seclusion of the covenant, Geoffrey took up the offer.

Since then, he has turned the library of the Academica into his own tiny fiefdom. None who enter its four walls find themselves exempt from his constant glowering, and his accuracy with a thrown book has been noted by several of the covenfolk who attempted, shortly after his arrival, to tidy the library. Rather than suffer his company, the magi tend to take books back to their sancta. The only exception to this is Augusta Draca, whose flaming laboratory makes private reading impossible.

The one inhabitant of the Academica who Geoffrey truly appears to respect is the Magister. Indeed, the ancient magus has spent some time teaching Geoffrey the rudiments of magical theory in order that he might be more useful as a scribe.

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