Widower, father, friend, warrior, rebel, philanthropist, master botanist & butterfly farmer, Morphiophelius ‘Smith’ (a.k.a. “Chuck”) is the oldest known mortal and considered the most powerful mägo in history, with the exceptions of the Heroes of the [Ithari] Gem.
Fiercely private about his personal life and past, not much has been discovered about the happy-go-lucky-but-be-nice-or-I’ll-hit-you-with-my-staff mägo, unless he’s revealed it himself. That seems to be a distinct advantage when you can outlive everyone else around you.
There is no known record of Chucks actual birth, nor is there information on his birth name, parents or possible siblings. The earliest confirmed records, pulled from ancient evolu archives, speaks of a powerful mägo, roaming the land, battling side by side the evolu, kutollum and even the nocturi (an extinct, exclusively mägo society) races in their fight against the encroaching forces of Master Mahan.
The only open knowledge of Chuck’s personal life comes from a single picture, framed on the mantle of his hearth at the center of his cottage. The photograph displays Chuck as a young man, with dark hair and trim beard, his arms around a woman holding a child. When Wendell, the hero of the gem, asked the mägo about the picture, he was told it was indeed his wife and only child (a son), who were both murdered by Mahan himself.
It has never been a secret as to why Morphiophelius has lived this long. In a conversation with Wendell, the mägo openly admitted that he has used his magical knowledge to slow his own aging, until a new hero was called. His sole intent is to help whomever possessed the Ithari next, to destroy Mahan once and for all. Though powerful, Morphiophelius acknowledges that the only being strong enough to actually defeat the Lord of Darkness is the one who commands the Ithari herself.
Through the ages, Chuck not only appears in the records of history—he’s played key roles in the development of many societies. His titles and exploits include (but are not limited to):
- Professor [School of Magic, a.k.a. University of Magic];
- Mägo of the First Order;
- Olen Grand Champion [14 titles won, not including 5 title defenses]
- Regular contributor to Wizard’s Day, Better Shacks and Gardens and on occasion, to Gnome Geographic (as a foreign correspondent);
- Founded the first official bank in Clockworks City, with personal and business loans starting a slow as 12.275% OAC;
- Holds Fastest Land Speed World Record On A Rocket Tricycle (642.7mph);
- Member of the neuvo-kuisa (Council of Whispers);
- Initiated The Great Disco Infusion of Clockworks City;
- Disgusted at how gnomes were “shaking their booties,” initiated The Great Disco Ban of Clockworks City;
- Was the only mägo to assist the kutollum during The Invasion At Hollow Pass;
- President and Co-Founder of the Olen Rogers Fan Club (check him out on YouTube). The club has 612,435,118 active gnome members (Betty Shirp [a.k.a. The Shadow ] is the other co-founder, but because she tends to be a stalker, we don’t talk about her much…so, ya know…Olen, be careful, man).
- Invented the ‘Holiday Umbrella’–a tiny paper and bamboo umbrella put in fruity drinks at pubs.
Losing his wife and only child to war, Chuck has taken great joy and pride in stepping into random roles, especially as a father-figure. Both Dax and King Robert III were raised by the mägo—in both cases, to save the infants lives. Morphiophelius was uniquely qualified to teach Dax how to harness his unique teleportation abilities, while his extensive connections in human society enabled him to groom Robert III to take back his throne as King.
Chucks magical abilities are varied and extensive.
Fellow mägo within the Order have frequently commented that, “Morphiophelius has become so proficient in his abilities that we no longer believe he is doing magic so much as he is magic. It is the only way we can explain his intricate and masterful use of the Seven Disciplines.”
From transfiguration to elemental control, alchemy to complex enchantments, few abilities have had a more dramatic effect upon those around him than Chuck’s ability as a seer.
Though he has not explained this ability at any real length, multiple accounts hint that the mägo has the power to see the past, present and future…all at the same time. Why this ability has not inflicted insanity upon the beloved mägo is unknown (though some say it’s already occurred). This ability has allowed him to circumvent, sidestep and even manipulate events to his advantage and to the advantage of his friends and companions.
Unfortunately, it is also clear that Chuck is not always in full control of this ability, which at times, can exacerbate a bad situation.
Known to be a close friend to the last hero of the gem, Morphiophelius was given stewardship over ‘the cottage.’
A humble abode on the outside, the cottage is magically enhanced (and enlarged) on the inside.
The full size of the dwelling has yet to be discovered, as there are rooms magically locked, which Chuck has been unable to open during his occupancy—even employing magical efforts. The small 12’ by 12’ cottage does come with its own Olympic-sized swimming pool, three-story library, bowling alley, roller skating ring, 62 guest bedrooms 54.5 bathrooms, basketball court, personal gymnasium, training facility and indoor go-cart track. There’s also a convenient little mudroom just off the back porch.
There is another side to this amazing mägo, however–and it’s one few people get the chance to witness.
An avid cook and passionate collector of cheese, Morphiophelius loves to wind down with an aged glass of grapefruit kombucha and a pipe full of mullen when the weather gets nippy. Late at night, if you sneak close to a cottage window, you may just hear him relaxing to the brilliant musical sounds of Sultans of String, Break of Reality or the ever-popular Gnome band ‘Big Bob and the Thigh Smackers’.
Though Chuck is considered elderly by most, he keeps fit and seems to have the stamina and energy level of a 20-year-old.
Odd as this may seem, the mägo is an expert swordsman, hand to hand combatant, and is known to be an extreme competitor in Skateboarding, Mountain Boarding, Drifting, BMX, Motocross, Aggressive Inline Skating, Mountain Biking, Caving, Rock Climbing, Free Climbing, Bouldering, Mountaineering, Parkour, Sand kiting, Zorbing, Surfing, Body boarding, Waterskiing, Wake Boarding, Kitesurfing, Windsurfing, Cave diving, Kayaking, Cliff Jumping, Scuba Diving, White Water Rafting, Jet Skiing, Snowboarding, Snow Skiing, Ice Climbing, Snowmobiling, Base Jumping, SkyDiving, Bungee Jumping, Hang Gliding, Paragliding…and he also likes an occasional game of crochet.