Septremius was never one to be satisfied with the curriculum at magic school, and so he left to study elsewhere in secret . Eventually he came upon a scroll that opened a gate to an alternate dimension called "the kingdom of shard" There he dueled with the Archmage of Shard, who proved a deadly adversary, and the battle cost him dearly. Septremius was wounded beyond healing by shard magic and he seized the Archmage's staff, and fled the realm. He soon discovered that the staff possessed strange properties. It had a blade sharp enough to wound the very fabric of time and space allowing him to travel to worlds only glimpsed by dreamers and madmen, as well as the power to conjure the lethal "Zero Sphere" an orb formed of extra-dimensional energy, that teleports its unlucky target to the kingdom of shard where they are dropped upon its jagged surface.