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Balthasar Gelts

Supreme Patriarch of the Colleges of Magic

Balthasar Gelt is the current Supreme Patriarch of the Colleges of Magic and one of the Empire's greatest Wizard of this very age. The position of Supreme Patriarch is the highest attainable position by a wizard within the Empire of Man. The patriarch is responsible for advising Emperor Karl Franz in all decisions dealing with the Arcane. Every couple of years each of the eight Colleges of Magic elect one of their number to compete in duel with an equal counterpart. The victor of this arcane dual receives the office of Supreme Patriarch and the right to wield the ancient Staff of Volans.[1a]

Balthasar Gelt is the most recent winner of this exalted position. Such is his skill in the art of magic that he managed to defeat the former Supreme Patriarch, Thyrus Gormann of the Bright Order, in single combat, replacing the long-standing prominence of Fire with that of Metal. Since that day, the new supreme patriarch, riding a Pegasus surrounded by a golden halo, has appeared on many battlefields, where the Emperor's soldiers are fighting. Now the Winds of Magic blow strongly for the Gold College as their fortunes are once again on the rise.[1a]

HistoryEdit

Balthazar Gelt came to Altdorf from the seaport of Marienburg having bought passage on a merchant ship with gold that he had transmuted from lead ingots. He left the seaport for the Colleges of Magic before the effects wore off, and now rumors abound that the swindled sea captain has placed a rich bounty on Balthasar's head, though few would dare to attempt to collect it.[1a]

The transmutation of common artefacts into precious metal has always fascinated Balthasar. Driven by his obsession, he spent many years combining his knowledge of alchemy, learnt in far-off lands, with the magical Lore of Metal. Balthasar's fierce intelligence lent him a greater understanding of this branch of magic than any of his fellow students or tutors, and he rose quickly through the ranks of the Gold Order. Within a mere decade, Balthasar Gelt had become the Patriarch of the Golden College, the youngest Wizard to ever hold the position.[1a]

Balthasar's research into new formulations of black powder even made him popular with the Imperial Engineer's School, an organization that often dismisses magic as superstitious nonsense. However, during his studies, a freak explosion almost ended Balthasar's quest for knowledge forever. Somehow, he survived and from that day on he has only ever been seen swathed in shimmering, metallic robes and wearing a Golden face mask. Some say that beneath his marks his skin has turned to pure gold, while others whisper that he is horribly disfigured, though the truth of the matter is known only to Balthasar. One thing is certain; the accident only furthered his will to succeed, and his determination increased his powers to new heights.[1a]

SourceEdit

  • 1: Warhammer Armybook: The Empire (8th Edition)
    • 1a: pg. 61

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