I knew this. I knew all about it. I didn't like it but I accepted that these are the rules and I must adhere to them if I am to reach my goal. It was better to suffer this than to be denied guidance, guidance I desperately needed. So I joined the Guild at the age of twenty. I was fifty-two years old when I was finally allowed to attempt the Fifth Trial. The fact that the Magister likes me had quite a lot to do with that. I went out of my way to gain the Magister's favor by volunteering to many of the more difficult chores he offered to apprentices. Many Inner Circle mages looked at me with suspicion and jealousy because of it, but I knew that there were only two ways to get ahead: either gain the favor of the vast majority of the Inner Circle, or gain the favor of the Magister. It was obvious to me that the latter would be quicker, provided I was willing and able to brave his tasks. - Adrian Rand, 4 years, 7 months, and 11 days before Twilightfall

Adrian Rand, possibly the finest magician of his generation, became a member of the Inner Circle of the Mage Guild of Ashkel at an unprecedentedly young age by outwitting the strict rules of the Guild. Two years after his induction into the Inner Circle, he was approached by his friends and asked to aid them in their efforts to revolutionize the Guild. Adrian was faced with a dilemma, for what his friends asked would involve murdering Magister Kelnys, the man in charge of the Guild. Adrian made his decision the way he makes every decision: by looking ahead. He could not know, but the decision he made four years and seven months before Twilightfall would have far reaching consequences for the entire world of Arghard.