Welcome to Character Corner, where we dive into the life and exploits of various lore figures in the Warcraft universe. In keeping with our 7.1: Return to Karazhan theme, this week features the powerful and enigmatic mage, Medivh.
The story of Medivh begins before his birth, even. Guardian Aegwynn, Medivh's mother, went rogue from the Council of Tirisfal, believing they had drifted too far from their mission to defend Azeroth from the Burning Legion. The Council refused to let Aegwynn run wild with the power of the Guardian and sent the magus Nielas Aran to bring her to heel. Instead of turning over the renegade Aegwynn, Nielas began to see the Council's political machinations for himself. Together, the two mages devised a plan for Aegwynn's successor to be free of the Council's influence. Aegwynn passed her Tirisfalen powers down to her and Aran's child. He was named Medivh, which means "Keeper of Secrets" in high elven.
Unbeknownst to Aegwynn, an earlier encounter with the Dark Titan Sargeras had left her soul tainted with his essence. This taint also found its way into her child where it lay dormant for years. Nielas Aran took up a position in Stormwind as the court's conjurer so he could train Medivh far from the Council's influence. Aegwynn went into hiding shortly after Medivh's birth.
Medivh grew up with his close friends Anduin Lothar and Llane Wrynn. The trio grew close and caused much mischief in their youth. Their misadventures offered a reprieve from Aran's hard training and stern upbringing. On the eve of his fourteenth birthday, the full power of the Guardian manifested within Medivh, killing his father and forcing him into a coma that lasted years.