Just wandering around, learning what there is to learn.
Grew up in a fairly wealthy adoptive family, close to the Upper Spires. He was coddled as a kid—he did well in school, played instruments, was polite, the whole stereotypical rich-kid thing. The biggest thing that stuck out about him, though, was his endless thirst for knowledge.
School satiated it, for a while. By the time he’d turned 13, he was assisting his professors, learning everything he could in one field—before moving on. What he learned, he mastered, and applied to combat. They all called him a magical prodigy, a genius.
The knowledge he’d gained turned out not to be enough.