A separatist follower of The Eight who had to carefully navigate his way around, and eventually out of the new monotheistic monarchy-state. He and a few friends made their way to the new world.
Having always been a student of arcane magic, he was lured to this new land by stories of effective, working magic. So he went and began practice and training, turning out to be somewhat talented at it. However, living on the border between Ionian and Valerian colonies, he receives constant subtle and not-so-subtle suggestions to pledge his abilities to Morgath, which he resists. Meanwhile, not all Valerian's in Tanner's Crossing trust him immediately because of his coming from Iona, being wary of his resistance and not knowing if it's real.
Only his closest friends can verify his intentions, but it often falls on deaf ears when they vouch for him. So he goes, balancing his ability to learn and practice arcana with the burgeoning tensions around those same abilities and how they will be aligned.
Liberation will be a pretty strong motivator for this character, as will Understanding related to "wild" magic.