Merion was born the child of middling merchants, who (barely) had the means to place him in wizardly tutelage when he seemed to show magical aptitude. A shy and retiring boy, he was happy to spend his days practicing spells and reading arcana, and made great strides even at an early age. His tutor, however, was as unwise as he was intelligent, and got himself into certain debts to the city's thieves. This proved problematic when Merion's parents died in a (possibly suspicious) fire. His tutor took guardianship of him, and promptly sold him to the thieves as payment of debt.
There, he was lucky enough to impress with his intelligence and pluck, which qualities saved him from being blinded and sent out as a beggar. Instead, he was promoted to cutpurse and burglar, jobs in which he began to develop skills to cover for his natural shyness. Though never brash and braggartly, he learned sufficient confidence to discomfit those who are. He also managed to get himself recruited off the streets and into the magical branches of the Shadow Masks. Back as a student wizard, he has regained a bit of his equilibrium. Nevertheless, even after ten years, the loss of his childhood rankles. He has spent what time he could looking into the cause of the fire, and for his old tutor, but has not yet succeeded. When he does, his revenge will be firm and deliberate.
DM: Would the Shadow Masks operate blind-beggar and comprachico-style schemes, or would his original purchasers have been a lesser, more evil guild?
Stats and Basics:
Unchained Rogue 1/Wizard-Illusionist (Mage of the Veil) 1
-2 Str 8
7 Dex 15
5 Con 14
5 Int 14+2 racial
1 Wis 12
-2 Cha 7