Now one of the most powerful sorceresses in Théah, O’Donagh set off to make her place in the world.
While magic may have only recently returned to Avalon, rumors of Sidhe sorcery have been around for centuries. The Inish druids are one such sect that had demonstrated a small amount of magical talent even before Elaine returned with the Graal. Maeve O’Donagh was one of these druids.
O’Donagh grew up in a druidic circle as something of an anomaly: She truly had a magical talent. Most of her kin knew much of woodlore, what herbs could bring down a fever, and how to predict the weather, but had no more magical ability than anyone else in Avalon. Because of this O’Donagh spent her formative years seeking out a teacher. She found many willing, but on each occasion she quickly found that she was already beyond what the potential mentor could teach. This went on until she found the wizard Derwyddon.
Initially, Derwyddon had no interest in taking on a student. However, O’Donagh was persuasive and cleverer than any Derwyddon had met before. Over time, his convictions were worn down and the mighty wizard took her on as his apprentice. O’Donagh remained with him for years and was an adept student. She drank in her lessons like a person dying of thirst. Derwyddon thought perhaps he had found someone worthy of taking over his mantle when his time in Avalon at Queen Elaine’s side came to a close, and taught his apprentice everything he knew.
Once O’Donagh completed her studies and found there was nothing more Derwyddon could teach her, she left him without a word. To this day she is one of Derwyddon’s greatest shames, and he does his best to quell any mention of his former student.
Now one of the most powerful sorceresses in Théah, O’Donagh set off to make her place in the world. She moved often, staying nowhere longer than a few years. During this time she accumulated wealth and power, but still she craves more.
Few Théans will ever lay eyes on anyone as beautiful as Maeve O’Donagh. Even fewer will lay eyes on anyone more power hungry. Where once she would have fled from battle with her old teacher Derwyddon, now she is convinced that not even he is her equal. O’Donagh fears no one, confident in her abilities to overcome any obstacle. She is loyal to herself first.