Kingdoms of Kalamar
A notorius wizard and alchemist.
In his youth, Elzid used his influence and alchemical prowess to plunge the countryside into mayhem. He robbed merchants blind by seducing their innocent daughters with love potions, he crushed noble families by turning them against one another with potions of delusion and elixirs of madness, and he sold deadly poison to anyone willing to pursue an evil scheme. His name was synonymous with corruption and deceit.
Yet, once he had earned a suitably nefarious reputation, Elzid was content to return to his magical studies. He built himself a hideous stone tower atop a small hill. The tower, with its black walls and frowning gargoyles, became an eyesore on the horizon.