Born to a group of itenerant elvish pastoral shepherds who traveled the plains and fields surrounding the three rivers, particularly the river of life, Gideon showed magical aptitude even as a youth. Despite elves magical predilections his clan were simple folk with no means of nurturing it, except showing him various books they’d acquired at various times in their travels. Though Gideon found his place translating for his tribe, he always dreamed of going to the mages academy in Ilhopa. His people were of modest means and more modest influence and could never send him off to the city. One day during their travels, he encountered a cave of runes. He believed that translating them could be his ticket to the academy, but found something even better. The first passage he translated described the many planes of the multiverse, and even included a crude map. When the next was a spell allowing him contact he immediately read the incantation. He met a strange creature from The First World, the magical chaotic plane of the fey. Eager for fresh company and the chance to explore the world that is rather than the world that was, the creature, an eidolon, which allowed Gideon to name it (Yertle, after its turtlish form in this world) formed a summoners bond with Gideon and agreed to teach him of the planes beyond. “Screw those rich asshole mages and their guild! I will learn magic from the source.” Gideon sought a place of seclusion, away from both the needs of his people and the crude politics of the city. In the lost souls of the swamp, a sad paranoid people fleeing debts, children, child debts and debt childs he found a home where he could easily get what he needed with his skills as a linguist and scribe, and nobody asked too many questions. Gideon mostly spent all his time in meditation with Yertle, who tried to show Gideon that his limited perception of so called reality was but one amid myriad ways of seeing the world(s) that are and can be. This, plus his reclusive lifestyle has made Gideon’s mind a bit addled when it comes to dealing with people. The corruption and taint that has spread throughout the waters has come to the swamp, and the outside world could no longer be ignored. He ventured out to find the source. Though he wouldn’t admit it, the idea to leave the swamp and find the source was Yertle’s. Gideon would have been content to let the world of money and power rot, but Yertle exerts a powerful influence on him, as the only teacher and mentor the young elf has ever had.