The Nature of Things
This mage was part of a group of cloaked strangers who visited Durneg’s camp. His race is unknown as he has only ever been seen when wearing a hood and cloak. It is possible that Durneg has seen his face (or perhaps the face of one or more of his fellows), but as yet this is an unknown.
When his fellow strangers left Durneg’s camp, the mage stayed behind, though presumably would occasionally depart to assist the bandits in their taking of prisoners – he is clearly adept with Sleep spells, and seems to use them as his primary means of capturing and controlling prisoners – he kept Shiraka asleep for, presumably, at least two days after she was captured so that she couldn’t use her powers to escape.
As described by Bannek, when one member of the camp, a man called Heris, spoke out against what the bandits were doing, saying it was wrong that they should be taking prisoners the way they were, the mage had him chained in the middle of the camp. He then used his magic on the man, apparently to destroy him in some way that was both horrific and painful, and ordered the other bandits to simply throw his remains on the refuse pile rather than bury them, in order to set an example of what would happen if anyone else were to speak out.
The mage has recently departed the camp, however, and taken Durneg with him (though whether the bandit leader accompanied him in response to a request, a demand, or even a threat is currently unknown). All who have spoken of the mage (and his fellows) have described them as being clearly very powerful, and not a force to be crossed lightly, if at all.