The Sunless Six
A great wizard of lore, Keraptis was part of the Golden Shield, and a companion to Dydd the Last Druid. Although Keraptis was a very diversified wizard, he specialized in enchantments and soul binding. He believed a person could remain in the material realm long after their bodies had rotted by binding their aspects to other objects of material.
Keraptis’ first great breakthrough involved the creation of the Legendary Weapons of the Golden Shield, to save his comrades souls from being hunted down and devoured by Ashardalon in another plane of existence.
Keraptis was also the architect of the the White Plume Mountain, which he created to protect the weapons using wonderous traps and brainwashing some of the worse criminals of the realm as guardians.
As Keraptis’ body began to deteriorate, he began binding his soul into this work itself. Once he finally died, his apprentice delved deep into the work of the wizard. The work consumed the apprentice so overwhelmingly that he began to take on the traits of the original Wizard Keraptis. the apprentice eventually believed himself to be the actual Keraptis.
For year, many ‘false’ Keraptis had existance, none as powerful as the original.
The line was finally broken, when an apprentice name Wilderem realized he was becoming ‘corrupted by the work, and distanced himself from Keraptis’ works. He vowed to keep the works hidden, to not let Keraptis’ corruption from others.