Sephias, a young human hedge-wizard and swordsman is a (perhaps the) central character of The Dawn Prism.
He was born in an ancient repository of knowledge, the Library of the Three Candles. His father was a Yellow Knight and captain of the forces defending the library; his mother, a Yellow Road wizard was its chief scholar.
When Sephias was in his late teens, the forces of a despotic ruler attacked the Library, led by a powerful Grey Road wizard and intent on claiming its knowledge for nefarious purposes. Sephias’s father was killed early in the attack. His mother dueled the Grey wizard while instructing Sephias to claim a mysterious sword the Library’s agents had recently acquired. Before he could retrieve it, the enemy wizard fatally wounded his mother and in the ensuing battle Sephias discovered the blade possessed the power to temporarily sever a mage’s tie to their Road.
As her final act, Sephias’s mother teleported him to safety before triggering an ancient magical failsafe that collapsed the Library into another space or dimension along with the Grey wizard.
After this, Sephias, who’d trained in combat with his father and magic with his mother took to a wandering life, finding work as a mercenary and eventually gaining a reputation as a wizard-slayer. To honor his parents he strove to find his way onto the Yellow Road, but without success, though his skill with colorless magic grew considerable. When we first meet Sephias he has been living in this way for several years and has become increasingly frustrated with his quest for the Yellow Road.
In the merchant city of Vierlion he becomes entangled in events far larger and more dangerous than he’d ever imagined.
Sephias is an earnest, honest young man with a great appetite for new experiences and considerable skill with a blade. Due to his upbringing in a major center of knowledge and learning, his frame of references is unusually extensive for his age, but his knowledge and skill have not made him arrogant; quite the opposite, he is given to fits of melancholy over his inability to find the Yellow Road, which a small part of him feels is a betrayal of his deceased parents.