Penterest was so ugly he ran away from home rather than endure the insults and barbs of the other children. The fact he was both smarter and stronger than most of them only caused them to hate him more.
He eluded his parents half hearted attempts to find him.
He explored the world, lived by his wits, avoided other people and was completely antisocial until one day he stumbled upon a fellow explorer. A young Grey Sage by the name of Heimie Hinkellson. Heimie took pity on the young child and saw that he had a gift for magic. He tried to interest Pen in the search for knowledge.
Penterest was intrigued by the idea of exploring the world for the sake of learning what was out there, but he sensed Heimie's pity and rudely rebuked him.
One day Pen was checking on some traps he had left to catch game. He came upon a wolf caught in his snare. Two more wolves appeared and he realized in horror that one was a dread Telmori! He felt the Telmori's claws rip his flesh and then suddenly he was swallowed up by the earth.
That was 31 years ago.