Born in the first years of the 16th Century, Thomas Devilstonewas raised in the wild border country between England and Scotland. Though his ancestors were once wealthy nobles, the Devilstone family had known nothing but poverty for generations and until his untimely death in a border skirmish Thomas' father served the powerful Percy family as a humble man-at-arms. After the death of her husband, Thomas' mother was determined her only son should not suffer the same fate and she used the last of the Devilstone fortune to send Thomas to Italy. She hoped he'd become a doctor but Thomas soon tired of his medical studies and found more to interest him in the taverns and brothels of Padua. it was here that Thomas met the notorious alchemist, necromancer and swordsman Cornelius Agrippa and agreed to become the great man's apprentice.