The slightly timid Apprentice of Elias Firebrand
Pherbius and his brother Finn were the youngest sons of the Farmer Ned Doofensmirtz. Ned had a large family and could barely feed all of his children. So when Elias built his house nearby, Ned offered his two sons as apprentice/servants to the mage in exchange for the arcane protection Elias could provide to Ned’s farm. The mage didn’t really need either servants or apprentices but could see the look of quiet desperation on Ned’s face and took the two brothers in. Pherbius just recently lost his brother when they accidentally opened a portal to the plane of fire and Finn went back into the home to try and close it. Now he is the only apprentice of Elias and means to make the mage proud of him.