Archmage Azuthere was the High King of the Kingdom of Avium. He was the father and mentor of Tieracus, Aobacus, Noleficus, the three Great Mages. After his death, his three sons fought over the crown, but eventually all took their followers separate ways.
Azuthere is the first to utilize a type of magic that (unknown to him) starts to siphon mana energy from the land, causing it to die and weaken. This causes the great drought that turns Avium into a desert continent.