Invoker/Lore

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Invoker minimap icon.png Invoker
In its earliest, and some would say most potent form, magic was primarily the art of memory. It required no technology, no wands or appurtenances other than the mind of the magician. All the trappings of ritual were merely mnemonic devices, meant to allow the practitioner to recall in rich detail the specific mental formulae that unlocked a spell's power. The greatest mages in those days were the ones blessed with the greatest memories, and yet so complex were the invocations that all wizards were forced to specialize. The most devoted might hope in a lifetime to have adequate recollection of three spells—four at most. Ordinary wizards were content to know two, and it was not uncommon for a village mage to know only one—with even that requiring him to consult grimoires as an aid against forgetfulness on the rare occasions when he might be called to use it. But among these early practitioners there was one exception, a genius of vast intellect and prodigious memory who came to be known as the Invoker. In his youth, the precocious wizard mastered not four, not five, not even seven incantations: He could command no fewer than ten spells, and cast them instantly. Many more he learned but found useless, and would practice once then purge from his mind forever, to make room for more practical invocations. One such spell was the Sempiternal Cantrap—a longevity spell of such power that those who cast it in the world's first days are among us still (unless they have been crushed to atoms). Most of these quasi-immortals live quietly, afraid to admit their secret: But Invoker is not one to keep his gifts hidden. He is ancient, learned beyond all others, and his mind somehow still has space to contain an immense sense of his own worth...as well as the Invocations with which he amuses himself through the long slow twilight of the world's dying days.
Invoker
Associated with
Heroes:Rubick minimap icon.png Rubick
  • According to Aurel, Invoker is one hundred times his age.[1]
  • According to Strygwyr, Invoker's blood is sour for reasons unknown.[2]
  • Puck has some knowledge of Invoker, claiming to remember him from a distant past.[3]
  • Undying and Mirana refer to Invoker by his true name of power, Carl.[4] [5]
  • According to Rubick, Invoker used to be known as the "Arsenal Magus". [6]
  • Invoker has a caustic personality.[7]

Friendships and rivalries[edit]

Allies meeting Invoker

  • Play Centaur Warrunner minimap icon.png r Invoker, you cast, I'll slash.
  • Play Play Monkey King minimap icon.png r I know a thing or two about egomaniacs: and Invoker, you're one of the worst.
  • Play Play Monkey King minimap icon.png r We get it Invoker, you're smart. Now can we kill these guys?
  • Play Rubick minimap icon.png r Invoker now, eh? No longer the Arsenal Magus?
  • Play Skywrath Mage minimap icon.png r If you will deign to notice me, Invoker, I believe we can learn from each other.
  • Play Skywrath Mage minimap icon.png r Invoker, do not pretend you have forgotten me, eh?
  • Play Undying minimap icon.png r Carl? Is that you?
  • Play Undying minimap icon.png u Carl? Is that you?

Enemies meeting Invoker

  • Play Play Monkey King minimap icon.png r You can't talk your way out of this one, Invoker.

Enemies killing Invoker

  • Play Arc Warden minimap icon.png You meddle with powers you cannot comprehend.
  • Play Arc Warden minimap icon.png For all your claims, you are still a fool.
  • Play Axe minimap icon.png Too much talking, not enough fighting.
  • Play Axe minimap icon.png Big words cannot keep you safe from Axe.
  • Play Bloodseeker minimap icon.png Invoker's blood has a sour taste indeed.
  • Play Bloodseeker minimap icon.png Drink from Invoker and the Flayed Ones pucker.
  • Play Bristleback minimap icon.png Handsome and smart? Yeah, Invoker, you had to die, mate.
  • Play Gyrocopter minimap icon.png A hundred times my age and you're still a fool!
  • Play Play Legion Commander minimap icon.png Never trust a wizard.
  • Play Play Lone Druid minimap icon.png Invoker, you are naught but an ignorant child.
  • Play Play Lone Druid minimap icon.png All your long years have not granted you wisdom.
  • Play Play Lone Druid minimap icon.png Eternity will be better off without the Invoker.
  • Play Luna minimap icon.png All your brilliance comes to nothing.
  • Play Mirana minimap icon.png Carl, meet Sagan.
  • Play Play Monkey King minimap icon.png r Oh, stop talking already!
  • Play Ogre Magi minimap icon.png Invoker! What a dummy.
  • Play Ogre Magi minimap icon.png Ha ha! Outsmarted him!
  • Play Ogre Magi minimap icon.png Invoker! What a dummy.
  • Play Ogre Magi minimap icon.png Invoker! Not so smart now, huh!
  • Play Ogre Magi minimap icon.png We got spells too! And the smarts to use em.
  • Play Phoenix minimap icon.png Chirp!
  • Play Puck minimap icon.png I remember that one from some time long past.
  • Play Rubick minimap icon.png Poor show, Arsenal Magus.
  • Play Rubick minimap icon.png Even the Arsenal Magus falls before my magic.
  • Play Rubick minimap icon.png Invoker, your ego is as big as the crater I leave you in.
  • Play Shadow Demon minimap icon.png I'll never come to your call.
  • Play Silencer minimap icon.png Time for a little brain drain.
  • Play Skywrath Mage minimap icon.png I think you will remember me now, eh?
  • Play Templar Assassin minimap icon.png I believe, Invoker, you must have come too close to the mysteries.
  • Play Timbersaw minimap icon.png So much for your delusions of grandeur.
  • Play Tinker minimap icon.png Should have taken up science, Invoker, magic's long term prospects are dim!
  • Play Visage minimap icon.png Invoker. Long has the Underscape desired to meet you.
  • Play Zeus minimap icon.png Who let that pompous ass in here?
  • Play Zeus minimap icon.png His head was so big I'm surprised it fit through the gates of death.
  • Play Zeus minimap icon.png If there's anything I can't abide, it's an egomaniac.
  • Play Zeus minimap icon.png Invoker, let me tell you a little story about my friend Narcissus.

Others

  • Play Play Legion Commander minimap icon.png Swords and sorcery!
  • Play Oracle minimap icon.png r You shall be cured of ignorance in the name of Quas, Wex, and Exort.
  • Play Oracle minimap icon.png r Oh ignorant one, er, that's what I hear he calls you.

References[edit]

  1. Gyrocopter response: Play A hundred times my age and you're still a fool!
  2. Bloodseeker response: Play Invoker's blood has a sour taste indeed.
  3. Puck response: Play I remember that one from some time long past.
  4. Undying response: Play Carl? Is that you?
  5. Mirana response: Play Carl, meet Sagan.
  6. Rubick response: Play Invoker now, eh? No longer the Arsenal Magus?
  7. Pangolier response: Play Your art is a thing of beauty, Invoker. Your personality, however...