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Magyre was a scholar, roughly one generation before the events in Ships of Merior. He discovered black powder (a mixture of saltpeter, potash, and brimstone) by accident. Although he only used this knowledge to amuse his grandchildren with displays of fire, his work was in violation of the Compact. The Fellowship presented their case to him and he stopped his research, but secretly kept several copies of his work.

Although he, himself, does not appear in the story, he is described by Asandir as a frail old scholar whose conscience balked at swatting flies.

Role in the Story

Spoiler warning: Contains plot elements from Ships of Merior.

Third Age 5645: The s'Brydion family at Alestron create a culverin based on a copy of Magyre's work discovered five years earlier.