: im guessing he had glimpsed into the total codex to learn
: where the summoner would be born back in TFL but was
: unable to use it because of balors hate for the
: myrimidons. Thats why he wasnt able to just find him
: he had to singlehandedly butcher the entire citry of (I
: think) Strand... that took quite a while
Balor's hate for the myrmidons? Huh? You mean Myrkridia right?
Also he probably used his army to butcher Strand too.
: of course he still could have used the time in the east
: to become a better magician too while he was at it
: ... the giant deceiver trapping stone golem and the
: shatter-the-cloud-spine spell are quite impressive...
Yes. But they are the only magics we see him use. He obviously has no formal and broad ranging training in the way Alric does for example.
: expecially since I always beleived that the deceiver was
: one of the most powerful mages (the flavor says that
: he beat the 2nd or 3rd most powerfull mage in living
: history... so wouldnt that make him the 1st or 2nd
: most powerfull mage in history?)
: - General Pepper
I would call the Deciever the second most powerful after Mazzarin, and equal to the Watcher one on one.
Equal, maybe stronger sometimes, weaker others.
But the Deciever and the men in his group were "caught off guard", in " because they get out too easy relatively speaking.