Patricia L. Colbahalt (a.k.a. The Mad Witch)
There’s no more polarizing or terrifying figure in sorcery’s long history than Patricia Colbahalt, known as The Mad Witch to the world ever since she killed over 2,000 people in Paris, France 150 years ago. Before the horrific massacre, however, she was known to the sorcerer’s community as a brilliant scientist, inventor and artist. Her work revolutionized sorcery, and many of her schematics and designs predicted future technology, like the first soul engine, though its use wouldn’t be found until many years later when the artificial soul was created. She was at the forefront of researching an alternative energy source for devices and artifacts running on mortal souls, and even worked her way up to being France’s High Sorcerer for a time.
That all changed, however, when she created her last invention, The Hand of Madness. It warped her mind and gave her incredible magic power, which she used in a rampage that killed many people, sorcerers, soldiers and citizens alike before being finally struck down days since her massacre started. Since then, the Sorcerer’s Society has done all it can to strike her name from history, disavow her creations, destroy her research and attribute her successes to her assistants.
It’s thanks to her final acts that sorcerers all around the world are distrusted and feared even today, and numerous safeguards have been put in place to stop anything like that from happening ever again. But her innovations can still be felt in modern society, though knowledge of her existence beyond the savage killer is slowly fading from the world’s collective memory.