Brilliant magician. Well, more or less.
Growing up in Fallcrest isn’t easy for a human, being predominantly human, run by humans and… well.
Growing up in Fallcrest isn’t easy for a mage, what with there being a mage’s tower and a relatively cheap school for magicians and… oh, uh.
Growing up in Fallcrest isn’t easy for a nerd. When your head is buried in books every day and night for most of your developing years the rest of the world can look rather dull. It doesn’t matter that there are adventurers about, magic is cheap and plentiful and there are giant fire-breathing lizards in existence, because they aren’t the adventurers, magic, and giant lizards that are in the books.
It was these ambitions to become a larger than life character that drove Bowie to become a mage. And later when the famous mage Simon Magus moved into town, well, it was just like in the books.