Vulcanus of Flambeau comes from the renegade Verditian school of Valdarius. His master, Ívarr, searched for years to find a suitable apprentice to instruct in the mysteries of the line, and found the boy Anselm near Rothenburg.
His apprenticeship was quiet; Ívarr was a patient and kind master. While the parens was a renowned archer whose magic focused primarily on Herbam and Ignem, the student took to melee weapons and the study of Terram. Ívarr was primarily a woodcrafter, though he did have some skill at blacksmithing; when the boy's skill surpassed his master's, Anselm was sent to Spain to study with Andres Flambeau, the only other Valdarian in the Order. (~1207)
Anselm's gauntlet was the traditional Valdarian trial: abandoned in the wilderness, the boy had to create the item that would become his talisman, using only what tools he could forage and craft himself with what materials were available, or approximate with magic. The old Norse miles was not unkind, though; while he left Anselm on a frozen mountaintop, the mountain itself was rich with rare mineral deposits. The boy fashioned a forge out of iron summoned from the earth, pulled in enough firewood to last a year, and worked tirelessly for months until his suit of armor was perfected. He took the name Vulcanus— a name which never fails to infuriate Verditius magi for its conceit. (1216)
Vulcanus stayed at Fengheld even after becoming a full magus, as the Valdarian lineage is tightly-knit. He continued to learn from his master, accompanying him on Crusade (1221), and collaborating with each other on projects. They remained close until Ívarr's death in 1227— the old magus perished in a Wizard's War against his lifelong rival, Gudrun Verditius. Vulcanus swore to avenge his master, but Gudrun ignored all his demands for a duel. Two years later, when Vulcanus bound the magical warhorse Egon as his familiar (1229), Gudrun's filius Caduceus took great personal affront, and a battle of petty insults and personal slights began.
He maintains communication with Andres, and has occasionally adventured with the elder magus, whose skill in blacksmithing is unparalleled, but his skill with the blade has deteriorated with the magus' age. After guarding Andres on a jaunt through the Magic Realm (1220), the old Flambeau rewarded his young friend with a magical chess set. The red pieces move of their own volition in response to moves made a magus; occasionally, one of the black pieces becomes a pawn of Terram vis. Vulcanus does not know if the act of playing the chess games physically transforms the granite pieces into vis, or if the red pieces are moved by some invisible supernatural entity who rewards him by swapping out mundane pieces with vis. He has performed some experiments to try and find out, but thusfar all his attempts have been unsuccessful. If Andres knows the secret of the chessboard, he isn't telling— the old magus only smiles enigmatically whenever Vulcanus asks.
Upon receiving a request for aid from Carmen of Flambeau, Vulcanus has made preparations to help rebuild the covenant of Andorra. He looks forward to living closer to Andres, and desires to discover the fate of his Hermetic cousin, Dimir Taar.
Once the warhorse of the Holy Roman Emperor, Kaiser Otto der Große, Egon fled Kaiserpfalz in grief upon sensing his friend's death. The beast was lost for weeks, eventually losing his way in the Schwarzwald. He became trapped in crystal glen near Durenmar, where he was slowly transformed into a magical creature. He was found, starving and severely traumatized, by Artificer Gudrun Verditius. She brought Egon up to the covenant, where he was bathed and fed. Gudrun thought the warhorse would make a suitable familiar for her filius, Caduceus, but the beast did not take to the young magus, finding him too physically weak. Phillipus Niger then arranged for the noble beast to be introduced to a young Senecan Knight, and Egon found a kindred spirit in Sir Vulcanus.