Nari is one of the ten Sorien mages, and my current favorite. He is loveable, laughable, thoroughly incompetent at anything involving hitting things, and his teacher's favorite. He is everyone's 'second-best friend.' He tends to drive people to exasperation with his constant needling, but all he has to do is smile to get back on everyone's good lists. His magic combines light and sound in very realistic illusions that affect mind and body as well as the real thing. Combined with his total lack of expertise with any kind of weapon, his place is behind the lines, sending his creations onto the field with the innocent exhuberance of a small child.