The Grim Mantle
The Twisting Master of Magic
The Serpent is said to lurk in the mysterious realms of Magic, all Mages have felt his call at some point, beckoning them towards some unknowable power just outside of the reach of sanity.
Mages treat the Serpent with both Fear and Reverence in equal parts, because whilst the Serpent grants them the power to cast their spells, it continually tempts them to take more and more from that magical well, and those that drink too deeply start to see the Serpent in their dreams.
Those that throw caution to the wind, are never seen again.