Augustian was the pen name of a Sixth Age-era novelist who, much like the revered Herbet Patric Galactis, was also an accomplished historian, and wrote novels in what he attempted to make a historically-accurate setting.
Unlike Galactis, Augustian did not always obtain reliable sources for his information and was willing to discard accuracy to produce a better story.
Writing primarly Mage Wars-era literature during the Kamian Succession Wars, Augustian was hugely popular across much of the known worlds. His work was particularly popular among refugees, who could identify well with the plights of the characters.
Augustian won many awards for his writing and was even decorated by various governments, including the Gudersnipe Foundation.
Augustian's literary career made him fabulously wealthy. He was a very avid collector of art and ancient books, and constructed several sprawling estates for himself. He never married, but courted a long string of attractive, mostly younger women.
Though he lived extremely well on his money, he actually gave a considerable portion of it away, mostly in the form of books donated to war refugees. It is estimated that as much as 70% of his annual earnings went directly to help refugees of the Succession Wars.
At his death, his remaining assets were liquidated and the rights to all of his work sold. The money was divided equally and used to build 100 public libraries, in new settlments created for war refugees. His own personal literary collection, numbering several million volumes, was also divided up equally among these libraries. His libraries were taken on by the Gudersnipe Foundation, which promised to always keep them open as a fitting memorial to the Sixth Age's greatest author.
After the Long Night
In N.D. 8, the Foundation began to re-release Augustian's books to the general population as part of a campaign to promote literacy and teach the current generation about the past. Though Augustian's books were never considered particularly historically accurate, they were always very engaging and able to appeal to a wide demographic.