Berknip was a necromancer born in 662 GUE he led a life designed to confound all attempts at explanation through the seventh, eighth, ninth, and tenth centuries who .

His life paused temporarily in 750 GUE survived by seven children and 39 grandchildren, but he has since out-relived them all, only to be resumed again in 841 GUE.

Berknip is an odd man, inexplicably afraid of swords and powdered milk. His greatest skill is assisting historical biographers, and his hobbies include making and collecting antiques. Being a vegetarian, he is noted for his adaptation of the NITFOL spell for raw oysters and crispy whole fish. His Double Fanucci handicap is unmeasurable, due to his odd life, and his favorite saying is "No one weeps for a necromancer."