Joss was a wizard of the Wizards' Tower. He had a wife, Megan, and a daughter, Primrose. He was remarkably lazy, choosing to read books or use magic to do basic chores, which infuriated Megan. He had an apprentice, Sloop.
When the family moved to the Piscatoris region, there was a strange blue-skinned woman watching them. Joss would occasionally use air magic in order to scare her away. As a gift to his daughter, he gave her the ability to summon characters from books that she read, but only she could see them. When he was accused of plagiarising his magical work, a crime which potentially carried the death penalty, he fled, leaving his wife and daughter behind.