He signed up because he needed the money. They recruited him because they needed a wizard after what had happened to the last one.
It was their job to keep humans out of The Enchanted Forest. Every day, the big folk pressed a little further into the woods. Their machines did a bit more damage. They all knew it was time to get out. They also knew that there was nowhere left to run.
But he was a wizard, and doing the impossible was his business. He got them through the portal and never told them what it cost him.

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