Knowing his Outer Ring was threatened, Brand became desperate for a way to keep from losing it to another wizard. He sought support from his friend Mindrel and told her he planned to learn dark magic. Mindrel tried to talk him out of it by explaining the dangers. However, Brand did not heed her warning.
Brand returned home where he met his challenger. He used dark magic that destroyed both him and his plane, and his familiar died curled up by the fireplace. It is unlikely Brand's opponent was defeated.
- Kathy Ice, Beverly Marshall Saling, and Rick Saling Marshall (1994). "The Dark." The Duelist. Issue 2. Page 10.