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The Aspiring Mage is a character who can be found anywhere in Skyrim. He is usually surrounded by dead wolves and will be trying unsuccessfully to bring one of them back to life. He can also be found dead next to a Vigilant of Stendarr or a Bandit.
When a dialog is started, the Aspiring Mage will say that he is "focusing his magic." While not equipped, it's obvious that the Aspiring Mage has "quite a staff." The staff can be acquired through persuasion, intimidation, or bribery, in which case he will hand it over commenting that the staff's magic has been used up and that it's now just a dumb stick of wood, anyway. It's possible to pickpocket the staff from him if the misdirection perk has been acquired. It's also possible to recover the staff from his corpse.
The staff that can be obtained may be a Staff of Reanimation, a Staff of Zombies, or Staff of Dread Zombies (depending on the recipient's skill level at the time), any of which will still have a full charge.
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (First appearance)