"A live body and a dead body contain the same number of particles. Structurally, there's no discernible difference."
The Age of Men'heva
Arcane Energy Fountain
In the Age of Men’heva, Gelbin Mekkatorque was a gnomish inventor conscripted into the service of Men’heva. He was tasked with creating a device to facilitate “the Awakening,” but something went terribly wrong.
His failure irradiated his city, killing almost all of his people. It also profoundly changed him into a living mana fountain - a source of near limitless arcane energy.
The Grand Alliance stopped calling him Mekkatorque to give him a more imposing name. He was thereafter known as Dr. Gnomergan.