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The apprentice, @, is a Wizard quest guardian. They are capable of arcane spellcasting.

Apprentices can grow up to become wizards.[1].

Encyclopedia entry

Ebenezum walked before me along the closest thing we could
find to a path in these overgrown woods. Every few paces he
would pause, so that I, burdened with a pack stuffed with
arcane and heavy paraphernalia, could catch up with his
wizardly strides. He, as usual, carried nothing, preferring,
as he often said, to keep his hands free for quick conjuring
and his mind free for the thoughts of a mage.
 [ A Dealing with Demons, by Craig Shaw Gardner ]