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Invoker minimap icon.png Carl, the Invoker
In its earliest, and some would say most potent form, magic was primarily the art of memory. It required no technology, no wands or appurtenances other than the mind of the magician. All the trappings of ritual were merely mnemonic devices, meant to allow the practitioner to recall in rich detail the specific mental formulae that unlocked a spell's power.

The greatest mages in those days were the ones blessed with the greatest memories, and yet so complex were the invocations that all wizards were forced to specialize. The most devoted might hope in a lifetime to have adequate recollection of three spells—four at most. Ordinary wizards were content to know two, and it was not uncommon for a village mage to know only one—with even that requiring him to consult grimoires as an aid against forgetfulness on the rare occasions when he might be called to use it.

But among these early practitioners there was one exception, a genius of vast intellect and prodigious memory who came to be known as the Invoker. In his youth, the precocious wizard mastered not four, not five, not even seven incantations: He could command no fewer than ten spells, and cast them instantly. Many more he learned but found useless, and would practice once then purge from his mind forever, to make room for more practical invocations. One such spell was the Sempiternal Cantrap—a longevity spell of such power that those who cast it in the world's first days are among us still (unless they have been crushed to atoms).

Most of these quasi-immortals live quietly, afraid to admit their secret: But Invoker is not one to keep his gifts hidden. He is ancient, learned beyond all others, and his mind somehow still has space to contain an immense sense of his own well as the Invocations with which he amuses himself through the long slow twilight of the world's dying days.
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Associated with
Heroes:Rubick minimap icon.png Rubick
  • According to Aurel, Invoker is one hundred times his age.[1]
  • According to Strygwyr, Invoker's blood is sour for reasons unknown.[2]
  • Puck has some knowledge of Invoker, claiming to remember him from a distant past.[3]
  • Undying and Mirana refer to Invoker by his true name of power, Carl.[4] [5]
  • According to Rubick, Invoker used to be known as the "Arsenal Magus". [6]
  • Invoker has a caustic personality.[7]


Carl is one of the few who remember the long-forgotten Korumite, and even knows a number of their incantations.[8]

Friendships and rivalries[edit]

Allies meeting Invoker

  • ▶️ Centaur Warrunner minimap icon.png r Invoker, you cast, I'll slash.
  • ▶️ ▶️ Monkey King minimap icon.png r I know a thing or two about egomaniacs: and Invoker, you're one of the worst.
  • ▶️ ▶️ Monkey King minimap icon.png r We get it Invoker, you're smart. Now can we kill these guys?
  • ▶️ Rubick minimap icon.png r Invoker now, eh? No longer the Arsenal Magus?
  • ▶️ Skywrath Mage minimap icon.png r If you will deign to notice me, Invoker, I believe we can learn from each other.
  • ▶️ Skywrath Mage minimap icon.png r Invoker, do not pretend you have forgotten me, eh?
  • ▶️ Undying minimap icon.png r Carl? Is that you?
  • ▶️ Undying minimap icon.png u Carl? Is that you?

Enemies meeting Invoker

Enemies killing Invoker



  1. Gyrocopter response: ▶️ A hundred times my age and you're still a fool!
  2. Bloodseeker response: ▶️ Invoker's blood has a sour taste indeed.
  3. Puck response: ▶️ I remember that one from some time long past.
  4. Undying response: ▶️ Carl? Is that you?
  5. Mirana response: ▶️ Carl, meet Sagan.
  6. Rubick response: ▶️ Invoker now, eh? No longer the Arsenal Magus?
  7. Pangolier response: ▶️ Your art is a thing of beauty, Invoker. Your personality, however...
  8. Void Spirit response: ▶️ I'm impressed that you've not only heard of the Korumite, but you even remember some incantations.