Bertrand is an untested master of many magics. His knowledge and prowess are easily above his ‘pay-grade’ yet he stays at this level to ensure the recently awakened are properly disciplined and trained. He’s sort of like a grizzled sergeant keeping a sharp eye on new recruits.
At least one Mage (James) is suspicious of Paine’s recent activities and studies. He might be digging himself into a deep shit-hole of forbidden lore, and corrupting influences.
He was found recently in a field. The sundered smoke entity portion imposing his geas was destroyed, but soon afterwards he succumbed to dehydration, starvation, exposure, sleep deprivation, and exhaustion and went comatose.