After Ishtier, their only priest, fled, Anar took over the priestly duties even though he was not properly trained, and that duty slowly destroyed his mind. As he felt his mind going, he started keeping a journal and writing things down.
He was also the tutor of Ganth's two children, Jame and Torisen, to whom he was very kind. He was the one who urged Torisen to flee the keep when he was 15, even taking responsibility for the leaving on his own honor.
↑God Stalk, Book I: Tatters of Dusk, "Chapter 1: Out of the Haunted Lands" — "There it lay, Tai-tastigon the Great, just as the Scrollsman Anar, her old tutor, had once described it."
↑ 2.02.1God Stalk, Book I: Tatters of Dusk, "Chapter 3: Into the Labyrinth" — "It had taken a continual effort to protect the keep from the deadly influence of the Haunted Lands. Before Jame's time, this had been the responsibility of the scrollsman's older brother, a priest of great power and knowledge; but one night this man had fled with a female companion, leaving his inexperienced kinsman to assume the terrible burden alone. By the time Anar had become the twins' tutor, his mind had already begun to crumble under the strain."
↑ 3.03.1Dark of the Moon, "Chapter 10: The Lurking Past"
↑Blood and Ivory: A Tapestry, "Among the Dead" — "Anar clawed his way out of the past like someone scrambling up a rubble-strewn slope. Here were bits of his childhood at the scrollsmen's college, where he had been happy."
↑Dark of the Moon, "Chapter 6: The High Council" — "Torisen picked up the journal and leafed through it. Names, dates, events… Anar, his old tutor, had kept a book like this when he had felt his mind beginning to go."
↑God Stalk, Book I: Tatters of Dusk, "Chapter 1: Out of the Haunted Lands" — "No one at the keep had been kinder to her,"