Thanks, and I definitely think I'll take you up on your offer sometime soon!
I'm still working on fleshing him out, though I've got a pretty good idea of how I'd like to deal with the magic stuff. I've always been a fan of worlds in which magic is a somewhat more limited and dangerous(perhaps even more so for the user than those around him) power, something unpredictable and difficult to control. I unfortunately haven't been able to find a whole lot in regards to the way aether works in FFXIV, but I've at least got a general idea and am surely taking some liberties. If there's any good, solid source in regards to magic that I've managed to miss I would be ever so thankful to anyone who would be kind enough to show me
I'm thinking Alir will be somewhere in the middle in terms of strength/ability as a thaumaturge starting out, and one plotline I'm currently set on doing at some point is him experimenting with and going down the road towards black magic. So his use of it will be... Well, he definitely isn't going to overuse it. Perhaps he'll even have a somewhat limited pool of aether to use, that might be interesting. It'll be used when its needed, though from an IC perspective hes one for experimenting and pushing his current boundaries, which makes him a bit more liable to accidentally make things go boom.
I'm really looking forward to trying out something new with all this, I've spent so many years roleplaying and never really got into the magic side of it all. Thought it was finally time for me to try something new. Having fun brainstorming right now, got a super skeleton of a wiki put up for him, a place to put down ideas as much as anything concrete right now though.