The Aspiring Mage is a Nord warrior who is randomly encountered in the wilderness. He can be seen attempting to reanimate the corpse of a woodland creature. He had wanted to follow in his grandfather's footsteps and become a mage, but his application to join the College of Winterhold was denied. It turns out he is only able to cast magic because of his grandfather's leveled staff of reanimation. You may persuade him to give you the staff, intimidate him, or just pay for it.
The Aspiring Mage wears a set of farm clothes and a pair of boots. Apart from his staff, he also carries a leveled soul gem.