Continued use of the Ring greatly weakened Solomon, as the power of the Ring fed on its user. In his early days, he regularly used it, but later mainly made use of illusions to hide the fact that his youthful physical appearance was no more and that he had to remove the Ring in order to sleep at night. He left much of his day-to-day business to his Council of Seventeen.
Bartimaeus of Uruk was once employed to both Ezekiel of this Council and Khaba and through a series of events, came into a conflict of sorts with Solomon. In later years, Bartimaeus would frequently boast of having "spoken with Solomon," though those in the know did not think much of this achievement, given the incredible power of the Ring to summon so many spirits.
Character Arc Edit
He wasn't a talented magician and was more into collecting old objects from the earlier civilizations. In his adventures, he stumbled upon the ring. He discovered its power and quickly became the most powerful man in the world.
He kept the seventeen powerful magicians around him to watch them and use them to do his bidding for he is strained by the ring.
He realized that he had unknowingly allowed the 17 magicians to use his name in their schemes.
He said he would better the relationship between Jerusalem and neighboring countries.