Sorcerous Stabber Orphen: The Wayward Journey (魔術士オーフェンはぐれ旅, Majutsushi Orphen Haguretabi) is a series of light novels written by Yoshinobu Akita and illustrated by Yuuya Kusaka. The Orphen series began with these light novels that were published between May 1994 and September 2003. It serves as the basis for the original manga and anime series that followed.
Orphen is a Sorcerer drop-out from the prestigious Tower of Fangs. His journey to save Azalie, a girl he looked up to like a sister, has brought him to the bustling city of Totokanta. Here they are reunited for the first time in five years. But what is the truth behind her monstrous transformation, and just what secrets lurk behind the Sword of Baldanders...?
The Orphen series began when author Yoshinobu Akita and illustrator Yuuya Kusaka created the Wayward Journey series of Light Novels. It consists of at least 6 novels, all with multiple parts that were released between 1994–2003. They were first published by Fujimi Shobo and are published in English by J-Novel Club.
Two years after the beginning of the main novel series, Yoshinobu Akita created a spin-off series called Sorcerous Stabber Orphen: Reckless Time (無謀編, Majutsushi Orphen Mubouhen)," which is a collection of side-stories that depicted more light-hearted and comedic adventures that took place during Orphen's journey. The novel series spanned 13 volumes between 1996–2003, which were published the same way as the first series.