Perans is indeed within his own world- although he exists in the world of the players, his magical potential has allowed himself to birth an entire small unvierse within his own head. The two men who had kidnapped Perans accidentally transported their own minds into Perans' world when they attempted to cast diagnostic spells upon him. Perans quickly obliterated the two men, seeing them as intruders into his world.
Perans has moved into an area of seclusion so that he may finish his universe in peace. He will ask the players to leave him in peace so that he may continue his work.
Should the University or the Necromancers try to stop him, Perans will drag them, and the players into his world so that he can stop their agressions.
(At which point the players have to decide on helping or hindering Perans.)
Honestly, just the characterization of Tymas allows this some life. Although the actual plot is a great way of getting players to hate a location, Tymas could very well develope into an NPC, fighting for the player's help in ending the pressgang-like activies of the guard.