Among those that have learned to master the Spiritual Arts, it is Wizards who have the greatest respect for the immense power at their disposal. Viewed as a sacred and honorable charge bestowed upon them for the service of all creation, they know the effects of even the slightest misuse of power can echo across creation. Ever in search of truth, Wizards are scholarly, making them highly prized advisers and seers in royal courts and other governmental bodies.
Their commitment to service and studied caution regarding magic perhaps hold them back compared to the unbridled thirst for power of their Mage counterparts. Wizards believe that Honor is its own reward, and in many ways this makes them superior to a simple, though powerful, spell caster. Versatile allies, Wizards are equally adept at both offensive and support roles. They are unafraid to wade into the thick of battle, many even known for wielding powerful enchanted swords in close combat.
Wizards do not shy away from leadership, but rather wear it as a mantle, for they accept that their authority is woven into all of Creation. However, there is a darker side to that authority when a Wizard grows so powerful or so diluted that they believe it sets them above the very Creation they are meant to serve. Though it is rare, a Wizard straying from the path can have dire consequences for entire continents—or worlds.
Default Stats: During Character Creation you may choose to use the default stat line shown below, before racial modifiers. This can be instead of rolling for stats, or if after rolling ten sets of stats you don’t like the results.
During Character Creation you may choose to use the Default Stat Line, before racial modifiers, instead of rolling for stats, or if after rolling ten sets of stats you don’t like the results
Natural Armor Proficiency: Cloth
Trainable Armor Proficiency: None
Natural Weapon Proficiency: Knives, Swords, Staves, Wands
Trainable Weapon Proficiency: Whips
See Equipment section for details. When using a weapon that your class is not proficient with, see Combat Penalties. There is no level or title prerequisite to train in a new proficiency, however you must receive the appropriate Training.
Dedicated School of Magic
While every Wizard possesses an innate gifting or connection with the Spirit of Creation, their skills are refined and developed though intensive training and formalized schooling. As such all Wizards begin with a foundation in the basics of Common Arcane magic, learning and wielding this School of Magic exclusively for the duration of Tier 1 powers.
Upon advancing to Tier 2 and beyond, Wizards must swear a solemn oath to serve a particular School of Magic for the remainder of their lifetime. To deviate from their path, is to become the reviled and dishonored Oathbroken. Though this system can be seen as restrictive, it also has its benefits. Unlike other practitioners of the spiritual arts, Wizards are permitted to retain all Tier 1 Common powers throughout their career, regardless of which School they belong to, while simultaneously being granted access to Tier 1 powers of their chosen School as well.
The academic approach to learning new powers is utilized by Mages, Battlemages, and Wizards. In order to use the Academic method the Wizard must have access to the appropriate Tier and School of the power, through their College of Wizardry or choose the path of an outlaw (Hedge Wizard or Oathbroken). Either way, the Wizard must then proceed though the following procedure:
- First the caster must find, purchase, or be given a scroll or text for that selected power. Scrolls are often awarded to students of the spiritual arts by their masters, in exchange for the completion of tasks or errands. Colleges also retain extensive libraries of source material that can be utilized, with permission of course.
- Then the caster must attempt to cast the power by consuming the scroll AND expending the Spirit cost.
- Next the caster must pass an Intellect test at -1 Disadvantage per Tier of the power they are attempting to learn.
- If failing: The scroll is destroyed and any damage and/or negative effects are inflicted on the caster or on a nearby (unintended) target.
- If succeeding: The power works as intended and is now available in the memory of the caster, and can now be used at will while it remains in the caster’s memory.
Alternately, if the power is taught by a Wizard of the appropriate Title/rank (aka Spirit Teacher), no scroll is required and any failure is contained by the teacher.
Personal Spell Book
Personal Spell Books are used by Mages, Battlemages, and Wizards. While they may vary greatly in size and complexity, they remain the personal property of the Spirit user and typically cannot be read by anyone other than their owner, sometimes even driving an unauthorized reader mad. These casters use their Spirit Books as a means of simplifying the process of re-learning and over-writing powers currently in their memory. So long as a power is recorded in the caster’s Spirit Book, the Tier 0 power ‘Memorize Power’ can be used to successfully return a power to memory from the Spell Book without having to go through the process of learning the power (as outlined in the previous section). All rolls and requirements are waived. See the description of ‘Memorize Power’ in the Spirit Powers section for details on the frequency at which it can be cast.
Essentially this allows Mages, Battlemages, and Wizards to learn as many powers as they desire for the task at hand while using a Spell Book to store excess powers without having to re-learn them. Spell Books can store as many powers as there are pages available, where the number of pages required for a given power is equal to the tier of the power. To transcribe a power to a Spell Book the caster must have at least Rank1 Scholar (secondary skill). Transcribing takes a half rest and takes one known power from memory and permanently records it in the Spirit Book. Under no circumstances can Spell Books be used to directly cast powers. With the exception of Tier 0 powers, only powers stored in memory may be cast.
Incantation: Dragon Tongue
In order to actually cast any of their powers, a Mage, Battlemage, or Wizard must speak out a memorized incantation while picturing the substance and form of the spell in their mind. This must be paired with a casting gesture of some kind to set the spell into motion (see Methods of Casting).
For Wizards, this incantation must be spoken in one of the primordial languages of creation. This most often takes the form of the Dragon Tongue, for Dragons are believed to be one of the first to every wield with spiritual force of magic. The Draconic languages, each with its own dialect linked to its Realm of Origin, carry immense power and bound to the very fabric of Creation.
Such is the power of the Dragon Tongue, that mere mortals cannot use their bodies to directly set their spells into motion and must physically channel their spell-work through an inanimate object instead. Typically Wizards will use a staff, sword, wand, or knife to preform the required gestures, however any lifeless object in hand will do in a pinch.
Wizards view their spiritual gifts as a great honor bestowed upon them by creation itself, or in some cases, powers so ancient they existed before creation. This provides them with an assortment of Honor skills in the form of Oaths, Virtues, and Codes.
No training is required for Oaths and Virtues, as these are a function of the Wizards personal sense of honor. However Code training is typically facilitated by the College of Wizardry to which the Wizard belongs, where an instructor will act as a Mentor and trainer for on of the following Wizard’s Code:
- Spiritual Truths (Default First Code)
- Leader of Men
- A Power Greater
- Ancient Powers (in development)
- Corruptor of Man (in development)
Wizards classes cannot learn a previously unknown Code or Code Skill (i.e. putting the first code point into Threads of Creation) unless they are taught/instructed by a Mentor (aka Code Trainer) that knows the corresponding skill. If assigning additional code points to an already known code skill, then no trainer is required and the point can be assigned immediately (i.e. increasing the number of code points in Threads of Creation from 1 to 2). This represents an Wizard honing their skills rather than actually learning a new skill.
Wizards use the following chart for levelling up:
- New Honor Codes and new Code Abilities require training unless they are upgrades (i.e.increasing the number of code points in Honor Strike from 1 to 2), see Learning New Honor Codes and Code Abilities for details
- Add bonus spirit gain from intellect bonuses if applicable
- Max Spirit Powers Known does not include Tier 0 powers
- Leveling up only increases the capacity for known Spirit Powers, to actually learn new powers see Learning New Spirit Powers for details
Specializations are recommended for advanced players only, and are accomplished through the Secondary Skill system (see Specialist Skills). Wizards may choose to specialize their skills in up to one weapon use, one combat style and /or one spirit study, but can not have more than two specializations in total.
- Max one Weapon Specialist skill (choose from: Knives, Swords, Staves, Wands, Whips)
- Max one Combat Specialist skill (choose from: Sword and Board, Freehand, Great Weapon, Paired Weapon, Freestyle, Warder, Mounted)
- Max one Spirit Specialist skill (choose from: Devastation, Destruction, Conjuration, Alteration, Fortification)
College of Wizardry
Similar to Mages, Wizards also maintain centers of study called Colleges; however a College of Wizardry does not offer only a single school of spiritual powers. Housed within the same college Wizards of any school live and interact together. However even the enigmatic wizards must maintain the laws and orders of the spiritual powers, lest they incur the wrath of the Mage Wardens. As such the colleges are internally divided between the particular schools of spiritual powers, referred to by the Wizards as Orders (i.e. Order of the Red Wizard, The Sapphire Order, etc…) In this way the Wizard Title System is a hybrid between Colleges and Orders.
In the early stages young apprentice wizards study together in what is commonly referred to as the Outer Ring. There they learn rudimentary common magic, but more importantly they are instructed in the most basic codes of Spiritual Truths. As they progress in their abilities they then select an Order of their choice from those provided at their particular college, referred to as the Inner Ring. Entrance into an order is a very serious matter and is a permanent decision. While students of Wizardry learn and grow in the spiritual arts they are also taught the value of honor, and are encouraged to find ways to serve the world beyond the walls of the College.
At their core, Wizards see themselves as servants of Creation. It is therefore their duty to guide and instruct people of influence, helping them to wisely rule and maintain the balance of all Creation. As such their ranks and titles often reflex this.
The titles award by a College of Wizardry are as follows:
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For those Wizards that willingly choose to exist outside of a College of Wizardry (and associated Order) or are otherwise prevented by circumstance or misconduct, the only alternative is to take on the title of Hedge Wizard. Though they are shunned, outcast and disrespected by other honor classes, they are not without Honor, nor should it be assumed that the Hedge Wizard has shirked their duties as a servant of Creation.
Having never sworn an Oath to a College of Wizardry or pledged themselves to the service of Creation through their Order, a Hedge Wizard is forced to live apart from academic society, living and studying “among the hedges” rather than in a College. In many cases this is simply because they came to discover their powers in a remote area where access to a College of Wizardry was not possible.
Hedge Wizards live and fight like any other honor class, following some oath or moral code all their own, or mimicking that of an Order they respect and look up to. While considered an Outlaw title, a Hedge Wizard would never compromise the Laws of Magic and learn powers from multiple schools. Given the opportunity, many Hedge Wizards will pledge themselves to an Order later in life. The Colleges of Wizardry are typically more than happy to accept a Hedge Wizard into the fold, rather than risk having them break the laws of magic and incur the wrath of the Mage Wardens upon one of their own.
A Oathbroken Wizard is essentially a renegade spirit user. To a Wizard, following the laws of magic is an essential part of their most sacred oaths of service to Creation. Therefore any Wizard that belongs to an Order within a College of Wizardry would clearly be considered to have broken their oath if they dabbled in powers outside the sphere of their particular order. However even among Hedge Wizards, to break the laws of magic would make them Oathbroken, no matter how legitimate or even honorable their reasons for doing so might be.
Oathbroken Wizards are a disgrace among their own kind and will be relentlessly pursued by the Mage Wardens. Even among other Honorable Orders who are not gifted with magic, Oathbroken Wizards are universally reviled and despised, treated with even greater contempt than a Hedge Wizard, for they willingly gave up that which they once claimed to hold above all.
Most commonly, Oathbroken Wizards have simply chosen to ignore their responsibilities as a servant of Creation, either seduced by their own power or corrupted by some outside source. In rare cases, a Wizard may decide that the best manner for them to serve the balance of Creation would be to embrace all its powers. While perhaps acting with honor, this still results in a Wizard being deemed Oathbroken. To some, unrestricted access to any school of spirit powers may seem worth the disgrace. But being Oathbroken has its cost, for having demonstrated that their oath means little to them, any Oathbroken Honor class CANNOT use Oaths in combat.
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Avner the Stormborn
High Elven Hedgewizard, Alchemist and Councillor to Heroes Guild and Eleutheria, Hero of the War for the Tindermoot
“…the square was suddenly lit up by a series of brilliant flashes, violet arcane energy erupted and pure white lightning crackled through the air, accompanied by the roar of thunder. A moment later the sky suddenly opened up and torrents of arcane energy began to pour down upon the battlefield as elemental winds raged. At the center of it all was two figures; a tiny Gnomish mage, riding above a sea of churning darkness upon her magic carpet, and a white wizard, seated upon a majestic hippogriff whose wings kept them suspended over the chaos below. The powerful magic of Pippy and Avner spelled certain death for any it touched, and the dark tide of Void creatures seemed to fall back for a brief moment in the face of their combined might.”
-excerpt from The Maw of the Void