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.
Typical Roles: Support/Utility, Melee Damage, Ranged Damage
Damage Types: Physical, Spirit (Arcane, Elemental, Natural)
Class Mechanic: Honor and Spirit
Available Races: High Elf, Human
Initial Gold: varies by race from 262.5 to 280.0
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
Class Passives & Secondary 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)
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 standard College based title ups for Wizards are as follows:
|Title||Level||Qualifications||Rewards & Consequences|
|Apprentice||1||find a Magus/Magi or higher to sponsor you accept the first Code of the Wizard: Spiritual Truths join the outer ring of a College of Wizardry||Tier 1 Powers Gain 1st Code +1 hit w/ Spirit Powers Spirit Echo (passive) Access to the outer ring of a College of Wizardry|
|Honored Apprentice||3||find a Magus/Magi or higher to sponsor you join a particular Order within your College of Wizardry||Tier 2 Powers +1 hit w/ Spirit Powers Access to the inner ring of a College of Wizardry|
|Savant||6||find a Grand Magus/Magi or higher to sponsor you and serve them as a ward alternately could be a ward for other such persons of influence(i.e. noble house, royalty, etc…)||Tier 3 Powers +2 hit w/ Spirit powers +1 Academic Secondary Skill Point|
|Magus/Magi||9||find an Istari or higher to sponsor you pass a wizard test||Tier 4 Powers Gain 2nd Code +3 hit w/ Spirit powers Volatile Magic (passive) may have a personal apprentice, often serve a person or household of influence outside of a College of Wizardry|
|Grand Magus/Magi||13||find an Istari or higher to sponsor you pass a wizard test must have served a person or household of influence||Tier 5 Powers +3 hit w/ Spirit powers may have a personal apprentice and/or a Savant as a ward may teach at a College of Wizardry often also serve a person or household of great influence outside of a College of Wizardry|
|Istari||16||appointed by a council of Istari or the Wizard Lord must pass a wizard test must have spent time teaching at a College of Wizardry||Tier 6 Powers Gain 3rd Code +3 hit w/ Spirit powers may have a personal apprentice and/or a Savant as a ward must oversee a College of Wizardry|
|Wizard Lord||18||must be given the title by an existing Wizard Lord of your order, resulting in their death only one per order (type/school) of spirit powers)||Tier 7 Powers +2 hit w/ Spirit powers head of an Order of Wizards may have a personal apprentice and/or a Savant as a ward may appoint Istari may oversee several Colleges of wizardry|
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.
|Outlaw Title||Qualifications||Rewards & Consequences|
|Hedge Wizard||Having never sworn an Oath to a College of Wizardry or pledged themselves to the service of creation through their Order upholding the Oaths, Virtues, and Codes that would be typical for their class such as following a single School of Spirit Powers||Gain Tiers and Codes at the minimum level requirement for non-outlawed titles (these may be temporarily revoked upon joining an order)|
|Oathbroken||Intentionally leaving the authority of the Colleges of Wizardry breaking of the Oaths that bind you to them (or vice versa) most often by using powers forbidden by your Order powers and/or learning powers from multiple schools of spirit powers||Gain Tiers and Codes at the minimum level requirement for non-outlawed titles with the exception of command/authority rewards, retain any other title rewards gained prior to becoming Oathbroken may learn powers from any School of Spirit Powers may no longer use Honor Oaths will be relentlessly hunted by the Mage Wardens|