Greetings, in my previous post I discussed Warrior-Magi. This will be part one of a multi-post series, since Magic-Users in the campaign setting are not just arcane casters, but can also be divine casters aligned to either Law or Chaos.
That said your bog standard Magic-User in OD&D are generic arcane spell casters aka Wizards. And in general they are so in my setting but they only represent common Magi.
In this post I will focus on the Magi and in my next post I will discuss Priests the spell casting Adventuring Priest. In the third post in the series I will discuss a variant Magi – the Elementalist.
That will be followed by a post for the Infernalist and a special post on my version of the Druid. Like in the various OD&D supplements I wanted there to be some variation to the standard OD&D Magic-User.
My setting the variant Magic-Users are more specialized and thus have certain abilities and restricted spells. But the common Magi has more spells and lack the special abilities than their specialized kin.
Magi start their careers as apprentices to an established Magi or as part of Order of Magi. They are not the library haunting academics that populate their places of initial learning.
They are adventuring Magi – they are of sterner stuff than their academic kin. They train at arms and study skills need to travel the wilderness.
Though not as effective in combat as their Warrior-Magi counterparts they do hold skill in darts, daggers, spear and staff initially.
They cannot use armor and shields but can learn one additional weapon every four levels with proper training. Like my friend at the Black Dragon Games blog (link here) my Magi are also Sages with a major and minor area of expertise. I am still trying to figure out how this works. I may just adopt the rules from 1e AD&D. Not sure.
Magi can be of any Alignment, though if Lawful and they use Chaotic Spells they have a chance of becoming tainted by chaos and losing access to Lawful Spells.
Chaos Magic is infernal in origin and its use taints a Magi or Infernal Priest. Use it to much not only do you open yourself to greater and greater influence from infernal beings but the magic corrupts not only your soul but body.
By restrictive use of Chaos Magic and balanced use of Lawful Magic and a Magi stay neutral in Alignment.
Magi who stray towards Chaos often are hunted by Witch Hunters and Warrior-Priests.
By Gabriel Moreno
They become Infernalists and lose access to Law Magic and develop a almost addiction to Chaos Magic, having to make Saves vs. Poison when they next level. If the save fails they can only pick a Chaos Spell and they have to take a Save vs. Polymorph or roll on a mutation table.
A quick note about magic in my setting:
ALL spells are tied to Law/Order, Nature/Neutrality or Chaos/the Infernal.
Most Lawful Magic-Users become Adventuring Priests, while Chaos Aligned Magic-Users become either Chaos Cultists or Infernalists.
Magic-Users are fairly diverse in my setting – Be they Adventuring Priests, Druids, Shamans, Warrior-Priests, Warrior-Magi or your bog standard Magi. Each has a defined role in the campaign and as the campaign develops I will likely add more to my house ruled system.
So here ends my introductory post concerning Magic-Users in my OD&D campaign (at least tied to this setting). Please take care and I will post again soon, fin.