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Shades of Magic: The Necromancer’s Toolkit

The Necromancer’s Toolkit Necromancy is a potent force, and while many spellcasters might long for its power over the dead, the wise know not to meddle with what lives in the shadows. Despite this magic’s reputation, though, it can be used to create items of great potency. Those who take up these tools may even …

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Tournaments: The Arcane Masters

Magic is often seen as a dangerous but controlled study. Those who learn the art of spellcasting and who devote themselves to the arcane craft are seen as scholarly. And indeed, many mages come together in colleges to share their experience and expertise, training a new generation of magic users in controlling and harnessing the …

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Cornelis Bega (Dutch, 1631 or 1632 - 1664) - The Alchemist

The Order of the Healing Hand

The worlds adventurers live in are full of dangers. Between sickness, sunstroke, frostbite, and the spears and swords of their enemies, along with less mundane dangers like basilisk venom, dragon fire, and mummy rot, it’s a wonder any of them survive to middle age, much less old age. While clerics can pray for their allies’ …

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The Wanderer’s Way

Have you ever wondered how normal people send letters in your fantasy setting? Noble lords have dedicated servants, and the government makes use of military messengers, but what about the butchers, blacksmiths, shipwrights, farmers, and hundreds of others? How do they send letters and packages to their loved ones? Well, in your world, they could …

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The Brotherhood of The Brawl

The Headhunters are a renowned band of adventurers, known throughout the nation for their bravery, daring, and at times suicidal pursuit of getting the job done. Gordran Halfhand, the hulking bruiser, has never lost a duel. Semran Nightshade was one of the most infamous graduates of her arcane academy. Edelweiss Lightfingers has beaten a dozen …

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The Lawful Good Rogue

An unfortunate habit exists in the world of tabletop gaming; we’re sometimes unable to separate the name of a class (which is just a convenient handle to describe a certain package of abilities), with the actual character who has levels in that class. For example, while clerics are servants of the gods, nowhere does it …

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The Devil and Tom Walker, The Flight, John Quidor

The Devil’s Own

Most people will pay lip service to the idea that tieflings aren’t inherently evil. That these men and women, whose forms have been twisted by an infernal lineage, can turn their backs on the darkness that has seeped into their blood. Many of them do just that, by using their innate powers to fight against …

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A Magician by Edward Kelly

The Anti-Undead Necromancer

The necromancer is an archetype whose power players crave, but whose darkness many gamemasters will look askance at. This is particularly true for gamemasters who want groups of heroes, not simply characters who are a lighter shade of gray than the servants of darkness they’re standing against. Those who deal with the dead are often …

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