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Background:

Mage of High Sorcery (UA)

Source: Unearthed Arcana 81 - Heroes of Krynn


Your talent for magic came to the attention of the Mages of High Sorcery, an organization of spellcasters that study magic and prevent its misuse. You've trained among the Mages, but whether or not you'll face the dangerous tests required to become a true member of the group remains to be determined. Your passion for studying magic has likely already predisposed you toward one of the organization's three orders: the benevolent Order of the White Robes, the balance-pursuing Order of the Red Robes, or the ruthless Order of the Black Robes.

In the world of Krynn, many refer to the Mages of High Sorcery as the Wizards of High Sorcery. The organization accepts more than wizards, though, with bards, sorcerers, warlocks, and other spellcasters included among their ranks.


Skill Proficiencies: Arcana, History
Languages: Two of your choice
Equipment: A bottle of colored ink, an ink pen, a set of common clothes, and a pouch containing 10 gp.

Feature

Initiate of High Sorcery

You gain the Initiate of High Sorcery feat.

In addition, the Mages of High Sorcery provide you with free, modest lodging and food indefinitely at any occupied Tower of High Sorcery and for one night at the home of an organization member.

Building a Mage of High Sorcery Character

Mages of High Sorcery are typically Bards, Wizards, or Warlocks and might have any subclass. Spellcasters who gain their magic through devotion or who possess innate magic are less likely to be welcomed among the traditionalist mages. Nevertheless, the Mages of High Sorcery are shrewd, and they rarely let unique opportunities or individuals pass them by. Even members of martial classes who train in magic might find a rare place among the group's three orders.

Suggested Characteristics. The study of magic drives the Mages of High Sorcery. Consider which of the group's three orders you aspire to join. The Mage of High Sorcery Personality Traits table suggests traits you might adopt for your character.

Mage of High Sorcery Personality Traits

Mage of High Sorcery Personality Traits

d6Personality Trait

1I wish to use my knowledge of magic to better people’s lives.

2My study of magic might reveal all manner of secrets.

3Magic is a means to power, and I will use it to pursue my ambitions.

4I learned magic so I'd be able to protect those I care about.

5I use my magic to maintain the balance between all things.

6Whether in the past, present, or future, I will be the greatest mage ever known.


Mage of High Sorcery Trinkets. When you make your character, you may roll once on the Mage of High Sorcery Trinkets table, instead of on the Trinkets table in the Player's Handbook, for your starting trinket.


Mage of High Sorcery Trinkets

d6Trinket

1An unopened letter from your first teacher

2A broken wand made of black, red, or white wood

3A scroll bearing an incomprehensible formula

4A purposeless device covered in colored stones that can fold into various enigmatic shapes

5A pouch or spell book emblazoned with the triple moon symbol of the Mages of High Sorcery

6A lens through which you can see Krynn's invisible black moon, Nuitari

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