Guild Wizard of Waterdeep - Faerun Prestige Class
This is a Forgotten Realms Exclusive Class
The Watchful Order of Magists and Protectors is one of the most powerful guilds in Waterdeep, but most Waterdhavians are barely aware of its existence. The Lady Master of the Order, Mhair Szeltune, chooses to take a strictly neutral stance in the political and economic affairs of the city. She encourages the wizards of the order to pursue the art of magic and leave politics to others. The wizards of the order study and exchange information, create magic items to help support the guild's financial independence, and offer their services to others in the city as watch-wizards or fire guards (wizards armed with spells and magic items to combat fires). The order's strict political neutrality and assistance to others in the city has paid dividends, for although the populace may not know much about the order's members, neither do they have cause to fear them.
The majority of the order's members are wizards, but other arcane spellcasters are welcome as well. Sorcerers are drawn to the order and bards are occasionally associate members, gaining access to much the same information as do the wizards, but deriving less immediate benefit from it, since they acquire their spells differently from wizards.
Guild wizards of Waterdeep are most likely permanent residents of or long-term visitors to the city of that name, though they can be found wandering across the lands. As many different personalities among the Order exist as there are wizards.
This prestige class can serve as a model for the DM to develop similar prestige classes for other possible guilds in the Forgotten Realms. A member of the Arcane Brotherhood in Luskan may share some of the abilities of a member of the Watchful Order of Magists and Protectors in Waterdeep (most likely, access to a spellpool), but in other ways will be very different.
Hit Die: d4
To qualify to become a Guild Wizard of Waterdeep, a character must fulfill all the following criteria:
- Skills: Craft (alchemy) 4 ranks, Knowledge (arcana) 8 ranks, Spellcraft 8 ranks.
- Feats: Scribe Scroll, any one metamagic feat, and either Spell Penetration or Spell Focus (choice of school).
- Spellcasting: Ability to cast 3rd-level arcane spells.
- Special: Prospective members must pay an initiation fee of 1,000 gp.
Magic of Faerûn
Older Prestige class adapted to 3.5
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