Mage of the Arcane Order - General Prestige Class
This is a general Prestige class that may be applicable to the Forgotten Realms Campaign
Also called a "guildmage," this is a spellcaster who belongs to a academy and guild known as the Arcane Order. In casual conversation, the academy is called the Order, or sometimes "that college of wizardry." It is both a school for fledgling spellcasters and a guild for those of advanced knowledge and power.
The Arcane Order's charter is twofold. Its first tenet is advancing magical knowledge through both ongoing research and archeological investigation of lost arcane disciplines. A good portion of research is centered around elucidating a "magical grammar" of the great power wielded in ages past, and this research has borne wondrous fruit: metamagic feats. The second tenet is the support and welfare of the Order's membership, initially through arcane schooling and later through companionship, resources, boarding, and access to the Spellpool (see below). Although nonwizards can benefit somewhat from what the Order has to offer, its emphasis on wizardry deters most applicants.
Hit Die: d4
To qualify to become a Mage of the Arcane Order, a character must fulfill all the following criteria:
- Skills: Knowledge (arcana) 8 ranks.
- Feats: Cooperative Spell and any one other metamagic feat.
- Spells: Able to prepare and cast 2nd-level arcane spells.
- Special: Prospective members must pay an initiation fee of 750 gp.
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