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Archmages were among the most powerful arcane spellcasters found throughout all of Faerûn. These practitioners of the Art were experts at manipulating and altering their spells, often in strange ways.[1]

CultureEdit

Many cities across Faerûn had a single archmage who dedicated themselves to serve that settlement and its people. Some notable cities included Lyrabar in Impiltur,[2] and the great western metropolis of Waterdeep.[3]

The term "archmage" was often used to refer to spellcasters who took on leadership roles among similarly-inclined practitioners of The Art. In the drow city of Menzoberranzan, the head of the arcane academy known as Sorcere was granted the title, Archmage of Menzoberranzan.[4] Similarly, the leader of the Arcane Brotherhood was referred to as the Archmage Arcane.[5]

AbilitiesEdit

Archmages continued developing their skills as spellcasters in the same manner as they had during their previous experiences in the Art. While they gained knowledge and lore about "high arcana" (that typical wizards and sorcerers had no knowledge of), they were forced to focus less on the number of spells they could prepare each day.[1]

By forgoing one of their most powerful spells, archmages could tap into a power known as arcane fire. This arcane fire was essentially a bolt of raw magical energy that was drawn from the power they typically reserved for normal spellcasting.[1]

They learned techniques that allowed them to reach across long distances, using spells that normally took effect upon touch and utilizing them from as far away as 30 ft (9.1 m).[1][6]

As archmages were considered master spellcasters, it followed that they were capable of mastering particular elements of spellcasting. Rather than performing typical counterspelling, archmages could turn spells back upon their casters. They mastered ways to alter their spells that drew upon the elements, particularly those that were acidic, cold, fiery, electric, or sonic in nature. Additionally, they perfected the practice of "spell shaping", and could readily manipulate the area over which a spell took effect.[6]

Plainly put, the spells cast by archmages were capable of a level of power unheard of by typical spellcasters. Overall, they functioned more intensely than lesser experienced wizards and sorcerers. By forgoing one of the spells they would normally prepare, they could cast a spell twice in a day or more, without having to normally inscribing it within their spellbook.[6]

MembersEdit

Many sun elves who wished to continue their arcane studies often chose the path of the archmage,[7] as did many of the human Red Wizards.[8]

Notable ArchmagesEdit

AppendixEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 41. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  2. Thomas M. Reid, Sean K. Reynolds (Nov. 2005). Champions of Valor. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 88. ISBN 0-7869-3697-5.
  3. Eric L. Boyd (June 2005). City of Splendors: Waterdeep. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 21. ISBN 0-7869-3693-2.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Philip Athans (2008). A Reader's Guide to R. A. Salvatore's the Legend of Drizzt. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 57. ISBN 0-7869-4915-5.
  5. Sean K. Reynolds, Jason Carl (November 2001). Lords of Darkness. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 109. ISBN 0-7869-1989-2.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 42. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  7. Reynolds, Forbeck, Jacobs, Boyd (March 2003). Races of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 41. ISBN 0-7869-2875-1.
  8. Richard Baker, Matt Forbeck, Sean K. Reynolds (May 2003). Unapproachable East. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 18. ISBN 0-7869-2881-6.
  9. Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 7. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  10. Matt Sernett, Erik Scott de Bie, Ari Marmell (August 2011). Neverwinter Campaign Setting. Edited by Tanis O'Connor. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 9. ISBN 0-7869-5814-6.
  11. Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 283. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  12. Adam Lee, Christopher Perkins (September 17, 2019). Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 4. ISBN 0786966769.
  13. Richard Baker, Ed Bonny, Travis Stout (February 2005). Lost Empires of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 80. ISBN 0-7869-3654-1.
  14. Thomas Reid (October 2004). Shining South. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 132. ISBN 0-7869-3492-1.
  15. Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 200. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.

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