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Archetypes (Black Mage)

Table: Black Mage Archetypes

ArchetypeDescription
Arcane BomberTo many mages, the experimentation of the chemist seems quaint, if not dangerous or frightening. A few mages take up the secrets of the bomb, however, fusing alchemy with their already considerable magical power.
ArcanistAn arcanist is a black mage who has spent a considerable amount of time studying the chaos that is primal magic—she seeks order in chaos, and hopes to master the raw power of primal magic to bolster her own abilities.
ElementalistElementalists study one of the basic elements of magic—earth, fire, ice, lightning, water, and wind—learning to harness its power. Eventually, they transcend their mortal forms and become elemental beings.
MagusMagus are known as the Dreaded Armies the World Over, the Enders of Kingdoms, the Avatars of Ragnarök, the Disciples of Catastrophe. Whatever names they are given to these mages, they are the ultimately bringers of great destruction and mayhem, and many worlds bear the scars of their passing. While any black mage is capable of destructive uses of magic, the magus takes it well past the limit that defines reason. While these dangerous souls are often villains of Lowest Order and savages against all that is civilized, many are simply brutal pragmatics that see the ability to cause large scale destruction as a useful tool for advancement in martial societies.
Pen MageLanguage has power. None are more aware of this than the pen mage. Whereas a normal black mage gets her power from wielding arcane power, the pen mage gets her power from the proper use of language. The incantations are neat and orderly, not merely because she enjoys the proper usage of grammar, but because failing to satisfy the laws of language will result in disastrous consequences, the least of which being misunderstood.
SorcererThe sorcerer’s family has always been skilled in the eldritch art of magic. While many of his relatives were accomplished black mages, his powers developed without the need for study and practice.
ThaumaturgeThaumaturgy is a form of arcane manipulation that allows the practitioner to unleash his will as deadly manifestations of primal power. The origin of their art can be found in the cumbersome magicks of their ancestors – subsequently focused and refined through their use in the funeral rites of the Order of Nald’thal. Though, once used exclusively for the preparation of the dead, these incantations of destruction soon found new purpose on the battlefield. “Death,” of course, is still very much the central focus of the discipline.