The Singing Mercenaries
Magic and Machine
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Mark 9, level 9
Build: Control Wizard
Arcane Implement Mastery: Orb of Imposition
FINAL ABILITY SCORES
Str 12, Con 13, Dex 10, Int 20, Wis 16, Cha 8.
STARTING ABILITY SCORES
Str 10, Con 11, Dex 10, Int 18, Wis 14, Cha 8.
AC: 21 Fort: 17 Reflex: 21 Will: 22
HP: 55 Surges: 7 Surge Value: 13
Arcana +14, Dungeoneering +12, Nature +12, History +14
Acrobatics +4, Bluff +3, Diplomacy +3, Endurance +7, Heal +9, Insight +7, Intimidate +5, Perception +7, Religion +9, Stealth +4, Streetwise +3, Thievery +4, Athletics +5
Wizard: Ritual Caster
Level 1: Implement Expertise (Orb)
Level 2: Distant Advantage
Level 4: Battle Caster Defense
Level 6: Coordinated Explosion
Level 8: Battle Hardened
Wizard at-will 1: Ray of Frost
Wizard at-will 1: Cloud of Daggers
Wizard encounter 1: Icy Terrain
Wizard daily 1: Sleep
Wizard daily 1 Spellbook: Freezing Cloud
Wizard utility 2: Jump
Wizard utility 2 Spellbook: Shield
Wizard encounter 3: Icy Rays
Wizard daily 5: Fireball
Wizard daily 5 Spellbook: Web
Wizard utility 6: Wall of Fog
Wizard utility 6 Spellbook: Dispel Magic
Wizard encounter 7: Winter’s Wrath
Wizard daily 9: Wall of Fire
Wizard daily 9 Spellbook: Lightning Serpent
Adventurer’s Kit, Spellbook, Orb of Sanguinary Repercussions +2, Parchment Cloth Armor (Basic Clothing) +2, Cloak of the Chirurgeon +2, Orb Implement
Brew Potion, Tenser’s Floating Disk, Purify Water, Enchant Magic Item, Knock, Cure Disease
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Long ago in a time lost to history before the dawn of remembered civilization, a guild of mages existed in the land. This guild, the Esoteric Masters, were a collection of the world’s most intelligent and powerful wizards. They were united to a single purpose: to create a library housing every spell and piece of magical knowledge known to man.
Their task was ambitious, and not without risk. They spent years collecting and recording magic scrolls, enchantments, weapons, and spells, until they had created, quite by accident, the most powerful collection of magical items in the world. Many warlords lusted for this prize, and time and again the Esoteric Mages were distracted from their collections by a call to defense of their stronghold.
Eventually, the mages grew tired of these assaults, and the needless deaths of their fellow wizards. It took away too much time from their studies. They hatched a bold plan. They would combine their great knowledge and magical power into a single shell, a homunculus of their creation that would fight for them so that they could enjoy their studies and collections.
They spent years hand crafting the shell of their new experiment, model after model were discarded until they found the proper shape to house the raw magic power: the shape of a man. Crafted from wood, steel, and residuum, the golem stood as tall as a man and was exquisitely carved with details. Runic symbols adorned every surface in silver and gold and adamantium. And finally, when the shell was complete, the mages performed the ritual that would imbue their creation with their combined power and knowledge.
When the next warlord came to attack, hoping to fare better than those before, he found a bizarre and unappetizing sight. The enclave of the Esoteric Mages was undefended and open, and each of the mages were dead. Some had clearly been in the middle of casting some complicated spell, but others were simply slumped over a meal or collapsed while changing clothes. These mages had died while in the middle of mundane tasks, their lives apparantly whisked away by some unknown force.
Finding no treasure of magical weaponry, the warlord continued to the center of the enclave, where the strangest sight of all was waiting. Here, standing within a circle of the dead wizards, was a statue of incredible craftsmanship. Tall as a man, covered in strange symbols, the statue stood as still and unmoving as a gravestone for these poor magic users.
This particular warlord was clever. Taking the statue as a trophy, he spread the rumor of his victory by some strategem over the Esoteric Mages. And thus the statue, and its original purpose, was lost to human history.