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The Academician

The Academician


It's time to get schooled.

This document presents options for characters who fulfill the archetype of the academic magical scholar. Here we call them Academicians. Use this document to support characters who are members of arcane orders, students at magical colleges, or professors doing a bit of research on their sabbaticals. 

In here you will find:

  • The Academician Arcane Traditon, for those who focus on their mastery of spellcraft.
  • The Scribe background, for those with a history in copying texts.
  • The Scribe feat, for scribes who bring their skills to bear on their adventuring life.
  • Four strongholds for academicians hoping to leave their mark on the world.
  • The Academician NPC, for DMs who want to use a visiting arcanist as an ally or adversary.
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This title was added to our catalog on July 11, 2019.