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Anyone can attempt theurgy casting by investing time and succeeding ability checks.
Higher-level magic requires more time, require higher DCs to succeed, and have more drastic mishaps if the theurgy fails.

For characters, theurgy trades long casting times and risk of mishaps in exchange for saving spell slots during an adventure, or to make good use of downtime while waiting for the next.

For DMs, theurgy offers a narrative tool that can explain the practical use of magic in the campaign world. From cities powered by magic to a simple enchantment that flavors your meal, anyone can attempt theurgy. Hedge mages, shamans, and magewrights are just a few examples of people who use theurgy responsibly in their daily lives and professions, while powerful, dangerous theurgies in the hands of villains or normal, desperate NPCs offers a wide range of plot hooks and consequences.

Mechanically, theurgy is a flexible system with multiple components that can be used independently. As the DM, you can bring as much or as little of it into your campaign world as you desire. Maybe only specific spells can be cast as theurgy, or it can only be cast in specific places or by specific people. Maybe everyone has a theurgic spell or two in their back pocket, ready for use when needed. It’s up to you how much or how little theurgy you want to include in your world.

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