As a Magic-User, you are a figure of mystery and a student of mysteries, steeped in ancient and arcane knowledge. You have studied long hours deep into the candlelit nights, delving into the parchment pages of cobweb-covered magic tomes, learning the intricacies of magical circles and runes, the strange significances of the stars and moons, the disquieting theories of mad philosophers, and above all, the casting of magic spells. You can be a truly devastating opponent as long as your fellow adventurers protect you from physical combat, in which you are the weakest of all the character classes: completely untrained in the use of armor, barely adequate with even the simplest weapons, and having fewer hit points than most other members of an adventuring expedition. You are not limited to the role of providing the party with offensive spells, though, for your spellbook provides an array of other spells that can be critical for surviving the perils of dungeons, lost temples, and other such places where you might venture in search of treasure and knowledge. If you succeed in such forays into the wild and dangerous places of the world, you might eventually rise to such heights of power that you can build a mystically protected tower for your researches, create fabulous magic items, and scribe new formulae for hitherto unknown spells. Such great Archmages can sway the politics of kingdoms, commanding respect and fear across the realms.
Prime Attribute: Intelligence, 13+ (the character gains a +5% experience bonus if their Prime Attribute is 13 or higher.)
Unlike the Cleric, a Magic-User owns a book of spells, which does not necessarily include all of the spells on the standard lists. Reading from this book, Magic-Users force selected spell formulae into their minds, “preparing” as many spells as the Magic-User can mentally sustain. (It is possible to prepare a spell multiple times using the available “slots” in the Magic-User’s memory and mental capability.) Once a prepared spell is cast, it disappears from the Magic-User’s ability to cast, until it is prepared again. If a Magic-User finds scrolls of spells while adventuring, these spells can be added to the Magic-User’s spellbook.
A beginning Magic-User’s spellbook contains as many of the eight basic first level spells as the neophyte character can know. Check each spell to see if the Magic-User can learn and know it, using the “Learn Spells” column on the table in the description of the Intelligence attribute. Each time the magician gains a level (if the Referee permits) he or she may re-check the spells not understood before, to see if increased experience has granted new understanding – although the Maximum Number of Basic Spells Understandable (from the Intelligence Table) is still the upper limit. A Magic-User would also still need to find and copy these new spells into his or her spellbook. The same procedure applies to each higher spell level; a wizard must find the higher-level spells in dungeons or musty libraries and copy them into a spellbook, or trade copies with other Magic-Users. New and unusual spells outside the basic lists are not part of the “maximum number” of knowable spells, although they still require a roll to see if a Magic-User can understand one. (Such spells are rare and seldom traded.) New spells that a wizard researches and creates personally are also not subject to the maximum allowable number of regular spells.
Magic-Users gain a bonus of +2 on all saving throw rolls against spells, including spells from magic wands and staffs.
At 11th level, a Magic-User gains the title of “wizard,” and can build a stronghold to contain the necessary libraries and laboratories of a high level mage. Such a powerful sorcerer will attract a mixed bag of mercenaries, strange servants (some with odd abilities and deformities), and perhaps even a few monsters. This colorful crew will swear fealty and serve the wizard with considerable (but not unlimited) loyalty. In general, such a freehold will encompass a small territory around the tower as well – whatever quantity of wilderness the Magic-User chooses to tame and protect
Magic-users may prepare and cast the following spells: