In robes shimmering like liquid silver, an elf maiden narrows her eyes, silencing the turmoil of the battlefield. Her delicate fingers dance in mystic patterns, summoning a bead of pure fire that soars through the air. With a deafening roar, it explodes among the enemy ranks, transforming soldiers into a raging sea of flames.
With obsessive precision, a human wizard sketches an elaborate magic circle on the bare stone, his chalk trailing an intricate pattern of lines and elegant curves. Powdered iron follows the chalk’s path, giving physical form to the spell’s potency. Uttering a chant that seems to stretch into eternity, he opens a rift in reality itself. The sharp tang of brimstone fills the room as a portal to an otherworldly plane yawns open.
Amid the damp darkness of a dungeon intersection, a gnome huddles on the floor, casting a handful of bone runes inscribed with arcane symbols. His voice, soft and laden with power, murmurs an incantation. Visions flood his mind, guiding his choices. With a knowing nod, he opens his eyes, points down a shadowy passage, and leads his companions toward destiny.
Wizards are the grand masters of the arcane, wielding a mesmerizing array of spells that spark with explosive fire, crackle with arcing lightning, and twist the mind with unthinkable power. They summon creatures from distant realms, glimpse into the veiled future, and breathe life into the lifeless. Their most potent spells reshape reality, call down celestial bodies, or bridge worlds.
The power of magic is a wild, enigmatic force, calling those daring enough to grasp its secrets. Some wizards reach for god-like power, bending the very fabric of existence. Although the casting of a spell might seem trivial—uttering cryptic words and making a fleeting gesture—the true mastery of magic demands relentless study, honing skills through years of relentless dedication.
Wizards are the very heartbeat of magic. All else fades in comparison to their thirst for knowledge and power. They learn, adapt, and expand their repertoire, taking inspiration from fellow wizards, ancient texts, and magical creatures steeped in the arcane.
Rarely confined to a mundane existence, wizards thrive on discovery and conquest. Some impart wisdom as sages, while others sell their foresight or align with military or criminal forces. Yet, the siren call of forgotten knowledge lures many from the safety of libraries and labs, leading them to explore lost cities and decaying ruins.
For a wizard, there’s always a past marked by something extraordinary. How did magic first beckon to you? Was it an innate gift, or a relentless pursuit of perfection? Perhaps a mythical creature guided your hand, or an ancient tome cracked open the door to a world you never knew. The path to becoming a wizard is as varied and mystifying as magic itself.
What drew you forth from your life of study? Did your first taste of magical knowledge leave you hungry for more? Have you received word of a secret repository of knowledge not yet plundered by any other wizard? Perhaps you’re simply eager to put your newfound magical skills to the test in the face of danger.
You can make a wizard quickly by following these suggestions. First, Intelligence should be your highest ability score, followed by Constitution or Dexterity. If you plan to join the School of Enchantment, make Charisma your next-best score. Second, choose the sage background. Third, choose the mage hand, light, and ray of frost cantrips, along with the following 1st-level spells for your spellbook: burning hands, charm person, feather fall, mage armor, magic missile, and sleep.
Only a select few people in the world are wielders of magic. Of all those, wizards stand at the pinnacle of the craft. Even the least of them can manipulate forces that flout the laws of nature, and the most accomplished among them can cast spells with world-shaking effects.
The price that wizards pay for their mastery is that most valuable of commodities: time. It takes years of study, instruction, and experimentation to learn how to harness magical energy and carry spells around in one’s own mind. For adventuring wizards and other spellcasters who aspire to the highest echelons of the profession, the studying never ends, nor does the quest for knowledge and power.
If you’re playing a wizard, take advantage of the opportunity to make your character more than just a stereotypical spell-slinger. Use the advice that follows to add some intriguing details to how your wizard interacts with the world.
Read more about the Wizard Class here: Wizard