Student of Magic (5e Background)

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Student of Magic[edit]

You were identified as a potential magic user at a very young age and were taken in as an apprentice. You were taken from your home to be trained either by the Master who found you, or were enrolled in a school for magic users. You seldom to never see your biological family, and were raised and educated surrounded by the trappings of magic. Now, you have set out into the greater world, seeking to use what you have learned. Who taught you, and how do you feel about them? Are you still in contact with your Master(s) or fellow students? What led you from being a student to a life of adventure? Did you graduate? Get Expelled? Or are you still a student, and adventuring is just another assignment?

Skill Proficiencies: Arcana and either History or Religion

Tool Proficiencies: Alchemist’s Supplies

Languages: One of your choice, including Exotic languages

Equipment: A bottle of black ink, a quill, 3 rolls of blank parchment, Alchemist’s Supplies, a Book (about Arcana), a letter from your Master, a set of apprentice robes, and a belt pouch containing 10gp

Feature: The Master's Name[edit]

You were formally trained in Magic, and the name of those that trained you can open doors. You can usually gain an audience with another magic user, simply by dropping the name of your Master or School. Furthermore, you can usually find a place to stay among scholars or magic users, unless you show yourself to be a danger to them. You may also have access to resources from those who taught you, whether that is access to your school’s libraries and facilities, or simply the ability to correspond with your Master and ask him or her for advice.

Suggested Characteristics[edit]

A student of magic is largely defined by their apprenticeship and training. They have spent most of their life surrounded by magic, and in the presence of more experienced magic users. Magic is central to this person’s life, whether it be merely a means to another goal, or mastering magic is the goal itself.

d8 Personality Trait
1 I tend to talk about magic as if everyone understands it, and cannot comprehend the ignorance of those who do not.
2 I consider my Master to have been a font of wisdom, and have a quote from him for almost every situation
3 My Master taught me the value of secrets, I keep them very well and have a few of my own.
4 I have a grand magical theory that I can’t wait to tell other people about
5 I am seldom seen without my nose stuck firmly in a book or scroll
6 When exposed to some new piece of magic, I can’t help but try to figure out what it does and how it works
7 I am extremely proud of the school I attended, and will boast of it often
8 I have no patience for ridiculous superstitions about magic.
d6 Ideal
1 Magic For Magic’s Sake I seek to study and improve Magic, simply for the betterment of Magic (Neutral)
2 Greater Good Magic should be used to protect and improve the lives of the common people (Good)
3 Power Through my Power, I will conquer and gain victory (Evil)
4 Tradition I will uphold the standards of Magic that were taught to me by my Master (Lawful)
5 Independence I have cast off the shackles of my tutelage and will seek my own path (Chaotic)
6 Spirit I will make my Master proud (Any)
d6 Bond
1 I often think of the family I left behind when I became an apprentice, I would like to find them some day.
2 I had a romantic relationship with a fellow student, I still love them.
3 I am utterly loyal to my Master, everything else comes second.
4 I am hunting the one who is responsible for the end of my apprenticeship.
5 I had a rival all throughout my training, we still compete.
6 I idolize a historical magic user, and measure my accomplishments against theirs
d6 Flaw
1 People who are superstitious about Magic are idiots, and not worth my time.
2 I look down on anyone who was not properly trained in the Magic they wield.
3 If my Master calls me, I’ll abandon what I’m doing to go to him.
4 I can get so distracted by the mystery and wonder of magic, that I can forget I’m supposed to be fighting that other Wizard
5 A scandal prevents me from returning to my place of education, I’m trying to stay ahead of the rumors.
6 I believe that the world would be better off if Magic-users ran everything

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