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The Genius Guide to the Death Mage


RPGCountdownThe death mage is a new core class, designed for use with the Pathfinder RPG. It is an arcane spellcasting class that focuses on powers drawn from the dead, dying, and undead. Death mages are not just specialist wizards or variant sorcerers, but an entirely new kind of arcane spellcaster with different types of powers and a unique spell list. A death mage is designed to allow characters to draw deeply on the iconic forces of death, spirit and shadow, without requiring them be evil or focus on undead (though both are options).


Though often mistaken for necromancer-specialist wizards, undead-bloodline sorcerers, or clerics of gods of death and repose, death mages are truthfully closer in function and training to druids. While a druid is servant to and master of the forces of nature - calling upon them for instruction, aid, and power - the death mage is similarly linked to the spirits and powers of the dead. This is an intellectual link rather than a spiritual one, for a death mage has chosen to immerse herself in the trappings of the dead and their graves. The first thing a death mage learns is to listen to the faint echoes left behind by spirits of the dead. While wizards learn spells from dusty tomes, and sorcerers are empowered by their bloodlines, death mages are taught by the shades of the departed.


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Timothy B. [Featured Reviewer]
December 10th, 2019
Remember the old Death Master by Len Lakofka in Dragon Magazine? Well Owen K.C. Steven does! And this 20 level class for Pathfinder "feels" like that class, but it is own thing. This class is a stand-alone class (like most of the Path [...]
October 4th, 2013
i was looking for something along the lines of a "classic" Necromancer-type character, but instead stumbled over this PDF - and it has quickly turned into my favourite character class. The sheer number of possibilities these few pages offer [...]
Sean H. [Featured Reviewer]
February 3rd, 2013
If your campaign makes use of the magic of death and spirits, the Death Mage will find a home and provide a variety of hooks and options for play. The Genius Guide to Death Mage provides a new 20-level spell casting class with a focus on magic of death [...]
July 29th, 2010
This product is 14 pages long. d8, 4 skills, low BaB, simple weapons(some martial weapons)/Light armor. In light armor they ignore the arcane failure chance. Death mages are wizards that focus on death. They choose a pale road(type of speciality [...]
January 20th, 2010
Very good! The only reason this did not recieve 5 stars is because the death mage spell listonly includes 3 0-level spells, but by 2nd level you gain 4 prepared 0-level cantrips. This forces the GM to pick more spells or have the player waste slots. Th [...]
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