A familiar face comes into view as patrons briefly part into a narrow opening, it’s a cloaked humanoid with a strange helmet! The creature gets up from a meditative stance, acknowledging your presence. His relaxed and idle stance changes into a beckoning yet inviting gesture.
“Ah, Zam’Dul has not forgotten you, traveler! Many of my old wares are gone… The rest? Well, a bored mind tries to see what can be done with spare parts. You’ll see some older oddities as well as some new creations. Please, relax and observe what the shop has to offer! Never be afraid to ask questions, Zam’Dul knows all!”
He lifts a curtain beyond his little stand to reveal a massive archive of the wonderful and weird, seemingly infinite space is filled with encased treasures and incredible artifacts. The helmed monk shuffles to a counter, seemingly observing you wherever you go.
Author’s Note: These were always fun to do! Also, I’ve been messing around with some of my magic items. Some needed a fair bit of overhaul, while others weren’t developed enough. Plus, I have a few ideas I’ve been kicking around in general. So, let’s get shopping! (Or something!) Keep an eye out for the Tomb of Annihilation nods, for any gamers eager to run the major adventure book for Fall 2017. Also, this post was made in support of the November 2017 RPG Carnival with the theme “The Past, Revisited“. Check out the post and its contributors!
Many incredible mages exist throughout the multiverse. They have unlocked the secrets to incredible power, twisting magic into spells rarely seen by fellow spellcasters… if at all. Those of great power tend to be reclusive, for a powerful mage makes many enemies. Some even take their magic to new and epic levels. Whether they become archmages, demigods or just powerful spirits locked in some dimension; some yearn for a student to pass their work onto in some capacity. After all, while some magical secrets should die with their creator, other gifts should be passed on.
The Ancient Magi Patron provides one such method. Those in service to the ancient magi are typically scholars of the arcane, seeking ways to expand their knowledge and craft. Many are devotees to the very arcanist they serve, while some are just greedy and desire to steal forgotten magic for their own benefit. More often than not, their arcane superior is aware of their intentions and will use them accordingly. Many ancient magi aren’t even on this plane anymore. Many of them have long since passed away or are locked in other realities. Some have been stranded in the Astral Plane, effectively frozen in time; while others are permanently sealed in unknown demiplanes. Some lucky ones dwell on material planes, but try to make their presence as nuanced as possible. Great mages like Mornenkainen and Elminster are examples of such magic-users.
AUTHOR’S NOTE: Looking back, I wasn’t really too happy with my original draft. The general idea was solid, but I tried to make it feel too much like a binder vestige instead of a patron. Plus, some of the mechanics were made when I didn’t fully understand the warlock class. Now, some of the ideas here are heavily experimental. Giving a class ability to cast a certain spell 1 – 2 per day… and at the strength of the warlock’s level? That might be a bit strong, but I wanna see where I can develop this. None the less, I wanted to make a warlock patron that carries both a bit of sorcerer and wizard flavor to it. Plus, I created a quick-n-easy class variant for those of us who are nostalgic for the Archivist from the 3.5 Book, “Heroes of Horror”.