Magic Academy Student Archetype


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Radiant Oath

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Looking at this archetype for my next character, and it looks attractive from a mechanical standpoint, but is it appropriate if the character's backstory says they're a dropout?

The text of the abilities suggests you're continuing your studies on the side during your adventuring career, presumably writing papers and completing assignments during your Drift jumps or something, but I wanna play a character who TRIED to get through magic school and just couldn't cut it, who CAN cast spells but sucks at it because their spells always have weird and unpredictable outcomes (Witchwarper class).


The archetype says student, not graduate is the glib answer.

You could say you dropped out because you couldn't cut it, but every so often you think back and say 'wait, I remember on a lecture by professor to do such and such, let me try that'.

Considering the archetype mentions that the academies are basically one year cram sessions, I don't see the problem in doing that.


Archpaladin Zousha wrote:

Looking at this archetype for my next character, and it looks attractive from a mechanical standpoint, but is it appropriate if the character's backstory says they're a dropout?

I don't see anything themewise connecting, its not like there's an interlibrary loan feature or call up the prof class ability that wouldn't make sense.

cram: If you were actually good, you would know the spell for real instead of having to study your notes..

Interdisciplinary Studies: Rolled a 1 on your mysticism check to know the spell wasn't on your class list. Learned it anyway

Spell Thesis = practice makes perfect

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Ooh, I wrote that article on magic schools! I think that a magic school drop out would be fine with the archetype. You had some schooling, and then decided to learn more on your own. The more important question: which magic academy did you drop out of?

There are some cool choices:

Arcanirium: Premier magic school on Absalom Station, an intense collaborative experience with work study projects throughout the station and 'frenemy' study groups.

Eclipse Academy on Apostae. You didn't drop out so much as escaped once you realized how few people survive an education there.

Karchizara Combat College on Vesk Prime. Home of the Spell Sergeant, a military academy that emphasizes the practical and strategic aspects of magical warfare.

Nerundel Halls on Castrovel. Located in a gnomish village with a Dean of Students who is not just a mystical tree, but also one of the campus dormitories. Learn magic, pranks, and a love of nature. Use your personal glider to cross the campus!

University of Qabat also on Castrovel, but on another continent. It is a general University with a department that deals in psychic magic.

Preita Institute of Technology, aka 'The Prit' on Triaxus. Draconic houses with dragon professors! Intense competition based on the honor of your house, magical duels and lucrative corporate sponsorship.

SENOT (Spell Education Network of Telanateranos) on Arkanenen. A network conglameration of over 100 elite magical academies that have agreed to a unified credit system, schedule, and basic general requirements in return for government funding. Each college retains its own specialties, culture, quirks, and curriculum. So you could have been part of a tiny college that happens to be in the largest college town in the Pact Worlds. SENOT is a wild experience and has the reputation as the biggest party school in the system. Students can take classes anywhere in the network, and zip around from school to school using the Lightning Rail.

If you're a dropout, I vote SENOT. Who doesn't want a background that involved getting drunk with electricity-zapping dirindi?


I'll have you know I've been thrown out of the finest magical academies in the pact worlds..

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Ah, but which ones? Enquiring minds want to know...

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Hilary Moon Murphy wrote:
Ah, but which ones? Enquiring minds want to know...

Karchizara Combat College, specifically. She was a legacy admission, her dad and older brother being alumni and serving the Veskarium with distinction as spell sergeants, expecting her to follow in their footsteps. She tried...she really did, but her witchwarper powers made her spellcasting unpredictable (like "Orko from He-Man" levels of unpredictable) and the professional assessment was that she would be a liability on the battlefield, which her family interpreted as "You're an EMBARRASSMENT."

So she decided to quit and leave for the Pact Worlds.

(By the way, THANK YOU SO MUCH for that article: My Dawn of Flame PC benefitted greatly from the info on Eclipse Academy. She graduated from there, then flipped in entirely the opposite direction and joined the Knights of Golarion!)


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Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
the professional assessment was that she would be a liability on the battlefield, which her family interpreted as "You're an EMBARRASSMENT."

Well, what are the odds that those AREN"T the same word in vesk? :)


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Hilary Moon Murphy wrote:
Ah, but which ones? Enquiring minds want to know...

University of the Diaspora? Best education to be found on an asteroid! "The diploma of your choice, or your money back!*"

[italics]*University of the Diaspora makes no representations about the acceptability of its diplomas in any other jurisdiction, nor offers any refunds based on such. Void where prohibited. May cause cancer on Verces. Waivers required for all students of Professor Gorkmork.[/italics]

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