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The Paragon Clockwork Mage

The Defenders of Midgard cover

Clockwork mages possess an eye for mechanisms, springs, gearing, and balanced forces, and their spells display a wide range of styles linked by these common themes. The spells and abilities listed below are taught by Guildmaster Clockwork Mage Orlando to advanced students of the Clockwork School at the Arcane Collegium in Zobeck.

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Gibbering Oracles (Part 4 of 4)

Raving Priest by Chris McFann

(Illustration by Chris McFann)

How can a god be mad? Some sages claim all the gods are mad, and we are but the figments of their raving intellects. Yet madness does not just mean a disordered mind caught up in its own delusions and faux-reality. If madness is one man’s illusion, perhaps sanity is also an illusion, but one shared by many instead of relegated to an individual. The psychotic simply perceives a different illusion or pierces the common delusion to reveal a deeper reality. Hence, the madness common to all gods…

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Raving Priest

“Madness is a ring, and a ring has no end.”

Prerequisite: Cleric.

You spread the dogma of holy mania. Your god demands each sentient being sacrifice its mind to the infinite, black sea of the void—the true aspect of all deities. Those who follow you find solace in the sanity-crushing immensity of the gods. Those who oppose you experience the full force of the mind-blasting vistas that are reality’s true underpinning…

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Gibbering Oracles (Part 3 of 4)

William Turner, The Angel Standing in the SunHow can a god be mad? Some sages claim all the gods are mad, and we are but the figments of their raving intellects. Yet madness does not just mean a disordered mind caught up in its own delusions and faux-reality. If madness is one man’s illusion, perhaps sanity is also an illusion, but one shared by many instead of relegated to an individual. The psychotic simply perceives a different illusion or pierces the common delusion to reveal a deeper reality. Hence, the madness common to all gods…

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Gibbering Oracle

“There is wisdom in the ravings of a god.”

Prerequisite: Invoker.

The words of creation contain such power they drive men mad. Only a mad god would wield them. Through constant exposure to divine syllables, you have learned to maintain your grip on sanity just enough to wield the terrible power of the divine tongue. In your pronouncements, you spew horrible details of the future or secrets believed known only to a select few, if anyone at all. Your words tear at the mental stability of opponents and leave them broken, raving husks…

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Gibbering Oracles (Part 2 of 4)

Gustave Dore, Florine of BurgundyHow can a god be mad? Some sages claim all the gods are mad, and we are but the figments of their raving intellects. Yet madness does not just mean a disordered mind caught up in its own delusions and faux-reality. If madness is one man’s illusion, perhaps sanity is also an illusion, but one shared by many instead of relegated to an individual. The psychotic simply perceives a different illusion or pierces the common delusion to reveal a deeper reality. Hence, the madness common to all gods…

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Fugue Warrior

“The mind is a curse. I lift its burden from you.”

Prerequisite: Paladin.

The fugue is a state of maniacal revelry where one is ignorant of external events. It exists entirely in one’s own mind. Hours, days, or weeks might pass before the fugue passes. In that time, you may take actions or travel long distances without realizing it…

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Gibbering Oracles (Part 1 of 4)

Angelo Bronzino, Allegory of the Triumph of VenusHow can a god be mad? Some sages claim all the gods are mad, and we are but the figments of their raving intellects. Yet madness does not just mean a disordered mind caught up in its own delusions and faux-reality.

If madness is one man’s illusion, perhaps sanity is also an illusion, but one shared by many instead of relegated to an individual. The psychotic simply perceives a different illusion or pierces the common delusion to reveal a deeper reality. Hence, the madness common to all gods.

Worshippers of madness attempt to spread the view of reality defined by their deity. Many are evil, or care not for the niceties of civilization, and enjoy the chaos and destruction they bring. A few might be called strange liberators, freeing creatures from oppressive realities, societies, or social stigmas…

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