Battlemage

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A Battlemage

A Battlemage is a member of the Collegiate Arcane who seeks to master one of the lores of magic, having been trained in one of the Sky Towers of Azyrheim.[1a][2]

History

Most of the magic of the Collegiate Arcane, and thus that used by the Battlemages is derived from those archmages who had survived the Age of Chaos and fled to Azyrheim before the closure of the Realmgates to the Realm of Azyr. Sadly a great deal of arcane lore was therefore lost in those centuries and Battlemages will go to great lengths to recover a single frayed page from an ancient tome of magic. [2]

Training

Battlemages, the wizards of the Collegiate spend a decade of their lives studying at each of the Towers of the Eight Winds and gains his or her powers through through both practice and study, using mystic foci and arcane phrasing and frequently requiring magical ingredients ensuring that they are often as gifted in creating wands and talismans as they are at hurling spells in battle.[2]

Magic

Unlike the aelven masters of the Eldritch Council, mages of the Collegiate cannot instinctively control their magic and must rely upon sorcerous foci and techno-arcane devices that often take the form of simple items such as enchanted staves, hourglasses, amulets and the like to channel their power. Through them they can summon arcs of scorching lightning and choking wisps of shadow to annihilate their foes or envelop their allies in shimmering shields of magical force, infuse them with the wild strength of Ghurish beasts. Wielders of magic are suffused with the energies of the realm in which they were born. While Battlemages are able to learn and use the lores of other realms they are more potent when using the spells from his home realm. [3a]

Battlemages have a few spells that are exclusively used by them:

Name Casters Description Sources
Amber Spear Amber Battlemage on Griffon The caster conjures a spear made out of magical amber that when hurled at the foes it hits with an uncanny accuracy and punches through the rank of the foes without effort. Battlemage on Griffon warscroll
Burning Gaze White Battlemage on Luminark of Hysh Bolts of burning light fly from the caster's eyes searing the unit that is caught in their path. The more members a unit has the more damage this spell does. Luminark of Hysh warscroll
Chain Lightning Heavens Battlemage The caster's fingertips bursts from their fingertips and arcs with crackling fury towards their foe. Upon striking a unit it has a chance to leap into another nearby unit. Battlemage warscroll
Comet of Casandora Celestial Battlemage on Celestial Hurricanum The caster reaches out to the heavens and draws a wandering comet from it, which they then sends it down on a unit. It has a chance of missing its intended target and hitting another enemy unit. Celestial Hurricanum warscroll
Final Transmutation Gold Battlemage This spell transmutes the flesh of the foe into unliving metal, becoming nothing more than a gleaming golden statue. Battlemage warscroll
Fireball Bright Battlemage The caster conjures a ball of flame and hurls it at their foes, which has a chance to make several degrees of damage. Battlemage warscroll
Light of Battle White Battlemage The caster infuses their allies with Light energies, filling them with courage and immune to the horrors of war. The unit enchanted with spell emit an ennobling aura that boosts their courage. Battlemage warscroll
Lifesurge Jade Battlemage The caster infuses allies with healing energies, healing them of wounds and can instantly regenerate future wounds. Battlemage warscroll
Mystifying Miasma Grey Battlemage This spell creates a fog that numbs the battle skills of a nearby foe, making them less likely to hit their foes. Battlemage warscroll
Pall of Doom Amethyst Battlemage A cloud of terrifying darkness pours forth and engulfs the wizard's foes. Battlemage warscroll
Pha's Protection White Battlemage The wizard calls upon the benevolent Guardians of Light to protect their allies from harm. Battlemage warscroll
Transmutation of Lead Gold Battlemage As the wizard gestures at their foes, their weapons and armour become significantly heavier and more cumbersome. Battlemage warscroll
Shield of Thorns Jade Battlemage At the wizard's command, crawling brambles burst from the ground, forming a living barrier around their allies. Battlemage warscroll
Soul Steal Amethyst Battlemage The caster extends a hand and leeches their victims souls from their body. The damage this spell does is dependant on the courage of the caster and the intended target. Battlemage warscroll
Wildform Amber Battlemage The caster cries and a nearby unit has their battle spirit infused with the savage strength of wild creatures, making the damage they strike with higher. Battlemage warscroll

Mounts

An Amber Battlemage riding a Griffon.

Amber Battlemages hailing from Ghur sometimes use their mystical connection to beasts to secure a war mount and there are tales of giant bat-winged frogs, solar bears, silt-serpents and other rare and ferocious beasts. The most common are the twin-headed Ghurish griffons who are an offshoot of the Azyrite breed but with greater aggression and strength. These Griffons are then mounted with an ornamental saddle and an elaborate heraldic device across their chest with skulls totems and other bestial items.[3a][4]

War Machines

The Collegiate Arcane has several war machines attuned to a wind of magic that is crewed by Acolytes. They can also be crewed by Battlemages of the corresponding element.[1e][1f][1g][1h]

Of these the following are known:

Wargear

Battlemages do not devote their time on physical forms of warfare which makes them appear weak in single combat. But in fact not only can a Battlemage shield themselves with enchantments, their Battlemage or Wizard Staves and blades are also powerful in arcane energy and a single blow can wreathe the target in flames or wither their flesh to dust.[1a][1b][3a]

Amber Battlemages mounted on Griffons defend themselves in melee with Beaststaves. They are often dressed in fur and adorned with primitive talismans.[1c][4]

Notable

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Sources

Collegiate Arcane
Units Battlemage - Celestial Hurricanum - Griffon - Luminark of Hysh - Warhorse
Characters Aelhad - Ahom - Phylebius Crade - Dhowmer - Ilesha Dune - Jerob - Maerilla
Artwork - Miniatures - Spells