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Thmpr
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2012 2:36 pm    Post subject: question about the Silent Ones. Reply with quote

I have seen a wright up of the Silent Ones PRC. the way i read it they are sorcerers,it makes sense for a group who hoards/ hides away magic lore. So am I missing something? i have seen stat blocks for some members and they are wizards.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2012 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Perhaps you mean this PrC? The full version of the article appears in Living Greyhawk Journal #4, and features three NPCs- two Sorcerers and one Bard.

Psmedger wrote up the fluff bits, but I am not sure on the game mechanics, as he is admittedly not a 3E+ guy. I do think that the Sorcerer angle was chosen because the Silent Ones are sort of against carrying around magic items themselves, yet want to be prepared for anything. What better way to always be prepared than to not even have to prepare spells, let alone be tied to the possession of a spell book or even spell components?

I am not particularly a fan of the "Ability to prepare arcane spells without the need of a spell book." feature, though there are ways around it. First, every single Wizard can already prepare the read magic spell without the need for a spell book. I wouldn't say that is enough though, as it is just one spell. Rather than force a player to give their Wizard one level of Sorcerer or Bard just to meet the requirement (something I truly loathe), I would allow them to meet the requirement by taking Spell Mastery feat instead, as it could allow them to prepare as many, and perhaps more spells that a 1st level Sorcerer or Bard could anyways. The Eschew Materials feat would also be highly recommended, and perhaps I would add that to the previous requirement as an "or" option so as to make more blatant allowances for Silent Ones with a Wizard background. So, like this:

Spellcasting: Ability to prepare arcane spells without the need of a spell book, or have the Spell Mastery feat.

That avoids all of the undesirable class finagling.

Silent Ones would more commonly be Sorcerers or Bards, but Wizards wouldn't be exempt from their ranks either. That is just my opinion though, and individual DMs should set their own rules as they will.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2012 7:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks, that makes good sense to me.
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