The mage is probably going to be a huge post when I finally get it done. Damn me and my willingness to copy and modify some of the SRD spells.
Anyway, one of the things a mage can do? Create a staff. A mage gets one and only one staff. There are eight possible staffs, and eight schools of magic. Now I get to figure out what those staffs _do._
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