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Now I've heard it referred to repeatedly in literature regarding… 
17th-Jul-2004 11:40 am
Now I've heard it referred to repeatedly in literature regarding Eberron, but can somebody tell me what a magewright is?
17th-Jul-2004 08:57 am (UTC)
A magewright is an NPC class, like an expert or an aristocrat, that has limited access to arcane spells and a decent amount of skill points. It allows Eberron to have a high level of magical technology around without needing a horde of wizards to build or maintain it. Think of them as an "engineer" caste, as opposed to PC classes like the artificer or the wizard.
17th-Jul-2004 10:05 am (UTC)
Are they specific to Eberron? I've leafed through the book a number of times and haven't spotted the class.
17th-Jul-2004 10:45 am (UTC)
Yep. Introduced in the Eberron campaign setting--but towards the end, not with the artificer and prestige classes at the beginning, since they're an NPC class.
17th-Jul-2004 06:03 pm (UTC)
They are. Page 257, if you've got it handy.
17th-Jul-2004 09:30 am (UTC)
What Jadasc said.

They cast arcane spells (as opposed to Divine like clerics/paladins/rangers or non-typed like the artificer), but have to spend time on memorizing them, like a wizard. They don't use spellbooks, but instead get bonus feats for spell mastery. They have a very limited spell list, mostly focused on construction and creation.
17th-Jul-2004 07:30 pm (UTC)
magewrights rock. the best way to think of them is as arcane engineers, just like engineers in our world. one of eberron's big concepts is a world that advanced magically instead of scientifically, with the artificer pc class acting as the tinkerers and nuclear physicists and magewrights acting as less powerful engineers. they've got a limited spell list, don't get too too much in the way of powerful spells, but they're the backbone that keeps most of the really kickass stuff in eberron running (including the lightning rail and the towers that rise above sharn). as far as pulling them out of eberron into another campaign, i'd say go for it.
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