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Old 07-20-2017, 12:59 PM   #1
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Default Pyramid #3/105: Cinematic Magic

A fighter? How cute.
<floods arena with lightning>
Next challenger, please!
Aravore, Gladiator Mage
In many settings, magic is an invisible, mysterious force -- something that underpins reality but never steps to the forefront -- which mages learn to manipulate to achieve subtle changes to reality.

This isn't about that kind of magic.

When you're ready to pull off some over-the-top rituals . . . when you're ready to dive headfirst into the cosmic pool of forbidden knowledge . . . when you're ready to kick butt and take names, you're ready for Pyramid #3/105: Cinematic Magic.
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  • And we broke the mystic bonds imprisoning this month's Random Thought Table, which offers new ways to make acquiring magical power feel truly cinematic and special.

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