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The Specialty is purely flavor, and doesn't provide any mechanical benefit. The knowledge that a Sage provides isn't meant to be practical knowledge, but more scholarly. For example, a professor of anatomy might know the name of every single bone in your body, but that doesn't necessarily mean that he'd be any help setting a broken bone. In the same way, ...


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Well, the two players in question wanted to develop their characters during play, right? Sounds like a good thing to do would be to take them aside, between sessions and see if they could see ways to tie their characters into anything existing, or adding a minimal amount of additional things to bring into the game. I'd have them look at things like the ...


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One of the big advantages of Sage, is if you take a fairly broad field of speciality, you can ask the DM almost any question and receive an answer or know where to find the answer to that question. Yes you can't practically apply the knowledge you have of a specific skill such as Alchemy but you know far more lore than most Alchemists and are more likely to ...


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I had this exact same problem with a Deadlands Reloaded campaign I am currently running. For my games I use a standard template for players to fill in their character backgrounds before the first session starts, which gives many opportunities for plot hooks to be identified. However, one of my players despises doing this as part of character creation, so we ...



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