Icon: Sorcerer Supreme
The Sorcerer Supreme has preserved the Empire for centuries and created astonishing new lands. He has also threatened the fabric of reality with experiments you’d have to be brilliant or hugely arrogant to attempt.
I believe observation and knowledge must preceed action.
In his tower in Sardegna, or (rumor has it) peering out through the eyes of one of his homunculi.
For hundreds of years, one man has held the Empire together— the Sorcerer Supreme . While an everyday wizard works magic that can astound or destroy a crowd, the Sorcerer Supreme casts spells that make the civilized world safe and prosperous. His magic quiets storms, enlivens crops, and staves off plague. The Empire has experienced a steady growth in order, security, and wealth, largely because the Sorcerer Supreme wards off chaos, peril, and calamity.
The Sorcerer Supreme’s plans and projects are beyond the ken of normal people, but even normal people are part of his schemes.
The Empire’s farms plant different crops at different times, all coordinated by the Sorcerer Supreme’s schedule. Merchants and travelers consult the Sorcerer Supreme’s almanacs to find the best times to set sail. But the common people have little appreciation for what the Sorcerer Supreme does for them. People even complain about the Sorcerer Supreme’s instructions, as if he were a capricious bureaucrat in the imperial offices.
The Sorcerer Supreme maintains the wards that protect the Empire through a series of magical nodes, placed at strategic points across the land. The nodes tap into ley lines, which occur naturally (although the imperial ley lines are better controlled and more powerful) and channel and direct arcane energy from them to the wards.
The Sorcerer Supreme oversees the School of Imperial Wizardry, though it is run day-to-day by one of his trusted inner circle members. Sometimes this school devotes itself to testing and training those with arcane potential. The imperial wizards are notorious for being tight-lipped about their true intentions, and they lie without compunction to cover their tracks. No one holds it against them; the Sorcerer Supreme knows best.
Adventurers & the Icon
Many adventurers long to be hired into the Sorcerer Sorcerer Supreme’s service. His wizards provide powerful arcane support, and they reward adventurers well, but the Sorcerer Sorcerer Supreme’s missions are notoriously obscure. Instead of killing monsters or rescuing damsels, adventurers hired by imperial wizards may find themselves burying ritual items in wastelands or painting sigils on the walls of ruins. Somehow, it’s all very important to the empire. The less-known truth is that the Sorcerer Supreme is losing his handle on the multitude of tasks he has taken responsibility for and is forced to trust more and more missions to adventurers and agents while he struggles to deal with the high arcana that only he can survive.
The Sorcerer Supreme swears undying fealty to the Emperor. There are legends of past Sorcerer Supremes who have betrayed their imperial oaths, and those legends always end poorly for all concerned. The Sorcerer Supreme and the Priestess, as fellow champions of the Empire, are bound to work together toward common goals. Some say that high-order goals are all the two icons have in common and that they are never seen together at Imperial functions. Others say that they cooperate more than anyone knows and that the Sorcerer Supreme even helped the Priestess build the Cathedral.
Nature, like the High Druid, chafes at the bit that the Sorcerer Supreme has jammed into its mouth. If the Sorcerer Supreme is the enemy of nature, he is careful not to raise the ire of the Elven Lord and Lady. The Sorcerer Supreme respects the boundaries of the their territory, and for their part they have no particular sympathy for nature in the raw.
As often as not, no mortal is worthy to claim the title of Sorcerer Supreme. An Sorcerer Supreme ‘s reign lasts for decades or centuries.
Eras in which there is an Sorcerer Supreme tend to be times of growth and recovery, though sometimes a Sorcerer Supreme appears in order to prevent the lands from descending into chaos. The current Sorcerer Supreme has been in power for centuries, overseeing a gradual increase in general security and prosperity.
The True Danger
Everything will be all right provided that no catastrophe brings down the Sorcerer Supreme’s power nodes and plunges the Empire into a maelstrom of rampant elementals, natural forces, monsters from the Iron Sea, and demons from the Abyss.