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(Gizmodo)   Christchurch, New Zealand fires its official city wizard, citing his love of the halfling's leaf and consumption of mushrooms   (gizmodo.com) divider line
    More: Sad, Christchurch, city of Christchurch, Ian Brackenbury, Christchurch city council, official wizard, New Zealand, Christchurch's main square, city's payroll  
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2021-10-16 7:04:48 AM  
It's pretty clear to me what's going on here. They figured out that he'll do his bit whether they pay him or not.
/Free wizard
//Cosplayers gonna cosplay
 
2021-10-16 7:17:28 AM  
A wizard is never late. Well, except for this late 'wizard'.
 
2021-10-16 8:31:35 AM  
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2021-10-16 8:44:51 AM  
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2021-10-16 9:45:10 AM  
He's got to be a real wizard the way he keeps befuddling the minds of the admins to greenlight essentially the same story over and over and over again.
 
2021-10-16 9:53:39 AM  
Welcome to the eighteenth daily New Zealand Wizard Firing thread.
 
2021-10-16 9:56:08 AM  
He can always use LinkedIn. The KKK is looking for wizards.
 
2021-10-16 9:57:11 AM  
This story was interesting the first seven times it was greenlit
 
2021-10-16 9:57:42 AM  
Is this the 3rd or 4th time this has been posted?
 
2021-10-16 9:58:08 AM  
Travel well, gentle servant
 
2021-10-16 10:00:18 AM  

syrynxx: A wizard is never late. Well, except for this late 'wizard'.


He's late as in "the late New Zealand Wizard".

\it's a sort of threat, you see. I've never been good at them myself, but I've been told they can be terribly effective.
 
2021-10-16 10:04:54 AM  
Sure, blame the wizards.
 
2021-10-16 10:05:04 AM  

Recoil Therapy: He's got to be a real wizard the way he keeps befuddling the minds of the admins to greenlight essentially the same story over and over and over again.


It makes sense tho now that he's unemployed he just sits around on fark all day.
 
2021-10-16 10:06:16 AM  
Meh, he can always go back to selling teleports for plats.
 
2021-10-16 10:10:22 AM  
This repeat thread is pointless, so I might as well hijack it. I need a title for the leader of a wizard college. It can't be an archimage because he is going to fight an archbishop. My D&D players have been toppling governments left and right and they are on their way to the wizard tower to goad them into fighting the church.

I would appreciate any help here.
 
2021-10-16 10:11:18 AM  

Jumpthruhoops: This repeat thread is pointless, so I might as well hijack it. I need a title for the leader of a wizard college. It can't be an archimage because he is going to fight an archbishop. My D&D players have been toppling governments left and right and they are on their way to the wizard tower to goad them into fighting the church.

I would appreciate any help here.


Grand Magus?
 
2021-10-16 10:13:08 AM  

Jumpthruhoops: This repeat thread is pointless, so I might as well hijack it. I need a title for the leader of a wizard college. It can't be an archimage because he is going to fight an archbishop. My D&D players have been toppling governments left and right and they are on their way to the wizard tower to goad them into fighting the church.

I would appreciate any help here.


How did the wizard college evolve? Did it start small and grew over the years, sponsored by some state, etc?
 
2021-10-16 10:14:30 AM  

discoballer: Grand Magus?


Ooh, I like that one.
 
2021-10-16 10:15:39 AM  

Jumpthruhoops: This repeat thread is pointless, so I might as well hijack it. I need a title for the leader of a wizard college. It can't be an archimage because he is going to fight an archbishop. My D&D players have been toppling governments left and right and they are on their way to the wizard tower to goad them into fighting the church.

I would appreciate any help here.


https://thestoryshack.com/tools/wizar​d​-name-generator/

The internet has everything.
 
2021-10-16 10:16:24 AM  

discoballer: Grand Magus?


Clever! I love it!
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2021-10-16 10:21:00 AM  
Third greenlight for this story.
 
2021-10-16 10:22:49 AM  

qorkfiend: How did the wizard college evolve? Did it start small and grew over the years, sponsored by some state, etc?


Magic used to be common and there will little schools in every major city. About 70 years ago, a wizard opened a portal to another plane and a ton of underdark creatures came through it. There was a huge war and in the end, one of the churches convinced the emperor to ban magic (except for cleric / paladin of course). The remaining wizards gathered together in a tower and live there. They are a rogue state that the empire puts up with as long as they don't practice magic outside of the tower.
 
2021-10-16 10:23:24 AM  
Just never hear anything positive about wizards anymore. Seem to have found their place in history I suppose.

I won't be surprised or disappointed to read this story another 11 times. I feel it represents an end of an era.

Very well. I don't suppose Christchurch realizes they are on their own now. Hopefully they will not soon find out. With the uptick in corona virus nearby, these cost saving decisions usually come of the expense of public safety.

There will be much wailing and gnashing of teeth soon enough if they didn't also fire the local dragon, let me tell you!
 
2021-10-16 10:24:46 AM  

Jumpthruhoops: This repeat thread is pointless, so I might as well hijack it. I need a title for the leader of a wizard college. It can't be an archimage because he is going to fight an archbishop. My D&D players have been toppling governments left and right and they are on their way to the wizard tower to goad them into fighting the church.

I would appreciate any help here.


I'm not a fan of fictional wizard schools.

Handing cosmic reality-bending powers to a pack of undergrads is an invitation to turn your campus into a smoking crater, if it doesn't end your civilization entirely.
 
2021-10-16 10:29:01 AM  

Chthonic Echoes: Handing cosmic reality-bending powers to a pack of undergrads is an invitation to turn your campus into a smoking crater, if it doesn't end your civilization entirely.


That's pretty much what happened. The society is still rebuilding from it two generations later. One of the players is causing it all to happen again. He texts me things he's doing on the side that the other players don't know about. He will be the final bad guy in the campaign.
 
2021-10-16 10:40:58 AM  

Jumpthruhoops: This repeat thread is pointless, so I might as well hijack it. I need a title for the leader of a wizard college. It can't be an archimage because he is going to fight an archbishop. My D&D players have been toppling governments left and right and they are on their way to the wizard tower to goad them into fighting the church.

I would appreciate any help here.


Make him an evocation specialist and call him the Big Badaboom.
 
2021-10-16 10:43:10 AM  

Jumpthruhoops: This repeat thread is pointless, so I might as well hijack it. I need a title for the leader of a wizard college. It can't be an archimage because he is going to fight an archbishop. My D&D players have been toppling governments left and right and they are on their way to the wizard tower to goad them into fighting the church.

I would appreciate any help here.


nothing better to offer than what others have already said, only that this thread is the best of them so far!

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2021-10-16 10:55:33 AM  

Jumpthruhoops: qorkfiend: How did the wizard college evolve? Did it start small and grew over the years, sponsored by some state, etc?

Magic used to be common and there will little schools in every major city. About 70 years ago, a wizard opened a portal to another plane and a ton of underdark creatures came through it. There was a huge war and in the end, one of the churches convinced the emperor to ban magic (except for cleric / paladin of course). The remaining wizards gathered together in a tower and live there. They are a rogue state that the empire puts up with as long as they don't practice magic outside of the tower.


Ooh, neat. How do the wizards view this? Do they see themselves as wrongfully accused of almost destroying the world or are they like "yeah, that was totally bogus, our bad"?

Or both, I guess, and the PCs are seeking to leverage the former faction 🤔

Anyway, just thinking that if it's the latter they might pick a name representing contrition or service, or maybe protection.
 
2021-10-16 12:54:29 PM  
The views are split. Most agree that magic should be restricted, but think the empire went too far in banning it. Some think the church is using the ban to gain more power. They aren't entirely wrong. The church has been secretly poisoning towns and then sending priests in to heal everyone to gain support. The players figured this out and decided that open war between the wizards and the church would be easier than taking on a high level war priest and her goons.
 
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