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16th Aug '17 5:19:48 PM MadAnthony94
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* Dr. John Dee -- magician associated with the courts of Elizabeth I of England, Stephen of Poland, and Ruldolph II of the Holy Roman Empire (also associated with Rabbi Loew, the creator of the Golem). His ''official'' position was court physician.

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* Dr. John Dee -- magician associated with the courts of Elizabeth I of England, Stephen of Poland, and Ruldolph II of the Holy Roman Empire (also associated with Rabbi Loew, the creator of the Golem). His ''official'' position was court physician.
16th Aug '17 5:16:03 PM MadAnthony94
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* Dr. John Dee -- magician associated with the courts of Elizabeth I of England, Stephen of Poland, and Ruldolph II of the Holy Roman Empire (also associated with Rabbi Loew, the creator of the Golem)

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* Dr. John Dee -- magician associated with the courts of Elizabeth I of England, Stephen of Poland, and Ruldolph II of the Holy Roman Empire (also associated with Rabbi Loew, the creator of the Golem)Golem). His ''official'' position was court physician.
30th Jun '17 5:00:39 PM GlitteringFlowers
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* If the Daughter from ''VideoGame/Princess Maker 2'' is a good enough mage, has a decent Faith ''and'' her Intelligence is higher than her Sensitivity, [[http://princessmaker.wikia.com/wiki/Court_Magician_Ending_(PM2) one of her prospect endings]] will have her appointed as the Court Magician of her kingdom.

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* If the Daughter from ''VideoGame/Princess Maker ''VideoGame/PrincessMaker 2'' is a good enough mage, has a decent Faith ''and'' her Intelligence is higher than her Sensitivity, [[http://princessmaker.wikia.com/wiki/Court_Magician_Ending_(PM2) one of her prospect endings]] will have her appointed as the Court Magician of her kingdom.
25th Jun '17 1:18:59 PM nombretomado
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*** Zurin Arctus served in this role to Tiber Septim, [[FounderOfTheKingdom founder of the Third Cyrodiilic Empire]] who [[DeityOfHumanOrigin ascended to godhood after his death]] as the "Ninth Divine" [[GodOfWar Talos]]. Arctus brokered the armistice between Septim and the Dunmeri [[PhysicalGod Tribunal deity]] Vivec which joined Morrowind to Septim's Empire as a VoluntaryVassal. In order to gain special favors for Morrowind, Vivec also traded Septim the [[OurDwarvesAreDifferent Dwemer]]-crafted HumongousMecha known as the Numidium. Septim tasked Arctus with powering and controlling it. In official [[UnreliableExpositor Imperial dogma]], Arctus put his own soul into an unimaginably powerful [[YourSoulIsMine soul gem]], known as the Mantella, to power the Numidium, but [[HistoricalVillainUpgrade would betray Septim]]. According to (likely more-accurate) apocryphal stories, Arctus was instead Septim's HypercompetentSidekick and trapped the soul of a [[GodInHumanForm Shezarrine]], Wulfharth Ash-King, in the Mantella instead. However, [[TakingYouWithMe with his dying breath]], Wulfharth killed Arctus, [[MergerOfSouls fusing the two]] into an undead being known as the Underking. After Septim used the Numidium to complete his conquest of Tamriel, he began using it in under-handed, backstabbing ways which infuriated the Underking. He destroyed the Numidium and flung the Mantella into Aetherius, the realm of magic, where it would become an important MacGuffin hundreds of years later during the events of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]''.

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*** Zurin Arctus served in this role to Tiber Septim, [[FounderOfTheKingdom founder of the Third Cyrodiilic Empire]] who [[DeityOfHumanOrigin ascended to godhood after his death]] as the "Ninth Divine" [[GodOfWar [[VideoGame/GodOfWarSeries Talos]]. Arctus brokered the armistice between Septim and the Dunmeri [[PhysicalGod Tribunal deity]] Vivec which joined Morrowind to Septim's Empire as a VoluntaryVassal. In order to gain special favors for Morrowind, Vivec also traded Septim the [[OurDwarvesAreDifferent Dwemer]]-crafted HumongousMecha known as the Numidium. Septim tasked Arctus with powering and controlling it. In official [[UnreliableExpositor Imperial dogma]], Arctus put his own soul into an unimaginably powerful [[YourSoulIsMine soul gem]], known as the Mantella, to power the Numidium, but [[HistoricalVillainUpgrade would betray Septim]]. According to (likely more-accurate) apocryphal stories, Arctus was instead Septim's HypercompetentSidekick and trapped the soul of a [[GodInHumanForm Shezarrine]], Wulfharth Ash-King, in the Mantella instead. However, [[TakingYouWithMe with his dying breath]], Wulfharth killed Arctus, [[MergerOfSouls fusing the two]] into an undead being known as the Underking. After Septim used the Numidium to complete his conquest of Tamriel, he began using it in under-handed, backstabbing ways which infuriated the Underking. He destroyed the Numidium and flung the Mantella into Aetherius, the realm of magic, where it would become an important MacGuffin hundreds of years later during the events of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]''.
15th Jun '17 10:12:03 AM BeerBaron
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* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' sees several court mages; every major hold (IE: with walled-in city as its seat) has a court mage, and two of the four lesser holds have one. They serve as local vendors for various magical paraphernalia and their quarters/laboratories have alchemy and enchanting stations in them.
** Though most of the court mages mostly serve as sidequest-givers and vendors for magic, the court mage for Whiterun, Farengar Secret-Fire, factors into the main questline, being a dragon researcher. He also tries to take a sample of blood and scales from [[spoiler: Odahviing when he's captured in Dragonsreach]], but that doesn't end well. Farengar is also the only one (aside from the Jarl himself) who [[spoiler: is aware of the ancient daedric artifact they've got sealed in the basement of Dragonsreach.]]
** The Imperial Battlemage is this for the Emperor. The first known, Zurin Arctus, [[EvilChancellor betrayed]] or [[TheGoodChancellor was betrayed]] by his Emperor, while the second known, Jagar Tharn, [[EvilChancellor used magic to exile the Emperor]] [[SorcerousOverlord and assume his appearance and rule]]. High Chancellor Ocato may have been this, or may have been a leading advisor that just happened to be an Imperial Battlemage[[note]]the term 'Imperial Battlemage' has multiple meanings in Franchise/TheElderScrolls[[/note]] as well.

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* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' sees several court mages; ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** The office of Imperial Battlemage was created to serve as this to the Emperors of Tamriel. In addition to being a master sorcerer, the Imperial Battlemage also advises the Emperor on all matters of magic. Some of the more notable Imperial Battlemages in history:
*** Zurin Arctus served in this role to Tiber Septim, [[FounderOfTheKingdom founder of the Third Cyrodiilic Empire]] who [[DeityOfHumanOrigin ascended to godhood after his death]] as the "Ninth Divine" [[GodOfWar Talos]]. Arctus brokered the armistice between Septim and the Dunmeri [[PhysicalGod Tribunal deity]] Vivec which joined Morrowind to Septim's Empire as a VoluntaryVassal. In order to gain special favors for Morrowind, Vivec also traded Septim the [[OurDwarvesAreDifferent Dwemer]]-crafted HumongousMecha known as the Numidium. Septim tasked Arctus with powering and controlling it. In official [[UnreliableExpositor Imperial dogma]], Arctus put his own soul into an unimaginably powerful [[YourSoulIsMine soul gem]], known as the Mantella, to power the Numidium, but [[HistoricalVillainUpgrade would betray Septim]]. According to (likely more-accurate) apocryphal stories, Arctus was instead Septim's HypercompetentSidekick and trapped the soul of a [[GodInHumanForm Shezarrine]], Wulfharth Ash-King, in the Mantella instead. However, [[TakingYouWithMe with his dying breath]], Wulfharth killed Arctus, [[MergerOfSouls fusing the two]] into an undead being known as the Underking. After Septim used the Numidium to complete his conquest of Tamriel, he began using it in under-handed, backstabbing ways which infuriated the Underking. He destroyed the Numidium and flung the Mantella into Aetherius, the realm of magic, where it would become an important MacGuffin hundreds of years later during the events of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]''.
*** Jagar Tharn served Emperor Uriel Septim VII in this role, but took it down the EvilChancellor[=/=]EvilSorcerer path. Tharn trapped Septim in a pocket realm of Oblivion and usurped his throne. Tharn then acted as the BigBad in the events of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsArena Arena]]''.
*** After the Tharn debacle, Uriel VII appointed the [[OurElvesAreBetter Altmer (High Elf)]] mage Ocato to this position. Ocato would also serve as High Chancellor of the Elder Council, [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure performing exceptionally]] in both roles while acting as a RedeemingReplacement to Tharn. He was very much TheGoodChancellor to Uriel, and later to his [[HiddenBackupPrince bastard son]], Martin, after Uriel and his legitimate heirs were assassinated during the [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion Crisis]]. With no Septim heir remaining, Ocato [[TheCreon exhausted every alternative option]] before reluctantly accepting the title of [[RegentForLife Potentate]] in accordance with the Elder Council Charter. He capably held the Empire together for 10 years before he was assassinated by [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Thalmor]] agents in a (successful) attempt to destabilize the Empire.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'':
*** Despite the [[HornyVikings Nords]]' racial [[DoesNotLikeMagic dislike of magic and magic users]],
every major hold (IE: with walled-in city as its seat) has a court mage, and Hold (and two of the four lesser holds minor Holds) have one. a Court Wizard serving the Jarl in this role. ([[KlingonScientistsGetNoRespect Though that isn't to say they get the respect they deserve...]]) They serve as local vendors for various magical paraphernalia spells and accessories, while their quarters/laboratories have contain alchemy and enchanting stations in them.
** Though most of the court mages mostly
stations. Most also serve as sidequest-givers and vendors for magic, the court mage for Whiterun, minor side-quest givers, with their quests generally involving magic or mystical occurances.
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Farengar Secret-Fire, the Court Wizard of Whiterun, factors into the main questline, being quest as a dragon researcher. He also tries to take a sample of blood and scales from [[spoiler: Odahviing when he's captured in Dragonsreach]], but that doesn't end well. Farengar is also the only one (aside from the Jarl himself) who [[spoiler: is aware of the ancient daedric Daedric artifact they've got sealed in the basement of Dragonsreach.]]
** The Imperial Battlemage is this for the Emperor. The first known, Zurin Arctus, [[EvilChancellor betrayed]] or [[TheGoodChancellor was betrayed]] by his Emperor, while the second known, Jagar Tharn, [[EvilChancellor used magic to exile the Emperor]] [[SorcerousOverlord and assume his appearance and rule]]. High Chancellor Ocato may have been this, or may have been a leading advisor that just happened to be an Imperial Battlemage[[note]]the term 'Imperial Battlemage' has multiple meanings in Franchise/TheElderScrolls[[/note]] as well.
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16th May '17 9:59:42 AM nombretomado
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* Fai D. Flowright in ''TsubasaReservoirChronicle''

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3rd May '17 10:47:54 AM Jeduthun
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* According to some historical interpretations, TheThreeWiseMen would have had this job (rather than being kings themselves, as in other interpretations). This makes sense considering they are shown to be {{Astrologer}}s who correctly interpret the StarOfBethlehem as signaling the birth of UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}}.
20th Mar '17 5:11:33 PM Eievie
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In fantasy series it's fairly common for a king or other high-ranking ruler to [[StandardRoyalCourt keep a magic-user]] [[StealthPun on staff]], primarily to provide mystical advice and services, and possibly general wisdom as well. Can also show up in historical fiction or even RealLife, as during time periods when sorcery was widely believed in, having a mage or alchemist on hand was generally seen as a smart idea. The character can be TheGoodChancellor, the EvilChancellor, or anything in-between. Contrast TheMagocracy and SorcerousOverlord for instances where the mage(s) is actually the ruler, rather than an advisor. If the character has high standing among other mages as well as the king, they're also TheArchmage. If this is common and magic is real and powerful, one may have to ask why the [[TheMagocracy wizards don't run things]].

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In fantasy series it's fairly common for a king or other high-ranking ruler to [[StandardRoyalCourt keep a magic-user]] [[StealthPun on staff]], primarily to provide mystical advice and services, and possibly general wisdom as well. Can also show up in historical fiction or even RealLife, as during time periods when sorcery was widely believed in, having a mage or alchemist on hand was generally seen as a smart idea. The character can be TheGoodChancellor, the EvilChancellor, or anything in-between. in-between.

Contrast TheMagocracy and SorcerousOverlord for instances where the mage(s) is actually the ruler, rather than an advisor. If the character has high standing among other mages as well as the king, they're also TheArchmage. If this is common and magic is real and powerful, one may have to ask why the [[TheMagocracy wizards don't run things]].things]].






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16th Mar '17 4:42:31 AM Morgenthaler
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