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Source: Ultimate Magic, pg(s). 47-49
Magi are more common where magic is an everyday part of life, such as in the forests of Kyonin, or the deserts of Nex or Geb. They can also be found among the Hellknight signifers of Cheliax, and the technology-loving members of Numeria's Technic League.
The bladebound magus is bonded to an intelligent magical weapon known as a black blade, which grows in power as the magus does and grants the magus special powers.
The kensai magus seeks to become the master of a single type of weapon, usually a sword, sacrificing some small part of his study of spellcasting in order to more fully devote his time to honing his reflexes and the use of his weapon in combination with arcane and eldritch forces. From this study and training the kensai and his weapon become almost a single entity; indeed, this is the ultimate goal of the kensai, for their weapon to become not merely a tool, but another element of his body, as much an extension of his will as his arm... or his magic. The kensai learns to draw upon a magus' personal pool of arcane power to augment his weapon prowess, maximizing the force of his blows. He gradually gains such incredible precision, speed and accuracy with his chosen weapon that he is able to draw it and strike with a single motion before his opponent can even so much as blink, and to take every advantage of even their slightest distraction. Ultimately, the kensai gains such mastery of his weapon that he is fully able to defend himself with it alone, armor actually being a hindrance rather than benefit.
The spellblade magus is able to manifest a ghostly sword of magical force that can be used as an off-hand weapon.
The staff magus uses quarterstaves as effectively as any bladed weapon, becoming powerful enough to use arcane staves as melee weapons and even learns how to use their arcane pool to recharge their magical staves.
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