Sages are another Mystic Class, and unlike the others, they have no specialty whatsoever. Their magic is based on understanding; in other words, regular knowledge becomes arcane power in their hands (metaphorically speaking). If this doesn't make sense quite yet, don't worry, I'll explain.
Let's use the relatively well-known Fireball spell as an example. In order to cast Fireball, a Sage needs to understand the principles of ignition (so he can create flame), motion (so he can move the fireball), and optionally, and perhaps combustion (if he or she wants the fireball to explode).
In order to gain this arcane knowledge, Sages can exchange knowledge with other Sages, study nature, or use their Charles Atlas perception to discover fundamental principles (like ignition) and then use that knowledge to cast spells, unless of course they find a spellbook. Spellsbooks are akin to scientific breakthroughs on the individual level, enabling a Sage to learn many spells in a short amount of time.
This means that Sages have an edge in experimentation, since they can use their magical 'sixth sense' to sense the forces at work in their world and therefore learn about them. Additionally, they have high versatility, as they can learn any spell, with only two limitations: knowledge and levels.
As stated before, a Sage can only cast a spell if they understand the principles involved. Also, like with any Class in my Class system (see Role of Rangers In Fantasy Society to get an idea), the max level is 500, and the enhancements granted by a Class go up with each Level. For a Sage, these enhancements concern perception, discipline, wisdom, intelligence, and magical power.
So my question is, how impactful will my Sages be in medieval European society?
- I'm asking for the Sage's impact in two specific areas: magic and science. As max-versatility, zero-speciality mages, Sages don't naturally learn spells of a certain Element as they level up, but they can learn spells of any type unlike ANY other kind of Mage, which can only learn spells of a certain kind. Shamans can only learn Elemental Spells (spells that manipulate elements, like fire and earth), Witches and Wizards can only learn spells of one Element and spells that don't fit to an Element (think Enchant Mirror), and Druid can only learn spells concerning the living aspects of nature (animals, plants, fungi, and shapeshifting). As for science, I'm not sure, but it seems like Sages would seriously speed up scientific progress in the Dark Ages. However, the Dark Ages wasn't exactly conducive for gaining or spreading knowledge, so I'm looking for input in this area.
As always, I appreciate your input, thank you so much!