Archmage refers to either the proper apex of all Mages Classes, or just a Title.
The [Archmage] class is the Highest Mage Class, and is considered to be a nigh unreachable goal for [Mages] to reach at the time of the story. Few if any exist in the world today.
An [Archmage] that is specialized above all else in a specific field of magic will obtain an addition to their main class about their main specialization. For instance, an [Archmage] specialized in Physical Enchantment Magic will have the [Archmagus of Strength] Class.
By comparison, the Archmage Title is given to the premier [Mages] of magical institutions, most commonly in Wistram Academy. It used to be that almost all Archmages were [Archmages] in name and class, but with the general decline in magic, that is no longer the case.
One theory of why the current apex Mages are not advancing to the [Archmage] Class is, according to Az’kerash and a few others, because they are not practicing and mastering all fields of magic, which include Death Magic (Necromancy).
List of Archmages
- Kishkeria - [Shaman of the Eternal Grasslands] / [Archmage of Grasses] (Deceased)
- Nekhret (Deceased)
- Perril Chandler / Az’kerash - [Archmage of Death]
- Zelkyr - Archmage of Golems (Deceased?)
- Dreosh - Gnoll [Archmage] (Deceased)
- ??? - [Archmagus of Strength] (Deceased?)
- ??? - Naga [Archmage] - Archmage of Waters / Archmage of Nagas (Deceased)
- ??? - Garuda [Archmage of Sky] of Wistram (Deceased)
- Amerys - "Archmage of Lightning"
- Balkizat (Deceased)
- Feor - "Archmage of Wistram"
- Valeterisa - "Archmage of Izril"
- Verdan Blackwood - "Archmage of Dullahans"
- Viltach - "Archmage of Terandria"
Unknown If Class or Titled:
- One of the Quarass' predecessors was so talented in magic that she (or he?) was even considered a possible [Archmage].
- It is speculated but not confirmed that the current Titled Archmages' actual Class is that of a [Grand Magus] as it's the second highest mage class, second only to the [Archmage] itself.