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"Talent is a gift. Training opens the box."
— Mialee[1]

Mialee, later known as Archmage Mialee of the Seven Stars[2] is the iconic elf wizard character appearing in sourcebooks throughout Dungeons & Dragons third edition.

Appearance and personalityEdit

Mialee is a female elf wizard with long black hair. She wears a peculiar revealing garment of brown leather, and often carries a staff. She is proficient with the bow,[3] and has high intelligence and average strength.[4][5]

Mialee is of true neutral alignment. She is devoted to the study of magic and cares little for ethical debate.[6]

Publication historyEdit

D&D 3rd editionEdit

Mialee first appeared in the Player's Handbook (3.0) (2000).

Mialee is depicted in character art throughout the run of Dungeons & Dragons 3.0 and 3.5, including on the cover of adventure modules and sourcebooks. Her name is given in the Player's Handbook as one of the default sample names for female elves. She is also used as an example character to describe game mechanics.

Throughout the various books of D&D 3rd edition, Mialee is described or depicted as adventuring with Jozan, Lidda and Tordek, and occasionally with Hennet, Nebin and Regdar;[7][8][9][10][11] learning to cast spells silently, in conjuction with other spellcasters and through other dimensions, and freezing even creatures immune to cold; using blood magic,[12] [13][10][14][15], learning to forge magical rings, weapons and candles,[13][16] crafting a +1 longsword for Regdar,[17] being knocked unconscious,[8] running from a beholder,[18] knowing or casting beckon person, burning hands, charm person, cone of cold, conjure midnight construct, deep breath, detect magic, dispel magic, energy buffer, fireball, horrid wilting, incarnum arc, light, precipitate breach, sleep, summon monster I, summon monster II, summon monster III, and summon monster IX;[19][20][5][21][22][23][24][25][15][26] [27][28][29] summoning three celestial eagles named Kulik, Skitky, and Kliss,[24] dying to gargoyles in the Caverns of Dread north of Dyvers and being raised by a cleric of Pelor,[24] and owning a raven familiar who lost a level to level drain.[30][31]

Statblocks for Mialee at 5th, 10th and 15th level were published in Enemies and Allies (2001), p.58-59, and 18th level in Bastion of Broken Souls (2002). According to the latter, increased her Intelligence to the deific score of 28 using magic, learned to craft numerous types of magic items, became an expert in arcana, other planes and architecture, and acquired a staff of power.[31]

The Dungeon Master's Guide and later the Epic Level Handbook (2002) depict a high-level Mialee wearing a blue starry cloak and using several ioun stones, while Player's Handbook II (3e) (2006) atributes her the title of Archmage Mialee of the Seven Stars.[32][33]

Several quotes attributed to Mialee appear in Complete Mage (2006).

An example of play in Player's Handbook II (3e) (2006), p.189-190 describes Mialee being played by a player named Leigh.

D&D 4th editionEdit

While Mialee did not appear in this edition, the name Mialee appears as one of the female adult names for elves in the Player's Handbook (4e) (2008), p.41.

D&D 5th editionEdit

Mialee is one of several characters appearing on the cover of Tales from the Yawning Portal (2017).

The name Mialee appears as one of the female adult names for elves in the Player's Handbook (5e) (2014), p.23 and Xanathar's Guide to Everything (2017).

ReferencesEdit

  1. Tome and Blood (2001), p.4.
  2. Player's Handbook II (3e) (2006).
  3. Player's Handbook (3.5) (2003), p.56.
  4. Player's Handbook (3.5) (2003), p.161.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Player's Handbook (3.5) (2003), p.177.
  6. Player's Handbook (3.5) (2003), p.105.
  7. Player's Handbook (3.5) (2003), p.60.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Player's Handbook (3.5) (2003), p.162.
  9. Player's Handbook (3.5) (2003), p.168.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Tome and Blood (2001).
  11. Heroes of Battle (2005), p.8.
  12. Heroes of Horror (2005), p.5.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Player's Handbook (3.5) (2003), p.88.
  14. Complete Arcane (2004), p.84.
  15. 15.0 15.1 Frostburn (2004), p.49.
  16. Tome and Blood (2001), p.53.
  17. Unearthed Arcana (3e) (2004), p.98.
  18. Dungeon Master's Guide (3.5) (2003), p.30.
  19. Player's Handbook (3.5) (2003), p.169.
  20. Player's Handbook (3.5) (2003), p.171.
  21. Player's Handbook (3.5) (2003), p.223.
  22. Player's Handbook (3.5) (2003), p.286.
  23. Tome and Blood (2001), p.81.
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 Dungeon Master's Guide (3.5) (2003), p.37.
  25. Epic Level Handbook (2002), p.164.
  26. Planar Handbook (2004), p.103.
  27. Magic of Incarnum (2005), p.100-102.
  28. Spell Compendium (2005), p.61.
  29. Tome of Magic (3e) (2006), p.257.
  30. Tome and Blood (2001), p.10.
  31. 31.0 31.1 Bastion of Broken Souls (2002), p.48.
  32. Epic Level Handbook (2002), p.38.
  33. Dungeon Master's Guide (3.5) (2003), p.39.
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