While embraced by their brethren in the Towers, Artificers are not true mages in the sense of casting spells. Artificers treat mastery of magic like a technical skill. They see patterns in energy and matter, and they understand how to manipulate the flow of magic in and around objects and creatures. Artificers channel energy into items using magical components, diagrams, and complex chains of sigils. Their skills let them assemble a magic device for any situation.
An artificer might be a formal student of magic who became interested in artifacts and arcane items. Alternatively, one could be a tinkerer who devised magic tools in a musty basement. Or perhaps, an explorer who found knowledge in the forgotten places of the world. Whatever the source of their talents, a passion for the technical components of magic drives Artificers to perfect their Craft.
With a bandolier slung across their chest, Artificers carry an arsenal of alchemical compounds, magic implements, mundane materials, and tools. Their weapons, implements, and other gear are inscribed with runes and mystic patterns. They are quite adept at mixing reagents, drinking potions, and crafting items. They use knowledge to infuse objects and allies with arcane power. And one day, as most dream, their magical skills will carry them into legend.