Sage Master is one of the 18 different Retorts available for customizing and empowering Wizards in Master of Magic. For the Sage Master, all production of Research Points is increased by 25%, regardless of its source. This allows the Sage Master to perform Spell Research up to 25% faster than any other Wizard. To pick this Retort, the Wizard must possess Spellbooks in at least two different Realms.
Sage Master is one of the basic Retorts available in Master of Magic. Any Wizard possessing this Retort receives one special benefit that will positively affect them for the duration of the game: Faster Research.
The Sage Master receives a 25% bonus to all raw Research Points. These can come from Power placed into Research, Town Buildings like the Library or University, and Research generated by Heroes under this Wizard's command.
As a result, any Spell Research will be completed up to 20% sooner than it would have been completed without this Retort. (The relative advantage is a bit smaller when other research bonuses are also present, because there is no multiplicative stacking.)
Sage Masters are therefore terrific at acquiring a wide variety of spells early on, and may be able to research some of the rarer and more powerful spells in the early game to gain an upper hand.
When creating a new Wizard, the Sage Master Retort consumes only one pick. However, to acquire this Retort the Wizard must first pick at least one Spellbook in two different Realms. For example, a Wizard with 8 and 2 Spellbooks may pick this Retort, but a Wizard with only 10 Spellbooks may not.