Library

Rescued by Tristan

An Herbal Companion, by Alexa Dunbar. Dunbar was a French herbalist of no small repute who traveled extensively over Asia Minor, learning from the Moors. She writes an elaborate set of chapters that detail both magical and mundane techniques to raise and care for an herb garden that is fashioned to be entirely self-sustaining; those familiar with the subject matter will recognize the pattern as a "Dunbar Garden" which contains many healing (and poisonous) herbs and roots that are used in several covenants across the order. In French

Extant Numerology, by Fabin ex Criamon. This text describes and details a numerological system devised by the mathematician and numerologist, Fabin, including many translations of excerpts from Arabic texts. It strongly enforces the ideals of rationality and logic; adhering to a precisely numeric treatment of sentiment and metaphysic. Fabin proposes a means of astrological prediction based solely on a mathematical reduction of the characteristics of an individual. At times terse and obtuse, this text appears to be of little use without an advanced knowledge of mathematics, but would likely be useful to improve Enigmatic Wisdom.

The Anatomy, by Thomann and Muller. This is a simple primer in Anatomy and Physiology from two Prussian doctors. To the observant reader, however, there is an implicit symbolic subtext conveyed in the captions to some of the diagrams. Students of the occult will realize that Thomann and Muller are attempting to demonstrate the implicit power of several organs, and how their connectivity reveals a greater network of capability and power. Indeed, a section on 'The Feeding of the Organism' reads as though there is an attempt to convey a formula of some kind. There are notes in the margin in this section (indiscipherable) which appear to list some of the missing variables in their text (ie, times of mixing, amounts of ingredients, etc.) The authors are attempting to promote a vegetarian diet that will increase energy levels manifold. This particular text appears to be a Latin translation of an originally Germanic manuscript; the translator is not indicated.
Corpus Level 10, Quality 6, Requisite 3

Alchemie and Chirgury, by B. and M. (two "series" which are 7 volumes and 3 volumes respectively.) These texts are long, laborious metaphysical works that specifiy and detail several long experiments, as well as countless lesser works that attempt to peer into the fundamental nature of matter, from the medieval perspective. It is quite clear that the Artists have many insights into the use and transmutation of substances, and the nature of mental energy. How much of the tome is merely polemic is left to the reader's judgement. Many useful recipes are contained herein, although the herbalism in some stages is too obtuse for use by any Artist other than the most learned. Two of the volumes of the Alchemie Series are written in a strange verse form that appears to be of such complexity (and length) that further study must be achieved before its meaning can be speculated on. There are some notes tucked into the cover of these volumes, apparently authored by Bertram ex Flambeau, who seemed to see a flame-like chaos within the shifting verse structure.
Muto Level 13, Quality 7
Mentem Level 8, Quality 4
Herbalism 14, Quality 7, Requisite 5
Alchemy Tractatus, Quality 7, Requisite 1

Accounts, by Adrianus ex Jerbiton. Adrianus writes a short history of the covenant of Grayceholm in southern England. He writes of its founding, and its rise in power within in the Stonehenge Tribunal. This work becomes a collection of biographies as he details the abilities and character of many of the inhabitants of Grayceholm, as well as their enemies, most of whom are now long dead. Of note are accounts of the Farious ex Flambeau who left the covenant in 1018 to join Bynnewalle Covenant when it was repuposed to hunt Diedne. Also are several accounts of the abilities and weaknesses of the local fay. No explanation or theory is included, merely well-written and clear observations.

False Perceptions, by Vastalli ex Merinita. A three-book collection that delves into various aspects of illusions. Book one surveys the mechanics behind generating different types of illusions, including how to design rituals that can be used to automate illusions. Book two talks about the history of hermetic magic and illusions, and includes many excerpts from other volumes. The third and final book discusses the art of using sound in illusions, with en emphasis on enhancing the quality of music. Throughout all three volumes there is talk of how this Art more than any of the others in Hermetic magic, has been heavily influenced by fairy magic.
V1 Imaginem Level 8 Quality 6
V2 Imaginem Level 12 Quality 5
V3 Imaginem Level 15 Quality 7 Requisite 7

Chronical Legalis, by Edmund ex Guernicus. A book on Hermetic Law, with annotations by Edmund on how he believes contrary rulings across tribunals will interact, and theories as to why various parts have changed. In parts, Edmund expounds in detail on the historical precedent behind many of the rules, as well as what key events caused changes in the code to occur.
Hermetic Law Level 12, Quality 7

Encyclopedia Elementus, by Ambrose ex Flambeau. A 6-book collection of reference manuals on elemental magic. Book one discusses the commonalities across all elemental arts and is far more clearly written than the latter volumes; books two through five focus on each of the elements sequentially, and book six is a collection on spells and rituals that require a broad knowledge of the elements to work with. Book 3, Aquis, has severe water damage and would be hard to read without causing further damage.
V1 Any Element Level 8 Quality 7
V2 Auram Level 14 Quality 5
V3 (damaged)
V4 Terram Level 14 Quality 5
V5 Ignem Level 14 Quality 5

An Angelic Script Primer, by Natasha Grinkova Antovaskaya.
Church Lore Level 10, Quality 6

Rituals of Hermes. This book is a collection of rituals; the book itself is magically affixed to the Aegis of the Hearth and it shows how to create such that if it ever leaves the Aegis, its pages will quickly fade. The rituals inside include:

  • Aegis of the Hearth: this is an advanced ritual that places an anti-magic shell around the Covenant. Any mage who participates in the will be immune to the effects of the aegis.
  • Hermes' Portal: This advanced ritual will link together two places so that travel back and forth between them can be done instantly. It is a long, arduous ritual that must by done in sync in the two locations to be successful.
  • Gift of the Mind Made Whole: This advanced ritual costs the subject a rank of intelligence that will take a full year to recover; it will pull out any corruption in the mind (such as implanted memories) and will generally stabilize a person. Unfortunately, memories that have been destroyed cannot be recreated in this fashion, but if they were only hidden, they will be brought back.
  • A spell of copying; this ritual is in two parts. The first requires a book of the appropriate size, and it will transfer the information from this book into the other one, but not actually have it appear on the pages. The second part of the ritual must be cast within another aegis and it will cause the pages to appear, and also link the book to this new aegis. If the pages of a book have faded, this second ritual will also cause them to return.

untitled, by Anonymous. A book that tells the story of the travels of a boy through Arcadia. It is not properly bound, but instead a collection a pages between two un-connected covers. The individual pages are bound together in collections of 10-20. The interesting thing about this book is that no matter how you shuffle the pages, the book tells a brand new, and interesting story. In German

Found in Nicholas' Laboratory

The Character of Souls, author unspecified. A rambling text that seems at some times to be a comparative religion and at others to be an exploration about how a magus can save his own soul from eternal damnation.
Church Lore Tractatus Level 7

The Art of the Art, by Nicholas ex Verditius. This eleven-volume set is mostly complete, but it is clear that Nicholas has been assembling it over many decades.
Volume 1: On the nature of vis investment in items (Magic Theory Tractatus, Quality 12) This book has incredible margin notes, apparently from a form apprentice of Nicholas, that raises the quality by four points.
Volume 2: On the origins of vis in the mundane world (Magic Theory Tractatus, Quality 8).
Volume 3: On the nature and use of materials in magic (Magic Theory Tractatus, Quality 8)
Volume 4: On the gift and vis invested into items (includes speculations on adding and removing the gift in humans) (Magic Theory Tractatus, Quality 8).
Volume 5: On the magical nature of life, spirit, and blood (Magic Theory Tractatus, Quality 8)
Volume 6: On the augmentation of magic with technology (Magic Theory Tractatus, Quality 8)
Volume 7: On magic, religion, and the supernatural world (Magic Theory Tractatus, Quality 8).
Volume 8: On the nature and flavor of magic (Magic Theory Tractatus, Quality 8)
Volume 9: The one true magic (Vim Summae – Level 22, Quality 12) This book was likely Nicholas’ greatest single work ever. High quality due, in part, to margin notes in the same handwriting as Volume 1. There is a second volume of it, only 10% complete, with the margin notes worked into the text.
Volume 10: Occult Lore – Quality 10
Volume 11: Longevity Potions – an amazingly broad treatment, equivalent to a lab text of 7 for anyone.
Volume 12??: There are unfinished notes about various types of supernatural creatures that would have been a twelfth and final volume.

A set of Quasi-Hermetic rituals by Brangwyn, all fueled by blood.

  • The Blood Communion (MuVi ??): Like Wizards communion, but not everyone needs to know the spell (with some minor loss) as long as they provide blood.
  • Releasing the Inner Power (ReCo 25): uses a person’s blood to make them briefly more powerful (touch range)
  • Releasing the Primal Power (ReAn 25): Similar to previous, but works on animals. Also goes a step further so when the spell runs out the animal dies.
  • The Magical Trap Unsprung (ReVi 30): keeps magical triggers from tripping. The caster must place their blood on the trapped object or room and it will no longer be able to sense them for the purposes of triggering the trap.
  • The Blood Aegis (ReVi 70): An Aegis of the Hearth that requires all participants to place a sample of their blood in a chalice, along with the blood of anyone else who should be immune to the Aegis.

Gavin's Stash

A Natural History, by Szabo ex Jerbiton. Two volumes, Vol 1: Flora and Vol 2: Fauna. This tome from Szabo's own pen, catalogues and quantifies the flora and fauna to be found in the area of Europe now known as Austria. Szabo was a careful naturalist, and many elaborate drawings are present, highlight the predatory nature of all living entities. Throughout he is careful to tie in hermetic theory, making the books a useful aide in improving ones skills. These volumes are incredibly well-kept.
Vol. 1: Herbam Level 12, Quality 6
Vol. 2: Animal Level 12, Quality 6

Animalia Africans, by R.W. Chandlers. This six volume set (missing volume 3: Avians) is more comprehensive and less slanted than the Szabo work. In it, the authors catalogue the animals of the African jungles, mountains, plains, deserts and riparian communities, with rather artistic descriptions that elaborate on the abilities of all the animals noted. In French. Quality 9. Level 4, all volumes.

Animalia Asiaticans, by Szabo ex Jerbiton and R.W. Chandlers. This 3 volume set marks the pinnacle of the career of these two naturalists, who combine their literary and artistic skills in this enumeration and description of the plant and animal life native to most of Asia. Of note is volume 2 which deals with herbs and medicinal plants, complete with an extensive chapter on the use of herbal remedies by the nomadic tribes of the Asian Steppes, as well as the practices of several south-east asian "witch-doctors". A riveting treatment that will enlighten, instruct and fascinate readers of all levels of prior learning. In French. Quality 10. Level 5, all volumes. Volume 1 Animal Lore: Asia, Volume 2 Herbalism, Volume 3 Animal Lore: Asia.

Yylith Mastery (author unknown) A book of unknown contents; there is a note on the cover from Gavin ex Jerbiton stating that the previous owner claimed that any who have tried to read it vomit up blood after just a few seconds. Oddly, the blood slides off the book doing no harm, an effect that he notes could be more generally useful for preservation. Language Unknown. When Atria licked it, it tastes like desiccated dust and death. Deep death. She felt obsession and anger. Then hesitance but temptation towards power. Then jealousy/envy about the way other people would be able to explain this so much better. When she finally put it down, she felt emotionally drained.

Contains a spell to pull people back from a connected Hell dimension. Requires an arcane connection; spell focus something from the dimension, +3. Marsilia has translated the version for pulling them back after 3 months. People may glow in colors after coming back; these indicate their state (possessed, etc.); Marsilia has not translated these parts.

Encyclopedia Spiritualis. author unknown. This massive (1200+ pages) single volume is a dictionary, encyclopedia, bibliography and text book of the matters of spirits and their manifestations within the physical realm. It describes and recounts a historical and cultural perspective of many of the belief-systems that have any aspect that surrounds the nature of the soul and the experiences of the afterlife. An invaluable manual for any who are interested in matters of the dead and undead. In French.

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