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The Book Of
A historical look at the mechanics and use of the arcane arts before
the end of the Age of Magic, as written by Batlin of Britain
Before anything further is written, it must be noted that the following
section is included only as a matter of historical documentation.
The use of magic has long been proven to be unreliable and the suspected
cause of mental deterioration. The author takes no responsibility
for anyone who may attempt to practice magic based upon the information
The Mage's Spellbook
The first component necessary for the successful casting of spells
by a mage is his spellbook. It is his principle tool and without
it the mage cannot function. This book contains the formulae and
incantations required to cast the specific spells that a mage knows.
As mages become more experienced they can acquire new spells. A
wise and long-practicing mage may have a great tome filled with
strange drawings, diagrams and writings. These writings will be
explained in greater detail in a forthcoming section. Every mage's
spellbook contains several basic magical spells called linear spells.
These too will be explained in their own section.
The Mage's Reagents
The second component required for spellcasting is the proper reagent.
These chemical materials serve as a link between the physical world
that the mage wishes to affect and the psychic energies of the ethereal
waves that the mage is drawing upon to effect that change. Some
reagents are relatively common herbs, others are rare and exotic
items. The following is a list of reagents used by all mages.
Black Pearl: Black pearl is an exceedingly rare commodity; fewer
than one in ten thousand pearls is black. They have been found at
the base of tall cliffs on Buccaneer's Den. While a less than perfect
pearl may be perfectly acceptable for decorative purposes, the black
pearl of a mage must be perfectly formed or it is virtually worthless.
Black pearl is ground up into a fine powder.
Blood Moss: In recent years the only places where this strange
substance can be located are in the Bloody Marsh across the mountains
from Cove (where many years ago thousands of soldiers lost their
lives) or in the enchanted forest of Spiritwood, beneath the rotting
bark of dead trees.
Garlic: Certainly this is the most commonly available of all magical
reagents. There are few kitchens in all of Britannia that are not
supplied with at least a few cloves of this spice. Garlic cloves
are washed and ground into a paste, providing significant protection
from harmful magic.
Ginseng: The healers of our fair land have known of the healthful
and restorative powers of this bitter root for hundreds of years.
But to the mage it requires special preparation. It must be boiled
and reboiled in the freshest of water no less than forty times!
This reduces it to a strong-smelling syrup that makes a very potent
Mandrake Root: This rare plant extract, found only in the darkest,
dankest corners of the foulest of swamps, is a most sought after
magical reagent. It is also one of the most difficult of all reagents
to prepare, for in being dug up the tap root of the mandrake plant
must not be broken. Also, that root itself must be properly prepared,
boiled and dried. Mandrake root can be found on the Bloody Marsh
and in a place known as the Fens of the Dead, south of Paws.
Night Shade: This plant, found only in swamps, only blooms at night.
The fungal cap from this rare and unusual mushroom may be either
crushed or boiled into a tea. The mage must always use great care
when handling nightshade, for it is not only a very potent hallucinogenic,
it is also extremely poisonous.
Spider's Silk: While this is a common reagent, it can be very difficult
to gather any significant quantity of it from any single source.
Mages have been known to frequent caves and crypts and even run
their own personal spider farms in order to maintain an abundant
supply of spider's silk. It usually takes at least an ounce of silk
to cast a spell.
Sulfurous Ash: The great quantities of ash generated by a volcanic
eruption makes this a common commodity as far as magical reagents
go, but one does usually have to travel in order to acquire a large
quantity of it. In recent years the most common source of sulfurous
ash has been the Isle of the Avatar, location of violent volcanic
activity many years ago.
The Mage's Words of Power
The final component necessary for the mage to cast a spell is the
spoken mantra that constitutes the words of power. Far more than
simple memorization of the words and their meanings is required.
The mage must have a consciousness-altering com-prehension of each
individual syllable of a word of power. The pronunciation of each
syllable resonates through the ethereal waves as the spell is being
cast. Incor-rect pronunciation invariably causes ethereal turbulence.
Long periods of medita-tion upon each syllable and many hours of
controlled breathing exercises are re-quired before the proper use
of the mage's words of power can be learned. The following is a
list of the known syllables that make up the words of power.
The mage is able to cast spells when the three elements—spellbook,
reagents and words of power—are combined in one unique and fluid
action. The mind of the mage must be properly focused, as some spells
affect just one person, others affect a group of people and still
others affect a specific area. As a mage's experience in casting
spells increases, so too will the potency of many of his spells.
Outside distractions and interference, as well as the intended target's
natural resistance, might prevent the successful casting of any
spell. One factor over which the mage has no control is the state
of the ethereal waves when a spell is being cast. While the ethereal
waves are often subject to turbulence, such turbulence is a temporary
Once again, the author takes it upon himself to warn his readers
that the following is included as nothing more than a matter of
historical record. It is a statement of absolute fact that most
of these spells do not work and many will turn back upon the user.
The use of magic is strongly suspected to be the cause of a strange
mental deterioration than can affect anyone who has practiced magic.
The reader is strongly discouraged from experimenting with the spells
Linear Spells There are certain spells that a mage will immediately
be able to learn upon complet-ing his apprenticeship. They are called
Linear spells because they do not directly correspond to any of
the eight circles of magic that exist in the ethereal waves. Linear
spells are the only types of magical spells that require no reagents
AN ZU (Awaken) This spell awakens one sleeping or unconscious creature.
AN FLAM (Douse) This spell extinguishes any small, non-magical
BET ORT (Fireworks) This spell creates an impressive display of
multi-colored moving lights. When the mage becomes more experienced,
he can use these lights to frighten his enemies, sometimes causing
them to flee.
BET LOR (Glimmer) This spell creates a small light source that
lasts for a short period of time.
KAL LOR (Help) This spell resurrects the mage and his party and
teleports them to Lord British's castle, where they will be fully
healed. Remember that this spell is usable only once by any mage.
IN FLAM (Ignite) This spell generates a tiny missile of sparks
that can ignite flammable material.
VAS KAL (Thunder) This spell causes a single thunderclap to be
heard, as if a terrible storm is imminent.
REL HUR (Weather) This spell can create a storm or cause an existing
storm to stop.
The Circles of Magic There are eight circles of magical spells,
each successive circle representing a more powerful level of magical
energy. The ethereal waves are made up of eight rings or circles
which correspond to the levels of the spells. Each circle is one
of eight swirling vortices, all spinning one within another and
expanding out through the universe. The more powerful the spell
a mage casts, the deeper into the inner circles of the ether must
the concentrated psychic energy of the mage penetrate. Required
for the mage are many, many hours of meditation, the strength of
concentration, and the will to reach into one of the higher circles
with his psychic energy. Every mage is fully aware that a backlash
would upset our physical world, possibly harming the mage and those
The First Circle of Magic
VAS AN ZU (Awaken All) Reagents: Ginseng, Garlic This spell awakens
all unconscious members of the mage's party.
IN MANI YLEM (Create Food) Reagents: Garlic, Ginseng, Mandrake
Root This spell creates enough food for the mage and each member
in his party to have one meal.
AN NOX (Cure) Reagents: Ginseng, Garlic This spell cures poison
and restores a person afflicted with paralysis. It has also been
known to work against an assortment of other malicious maladies.
WIS JUX (Detect Trap) Reagents: Spider's Silk, Nightshade This
spell reveals the location of all traps within sight of the mage
and his party.
VAS AN FLAM (Great Douse) Reagents: Garlic, Spider's Silk This
spell is a more potent version of the Linear spell Douse. It extinguishes
all dousable items within a certain area.
VAS IN FLAM (Great Ignite) Reagents: Sulfurous Ash, Spider's Silk
This spell is a more potent version of the Linear spell Ignite.
It will cause all flammable items within a certain area to burst
IN LOR (Light) Reagent: Sulfurous Ash This spell is a more potent
version of the Linear spell Glimmer. It creates a source of light
that will illuminate a darkened area. This light source can travel
with the party and lasts for a significant amount of time.
IN WIS (Locate) Reagent: Nightshade This spell reveals the sextant
position of the mage, even when underground.
The Second Circle of Magic
AN JUX (Destroy Trap) Reagents: Sulfurous Ash, Blood Moss This
spell destroys any one specific trap upon which it is cast.
ORT YLEM (Enchant) Reagents: Black Pearl, Mandrake Root This spell
causes up to an entire bundle of arrows or bolts to become enchanted
and glow blue. Enchanted missiles will always hit their target and
do significantly more damage than normal.
VAS FLAM (Fire Blast) Reagents: Sulfurous Ash, Black Pearl This
spell causes great jets of flame to burst forth from the mage and
strike his target.
VAS LOR (Great Light) Reagents: Sulfurous Ash, Mandrake Root This
spell is a more potent version of the First Circle spell Light,
and has a substantially longer duration.
VAS AN NOX (Mass Cure) Reagents: Mandrake Root, Garlic, Ginseng
This spel l cures the mage and all members of his party at once.
UUS SANCT (Protection) Reagents: Sulfurous Ash, Ginseng, Garlic
This spell temporarily makes its subject more difficult to strike
in combat, as well as rendering him invulnerable to traps and other
ORT POR YLEM (Telekinesis) Reagents: Blood Moss, Mandrake Root,
Black Pearl This spell allows the mage to manipulate objects without
POR ORT WIS (Wizard Eye) Reagents: Blood Moss, Nightshade, Mandrake
Root, Sulfurous Ash, Black Pearl, Spider's Silk This spell enables
the mage to extend his sight out over great distances, passing through
any barriers that exist between himself and anything he wishes to
The Third Circle of Magic
DES SANCT (Curse) Reagents: Sulfurous Ash, Nightshade, Garlic This
spell is a minor curse that temporarily makes an enemy easier to
hit in combat, while making it harder for him to strike the mage
or any member of his party.
MANI (Heal) Reagents: Ginseng, Garlic, Spider's Silk This spell
heals half the injuries that its subject has sustained.
AN POR (Paralyze) Reagents: Spider's Silk, Nightshade This spell
paralyzes an enemy in his tracks for a short period of time.
VAS WIS (Peer) Reagents: Nightshade, Mandrake Root This spell gives
the Mage a look at the entire world as well as showing his location
IN NOX (Poison) Reagents: Nightshade, Blood Moss, Black Pearl This
spell enables a mage to poison one enemy.
VAS UUS SANCT (Protect All) Reagents: Sulfurous Ash, Ginseng, Garlic,
Mandrake Root This spell is the equivalent of casting the Third
Circle spell Protection on everyone in the mage's party simultaneously.
IN ZU (Sleep) Reagents: Nightshade, Spider's Silk, Black Pearl
This spell causes the enchanted person to fall asleep.
KAL BET XEN (Swarm) Reagents: Nightshade, Mandrake Root, Blood
Moss This spell summons swarms of insects to attack the enemies
of the mage from all directions.
The Fourth Circle of Magic
KAL XEN (Conjure) Reagents: Spider's Silk, Mandrake Root This spell
summons a wild beast that will fight for the mage against any enemy.
ORT GRAV (Lightning) Reagents: Black Pearl, Sulfurous Ash, Mandrake
Root This spell enables the mage to cast a bolt of lightning that
will strike his target. This lightning is so destructive that no
armor can protect its wearer from it.
KAL POR YLEM (Mark) Reagents: Mandrake Root, Black Pearl, Blood
Moss This spell creates a magical (but invisible) "mark" on any
of eight specific colored stones. The Fourth Circle spell Recall
can then be cast on that stone.
VAS DES SANCT (Mass Curse) Reagents: Sulfurous Ash, Nightshade,
Garlic, Mandrake Root This spell is similar to the Third Circle
spell Curse, but it affects an entire group of the mage's enemies.
KAL ORT POR (Recall) Reagents: Mandrake Root, Black Pearl, Blood
Moss This spell is a minor spell of teleportation. Casting it on
a Marked stone takes the mage and his party back to where the Mark
spell was cast on that stone.
WIS QUAS (Reveal) Reagents: Sulfurous Ash, Blood Moss This spell
makes visible all things that were invisible within a specific area.
KAL WIS CORP (Seance) Reagents: Blood Moss, Mandrake Root, Nightshade,
Spider's Silk, Sulfurous Ash This spell allows the mage to speak
to all recently dead ghosts, until sunrise. If one were travelling
to Skara Brae, the wise mage would have a healthy supply of appropriate
reagents to cast this spell many times.
EX POR (Unlock Magic) Reagents: Sulfurous Ash, Blood Moss This
spell unlocks magically locked items, including doors and chests.
The Fifth Circle of Magic
AN XEN EX (Charm) Reagents: Black Pearl, Nightshade, Spider's Silk
This spell can be used either to ensorcell an enemy or creature
into doing the mage's bidding, or to free one who is under the effects
of a charm.
POR XEN (Dance) Reagents: Mandrake Root, Garlic, Blood Moss This
spell makes everyone in sight (except the mage and his party) start
AN GRAV (Dispel Field) Reagents: Garlic, Black Pearl, Sulfurous
Ash, Spider's Silk This spell can dispel any type of magical field,
such as a Fire Field.
VAS FLAM HUR (Explosion) Reagents: Mandrake Root, Sulfurous Ash,
Black Pearl, Blood Moss This spell creates a ball of flame that
rushes toward the mage's intended target and explodes.
IN FLAM GRAV (Fire Field) Reagents: Black Pearl, Sulfurous Ash,
Spider's Silk This spell creates a wall of fire between the mage
and his enemies.
VAS MANI (Great Heal) Reagents: Ginseng, Spider's Silk, Mandrake
Root, Garlic This spell completely heals an injured person.
SANCT LOR (Invisibility) Reagents: Nightshade, Blood Moss This
spell renders the mage undetectable, not only from sight but to
all means of normal detection. There are certain creatures that,
for various reasons, are capable of seeing invisible objects or
VAS ZU (Mass Sleep) Reagents: Ginseng, Nightshade, Spider's Silk
This spell is a more potent version of the Second Circle spell Sleep.
It puts to sleep a group of targets that are not in the mage's party.
The Sixth Circle of Magic
QUAS WIS (Cause Fear) Reagents: Nightshade, Mandrake Root, Garlic
This spell causes such a wave of fear that each man and creature
who is not in the mage's party might flee as if in danger of death.
IN QUAS XEN (Clone) Reagents: Sulfurous Ash, Spider's Silk, Blood
Moss, Ginseng, Nightshade, Mandrake Root This spell creates an exact
duplicate of any mortal creature, who will then fight on the same
side as the original.
KAL FLAM GRAV (Fire Ring) Reagents: Sulfurous Ash, Black Pearl,
Mandrake Root, Spider's Silk This spell create a ring of fire that
will encircle the mage's target.
VAS IN FLAM GRAV (Flame Strike) Reagents: Sulfurous Ash, Black
Pearl, Blood Moss This spell creates a field of fire at the feet
of all the mage's enemies that are within sight.
VAS ORT HUR (Magic Storm) Reagents: Mandrake Root, Nightshade,
Sulfurous Ash, Blood Moss This spell summons a swirling storm that
will randomly attack the enemies of the mage with powerful bolts
IN NOX GRAV (Poison Field) Reagents: Nightshade, Spider's Silk,
Black Pearl This spell creates a field of energy that will poison
all who come into contact with it.
IN ZU GRAV (Sleep Field) Reagents: Ginseng, Spider's Silk, Black
Pearl This spell creates a thick wall of energy field where the
mage desires. All who enter this energy field will fall asleep.
VAS POR YLEM (Tremor) Reagents: Blood Moss, Sulfurous Ash, Mandrake
Root This spell creates violent tremors in the earth that will cause
the mage's enemies to tremble frantically. The effects of this spell
will not inhibit the mage or his party.
The Seventh Circle of Magic
REL YLEM (Create Gold) Reagents: Mandrake Root, Spider's Silk This
spell changes a chunk of lead into ten gold nuggets.
CORP POR (Death Bolt) Reagents: Black Pearl, Nightshade, Sulfurous
Ash This spell enables the mage to project a bolt of lethal energy
at a specified target.
TYM VAS FLAM (Delayed Blast) Reagents: Mandrake Root, Sulfurous
Ash, Black Pearl, Blood Moss, Spider's Silk This spell causes whatever
it is cast upon to violently explode, destroying much of the surrounding
area. The explosion is delayed long enough to give the mage and
his party time to get out of range of the blast.
IN SANCT GRAV (Energy Field) Reagents: Mandrake Root, Spider's
Silk, Black Pearl, Sulfurous Ash This spell creates an electrical
field that protects the mage by harming all who attempt to pass
IN HUR GRAV YLEM (Energy Mist) Reagents: Mandrake Root, Nightshade,
Sulfurous Ash, Blood Moss This spell causes an electrified mist
that flows from the caster, enveloping his enemies and harming them
as long as they remain within it.
VAS AN XEN EX (Mass Charm) Reagents: Black Pearl, Nightshade, Spider's
Silk, Mandrake Root This spell is similar to the Fifth Circle spell
Charm, but it affects an entire group of the mage's enemies.
IN VAS POR (Mass Might) Reagents: Black Pearl, Mandrake Root, Ginseng
This spell doubles the strength and combat abilities of everyone
in the mage's party.
VAS MANI (Restoration) Reagents: Ginseng, Garlic, Sulfurous Ash,
Mandrake Root This spell instantly heals all injury, dispels all
harmful magic and cures all poison or paralysis inflicting the mage
and his party.
The Eighth Circle of Magic
VAS KAL AN MANI IN CORP HUR TYM (Armageddon) Reagents: Black Pearl,
Blood Moss, Garlic, Ginseng, Mandrake Root, Nightshade, Spider's
Silk, Sulfurous Ash This spell is believed to be so powerful that
it may be capable of destroying all known living things in the entire
world. Fortunately, this spell has never been cast!
VAS CORP HUR (Death Vortex) Reagents: Mandrake Root, Nightshade,
Sulfurous Ash, Blood Moss This spell creates a swirling black vortex
at the point the mage designates, which will thereafter move at
random. Everyone within this vortex will be continuously struck
VAS SANCT LOR (Invisibility All) Reagents: Mandrake Root, Nightshade,
Blood Moss, Black Pearl This spell is the equivalent of casting
the Fifth Circle spell Invisibility upon the mage and everyone in
VAS CORP (Mass Death) Reagents: Garlic, Ginseng, Mandrake Root,
Nightshade, Blood Moss This spell causes everyone in sight (except
of the mage and his party) to instantly drop dead.
IN MANI CORP (Resurrect) Reagents: Garlic, Ginseng, Spider's Silk,
Sulfurous Ash This spell, when successful, empowers the mage to
restore life in one who has died.
KAL VAS XEN (Summon) Reagents: Mandrake Root, Garlic, Blood Moss
This spell summons a powerful creature that will fight for the mage
and his party.
IN JUX POR YLEM (Swordstrike) Reagents: Black Pearl, Nightshade,
Mandrake Root This spell creates a deadly pinwheel of eight spinning
swords that sails toward the designated target.
AN TYM (Time Stop) Reagents: Mandrake Root, Garlic, Blood Moss
This spell stops the passage of time for the entire world, with
the exception of the mage and his party.
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