The Deep, Part 1: Into the WoodThe forest surrounding The Kingdom of _____ had been called many names by those who lived in the cities. Poets called it “The Forever Forest”, Maps and historians “The Ӓlder Woods”. The King decreed its official name to be “His Majesty's Wood” in a vain effort to assert some human control of the most inhuman place on earth.
Those who lived in the small towns near the edge of the forest on the other hand and only ever called it by one name, The Deep. for you see in this world there are no oceans, no bodies of water larger than a small lake. Instead there is the forest, a vast unending stretch of trees surrounding the kingdom on all sides. The trees near the edge were mostly pine and birch no taller than a low tower and was populated by the normal fare of game, wolves ,deer, and the occasional black bear. But the further you strayed the taller the trees grew, until they towered over even the mountains and the creatures that roamed these dep
Of Blood And Sorcery: Part 2Excerpt from Encyclopedia Magi, page 1200 sub section F: Transmutation, Minotaurs.
Contrary to popular belief among non-Mages a Minotaur is not necessarily a Bull-headed man but actually any Human animal Hybrid created through Transmutation. Minotaurs differ from Chimeras in that the wild animal is the base rather than the human and they possess the ability to change their appearance to that of an ordinary human at will.
The earliest known mention of a Minotaur is in the Greek legend of Theseus. This Bull headed example is responsible for much of the misconceptions surrounding its kind. While this example uses a bull as its base the most common animal used is actually the dog as it results in an extremely loyal and versatile companion.
Since the invention of multi-cast spells in 1304 there have been limited reports of hybrid Minotaurs, hybrid in this case meaning the use of multiple animals as a base and in rare cases multiple humans as well. These Minotaurs are particularly da
Of Blood And Sorcery: Part 1Excerpt from Encyclopedia Magi, page 1456 sub section C: Taboo Magic’s, Blood Sorcerers.
Blood Sorcerers are the oldest known class of mage, appearing as early has 245 BC. It is believed that the first Blood Sorcerers, or Prima Magus as they are called in Latin, used primitive Runes and Wards to better chase, hunt, and trap game. Modern Blood Sorcerers use their heavily enchanted blood to cast all manner of Spells, Curses, Runes, Wards, and Charms the power of which goes unmatched by any other class of mage. However, due the amount of magic energy in their blood, most individuals can expect a normal life span of only 30-40 years. This reduced life is caused by the strain that enchantments place on living tissue and affects Chimeras and Minotaurs as well. However it also means that Blood Sorcerers develop much faster than ordinary humans, sometimes reaching a mental age of 16 at the age of 4 or 5.
Since the introduction of elemental magic, Blood Sorcerers have been ostraci