Provencal Tribunal Book Announced!

So finally, my third book for ArM5 is on its way (June)! There’s a fair bit of excitement over on the Atlas Games forums here, where a few tidbits have been spilled already by the Line Editor, David Chart:

  • ArM5 Provencal coverYes, that is Mistridge on the cover! But who is that figure standing in the doorway and what’s going on?
  • It’s a “standard” tribunal where pretty much all the assumptions from the corebook hold true.
  • There is a whole chapter about Val-Negra. Yeah!
  • Bellaquin is detailed, but the other ArM2/3 covenants have suffered from the devastating effects of the Albigensian Crusade.
  • Somewhat cryptically, David states that there is no covenant called Doissetep (insert disclaimer here) included… but I wonder what he means by that exactly?

Actually, to be honest, I know exactly what he means by that… but if I told you, I’d be breaching the NDA I signed a while back, which is frustrating but just the way it has to be.

I do however have an absolute load of Provencal related material leftover that was cut out during the playtest process or final word count check however, which  means I can start rearranging all that for inclusion on the blog and perhaps even trickling out some of the material over the coming months as a teaser of sorts…

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The Dream-Hunters (Mazzeru) of Corsica (Mythic Genoa material)

The Dream Hunters (Dorothy Carrington, Phoenix 1996)

Now that the house is more sorted following the sale, I’ve begun to dig out some of my research material that’s been unceremoniously shoved into the wardrobes. By example, I’ve dug out this gem of a little book, which has the following blurb:

“…The dream-hunters, or mazzeri, are unknown outside Corsica and probably date from pre-historic times. At night they go hunting or dream they do so – and kill an animal, in whom they recognise a human face. The next day they announce the death, which always takes place within a year. Where the mazzeri are harbingers of death, the signadori are guardians of life – they practise folk medicine, but more importantly,they secure release from the curse of the Evil Eye…”

When I first picked this up it looked just like a resource I could mine for a large amount of interesting material about the local variant of Nightwalkers (mazzeru or in the south, culpadori) and their benign counterparts, the signadori in particular. This was to be expected, but turns out to be a somewhat limited assumption.

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