I’ve just received my print copy of Lands of the Nile, the second African “not-Tribunal” book and it’s an absolutely fantastic piece of work, further demonstrating that “the Mythic World” of ArM5 includes much more than just the conventional construct of Europe and adding to the non-Christian extent of the setting.
To my mind, these two books have always been one project – in fact when Timothy (Ferguson) originally pitched the idea this material was going to be one book. This was how it was developed and brainstormed, until we realised the only way to do the material justice without compromising the amazing potential of this area was to excise Egypt and the Nile into it’s own book and give ourselves more time to get everything right for players and Storyguides alike.
One of the core concepts driving the design of the Arelat chapter of Faith and Flame was the wake of the depradations of Fraxinetum. This little known but fascinating episode from real history was a great hook and I felt the concept required at least some treatment in any Provencal Tribunal book.
I had just finished writing material for The Cradle and the Crescent at the time, so working on some ideas for a Moorish raider covenant came fairly easily.
See below for the link from the Faith and Flame page to the extra Fraxinetum material:
I’ve just uploaded and completed my first contribution to Vaults of the Order, the so-called “Hermetic Museum” project byTimothy Ferguson detailing a collection of interesting and unique items for general use by the ArM5 community.
Not unexpectedly, my first contribution involves jinn, well an ‘afrit to be specific , but the point is jinn are something I’m interested in, have already written about and have a bit of a reputation for jinni related materialthese days.
Given the remarkable response and popularity of the Andalusian Magic articles I posted recently, I’ve decided to add a few more to the menu and also link them in to the The Mythic Levant project pages.
First, Niall Christie’s article “Islamic Magic and 5th Edition” (published with permission) updating the Islamic Parameters from ArM4 Blood & Sand to 5th edition.
The second article is an update to the concept of “the Faerie Problem” experienced by non-European Hermetic magi more familiar with jinn than traditional Celtic, Germanic or Slavic style faeries.
Both article may also be useful for Sagas set in the Mythic Middle East drawing upon the material in The Cradle and the Crescent.
So while digging through my old material I came across a partially completed article on various concepts useful for playing Andalusian Magi.
I’d long lamented that much maligned ArM3 Tribunals of Hermes: Iberia contained a woefully inadequate amount on Granda and in truth basically no material on Islamic Hermetic Magi. I therefore decided to address this but never finished the piece.
Seemed a shame to waste such good ideas and given there appears to be no chance of a revised Iberian Tribunal anytime soon, I may as well dust them off and showcase them here for general use.
I’ve added the following material to the site already, but more will follow:
Some of the ideas and concepts may well be useful for Sagas set in the Mythic Levant or the Mythic Middle East and may provide interesting material for opponents or allies of characters located in the nearby Provencal Tribunal. The original ideas for some of the more developed concepts appeared in my old Sub Rosa article “Dar al-Nujum Covenant”, the complete text of which is now hosted on this site.
Back in early 2008, long-time Berklist alumni and agitator, Mark D Faulkner (aka “Marko Markoko”) sent me a draft of a piece he’d written in response to the “reinterpretation” of House Flambeau presented in Houses of Hermes: Societates that he wished to submit (in a spirit of protest perhaps) to Sub Rosa, then under the helmsmanship of Alex White.
It was a great piece, a real “diamond in the rough”, and a real showcase for Marko’s passion for all things Flambeau and his unbridled and consuming creativity.
I had the opportunity of commenting on some of the early drafts and the privilege of seeing the piece hammered into its final form, tempered into a striking 10-page piece with some great accompanying art. Marko has since gone on to write for the official line, contributing the almogavars to Grogs, the “City of Brass” adventure in Tales of Power and was the initial creative force behind the Val-Negra chapter of the just released Faith and Flame: the Provençal Tribunal.
I’ve managed to convince / cajole / beg / badger Marko into allowing me to repost the article here to coincide with the release of the latest supplement as the first of a series of supplementary posts to support the official Provençal material.
It’s definitely worth checking out.
Oh, and don’t forget that the remainder of Issue #3 contains articles by later editors Ben MacFarland and Mark Lawford as well as a revised piece on Mythic Zoroastrianism by then editor Alex White that ultimately evolved into the chapter of the same name in the first supplement I worked on, The Cradle and the Crescent…
I’ve been rearranging some of the site structure and editing some of the older pages to keep more in line with the overall theme and style I’ve developed over the last year. This includes checking on blank pages and links to ideas that I intended to create pages for.
I realised some of The Cradle and the Crescent pages were a bit bare, so I’ve filled them in with text and the appropriate links while I dig up some of the older cut-file material. Since one of the original intentions of this site was to supplement that particular work I want to make sure there’s easily accessible Mythic Middle East material.
Excitingly, I’ve also been granted permission by Niall Christie to host his additional ArM4 and ArM5 material for Blood & Sand: the Levant Tribunal, in particular his unofficial web supplement known as “Vestiges in Sand”. I’ll add this slowly to the Blood & Sand – Redux pages over the next few weeks but for now I’ve added his Variant Fifth Edition Sahir article as a counterpoint to the official tCatC version presented by Erik Dahl.
Niall’s ArM5 version of his original sahir is a simple, more traditional summoner build style of sorcerer that concentrates on Goetic style powers of Summoning and Commanding while incorporating the rules from The Mysteries: Revised Edition. Although I like the way Erik presented the Order of Suleiman and the Solomonic Arts, I prefer a more basic sahir style (reflected in the Solomonic Sihr only style of the Ashab al-Halqa or “Followers of the Circle”).
Rereading Niall’s article has made me think about some of the concepts for sahirAstrological Mysteries (essentially Planetary Invocation style magic)and Jinni Mysteries (powers granted by pacts with jinni tribes) that I wanted to develop but ran out of time, word count and experience to develop further. Hopefully I’ll find some of the old drafts an have a chance to polish them up soon.
I’ve always been meaning to collate some of the threads written in response to The Cradle and the Crescent, particularly relating to the sahir and jinn. This recent poston the Atlas Games forumsprompted me to revisit this idea.
I’ve added a short article to the Mythic Arabia section, an idea that didn’t make the final cut of The Cradle and the Crescent. It’s based on an image of a Bedouin warrior riding into battle atop a whirlwind, a style of cavalry appropriate in theme for the area.
Follow the link for details of an example of a Magic Saddle used to ride jinn.
Tales of Power has been spotted in the wild according to a post by Christian on the Atlas Forums. This means the previously unbreakable Solomonic Seal of the NDA has been broken, releasing the other authors and I from our brass bottles and allowing comment on the content…
So ask away over at the forums, this humble jinni is awaiting your command!