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Manuscriptum Mentallis

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The Manuscriptum Mentallis

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Hermes Trismegistus

 


     This body of magical knowledge derives from ancient Greek and Egyptian manuscripts, known as the Hermetica; the other, more-famous surviving texts are the Manuscriptum Universal Alchemic, the Asclepius and the Corpus Hermeticum. All deal with alchemy, magic, astrology, etc.; a copy of this particular text was brought back from Egypt by Duke Leopold the Glorious, after the Fifth Crusade, and deposited circa 1210 - 1230 AD in the library at the Lilienfeld Abbey in Lower Austria. It laid there, unread, for five centuries, until discovered in 1775 by the founders of the Illuminated Brotherhood; the fact of its existence is still a closely-guarded secret.

     The first modern printing was made in 1782; it's a fairly straightforward transcription of the Latin text found at Lilienfeld.

     The dating of the original composition is traditionally from several thousand years B.C., however recent discoveries have made a date of about 200 B.C. more likely. In any case, this text is concerned with the mental control of other persons.

 

Mental Command (4 ) 

 

    This allows the caster to give simple or complex mental commands to others. The Definitions required are Duration, Range, Number of Subjects or Area, Type of Subjects, Familiarity of Subjects, and Elements of Complexity (Tasks, in this case); Conditional is optional; Gradual and Damage are not allowed.

     In the Greek manuscripts, this would be Dianoitikés Entolés.

 

Dominate Will (10 )

 

     With this discipline, the sorcerer can possess the body of another being, mentally. The Definitions required are Duration, Range, Number of Subjects or Area (which can only be "1 Person"), Type of Subjects, Familiarity of Subjects, and Elements of Complexity (which must be "may perform multiple Tasks"); Conditional is optional; Gradual and Damage are not allowed. While dominating another being, the sorcerer's own body lies in a comatose state.

     In the Greek manuscripts, this would be Kyriarchoún sto Nou.

 

Forget (4 )

 

     This causes a selective memory loss, of a subject (e.g. "elephants"; "the plot against the king"; "Latin"; "everything") or a period of time (e.g. "last Thursday"; "the last hour"). The Definitions required are Duration, Range, Number of Subjects or Area, Type of Subjects, Familiarity of Subjects, and Elements of Complexity; optional Definitions are Conditional and Gradual; Damage is not allowed. After the spell expires, the lost memories return.

     In the Greek manuscripts, this would be Xecháste.

 

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