Codex: Appendices A, B, & C (2017)

Appendix A—Ravager Origins

Despite the Arcanum’s claims, the available evidence shows that the Ravagers were indeed brought to Earth by sorcery.  Donne, Sawyer, Tierney, and Asbridge are a representative sample of the authorities and leading theories on the subject, outside the Arcanum’s control.  All four discuss, and show, archaeological and textual evidence, suppressed by the Arcanum Council, that indicates ancient sorcerers intentionally brought the early Ravagers to Earth from some other place.  To be fair, they probably did not mean to bring the Ravagers per se.  However, the evidence is clear that they were trying to bring something to Earth and the Ravagers were what came through, desired or not.

Since that initial foothold, Ravagers have bred like a plague all around the world, feeding on humans to fuel their reproduction.  We do not believe that any new Ravagers have come from off-world since at least the time of Alexander the Macedonian, but the ones already here bred enough to keep a thousand generations busy.

The Arcanum’s reasons for covering up sorcery’s responsibility seem clear.  They fear anything that would disparage or undermine the façade of a good name they’ve attempted to create, for themselves and sorcery.  The Council fears the reactions of the theurges, and, though they will never admit it, the witches should they officially acknowledge the culpability of the ancient sorcerers.

 

 

Appendix B—Apostate Groups

Contrary to what the Arcanum would like to claim and others to believe, the Apostates are neither a monolithic entity nor complete anarchists.  In fact, there are many organizations of Apostates in the world.  Because of space limitations, only six of the largest and most well known will be discussed here.

The Drifters are probably the closest to what most Arcanum sorcerers think of when they think of Apostates.  They are afflicted with wanderlust, or a drive to see the world, or a desire to aid people around the globe.  Regardless of the reasons, they travel constantly.  In the process, the Drifters are good for sharing news and delivering non-critical packages among Apostates.

The Eternal Circle is a group of idealists.  They seek to unite the sorcerers, theurgists, and witches in contravention of Arcanum law and rules.  Most Eternal Circlers believe in the existence of an ur-magic that eventually branched into others.  They often move fluidly between the three magical species, limiting their sorcerer contact to other Apostates and a rare handful of Arcanum members.

There is little to say about the Ghosts.  They are often hermits, so far as magical society is concerned.  They try to stay out of sight and off the proverbial grid.  Most Ghosts just want to be left alone, or hide, for a whole host of reasons.

Possibly the most infamous of Apostates are the Shadowmasters.  Despite their rather dramatic name, they have a reputation as excellent spies and assassins for hire.  They are entirely freelance and secretive, working for nearly anyone.  Rumors say they have even done off-the-record work for the Arcanum, but this is, obviously, difficult to impossible to confirm.  The few that I have met refuse to speak about current or past contracts, as they also have a reputation for the utmost discretion.

The Youxia are the group most demonized and feared by the Arcanum Council.  They consider themselves the spiritual descendants of the ancient Chinese folk heroes, or “wandering vigilantes”, of the same name.  They train continually to integrate their combat skills and sorcery, and vie with each other to test and improve their skills.  While the Youxia reject the Arcanum, they continue to hold to the war against the Ravagers, just not within the Arcanum hierarchy, bureaucracy, and reliance on the Guardians.

The sixth are important because they are the unsung heroes of sorcerers and Apostates.  They should probably not be discussed in public, but I will include them.  The Chameleons are an invisible Apostate organization.  They infiltrate the Arcanum, the Ravagers, and possibly other groups to acquire information and intelligence that they then pass on to the Youxia, some Shadowmasters, even the Arcanum through indirect channels.

 

 

Appendix C—Apostate Havens

After centuries of persecution at the hands of the Arcanum, many Apostates have set up safe havens for others of our kind.  These vary in size from tiny crash spaces to massive mansions, depending on the ability and finances of the host.  They exist all around the world and are open to all Apostates, regardless of affiliation.  They are more or less safe from the Arcanum and Arcanum agents are denied entry, or even finding the sites.  Some of the more famous havens of North America are discussed here.

The Amber Raven Hotel in Toronto is one of the oldest Apostate havens in North America.  It dates back to 1803, when the city was still called York.  The Amber Raven is a large, nineteenth century hotel that hasn’t changed much since it was built.  It has room for a couple score people at a time, for short of r long term residency.  The hotel is currently overseen by Katia Catalogna and a staff of ten Apostate sorcerers.  A few rumors have circulated that the hotel may have one or two Apostate Guardians in residence, but this seems somewhat farfetched and unlikely.

Located in San Diego, the Ashen Den began as a tiny crash space under the Spaniards.  Today, it is an unusual haven in that it is not located in one place.  Rather, the Ashen Den is a series of small to moderate crash spaces scattered throughout the city and maintained by San Diego’s Apostate population.  They are set up as places for visiting Apostates and those on the run from the Arcanum to reside in for a while, until they move on or are safe.  Locals take it in turns to clean, maintain, and stock the Den sites with necessities.  This has become a source of pride and a local tradition integral to San Diego Apostate culture.

The Hasty Clock is a bar in Boston founded around the time of the American Revolution.  It got its name, stories say, from the bar clock, which locals said ran fast because last call always came too soon.  The current proprietor, Drew Morrison, maintains his predecessors’ tradition of keeping the three floors of apartments above the bar open for any Apostate who needs a place to sleep or to lay low for a few days.  This offer is traditionally held regardless of affiliation or problems, though the last three proprietors have chosen to turn away Shadowmasters and confirmed violent criminals.

The aptly named Haven is a sort of camp-village situated in the mountains between Monterrey, Mexico and Cerro San Rafael.  It is perhaps the largest Apostate haven in North America.  The locals see to its maintenance and governance in their own ways.  The camp-village and its valley are concealed from normal humans and the Arcanum alike through a variety of sorceries.  Some who have visited also say that the locals have used earth sorcery to excavate into the valley floor and the mountains, creating both living and storage spaces that are even more secure from the Arcanum.

The Republic is a downtown Seattle nightclub and music venue, at least that is what humans see.  The club is currently operated by Jonas Yates, an Apostate sorcerer.  He has opened the club to all species, human and non-human, except Ravagers and the Arcanum.  The basement level of the club connects to the Seattle Underground, which the club proprietors have converted into both a façade of club storage and living space for Apostates who need a safe place to sleep.  That section is sorcerously cut off from the rest of the Underground, so human tours don’t stumble across it.

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