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“The question isn't whether magic is real. It's whether I can touch it without being consumed by it.”

- Victoria Lee

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 Something wicked this way comes...

...and it's human? No, it's changing. The power, it's corrupting their body and soul. They must not let their humanity slip away. 

 Magical folk or Margus as they call themselves are   individuals who have unlocked the hidden potential   inside themselves, allowing them to perform true magic.   Far from the medieval visions of the witches' sabbath,   Agency is no Faustian bargain but that does not mean   they are immune to gaining inhuman qualities. 

Being a Margus is not hereditary nor is it something that   is entirely learned. By destiny or by sheer luck some   individuals will experience the blooming where their   theurgical capacity is unlocked. The blooming varies   from Margus to Margus, making it unpredictable and   sometimes dangerous to those around them. 


 Modern theurgical society is governed by five global   bodies known as Conclaves: the Numinous Domini,   the Institute of Reason, the Shapers of the Clay, the   Hunters of Serenity and the Perennial Pilgrims. The   term Conclave originally referred to groups of Margus   who banded together to escape prosecution during   the witch trials of the Middle Ages but over time   these more distinct groupings emerged. Modern   Conclaves are extremely varied, the lockets (local   branches) of any particular Conclave may be   extremely different to one another, united only by   basic principles though not praxis. 

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 Ultimately the main purpose of a Conclave is guidance out of how to achieve the   Hallowing, a sort of state of transcendence. No one really knows how it works, its different   things to different people. Christians want to get into Heaven, Buddhists want to reach   Nirvana and some Neopagans want to go to the Land of Summer while Margus, want to   achieve the Hallowing. 

Disputes between the Conclaves are taken to the Charmera, akin to the United Nations   among vulgates (ordinary humans), the Charmera is meant to encourage interconclavial   cooperation though it is about as effective as the before mentioned organization. 

Margus not aligned to a Conclave are known as Anchorites. Anchorites are more common   than unaligned deviants of other kinds though they lack the protections that Conclaves   afford their members. 

Before the Conclaves, Anchorites were the norm, at most they would tend to group into   small lockets of six or less. 


“I think that we are like stars. Something happens to burst us open; but when we burst open and think we are dying; we’re actually turning into a supernova. And then when we look at ourselves again, we see that we’re suddenly more beautiful than we ever were before!”

- C. JoyBell C.

 The Numinous Domini believe the Hallowing is complete control over anyone they   consider to be their lesser. To them magic is (and should remain) a gift of only the select   few and they believe they are the crème of the crop. They only accept new recruits   from within their own five families, requiring non-family members to marry in if they   wish to join though they prefer marrying between families unless an individual is   extremely talented. Historically they, like many noble families, would inbreed believing it   would keep their lines pure leading to disease and deformity that cursed their families   for generations which even magic couldn’t cure. Even within the Numinous Domini’s own   families not all will experience the blooming and any family members who do not have   always been looked down on if not slaughtered outright. 

The Institute of Reason believe the Hallowing is the entire human race achieving the   blooming, that is they want to turn all vulgates into Margus. They believe Agency is the   next evolution of humanity and through subtle means they slowly introduce magic into   the mundane world. 

The Shapers of the Clay believe the Hallowing is to become a god. Humanity has   always adapted to the planet to suit its own ends so why would magical folk do any   different? They wish to control the earth, the planets, the moons, the stars, everything. 

The Hunters of Serenity believe the Hallowing is a state of total peace and   comprehension. Whether isolated and restrained like monks or fun loving, they seek to   understanding and refine their true selves. 

The Perennial Pilgrims believe the Hallowing is become one with the divine as the   ultimate expression of faith and dedication. Whether they believe in a single deity or   multiple, they seek to enhance their relationship with them and nurture their faith. 


 The formation of the Charmera led to the creation of the commissions, boards that   oversee the domains of magical folk known as mandates. There is no standard number   of commissioners, it can range from five to twenty though each commission is generally   led by a single chairperson. 

Though democratic in nature they have a real big problem with representation; for each   commission is commonly dominated by the primary Conclave of a mandate and they   tend to drown out the opinions of others, even when collectively they might outnumber   the primary Conclave. While secondary Conclaves may have little representation,   Anchorites seldom have any representation at all. Some have sort reform, but change is   slow and far from universal. 

Commissions sometimes find themselves in conflict with vampires due to overlaps in   domain and purview. Shrewd commissioners will know to make deals with vampires or   stay under their radar, for as powerful a Margus may be, vampires have been at it for a   lot longer than they have. 


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