Over the course of seven years, the Colentes Arcanorum (see HoH:TL 10-11) receive between fifteen and thirty Lab Texts and tractatus submitted for consideration in the next Folio. At their meeting, held at an agreed-upon Regional Tribunal, the five members of the Colentes Arcanorum decide what will be included and what will not. "Only the best material is used. Unimaginative or routine Lab Texts are passed over, as are low Quality Tractatus or those on uninteresting subjects." Original research and Lab Texts that include experimentation are valued. Well-written tractatus are useful, but Lab Texts are preferred. "New spells and magic items are interesting, but the emphasis is on knowledge that pushes the boundaries of Hermetic magic."
Folios are disseminated through the Order by Redcaps (for a price), and some covenants may have a great many of them in their library. This thread is an exercise in creating one of these books; we will create a play aid, demonstrate the process, and see what kind of creative ideas everyone comes up with. (While there is a brief example in HoH:TL, none of the interesting qualities of any of the Lab Texts or tractati are discussed. In other words, it illustrates the mechanics of Folio selection without actually giving a Saga the things which make a Folio noteworthy.)
The five Bonisagi who are assembling this particular Folio are:
Archmage Petrus (ToP 70), Magic Theory 12
Conscientia (MoH 27) age 65, Magic Theory 12
Richard Strabo (LoH 80), Magic Theory 10
And two additional younger Bonisagi, whom we will name Alphonse (from the Rome Tribunal) and Bete Noire (from Normandy), each with Magic Theory of 8.
The Folio thus has a combined tractatus Quality and Lab Text magnitude of 50.
The first step is to collect submissions.
Each post in the thread must contain one and only one submission.
The submission must qualify for the Folio (be a Lab Text or tractatus).
Biographical data on the author, as well as other notes and observations, are welcome.
Update: We now have enough submissions for the selection process to begin; I count 18 up through Dunia's Wizard in the Well. I'll leave the thread open for a few more days and then start the review process. Thank you to everyone who has put their ideas forward!