Understanding a Man
A deep but difficult summa about Corpus that often leaves the reader somewhat nauseated. The author describes magically manipulating the human body in a poetry that is dark, perverse, somewhat childish, and yet strangely elegant. Moreover, the detail that the author goes into could probably add to one’s education in Chirurgy and Medicine (or, possibly, Craft: Butcher).
The author was ejected from House Jerbiton despite his great skill at Longevity Rituals and his noble connections but found a home with a small tradition of necromancers in Ex Miscellanea. Three years after that, all six other magi of that tradition, including their newest fresh-out-of-Gauntlet tyro, declared Wizard’s War on him at the same time. The author was killed, but at the cost of the lives of four of the six. The author’s lab was burned to the ground, the covenant moved, and the land given to the Church.
Suggested values: Corpus Summa L(amongst the best) Q("sound"), Tractatus Chirurgy Q("vain" to "sound"), Medicine Q("vain" to "sound")
An Apprentice’s Examination
The author is a Bonisagus censured by his House for taking too many apprentices – and then selling them to magi of other Houses for silver. The problem was so bad that all the remaining magi in his Tribunal refused to take any apprentices until the next Grand Tribunal (which was then 30 years away) and, further, declared they would work to get the Lex Hermae altered to remove House Bonisagus’ privilege. Not believing the magi would be successful, the Bonisagus continued until the Primus of the House invited him to Durenmar for consultations. As the story goes, the auhor was told "Ah, yes, he's in the Forum of Hermes and would like you to join him right away in a special ritual." He entered the Forum and discovered that both Bonisagus Queasitors (with their Hoplites) as well as the other Bonisagus archmagi were also there. The Primus said he would declare the magus Orbus unless and until he gave up the apprentice privilege permenantly and provided an excellent summa on Magic Theory to the covenants that felt wronged. The Primus also stated that, should the author decide to stay in the House, competent research assistants would be found for him when necessary.
And this text really is exceptional. An average debater at Tribunal, the author does appear to have been an exceptional author and teacher. The depth and scope of this text rivals the best generally available.
Suggested values: Magic Theory summa L(very high) Q(excellent), Order of Hermes Lore tractatus Q(very good).
The Blood of Fools and Nobles
A weighty text discussing the effects of Corpus magic on the Sanguine Humor. It takes two seasons of study to fully digest this text. The author makes reference to three other texts covering the other humors but they’re not in the Covenant collection.
Suggested values: Corpus tractatus x2 Q(good)