One of the reasons I love Ars Magica is everyone in it is fairly grey in moral terms. The only entities truly called evil are the Infernal, everyone else is "just folk." That's the kind of game I like where alignments don't exist beyond social/moral constraints. But...
I was brainstorming ideas for a covenant for the Vanilla Project. Then I was reading Iberia again. I may be one of the few that really, really loved Iberia. I enjoy combat, martial exercise and opportunities for magi to flex their muscle beyond political arenas. After all, it's what we all dream of right? To drive our enemies before us and hear the lamentation of their women? I was looking over some notes I had written for a planned Iberian/Provencal game where the players were the covenant of Jaferiya. Since the plotline of Iberia is so well-known, I figured just to steal the covenant and make the Shadow Flambeau a more widespread group. After all, the best enemies are those rogue and renegade from the Order itself.
But then I got to thinking last night... after mucho cervezas... what about just evil? What if the players WERE the Shadow Flambeau in Jaferiya? How fun would that be? No need to hide being an Infernalist from the group, taking advantage of that whole realm of powers! Plotting on a massive scale against the Order, the Church and the Almohads. Breaking the Code time and again. A truly nefarious evil and sinister plot enacted by player characters! Sometimes you have to turn the cup over to look at it in a new way.
So my question is, has anyone ever played a truly evil magus? Not your power-obsessed politician or the creepy necromancer or anything like that. Those are standard magi in the Order and I love that the Order just smiles and says "hey, we don't judge!" But I mean E-V-I-L. You had a master plan, a sinister plot, you drowned kittens as part of your rituals, you stole children from candy (yes, you read that right) for payment on supernatural bargains. And I don't mean the ever-present "dark-cloaked in appearance" lame, garden bad magus that tries to get into every PbP game. I want to hear about LEX LUTHOR!
Even better, has anyone run a Saga expressly dedicated to Evil? To Infernalism. To serving the Old Ones who demand release from the twisting depths? Not power-hungry politicians but all out, "hey we're gonna take over France with a reanimated King Richard and lead a crusade against the entire Order of Hermes" evil.
And if you're thinking... "Well, I had that one character. She was a nasty piece of work, I wonder if she qualifies..." Trust me, she doesn't. You KNOW evil. If you have to convince us, then you weren't EEEEVIL enough. No Diet Cokes of Evil here. I want Skeletor, I want Rasus, I want the Dark Order of Nasty Bloody Magi Who Think Hunchbacks Must Be In Every Lab...
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