Tome: “Codex Magica – Volumes I-X” (1e)

One of the most wide-spread of the basic tomes of magic, many mages since the times of the Wars of Binding have their first introduction to the basic principles of magic in this ponderous, weighty tome written in a combiantion of Istarian and the True Speech. The tome is divided into sections covering each of the schools of magic, as well as the various magical effects along with explanations of the various instruments and tools associated with the magical arts. There are ten volumes in the series, each covering one rank of spell, with the tenth discussing lost arts and mighty magics from the past like the Great Veil. It is most common in the Heartlands and Kistath, though some groups have their own preferred instruction tomes such as the Sepher Ratziel and related tomes for the Society of Light, or the older Book of Seven that was much in use before the Codex Magica was penned and is preferred by some traditionalists despite it’s archaic style.

“Volume I: Magic of the First Rank” Contains the following spells: Comprehend Languages, Detect Magic, Find Familiar, Hold Portal, Imbue, Read Magic, Write, Wizard Mark. It also adds a +1% chance to spell research for all arcane (wizard) spells of 1st Rank if used as part of spell research. XP: 4000, Cost: 5000sp

“Volume II: Magic of the Second Rank” Contains the following spells: Knock, Protection from Cantrips, Wizard Lock. It also adds a +1% chance to spell research for all arcane (wizard) spells of 1st or 2nd Rank if used as part of spell research. XP: 3000, Cost: 5000sp

“Volume III: Magic of the Third Rank” Contains the following spells: Dispel Magic, Secret Page. It also adds a +1% chance to spell research for all arcane (wizard) spells of 3rd Rank or lower if used as part of spell research. XP: 3000, Cost: 5000sp

“Volume IV: Magic of the Fourth Rank” Contains the following spells: Magic Mirror, Remove Curse. It also adds a +1% chance to spell research for all arcane (wizard) spells of 4th Rank or lower if used as part of spell research. XP: 4000, Cost: 5000sp

There is a rare edition of Volume IV, the “Red Dragon Binding” that includes an in-depth appendix regarding the creation of potions, powders, and various forms of alchemy in addition to the normal contents. This volume also grants a +1 to the Alchemy Skill if used, as well as the Legendry and Arcane Lore skills when related to such matters. XP: 5000, Cost: 7,500sp (All volumes of this edition generally sell for half again the normal price)

“Volume V: Magic of the Fifth Rank” Contains the following spells: Contact Other Plane, Teleport. It also adds a +1% chance to spell research for all arcane (wizard) spells of 5th Rank or lower if used as part of spell research. XP: 5000, Cost: 7,500sp

“Volume VI: Magic of the Sixth Rank” Contains the following spells: Enchant an Item, Legend Lore. It also adds a +1% chance to spell research for all arcane (wizard) spells of 6th Rank or lower if used as part of spell research. XP: 6000, Cost: 7,500sp

Rarely found but highly valued, there is a stand-alone appendix to Volume VI that was part of the Grey Temple edition that is known simply as the “Artificer’s Appendix”. It is focused on the creation of magical artifacts and the filled with examples. lessons, and diagrams of how such matters should be handled. This volume also grants a +1 to the Arcane Lore skill and contains the following spells: Dweomerflow, Abeyance, Eternal Flame, Focal Stone, Crown Meld, Wonderous Web XP: 4,000, Cost: 20,000sp (Other volumes of this edition generally sell for triple the normal price) It is important to note that there is a very poor copy with flawed spell copies that can never be successfully learned (but do not impact the ability to learn them if studied elsewhere. It is a Very Difficult Arcane Lore check to tell the difference. XP: None, Cost: 20,000sp

“Volume VII: Magic of the Seventh Rank” Contains the following spells: Teleport without Error, Truename. It also adds a +1% chance to spell research for all arcane (wizard) spells of 7th Rank or lower if used as part of spell research. XP: 7000, Cost: 7,500sp

Some obscure copies of the Volume VII dating back to the Cult Wars include the spell Spiritwrack as well. These are known as the Black Tear printings due to their unique binder’s mark. XP: 10,500, Cost: 20,000sp

“Volume VIII: Magic of the Eight Rank” Contains the following spells: Binding, Permanency. It also adds a +1% chance to spell research for all arcane (wizard) spells of 8th Rank or lower if used as part of spell research. XP: 8000, Cost: 20,000sp

“Volume IX: Magic of the Ninth Rank” Contains the following spells: Astral Spell, Gate. It also adds a +1% chance to spell research for all arcane (wizard) spells of 9th Rank or lower if used as part of spell research. This volume also adds a +1 to Legendry and Arcane Lore skill checks as related to Angels (both the Host and the Fallen), Demons and Dearthlords, the Lords of the Maelstrom, and the Delian Council. XP: 9000, Cost: 10,000sp

“Volume X: Magic of the Tenth Rank” This volume contains no spells, but possession and use grants a +2 to rolls for Legendry and Arcane Lore. It also adds a +5% chance to spell research for all arcane (wizard) spells if used as part of spell research. XP: 5,000, Cost: 15,000sp

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