3.3   THE SWORN BOOK OF HONORIUS

In the fourteenth century a sorcerer of great foresight came onto the seen.   His name was Honorius (not to be confused with the Pope of the same name).   Honorius believed, and history would prove him right, that a great persecution was coming at which time the sorcerers would be rounded up and killed by the church.   Mainstream religion, feeling threatened by the brazenness of the mystics, would attempt to squelch their art. 

In preparation for this coming inquisition, Honorius set down the whole of his art in seven books.  These books were composed with the help of the angel Hocroel, a member of the choir of Dominations.  It is unclear why this celestial sought to help mankind maintain its hold on sorcery.  While the persecution, torture, and execution of its proponents was something the children of fire vehemently opposed, the eradication of their art and the threat it posed would have been greatly appreciated.   Some have hypothesized that Hocroel's help was not voluntary, having been ritualistically bound to the sorcerer.

While Sefer Raziel forms the foundation of sorcery, the seven books of Honorius give the details.   Every nuance is spelled out in great detail, allowing even the most novice of practitioners to acquire great skill quickly.

Honorrius commanded that only two copies of each book be made.   Hence only twenty-one of these masterfully written texts are in existence. Because of the threat Honorius perceived, he made it a crime among sorcerers to make additional copies of these works, and any sorcerer who breaks this tradition will incur the unforgiving wrath of his brethren.

Additionally, Honorius felt that no one sorcerer should have possession of all the books.  For if he was discovered, then all would be lost.   Subsequently, he passed out the texts to the great sorcerers of his time, so that none would have more than one.   They have remained separated ever since.

Of the seven books only one is known to exist in the mundane world.   The Sworn Book of Honorius holds the kernel of all magic. It explains the philosophy, organization, and general principles of solomonic sorcery.  What it does not contain is in depth analysis of particular rituals.   These details are split up among the other six books.  The work can offer inspiration to the acolyte, but will not grant them any usable knowledge.


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