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
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
While Sefer Raziel forms the
foundation of sorcery, the seven books of Honorius give
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.