3.8 THE SORCERER
To some extent sorcerers are
outcasts in society.
They must always conceal a part of themselves
from the world—not just to shield themselves from the
ridicule and persecution of other humans but also to
protect against the celestial beings who would torment
them if their true nature was revealed.
For the Charlatans, no such hiding
is necessary. They
brazenly proclaim to the world that they possess these
mystical powers, when in fact they are nothing more than
frauds who seek to swindle people out of their hard
They are not hunted by angels or demons, for
these celestial emanations see them for what they are.
Chances are that if a child of clay proclaims
himself a wizard in public, he is a hoax.
For the real sorcerer, life can be
a lonely existence.
Many find themselves unable to cope with the
everyday problems of mundane men.
They are children of clay and yet some how find
themselves removed, distant, from their own kind.
They seldom marry and almost never have children.
Even friendships are hard to come by.
They mistrust other sorcerers and must hide a
part of their soul from the uninitiated. Besides, there
is no time for such frivolous relationships. All their
dreams and ambitions are funneled through the study of
This is not to say, that all
practitioners occupy the fringes of the society,
shadowing figures lurking the grimy back alleys or far
removed wilds. Indeed,
some have great prominence in the world.
They are politicians, bankers, and CEOs, and
while there social skills may seem beyond reproach, it
is all an act designed to hide their true nature.
Sorcerers are neither good nor evil
do, however, almost always have a selfish agenda to
it is the magic itself or the personality type that is
drawn to these endeavors, but the practitioners of
solomonic sorcery seem to always have a skewed
perception of things
Their views are always slightly different from
the norm. Some
are merely eccentric, while others push the bounds of
sanity to its very limit.
To progress past the stage of mere
curiosity, a would-be sorcerer must find a mentor.
With out guidance she would flail helpless at the
art (accomplish nothing).
But popular culture has led us to believe that
sorcerers convene in large enclaves, but this couldn't
be farther from the truth.
They are too distrustful of each other to gather
in groups of larger than three. Instead the master/pupil relationship is a one on one
here, though, the master sorcerer is unwilling to
divulge too much information to his student at once.
The disciple must prove his worthiness and
loyalty over time.
In the end, the greatest gift a master can bestow
upon his pupil is to present him with the master's own
is usually done near the end of the master's life.
Being a sorcerer does not automatically relegate a child of clay to Tartarus upon his death. If the life led was a good one, he will still ascend to Eden. No pact with Sammael is ever entered into, and sorcerers firmly believe in the existence and power of the Almighty. It is this divine authority that they call upon to bind celestial beings.