Scilly Saga Chargen Rules

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Ars Magica: The Scilly Saga
Game Start
Anno Domini MCCXX, hiems
A.D. 1220, winter
Game Year
Anno Domini MCCXX, aestas
A.D. 1220, summer
Magi of Leo
Eos of Tytalus
Llwyd of Bonisagus
Merlor of Flambeau
Rissa of Merinita
Lady Shona of Ex Miscelanea
Matteus de Taranto
Robert, the Steward
Other Characters
Grogs · Villagers
Languages Spoken
The Covenant
Covenant Library · Vis Sources
Magical Items · Mundane Wealth
Stonehenge Tribunal
Scilly Saga Chargen Rules
Ars Magica House Rules
Player Resources (PDFs)
Experience Point Worksheet
Character Sheet (Variant 1)
Character Sheet (Variant 2)

Magi Chargen

  • Magi characters must have been 21-25 years old at Gauntlet. (Thus, 26-30 years old at 1220.)
  • All the chargen rules in Ars Magica House Rules apply; apply the 'Baseline Skills' house rules immediately after Gauntlet, but before the five additional years
  • Virtues (or Flaws) that affect Quality of a book, trainer, etc, only applies post-Gauntlet.


  • Advance the magus five years out of Gauntlet
  • During this period, there are no trainers or teachers available. Each season is either a work season (exposure xp only), studying from books, or Practice seasons (see Ars Magica main book pp. 163-166)
  • Magi characters may spend time at Nova Semitae as a guest to use its library; however, because the magi don't have much vis to pay for the privilege, they can trade 2 seasons of work (translating lab texts, writing a book, or extracting vis) in exchange for 2 seasons of studying at the library. In this case, you may use the book qualities of the Nova Semitae library for advancement. (Note: if you spent time writing a book, let me know the subject, book quality, and title, since it will be added to the library) You may stay at Nova Semitae all 5 post-Gauntlet years (i.e. 10 seasons of work, 10 seasons of study or private lab work)
  • If you wish to study at your home covenant, you can do this for the first 2 years after Gauntlet before they cease your access. In this case, you must exchange 1 season of work per year for 3 seasons either studying from the list of books listed below or conducting private laboratory work
  • All other seasons not studying or working at your home covenant or at Nova Semitae must be considered Practice seasons
  • Magi can begin correspondences after Gauntlet (if done diligently, this is 20 seasons of Correspondence)

Home Covenant Library

The following are a list of books your magus has access to at his or her home covenant.

Summa Books


  • Foundation of Creation - Creo L6 Q21
  • On Divination - Intellego L7 Q 15
  • Changes - Muto L5 Q15
  • Foundation of Destruction - Perdo L5 Q15
  • Magical Control - Rego L11 Q 17


  • On Animals - Animal L5 Q15
  • Concerning Living Beasts - Animal L14 Q 17
  • Weather and Air - Auram L12 Q11
  • Philosophic Anatomy - Corpus L5 Q15
  • The Magical Use of Plants - Herbem L12 Q 13
  • Second Flames - Ignem L12 Q 16
  • Fundamental Stone Magics - Terram L5 Q 15
  • Minerals and Stones - Terram L12 Q 19
  • Ars Magica - Vim L6 Q21
  • Ruminations of Pure Magic - Vim L12 Q10

Arcane Lores:

  • Hermetic Magic (A study of Bonisagus's Principia Magica) - Magic Theory L4 Q 12
  • A Study of Recent Tribunal Decisions 1175-1200 - Order of Hermes Lore L3 Q9, Code of Hermes L3 Q9 (two separate read-throughs)

Tractatus Books


  • Subtle Improvements - Creo Q13
  • Conjurations of Flames - Creo Q9, Ignem Q9 (2 separate tractatus)
  • Magical Properties of Silkworms - Muto Q10, Animal Q10 (2 separate tractatus)
  • Canceling Magic - Perdo Q10, Vim Q10 (2 separate tractatus)


  • Animals of the Ancients - Animal Q7
  • Water Sprites of Morbihan - Aquam Q9
  • Darkness from Light - Ignem Q9
  • False Sounds - Imaginem Q8
  • Concerning the Binding of Ghosts - Mentem Q11

Lab Texts

  • Magus characters have access to 4th magnitude spells or lower only