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Volutus, filius Praesulis, disciplus Bonisagus

Magus Volutus is a striking man with ash blonde hair, which he wears to shoulder length, and very pale blue eyes. A slender man, with delicate limbs, he moves with grace and a sense of purpose. He is a calm and courteous man, though tough minded and determined when matters are of importance to him. Within Hermetic society he wears fine robes, subtly marked with magical sigils. When travelling his garb is more mundane but still of a good quality.

Volutus was born in the Camargue, a magical place where the people, while still cautious, do not have the same fear of wizards as may be found in other parts of Christendom, and where the boy’s burgeoning magical gifts did not lead to the traumatic childhood that many wizards to be encounter. He was discovered by Magus Praesulis of House Bonisagus, who served the order by seeking gifted children, and was apprenticed to Magus Protervus of the same House. Unfortunately, a magical accident involving twilight, just a couple of years in to his apprenticeship, changed the nature of Volutus’ gift and Protervus quickly cast him aside. Praesulis recalled the young man and took him as his own apprentice, raising him in Singing Stones covenant, towards the south east of the Normandy Tribunal.

His sigil leaves the faintest touch of twilight upon the magi and his gift manifests as Volutus not being entirely of this world.

Volutus' views on the Magi at 1283 AD


I believe that Gnaeus is well liked by all who reside at this covenant and I certainly feel this way, for he is not only a considered thinker who brings great insight to our conversations but also a man with a clear view of the world and firm moral compass who nevertheless remains affable, approachable and willing to hear the views of others. Since my experiences on the Grey Hill I have also found a greater understanding of the unique viewpoint that he brings to the study of magic and the nature of the world around us, and he is willing to share his thinking in a way that I have found rare outside of my own House. I believe that he has the right qualities to guide this council, though it was interesting to see the strength of purpose that he showed during the strange events that led to that change, and I think he will also be a keen supporter of efforts to make our covenant stronger.


Hypatia is perhaps the member of our council that I find it hardest to determine my own feelings about. On the one hand she can be charming, supportive, generous and a voice that brings a depth of understanding about some matters that belies the fact that she is of an age with myself. She has a desire to make her mark upon the world and I sense that she genuinely believes that she can be a positive force within the world. Set against this however is the fact that she can be arrogant, secretive and dismissive of the counsel and opinions of others. She is plainly ambitious but it is hard to determine what those ambitions are and whether they align with any of my own hopes and dreams for the Order. I fear that the magical and political forces that she is involved in could draw her down a path other than the one that she espouses to desire, and that it is possible that many of those forces might actively seek to bend her to their goals. There is no doubting her bravery but I worry that she might also be reckless.


I find our Merinitan to be one of the most frustrating men that I have ever met. It is clear that he is very intelligent and he has insights into magic and the world around us that bear careful attention. When set upon a task he is diligent and determined, and he is not so arrogant that he is unwilling to seek aid and advice when he requires it. All admirable traits, but countered by his frivolous and occasionally barbed manner with his sodales and in his writings within the journal. In truth, I cannot determine whether this is the real face of of the man or a carefully constructed persona that he presents to the world, but in either case it demeans and diminishes him and his art. I do not believe him to be malicious but rather self-regarding, petty and on occasion a little spiteful. On balance, I think that he brings sufficient to this council that his flaws be overlooked but I am yet to warm to him.


Oratio is like the captain of a vessel that torn between which port to set sail for decides instead to release his hands from the tiller and await whatever fate brings. It is clear that he has suffered many trials during his life, and that the loss of so many of those who formerly sat on our council still weighs heavily upon him, but in recent years he has grown more and more listless and self-pitying and stands out among the rest of us who reside here for his lack of drive. Perhaps his decision to relinquish the role of Pontifex, a decision that I suspect he in some way blames me for despite me having counselled him otherwise, may help him to rediscover something of himself, freed from the burden of taking responsibility for everything that happens at this covenant regardless of whether he had a role to play or not. For I sense that at heart he is a decent man that I could learn a great deal from, not only his keen understanding of the theory of magic and his knowledge of the magi and history of this tribunal, but also the studies he has made into philosophy and his desire to make some sense of the purpose of our lives.


In a way I feel a kinship with Terentius for, though much about our personalities is different, I believe that we share many of the same goals and ambitions. His enthusiasm for exploring the magical places around us, and beyond within this tribunal, mirrors my own and it is clear that he has a vision for how he believes our Order might renew itself. He is a plain speaking and forthright man, who is not afraid to challenge and clarify the views of those around him, and his voice at council is one that I believe all within the covenant give weight to. He can on occasion be impatient and sometimes a little indelicate in his manner, but I believe that this is a reflection of his strong sense of morality and desire to drive this covenant forwards rather than any desire to seek power or sow discord. In short, he is a man who I both like and trust and his presence at this covenant is a boon to his sodales.

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