This page is the index for the Encyclopaedia Arcana, a series of articles about the background and setting of the world of the Alex Verus novels. A new Encyclopaedia entry will be posted at 9:00 AM most Fridays.

Encyclopaedia Arcana #20: The Concord (Part One)

The Concord is a treaty between Dark, Light, and independent mages, and forms the main common foundation of international mage law.  It lays down rules that all mages are required to follow, no matter their nationality or faction, and was … Continue reading

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Encyclopaedia Arcana #21: The Concord (Part Two)

The Concord is long and confusing, but most of its length is highly technical and the main content can be boiled down to about five clauses. The First Clause:  Light Authority This clause recognises the Light Alliance as the governing … Continue reading

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Encyclopaedia Arcana #22: The Concord (Part Three)

The second clause of the Concord is a simple one:  no mage may take hostile action against another mage or against another mage’s apprentice. The Second Clause:  Non-Hostility This is the “peace” clause.  It pretty much does what it says … Continue reading

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Encyclopaedia Arcana #23: The Concord (Part Four)

The third and fourth clauses of the Concord cover the relationship between mages and normals, and can be looked at together. The Third Clause:  Non-Interference The third clause of the Concord prohibits mages from large-scale involvement in national and international … Continue reading

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Encyclopaedia Arcana #24: The Concord (Part Five)

This entry will finish off the clauses of the Concord by looking at the fifth clause, then briefly cover how the Concord is enforced in modern Britain. The Fifth Clause: Forbidden Techniques This clause prohibits a number of spells and … Continue reading

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Encyclopaedia Arcana #25: The Keepers of the Flame

All nations in the magical world have an organisation responsible for enforcing the Concord and their national laws.  In Britain, this organisation is the Keepers of the Flame. Cops or Robbers? The easiest way to think of Keepers is as … Continue reading

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Encyclopaedia Arcana #26: The Keeper Orders

The Keepers are divided into three orders which function as largely separate entities.  Keepers from different orders may work together, but usually don’t. The Order of the Star The Order of the Star is the largest of the orders.  Their … Continue reading

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Encyclopaedia Arcana #27: Charm Magic

Charm magic, otherwise known as emotion magic, is the domain of feeling, giving its users the power to sense and control the emotions of others.  Depending on whether they’re male or female, a charm mage is usually called an enchanter … Continue reading

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Encyclopaedia Arcana #28: Gate Spells

Gating is a particular magical technique that revolves around transporting objects or people from place to place.  It’s a general spell, used primarily by elemental mages, though a few other magic types (such as death and space) have access to … Continue reading

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Encyclopaedia Arcana #29: Life Magic

Life magic grants power over the biological systems of living beings, affecting their health, growth, and physiology.  Life mages can both sense and affect other living creatures, and do so extremely effectively.  They tend to be treated with respect or … Continue reading

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