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I, [insert name of magus swearing the oath], hereby swear my everlasting loyalty to the Order of Hermes and its members.

  I will not deprive nor attempt to deprive any member of the Order of his magical power.

  I will not slay nor attempt to slay any member of the Order, except in justly executed and formally declared Wizard's War. I hereby understand that Wizard's War is an open conflict between two magi who may slay each other without breaking this oath, and that should I be slain in a Wizard's War, no retribution shall fall on he who slays me.

  I will abide by the decisions made by fair vote at the Tribunal. I will have one vote at the Tribunal, and I will use it prudently. I will respect as equal the votes of all others at the Tribunal.

  I will not endanger the Order through my actions. Nor will I interfere with the affairs of mundanes and thereby bring ruin upon my sodalis(1). I will not deal with devils, lest I imperil my soul and the souls of my sodalis as well. I will not molest the faeries, lest their vengeance catch my sodalis also.

  I will not use magic to scry upon members of the Order of Hermes, nor shall I use it to peer into their affairs.

  I will train apprentices who will swear to this Code, and should any of them turn against the Order and my sodalis, I shall be the first to strike them down and bring them to justice. No apprentice of mine shall be called magus until he first swears to uphold this Code.

  I concede to Bonisagus the right to take my apprentice if he should find my apprentice valuable to him in his studies.

(This clause was not spoken by Bonisagus, nor is it spoken by his followers. The Peripheral Code rules that the followers of Bonisagus have the same right as he did to take the apprentices of others.)

  I shall further the knowledge of the Order and share with its members all that I find in my search for wisdom and power.

(Of the Founders, only Bonisagus spoke this provision, and now only his followers take this part of the oath. This clause compensates the other magi for the apprentices taken by Bonisagus and his followers.)

  I request that, should I break this oath, I be cast out of the Order. If I am cast out, I ask my sodalis to find me and slay me that my life may not continue in degradation and infamy.

  The enemies of the Order are my enemies. The friends of the Order are my friends. The allies of the Order are my allies. Let us work as one and grow hale and strong.

  This oath I hereby swear on (insert astrological date of the oathswearing) Woe to they who try to tempt me to break this oath, and woe to me if I succumb to the temptation.


(1) Sodalis (pl sodales) - Latin for "Comrade" - how Magi refer to one another.


A Commentary on the Peripheral Code: Click Here to Learn More about the Peripheral Code and the role of Quaesitori - of interest to Quaesitor players and Argumentative Types...



The Laws of the Alps - Click here to Learn More about the Peripheral Code as it specifically applies to the Greater Alps - the Bavarian Common, the Law of Hermetic Vagrancy, and the Law of Criamon Execution




The Basics

Houses - Tribunals - The Code - Titles and Positions - Magi and Magic - Quick Reference


Introduction - The Order in 1346 - A Who's Who of Attendees - Rules and Techniques