Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Viljimil and His Hierarchy

Viljimil (Clan of the Mottled Bull) is known throughout magical lodges
as circumspect and devoted scholar who created the most detailed
account (Viljimil's Hierarchy) of known spirits and tales of
daemonology. But as a budding sorcerer, he was quickly found to be
lacking the willpower to command certain orders of Chlendi spirits and
instead devoted himself to more scholarly pursuits. He spent the
majority of his adult life travelling throughout the Rhiat, taking
notes and collect true names from other dweomercrafters, whether they
were Heteri shamans, Mindat theurges, or the local herbalist from a
pocket community of Chlendi.

Viljimil was well into middle age when he finally returned to Asklor
to compose the text itself. He enlisted a team of nog servants to
attend to his needs, organize texts and keep him supplied. As a
result, scholar today argue whether the taxonomical decisions on
Heteri beast forms were Viljimil's actual intent, or is pages were
taken by his chef to wrap provisions. Viljimil himself is said to
have lost his grasp on reality towards the end, haphazardly calling
down spirits for clarification, company, and energy to keep writing.
Given his lack of skill at abjuration itself, few were surprised when
his emaciated husk was found sprawled out over the completed text,
quill still in hand, but missing both eyes.

Copies of The Hierarchy are rare, but can be found amongst one or two
lodges in most major cities. The tome itself is massive, contained
folklore, charts, and drawings in additional the encyclopedia and
taxonomy of spirits itself. Though not known if simple ethnocentrism
or respect for the author is at cause, but Viljimil's Hierarchy can
only be found written in Chlendi.

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