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Born: 715?
Died: 820?
House: House Flambeau
Nationality: Gascon
Current or last covenant: Casta Solis
Parens: Laberius
Apprenticeship: {{{apprentice_start}}} - {{{apprentice_end}}}
Gauntlet: {{{gauntlet}}}
Filia et Fili: Apromor, Elaine
Member of: nothing of note

Flambeau (believed born some time around 715 A.D., last seen in 820 A.D.) was a militant magus whose family was killed during a Moorish invasion of their holdings and whose pater was later killed by Moorish sorcerors along with the local Christian lord he served in the beginning of the Reconquista. Flambeau was present at the time and barely escaped with his life. He swore to avenge his pater against the Sorcerors and others of their ilk.

Flambeau's pater, Laberius, was a member of the Cult of Mithras. Flambeau, however, was an ardent Christian and, even during his apprenticeship, strived to modify incantations to remove reference to pagan gods. Although he would accept worshipers of what he called the old gods as allies, including into his house, he continually attempted to convert them to Christianity.

Flambeau took a large part in recruiting new magi into the budding Order of Hermes, by personality and diplomacy as well as by threat and combat prowess. It was at Flambeau's insistence that Wizard War was included within the Code of Hermes itself, to ensure that the sahirs still living would not be able to avoid his wrath by joining the Order.

Sourcebooks and other references[]

The section on House Flambeau in Houses of Hermes: Societates has given the most specific information on the founder to date, though earlier sourcebooks have given information as well. See the wikipedia article on Mithraic Mysteries for real world information on worship of Mithras. In game information on surviving Mithraic traditions in the house is included in side panels of the Flambeau section of the Societates book as well.

The Third Edition Tribunals of Heremes: Iberia provides a history of Flambeau that has clearly no longer canon given a number of contradictions with the write up in the Societates book. This is unfortunate because the tribunal book dedicated a full four pages to Flambeau's history. That section, at least, did not include any infernalism and was rich in details. A hybrid of the tribunal version and the Societates version could provide a richer history for a saga.

History by saga[]

Keeping the major players of the past obscure and general works for many sagas, but even that many may delve into the lives of one or two past greats. Subsections should be added here for those sagas that have presented Flambeau in a significantly different light from Atlas material. Where appropriate, subsections on general knowledge and more restricted knowledge should also be included.