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One of the 15 Hermetic Arts, Imaginem (sometimes Imágonem) is the form that concerns the things in the world that the senses respond to. It manipulates species (SPEH-kee-ayss), which are the physical carriers of sensation, and therefore Imaginem magic produces illusions and changes perceptions and sensations. All things constantly give off species for each of the five senses. Those for touch and taste do not travel very far, while those for sight, smell, and sound can travel over greater distances.

Imaginem magic affects only the senses and can never affect matter. Imaginem only changes the appearance that an object presents to the world, it cannot change the actual effects of the object. Imaginem could make a fire feel cool, but the fire would still burn whatever it touches.

Botches and experimental quirks[]

List any interesting effects that could be used for botches or results on the experiments chart in the laboratory section.

Unable to recognize on one sense alone. Author Bernard Cornwell inflicted a condition on one of his characters whose skull was hit so hard, a portion of the brain showed. The character survived the injury, but could not recognize anyone on sight alone. Close friends would approach and the character would view them with confusion and apprehension. When he heard the person's voice, the character then recognized them for who they were. Cornwell noted that this was a real condition, the brain being a very unusual thing. This effect, or something similar, is far more subtle and interesting than blinding someone. Good for imaginem and mentem botches or spell modifications.

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Hermetic Arts


Creo · Intellego · Muto · Perdo · Rego


Animal · Aquam · Auram · Corpus · Herbam
Ignem · Imaginem · Mentem · Terram · Vim