It is the year 1822. The Great Magicians of Modern English Magic have been missing for some five years. Deprived of these two great scions of magic, England’s knowledge of the arcane is diminished and students of the magical arts have begun to band together into societies for fraternity and advancement of their mutual agendas. Some of these magical societies are merely interested in the pursuit of knowledge, others practise their craft in secret or in the open.
With magic becoming ‘fashionable’ among the population, other ‘non-magical’ societies are beginning to seek an advantage in their own area of interest- businessmen, industrialists and criminal families are vying (often in secret) for the attentions of magicians, and at this time a magician may find themselves becoming quite popular, whether they like it or not. Furthermore, since the intervention of Modern Magic during and after the Peninsular War, magicians are increasingly being consulted on domestic and foreign policy situations.
The Morning Post
Click on the newspaper image below to access the full-document pdf. It summarises newsworthy events immediately before Strange LRP Event One: A Doorway to Magic.
The event 1 Downtime Update is forthcoming.
England has seen a return of magic, the like of which was previously unheard of, except only in the most abstract and theoretical sense, for several hundred years. The use of magic during recent Napoleonic Wars has piqued the interest of various groups and individuals both domestic and foreign, all vying to gain the upper hand on the world stage by fair means or foul. The Great Powers watch the new Ascendancy of English Magic with interest; a New Revolution quietly brews in France, and there are rumours of new revolutionaries, called the ‘Bedlamites’ by the newspapers, in England herself.
Three of the most well-known magical societies are the ‘Learned Society of English Magic’, the ‘Association of Practical Magicians’ and the controversial ‘Sisters of the World’s Song’, which only accepts women into its ranks.
The Association of Practical Magicians
A well-funded society, yet known for its lack of rigour in assessing its applicants’ credentials, essentially accepting anyone who can perform true magic or enlighten its members as to some new spell or magical truth. Normally more interested in Practical Magic and the instinctual ‘Wild Magic’ more associated with the great magicians of old, untrained savants and Fairies, its members are considered by some to be rather daring, and by others to be irresponsible in the extreme.
The Learned Society of English Magic
These magicians have a reputation for being stuffy bookworms, bores and obsessed with knowledge, and this is quite true. Obsessed with the orderly use of ‘Formal Magic’, this magical fraternity’s members are using all their clout to lobby Parliament for licensing laws to prevent the misuse of magical arts. They abhor using magic without good reason and their slogan may as well be ‘measure twice, cast once’.
The Sisters of the World’s Song
The most mysterious of the most well-known societies; rumour and speculation abound as to the scandalous practices of this group’s members, and the society does not officially exist. Sisters do not generally admit to their membership, and they meet, study and perform magic in secret. As yet, they have not declared favour for either Formal or Wild Magic. While not considered to be ‘scandalous’, per sé, the study of magic by women is considered by some to be unseemly. The Sisters have recently ‘stepped out of the shadows’, and the nature of their new fame will be introduced in the forthcoming edition of the Post (after Downtime has been processed and relevant articles written up).
Sightings and reports of encounters with Fairies are on the rise, as are stories purportedly describing the actions of the Raven King, said to have returned to England. Most magicians will say that had the Raven King returned, then he would no doubt have reasserted his dominion over Northern England, or otherwise have been spotted by more than country bumpkins and village idiots. A small number of scholars, mostly drawn from the Society of Practical Magicians, are known to be interviewing townsfolk up and down the country further to gaining more information regarding the return of Fairies and the King of the North.