I’ve taken on a bit of ad-hoc Ars Magica character creation for the NPC named Fidelus of Bonisagus, as part of the Vanilla Covenants Project. The project is a community sourced set of examples of beginning covenants for the Ars Magica RPG setting.
Hopefully this material will get used in the project, but if not it does demonstrate a little of the Ars Magica character generation process (continuing theme from another Bonisagus Magus example).
This NPC is the leader of the Covenant of Sabrina’s Rest (as written by Timothy Ferguson), a typical covenant of moderate power and influence.
Fidelus of Bonisagus
Fidelus is the nominal head of the Council, although this is essentially an honorary position which he holds because of his House membership. He specializes in Corpus magic, and is effectively a healer. His sigil is an intricate pattern of white, that looks like seafoam.
He’s also mentioned fearfully in some other covenants, and by some of the most senior grogs, because during a Wizard’s War a couple of decades ago he raised an army of corpses from the grogs of the other covenant. He doesn’t like to talk about this, he considers it an immoral thing she did out of desperation, but his sodales have embroidered the story and made very sure that every other magus in the Tribunal knows it. It’s perhaps the thing he’s most famous for, and so his distracted but nurturing nature is a surprise to young magi, when they first meet him.
Fidelus is an unassuming man who knows the value of patience and listening to others. Seldom is he the first to speak, but often his words will be remembered as insightful and well thought through. By habit he will watch the covenfolk go about their lives, seeking to always understand their motivations and experiences at a fundamental level.
If upset or angered his countenance changes, and the deep resonance of his voice changes from soothing to a naturally commanding baritone.
Within the covenant his temperate manner has assisted with difficult negotiations time and time again. Seldom does Fidelus not achieve an outcome which he is satisfied by.
Fidelus has aged very well and despite his advancing years has lost none of his handsome looks or rich strong tone in his voice. His thick brown hair has wisps of white through it, and a neatly trimmed mustache and beard. Fidelus stands tall with a straight back and seldom rushes or hurries.
When amongst coven folk Fidelus wears cloaks and robes layered in blue and green hues, but whilst traveling he will wear clothing of subdued colors similar to that of priests and monks. Often Fidelus will alter his appearance magically to better blend in, preferring to remain unnoticed. He is never armed as he prefers to use his magical skills for defense, and will evade and neutralize an opponent rather than cause harm.
Characteristics: Int +2, Per +1, Pre +1, Com +2, Str -1, Sta +2, Dex 0, Qik -2 (1)
Age: 74 (47), Height: 162 cm, Weight: 60 kg, Gender: Male
Decrepitude: 0, Warping Score: 0 (0), Confidence: 1 (3)
Personality Traits: Careful +2, Kind +1, Well Spoken +3
Virtues and Flaws: The Gift, Flexible Formulaic Magic, Clear Thinker (Bonus: +3 to resist lies, confusion, subterfuge), Minor Magical Focus
(healing), Affinity with Corpus, Affinity with Creo, Life Boost, Hermetic Magus, Puissant Intrigue*, Visions, Incompatible Arts (Intellego Ignem,
Creo Ignem), Incompatible Arts (Muto Ignem, Perdo Ignem), Difficult Longevity Ritual, Loose Magic, Ambitious
Abilities: Area Lore: Area 1 (Brittan) (9), Artes Liberales 1, Athletics 1, Awareness 3 (1), Brawl 1, Breton 5 (Commoners), Chirurgy 2, Code of
Hermes 3, Faerie Lore 1 (5), Finesse 1, Folk Ken 2 (5), Guile 1, Hunt 2 (1), Intrigue 3+2, Latin 4 (Hermetic usage), Leadership 1 (9), Magic Lore 1
(5), Magic Theory 6 (25), Medicine 1 (2), Order of Hermes Lore 3 (5), Parma Magica 5, Penetration 2 (6), Swim 1, Teaching 3 (7), Welsh 1
Arts: Cr 20, In 10, Mu 10, Pe 7, Re 14, An 5, Aq 5, Au 5, Co 26, He 5, Ig 5, Im 8, Me 9, Te 5, Vi 13
Awaken the Slumbering Corpse (ReCo 25) +42
Bind Wound (CrCo 10) +68
The Call to Slumber (ReMe 10) +25
Charm Against Putrefaction (CrCo 10) +48
Cheating the Reaper (CrCo 30) +69
The Chirurgeon’s Healing Circle (CrCo 20) +69
The Chirurgeon’s Healing Touch (CrCo 20) +69
Circular Ward Against Demons (ReVi 20) +29
Curse of the Bloated Tongues (ReCo 10) +42
Curse of the Unruly Tongue (ReCo 5) +43, Mastery 1 (fast casting)
Dust to Dust (PeCo 25) +35
Endurance of the Berserkers (ReCo 15) +42
Gather the Essence of the Beast (ReVi 15) +29
Gentle Touch of the Purified Body (CrCo 20) +69
The Gift of Vigor (ReCo 20) +42
The Inexorable Search (InCo 20) +38
The Invisible Eye Revealed (InVi 15) +25
Lifting the Dangling Puppet (ReCo 15) +43, Mastery 1 (multiple casting)
Opening the Intangible Tunnel (ReVi 30) +30, Mastery 1 (magic resistance)
The Phantom Gift (CrVi 15) +35
Physician’s Eye (InCo 5) +48
Purification of the Festering Wounds (CrCo 20) +68
Restoration of the Defiled Body (CrCo 25) +69
Revealed Flaws of Mortal Flesh (InCo 10) +48
Rise of the Feathery Body (ReCo 10) +42
Selfish Rest of the Injured Magus (CrCo 15) +68
Serious Rest for the Injured Custos (CrCo 30) +68
The Severed Limb Made Whole (CrCo 25) +69
Sight of the Transparent Motive (InMe 10) +21
Sight of the True Form (InCo 20) +38
Slip From the Reaper’s Grasp (CrCo 40) +68
Spasms of the Uncontrolled Hand (ReCo 5) +42
Speak Through the Intangible Tunnel (CrIm 4) +30.
Spy Through the Intangible Tunnel (InIm 10) +20.
Trust of Childlike Faith (PeMe 10) +19, Mastery 1 (still casting)
Ward Against the Common Man (ReCo 20) +42
Whispers Through the Black Gate (InCo(Me) 15) +21
Words of the Unbroken Silence (CrMe 10) +31
The Wound that Weeps (PeCo 15) +36, Mastery 1 (magic resistance)