Book of Madness: Whispers Without, Chaos Within (Mage: The by Zach Bush, Richard Dansky, Bryan Armor, Heather Grove, Will

By Zach Bush, Richard Dansky, Bryan Armor, Heather Grove, Will van Meter, David Wendt

The Darkness has Teeth

Beyond the Horizon, darkish forces claw on the edges of sanity, battering on the cloth of truth, looking ultimate night:
Nephandi, the Corrupters
Marauders, the Foot-Soldiers of Chaos
Demons, the Renders of Souls
Paradox Spirits, the Mage's Bane
Umbrood, the dwelling Mysteries

What are they? Why are they? will we stand opposed to all of them? And what if we cannot?
...And It Hungers!

The publication of insanity is a bestiary for Mage: The Ascension, exploring the darker reaches of magick's contact. It includes:

information about a mage's deadliest foes;
Dozens of mystic creatures from the darkish Side;
Storyteller tricks, cosmology, and more.

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The Collected Prophecies of Anna Sheldrake. Sheldrake was a self-professed medium and spiritualist who would go into trances for hours on end. During these periods, she would spout off extended rants that her mother would write down as prophecy. After Anna's death in 1899, Sheldrake's mother sold the prophecies to a publisher and, after suitable "editing," they were put in print in 1903. They caused a minor sensation at the time, but have since faded into obscurity, ; • The Thirteen Hours, by Victorian-era barabbus and former Cultist of Ecstasy Genevieve Le Blanc.

These creatures are often reflections of the Things that wait in the uttermost pits of the Underworld's Labyrinth—tainted, of course, by the visitor's personal demons and fears. A victim who steps away or tries to step back through the Caul is rent limb from limb and devoured. A victim who steps to the creatures in violation of all instinct and sense has chosen the Reversed Path and is judged. A good portion of such victims are also rent limb from limb and devoured. Those of strong will and dark heart may be conveyed by the creatures to the presence of a Thing, there to make the final transformation.

Upon finishing one, his only thought will be to further his collection and find another, and then another, and so on. Intervention is usually fruitless, and the downward spiral continues until he is helplessly ensnared by those who can get him all the dark occult information he wants: the Nephandi. To the general public (or that small slice of it that has interest in antiquarian books), such titles are merely curiousities, no more or less interesting than The Witches' Hammer or suchlike. Indeed, many booksellers play up the "cursed" nature of titles like the Malleus Nefandorum, as a vague air of menace tends to drive the price up.

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