Age of Sorcery
Ignatius di Pietro
Venetian wine and meat trader. Also secret head curator of Oxford's secret magical library.
One Unique Thing:
I am the head curator of Oxford’s secret magical library.
- Pope: Conflicted (1)
- Holy Roman Emperor: Negative (1)
- Merlin: Positive (1)
- Cantrip Mastery
- High Arcana
- Shocking Grasp (Adventurer)
- Ray of Frost (Adventurer)
- STR: 10 (+0)
- CON: 12 (+1)
- DEX: 10 (+0)
- INT: 16 (+3)
- WIS: 16 (+3)
- CHA: 15 (+2)
- Initiative: +1
- Armor Class 12
- Physical Defense 11
- Mental Defense 16
- Hit Points 21
- Recoveries 8
- Recovery Dice 1d6 + 1
- Italian trader with connections across the globe: 4 points
- Secret scholar of the arcane: 4 points
Ignatius’ great grandfather was a crusader who fought against the Ottomans, tasked with the burning of libraries believed to contain materials against the teachings of the Church. His curiosity got the better of him and he began to hoard books. He was eventually discovered and publicly beheaded for treason, but not before safely hiding the books beneath Ignatius’ ancestral home.
The family remained well-read and philosophical, but sought to rebuild their reputation in the private sector. Ignatius was taught the rules of commerce and found a niche coordinating the export of fine Italian meats and wines along the newly growing trade routes through Venice.
While renovating the basement in his family’s home, he discovered an opening behind a bookshelf that led to a dank, unfinished cellar containing hundreds of aging, musty books. He began to read in his spare time, and was fascinated by what he found. The books contained formulae, incantations and recipes to evoke the arcane secrets of the astral world.
Using his trade connections he easily procured the materials for a simple cantrip, and after a sleepless night of failed attempts, marveled when a cheap bauble he had chosen began to flicker, and then flooded the small cellar with cool bluish-white light.
Understanding the power contained in these forgotten books and realizing their value, he sought a place to store them for safekeeping. He had heard of vast libraries at the universities in Britain, and began sending letters to Oxford along the trade route there. One professor in particular expressed great interest, so Ignatius set to putting his affairs in order and prepared to make the long trek across land and sea to visit the university.
Once there, he impressed the professor in his study, manipulating small objects from a distance, lighting candles without a flint, and, with a tremendous amount of effort, causing the window to glaze over with frost on a warm autumn day. The professor, quite pleased, rose from his desk and asked Ignatius to follow. Picking up a lantern, he led the young man down a dark flight of stairs and a labyrinth of subterranean halls to a padlocked door. He produced a key and handed it to Ignatius. Inside, he explained, was the university’s private cache of magical volumes.
Ignatius took the key, visibly trembling, and unlocked the door. He was somewhat disappointed at what he saw: A single reading desk with a candle, an alchemist’s table, and a modest pile of books in the corner with no discernible order. Ignatius’ own collection was comparable in size.
The professor offered him unrestricted access to the library’s collection in exchange for his books, which would remain his property but would be kept safe at Oxford. Ignatius immediately set to cataloguing and organizing the tomes, and when it was time for him to return home, had produced a modest library. The magical department at Oxford took notice and appointed a full-time apprentice in charge of the library, offering Ignatius a position as head curator.
Ignatius returned home and continued his studies, covertly procuring magical supplies and books from traders across the world and sending them off to Oxford when he was finished with them. Meanwhile, his apprentice would correspond with him regarding his own procurements. To avoid suspicion they established a code that, to the untrained eye, would appear to be no more than innocuous text.
Ignatius makes occasional trips back to Oxford every few years to oversee the development of the library. Under his direction the library has acquired, indexed and catalogued hundreds of rare volumes, and is a much sought-after destination for would-be arcanists who chance to hear rumors of its existence. Operating with discretion is beginning to become a challenge.
He is currently working on a theory of magic based on arcane traditions across the globe. He recently came across a damaged facsimile of inscriptions said to be from a temple in India, and he needs the full inscription to complete the spell. He has just embarked on a trip to Cairo, in hopes of bartering passage on a ship to Mumbai via the Red Sea and Indian Ocean. From there he plans to hire a guide to escort him to the ancient temple deep within the Indian jungle.