From the Book: An Apprentice’s Guide to the Colleges of Magic, Vol. 5, by Archmage Radu Havandrum
Modern practitioners of the Craft know the school of Erosmancy as one of several schools within the College of Enchantment. Erosmancers focus on the art of sex magic, harnessing the metaphysical energy of sexual attraction and activity to power their spells and rituals. While the uninitiated might consider Erosmancy a product of our decadent modern culture, the school has a long, though at times controversial, history in the Craft.
Most people do not realize that Erosmancy was originally a school within the College of Necromancy. In fact, it was the first dedicated school within the College of Necromancy. Like all Necromancers, Erosmancers were focused on the study of life and death. Early practitioners dealt specifically with the beginning of life through the study of procreation. Erosmancers were employed to prevent stillbirths, prevent unwanted pregnancies, guarantee healthy offspring, avoid birth defects, and ensure male heirs to protect the lineages of powerful families.
The groundbreaking research of Rank Two Erosmancer Andrej Loncar (1215-1496) in his work The True Nature of the Dhampiric State and What It Means to Both the Living and the Undead, first published in 1375, did more than increase our understanding of vampires. It demonstrated for the first time that sexual energy could be both Symbiotic and Parasitic. This research would make its way into a variety of disciplines, from Warlocks looking for new ways to combat Incubi and Succubi to mundane psychologists treating the victims of sexual abuse.
Loncar’s work, however, also opened the door to new areas of research that would ultimately lead to a schism with the College of Necromancy. It is believed that Loncar’s research was used by Haermomancer Chana Magus during her study of psychic vampires; research that ultimately lead to the purging of the school.* In 1786, the school officially broke rank with the College of Necromancy. A final truce was settled in 1806 when the school returned to the Colleges of Magic as part of the College of Enchantment.^
* Fray, Arlene. Haemomancy: Fragments on a Forbidden Art. 1st ed. 2. Rome, Italy: Eden House Publishing Company, 1998. 145. Print.
^Penderhaus, Maxwell. Sex, Death, and War: A Historical Account of the Necromantic Schism of 1786 . 2nd ed. New York City, NY: Draconia Press, 2007. 212. Print.
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