The Death of Innocence
Code of Hermes
The Code of Hermes, also known as the Hermetic Oath, was first sworn by Bonisagus, the magi responsible for the creation of the unified theory of Hermetic magic. It is meant to provide freedom of action to individual magi while protecting them from each other by setting limitations on actions towards one another. Upon becoming a Magi within the Order, the Oath is sworn by all members prior to receiving the gift of Parma Magica.
Failing to follow the Code, and being caught, can and will result in trouble with one’s Tribunal resulting in at least fines of Vis and at worse being Marched. The full text of the Code is listed below for reference.
“I, insert name, hereby swear my everlasting loyalty to the Order of Hermes and its members.
“I will not deprive nor attempt to deprive any member of the Order of his magical power. I will not slay nor attempt to slay any member of the Order, except in justly executed and formally declared Wizard’s War. I hereby understand that Wizards’ War is an open conflict between two magi who may slay each other without breaking this oath, and that should I be slain in Wizards’ War, no retribution shall fall on he who slays me.
“I will abide by the decisions made by fair vote at Tribunal. I will have one vote at Tribunal and I will use it prudently. I will respect as equal the votes of all others at Tribunal.
“I will not endanger the Order through my actions. Nor will I interfered with the affairs of mundanes and thereby bring ruin on my sodales. I will not deal with devils, lest I imperil my soul and the souls of my sodales as well. I will not molest the faeries, lest their vengeance catch my sodales also.
“I will not use magic to scry upon members of the Order of Hermes, nor shall I use it to peer into their affairs.
“I will train apprentices who will swear to this Code, and should any of them turn against the Order and my sodales, I shall be the first to strike them down and bring them to justice. No apprentice of mine shall be called a magus until he first swears to uphold this code. *
“I request that should I break this oath, I be cast out of the Order. If I am cast out of the Order, I ask my sodales to find me and slay me, that my life not continue in degradation and infamy.
“The enemies of the Order are my enemies. The friends of the Order are my friends. The allies of the Order are my allies. Let us work together as one and grow hale and strong.
“This oath I hereby swear on the third day of Pisces, in the nine hundred and fiftieth year of Aries. Woe to they who try to tempt me to break this oat, and woe to me if I succumb to the temptation.”
*At this point, followers of Bonisagus recite: “I shall further the knowledge of the Order and share with its members all that I find in my search for wisdom and power.” Others recite: “I concede to Bonisagus the right to take my apprentice if he should find my apprentice valuable to him in his studies.” The Peripheral Code extends Bonisagus’s right to claim apprentices to followers of Bonisagus.