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However, so powerful are the contents of other certain volumes that they have remained secret even to the majority of serious magicians. These books themselves are often magical in their own right and are so rare that their very existence is doubted by the very few who have even heard of them in whispered fable. Indeed some, such as the near-legendary ''Al Azif'', more commonly known as the ''Necronomicon'', penned by the mad Arab [[Abdul Alhazred]], contains knowledge so terrible that a mere glance at the illustrations and illuminations in the text drives many to madness. Perhaps it is just as well that few, if any, copies of such works as the ''Necronomicon'', ''The Key of Solomon'', ''The Book of Dyzan'', ''The Principia Discorida'', and ''The Book of the Damned'' remain, or even exist at all. The ''Good Housekepper's Book of Common Spells and Potions'', ''A Field Guide to Enchanted Gems and Minerals'', ''Understanding the Undead'', and ''Housebreaking Dragons in 7 Days'' are all inexpensive guides that have been on the bestseller charts for ages. They cover more magic than most will ever need and carry no possibility of apocalyptic catastrophe.
 
However, so powerful are the contents of other certain volumes that they have remained secret even to the majority of serious magicians. These books themselves are often magical in their own right and are so rare that their very existence is doubted by the very few who have even heard of them in whispered fable. Indeed some, such as the near-legendary ''Al Azif'', more commonly known as the ''Necronomicon'', penned by the mad Arab [[Abdul Alhazred]], contains knowledge so terrible that a mere glance at the illustrations and illuminations in the text drives many to madness. Perhaps it is just as well that few, if any, copies of such works as the ''Necronomicon'', ''The Key of Solomon'', ''The Book of Dyzan'', ''The Principia Discorida'', and ''The Book of the Damned'' remain, or even exist at all. The ''Good Housekepper's Book of Common Spells and Potions'', ''A Field Guide to Enchanted Gems and Minerals'', ''Understanding the Undead'', and ''Housebreaking Dragons in 7 Days'' are all inexpensive guides that have been on the bestseller charts for ages. They cover more magic than most will ever need and carry no possibility of apocalyptic catastrophe.
   
''The Sorcery of Old'' was once considered one of the lost and legendary books of terrible power. Within its gold trimmed covers of leather ghastly to the touch were said to be compiled many old and powerful spells. It was whispered that many of these formulae were written in languages unknown since before the ascent of humanity. These stories have turned out to be true, with one exception. ''The Sorcery of Old'' is neither lost nor legend. In my fright I made scant note of it at the time, and it has only been since I made sufficient progress in my own studies that I have come to fully realize just what that spell book was in the secret room beneath Manannan's study. The book was obviously old, the pages brittle to my shakey touch. The ink may have been made of blood and was so faint upon the yellow pages that it could scarcely be read. Of the scant pages legible in that copy of ''The Sorcery of Old'' most were written in symbols and languages that still have not been deciphered. A few pages, though were scribed in my own tongue, and because of that I was able to escape the clutches of my captor, rid Llewdor of his tender little mercies, and after perils, pirates, and predicaments of every kind, return to the family, home, and kingdom I had never known.
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''The Sorcery of Old'' was once considered one of the lost and legendary books of terrible power. Within its gold trimmed covers of leather ghastly to the touch were said to be compiled many old and powerful spells. It was whispered that many of these formulae were written in languages unknown since before the ascent of humanity. These stories have turned out to be true, with one exception. ''The Sorcery of Old'' is neither lost nor legend. In my fright I made scant note of it at the time, and it has only been since I made sufficient progress in my own studies that I have come to fully realize just what that spell book was in the secret room beneath Manannan's study. The book was obviously old, the pages brittle to my shakey touch. The ink may have been made of blood and was so faint upon the yellow pages that it could scarcely be read. Of the scant pages legible in that copy of ''The Sorcery of Old''most were written in symbols and languages that still have not been deciphered. A few pages, though were scribed in my own tongue, and because of that I was able to escape the clutches of my captor, rid Llewdor of his tender little mercies, and after perils, pirates, and predicaments of every kind, return to the family, home, and kingdom I had never known.
   
 
Here then are my transcriptions of the spells I found in ''The Sorcery of Old.'' I publish them for inclusion in the court chronicles and for the general knowledge of all who inhabit Daventry. Used properly they will not shake the cosmos and should prove as useful for others as they did for me. As with all Magic, use these spells wisely. Again, note well: It cannot be stated too often that the practice of the craft of Magic demands precision, exactitude, concentration, and the negation of distraction. Compose yourself, even if you are rushed. Do what is necessary to ensure your focus is upon the task at hand, lest a misspelled step or an unclear word becomes your final mistake. Often I was forced to deliver the swift boot to an underfoot cat at a critical moment. It was no act of needless cruelty, but necessary for my own survival. Mark my words: Once you have opened a book of Magic to the proper page, do naught else but that which is prescribed. There are some things that are worse than death!
 
Here then are my transcriptions of the spells I found in ''The Sorcery of Old.'' I publish them for inclusion in the court chronicles and for the general knowledge of all who inhabit Daventry. Used properly they will not shake the cosmos and should prove as useful for others as they did for me. As with all Magic, use these spells wisely. Again, note well: It cannot be stated too often that the practice of the craft of Magic demands precision, exactitude, concentration, and the negation of distraction. Compose yourself, even if you are rushed. Do what is necessary to ensure your focus is upon the task at hand, lest a misspelled step or an unclear word becomes your final mistake. Often I was forced to deliver the swift boot to an underfoot cat at a critical moment. It was no act of needless cruelty, but necessary for my own survival. Mark my words: Once you have opened a book of Magic to the proper page, do naught else but that which is prescribed. There are some things that are worse than death!
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