Transylvanian Tremere Magi

Here are various Tremere magi I wrote up for fun. I hope these will be useful to someone, somewhen.

These represent my vision of what Tremere Magi living in the Transylvania Tribunal may look like, based on the following assumptions:
- This is a house of soldiers.
- Tremere magi fulfill a role, each being suited to a specific task. When the house needs something done, she uses the right tool for the right job.
- Tremere support and help each other toward this goal, meaning easier access to lab texts and enchanted items
- Strength in numbers: Although they are expected to be able to fend by themselves, Tremere magi seldom work alone. The basic unit consists of one maga with several mundane specialists, but this may be upgraded to a full-fledged vexillation. Even their mundane servants rely on teamwork and a support network.

Design notes


I advance them in 10 years blocks, with any seasonal activity taking up 10xp. Magi get 30xp per year, everything else, including familiars, get 15xp.
I try to forego exposure XP, but there may have been some errors. Since I write them in 10-years block, it is easy to convert to a faster-moving saga, where magi gain 40+ xp per season: Just use 3/4 of the years post-gauntlet as the maga's actual age.

This is deliberate: They align more with RAW, and usually make them "weaker" than similar age PCs, which both helps maintain some of the world's verisimilitude and showcase the PCs as being talented individuals, Dresden-like.
It also simulates the seasons wasted in service to the house that yield few experience and rewards, like creating an enchantment for someone else, charged items that were used up… Conversely, any charged item created is assumed to have no spent charges.

Learning Spells, Creating Items

Spells from the corebook can be learned from a text. This is a common assumption to all my character creations. And since we're talking Tremere magi in Transylvania, working for the house, I extend this to any reasonably common published spell.
Any other spell must be developed the hard way, including spells I created for the Tremere Grimoire.

Lab text for items are available, but for core spells and the "Tremere Package" only.

Vis can be expanded to improve your lab total, 1 pawn per point per season. This represents hiring another maga, or, more probably, renting her apprentice for a season.


For magi, I assume vis per year equal to 1+(MT/2), rounded down.
Grogs and companions get 1 pawn per 2 years over 30. They can also spend time to get more vis. For grogs, I assume a wasted year (15xp) = 3 pawns, while, for companions, I assume a wasted year (15xp) = 6 pawns. This simulates the fact that companions are much more precious to covenants than grogs, but both are kinda replaceable.
Personal Vis sources yield 3 pawns per year.


Buying items and Longevity Rituals is equal to their Vis cost times 2.
Longevity Rituals level are bought with a cost equal to (Age + Level)/5 (max lvl 50). They also require spending a season to get done.
Again, I assume this is particular to that house and setting.


There are some incongruities in Ars Magica 5 with Wards:
- Terram has 2 guidelines for it, the lower of which requires to be conscious of the attack.
- Ignem has no "Ward" guideline, but uses "Control (element) in a slightly unnatural fashion" to do it.
- There are some active spells, such as "The Wizard's Parry" or "Deflect the Wooden Shafts", which work at a range greater than Personal, and allow you to completely deflect an attack you target, not unlike an active defense, compared to the more passive wards.

So, in order to reconcile this:
- When a "Ward against xxx" guideline exists, it provides +15 soak, but repels all material of the warded form, with the exception of previously worn or help materials that could be considered "Personal" and covered by the Parma. Adding one magnitude allows to concentrate to selectively pick up something, which may become "personal" then
- Any "Control (element) in a slightly unnatural fashion" allows for +05 soak, if you're aware of the attack (meaning you can freely pick up items)
- Any additional Magnitude gives +05 soak to Personal Wards.
- Any "Control (element) in a slightly unnatural fashion" allows a spell to completely deflect a targeted attack (This is consistent with the guidelines used in such spells). The spell must either be Voice or greater range (like Repel the Wooden Shaft) or be fast-cast (like Wizard's Parry), and, contrary to the "blanket defense" of the Wards effects above, requires each separate attack to be specifically targeted.

This allows for 3 type of spells:
- Deflect Spells, where you target an attack and parry it
- Shield Spells, where you can block an incoming attack, gaining a soak bonus against it.
- Armor Spells, where you gain a general soak bonus against all specific damage.

Additionally, since the guidelines say Stone OR Glass, Metal OR Gemstones, wards are specific enough, in that a ward against metals won't protect against Stone or Gems, and a Ward against Water won't protect against Acid. This makes total invulnerability more difficult, which makes shield grogs more valuable, and gives both defensive and offensive magi an incentive to learn a wide range of protective spells.

At least, Ars Magica being coherent, it appears that, with the notable exception of Auram, whenever these 2 guidelines are present, they are separated by 3 magnitudes. This only introduces one change to the rules, which is that Ward Against Heart and Flames requires you to be conscious of the flame, while reconciling everything else into a coherent whole.
This gives:

Form +05 soak if you're aware of the attack, or Deflect a single attack you're targeting +15 soak against all attacks, can't pick up or wear items unless adding one magnitude and concentrating
Animal 02 05
Aquam (Water or Acid) 02 05
Auram (Lightning) 05 10
Auram (Gas) 03 04
Corpus 04 15
Herbam 04 15
Ignem 04 15
Terram 02 05

Bold = official guideline: This is explicitly written as being able to ward or deflect an attack.
Normal = Semi-official: This allows you to control the form.
Italic = extrapolated.

Specialties and Generalities

Since, in a way, every Tremere is a soldier, I try to give them specialized niches they could fulfill as specialists of their house, making them more focused than magi from another house would be. At the same time, being a soldier implies some basic training and equipment, which I try to give them.


Tremere soldiers can focus on their studies, since they can rely on their housemates to cover for them. As such, they usually focus on no more than 4 arts, one of these usually being Rego.
Since no Tremere should produce an inferior apprentice, the other arts are usually brought to the 5-10 range, but no more.

Spell Mastery is encouraged: It lessens the chances of botch, which is very important in a war, compensates partly the house's weakness in Penetration, and allow more options for spells.

Tremere Package

Every Tremere Maga is expected to:
- Be able to defend herself against physical threats. This calls for at least one offensive spell, which should also be of some efficacity against magi.
- Be able to defend herself against unnatural creatures. Due to their versatility, Might Strippers are common, but an offensive spell with great penetration or a Vilano spell works too.
- Be able to deploy/redeploy herself rapidly, usually through Rego Corpus. Teleport spells are a favorite, but the house can't always rely on them, so some magi will have flight spells too. Spells allowing mass travel are rare but encouraged, since they let a magus move troops around. For that purpose, a few magi are expected to be to cast Hermes Portal through a Casting Tablet, though.
- Have some magical armor: Parma may fail, and won't protect against mundane attacks. Compared to the time needed to learn Personnal Wards, armor is cheap and efficient. The house usually issues quality Leather Armor enchanted with a Doublet of Impenetrable Silk.
- Have at least one defensive spell that makes her harder to target. Invisibility and Wizard's Sidestep are favorites, but Circling Wings of Protection and other, similar spells may do the trick.
- Know a Wizard's Communion of Sun duration. This allow magi to pool their ressources, cast bigger Aegises, and increase their Penetration against superior ennemies.
- Have some way to detect magic, or at least Intangible Tunnels.
- Have a Parma Magica of 4+ magnitude.
- Have some way to detect and gather Vis.

Of course, this can't be expected of any young magus. But over the course of his carrier, most Tremere magi pick these up, and it is rare to see a maga that lack but a few of these elements 30 years after her gauntlet.

Some items are common enough to deserve their own page

Tools of the trade

Code Names and Encryption

Tremere magi use code names to describe agents, places, people and operations.
By compartmentalizing information, this helps deter potential spies, and assures increased security.
Likewise, secret and important information is usually encoded (See Sub Rosa 20 for this)

Example code words:
- SIEGFRIED is an emergency clearance, which designates any external, non-tremere, intelligent being who the house trusts to confront Dragons. Codename: SIEGFRIED operatives are given the same level of resources and authority as a Tremere General, but only for the duration of their mission.
- CHARCOAL designates Rabidanadas, a powerful infernal dragon
- JUPITERIANS is a codename for Aerial and Storm Dragons.
- The RUBY THRONE represents leadership over all dragons of the tribunal.
- CODE NIGHTMARE BLACK is for full invasion by the Infernal realm. Literally, Hell on (Mythic) Earth
- KEYLOCK is the bonisagus primus codename
- CRIMSON GAMBIT is a plan to collapse the domus magna, hopefully trapping or killing any invading force.

So, a conversation during a secret Tremere meeting might look like this: "CHARCOAL has gained the support of most designate: JUPITERIAN, and is trying to seize RUBY THRONE. FEISTY BONFIRE is visiting our tribunal, along with PESKY TORCH. She's been cleared as a SIEGFRIED asset, so I propose that we bring her in for the crisis duration"


The Doctrina is the set of behaviors that govern Tremere life and tactics.

Magical Items

Some items are standard features of Tremere policy, and can be expected to show up when needed. Lab texts may be given or acquired, and an artificer may be tasked with creating one or the other. Other, more unique items exist, but are only given to special individuals, in unique circumstances.

Natural Magic and non-hermetic ressources

The house makes ample use of natural magicians, especially Alchemists, to mass produce a number of useful reagents. These end up being crafted in all kind of mundane items
These are often used to bypass magical resistance or supernatural toughness, to give an edge to the house mundane agents, especially its mage killers or soldiers.


Some sorceries, while not particularly interesting to the average magus, are especially suited to the tremere mindset.
As seen in the Tremere Package, there are also some spells that are seen as "basic grounding", allowing magi to face a wide range of situations.
Thus, this small grimoire



Tremere Artificer

Relying more on teamwork than on secret mysteries, Gellert is one of the house's creators of magical items.

Tremere Diviner

A mistress of Intellego magics, Amalia's role is to gather information on the enemy, by any and all means.

Tremere Hoplite

A combat maga, Kenza filia Castet Tremeris compensates her lack of focus by using spell mastery, potent magic and vilano spells. She also doubles as one of the house generals.

Tremere Necromancer

Specialized in Rego Corpus and Mentem, Aska can animate corpses and summon ghosts, unleashing an undead army on the house's enemies.

Tremere Summoner

This maga's role is to create shock troups as needed, giving the house extra supernatural muscle.


Enhanced Operatives

Wounded agents, or promising, but otherwise handicaped, recruits, are sometimes enhanced by magic, making them far more effective, at the cost of accelerated warping.

Hedge Magi

While vastly inferior in power to Hermetic Mages, or even Rival traditions, Hedge Magicians still provide supernatural support to the house's more mundane assets, and can take care of minor supernatural nuisances.

Mage Killer

A secret order of assassins, these elite specialists are a relic, a remnant of the schism war that is seldom used today.

Vampire Hunter

The oppidum of Laniena, in Hungary, trains gifted students into the hedge arts of the Hunter


One of the house's hidden strengths, due to their control of an entire tribunal, is their ability to put to work lots of mundanes on semi-magical goals. Given Tremere wealth, good labs and supplies can be furnished, allowing completion of a lot of projects by regularly-trained servants. Mostly unknown to the rest of the order, this provides a treasure trove of non-hermetic ressources


The House employs has a cadre of Mundane Alchemists, that craft Reagents for magi and grogs alike. Since these are able to bypass Magical Resistance, they are often gifted to Mage Killers


Just as it uses Alchemists, the House employs a number of Mundane Astrologers, which use natural philosophy to chart the heavens.


Tremere grogs are Elite, well-trained and armed. But above all, they are loyal, and devoted to the house that cares for them and their families.


Knowledge is power, especially so for a mage.
But time goes by too fast for even hermetic magi to dwell on all subjects.
This is why knowledge of supernatural lores was tasked to dedicated Loremasters

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