Code of Hermes

he Code of Hermes is the common law of the Order of Hermes. It is based on the Oath of Hermes, which was sworn by the twelve founders (and amended by decisions of the First Tribunal).

Violations of the Code are traditionally punishable by death, though this is often downgraded if the perpetrator can prove mitigating circumstances (or is sufficiently politically powerful).


The text of the Oath of Hermes is as follows:

I hereby swear my ever-lasting 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 Wizards’ 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 a 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 interfere 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 unless he first swears to uphold this Code.

For magi ex Bonisagus:

I shall further the knowledge of the Order and share with its members all that I find in my search for wisdom and power.

For all other magi:

I concede to Bonisagus the right to take my apprentice if he should find my apprentice valuable to him in his studies.

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. Let us work together as one and grow hale and strong.

This oath I hereby swear. Woe to they who try to tempt me to break this oath, and woe to me if I succumb to the temptation.

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