Ars Magica – The Art of Magic (3rd edition), softback roleplaying game
“Ars Magica is state-of-the-art fantasy. Set in a dark vision of the medieval world, it is a mythic setting where our superstitions are fact. In this game you can play a Magus, with the full power of legendary wizards, or the companion of such a sorcerer, a talented ally with your own unique motivations and antipathies.
As a Magus your life is devoted to the art of magic. Without it you are nought but a scholar and keeper of old books, so you guard and cultivate your mastery with every grain of your will and fury. Your essence arises from conjury, and your dedication to it brings you immense power.
As a sorcerer’s companion you have a life beyond the sphere of sorcery, and are not a mere vassal of the wizards. Your ability to move through worlds both magical and mundane makes you invaluable to them. Whether you be a drunken mercenary, cunning street-urchin or itinerant friar, you must win your fortune through your wits and courage.
Together you journey forth to gather magical ingredients, delve into forgotten tombs, explore the bizarre realm of the faerie, travel to the great cities of the south and combat the infernal forces of the underworld.
The world is yours for the taking.”