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Through the Aegis Hook: The Ax of Cú Roí mac Dáire

The Ax of Cú Roí mac Dáire  — which supposedly once belonged to the Ulster king Cú Roí mac Dáire — is a fairy weapon. Though it appears too large for anyone to wield properly, those who are brave-hearted and daring may use it one-handed, as if it were no heavier than a hand axe.
The Ax is one of the many treasures of the covenant of Longmist, located in the Hibernian Tribunal. In the illustration here, a valorous companion of the covenant fends off a pack of wolves, bolstered by the Ax and the strength of her own fierce character.


The Ax, like many of the other treasures in Through the Aegis for Ars Magica Fifth Edition, is a source of vis — magical power coveted by magi for their rituals. Here are some story ideas connected to the Ax of Cú Roí mac Dáire:

  • Your own magus may desire to draw upon this mystical energy to enchant other weapons in defense against your foes.
  • Perhaps you seek to rid your rivals at Longmist Covenant of the weapon and its secrets.
  • Your mentors in the Order of Hermes may have told you of the Ax's properties and are curious to know if Longmist has unlocked anything else tied to Ulster's line of mighty kings.
  • As a companion of Longmist like the woman in the illustration, surely being granted the Ax as a boon is a sign of great status. If rival wizards were to arrive and claim it as theirs, would you fight to keep it, or face losing your new esteem in the eyes of the Primus of Longmist?


See The Contested Isle: The Hibernian Tribunal for more details about Ulster and the other provinces of Ireland in Mythic Europe.


Through the Aegis is Arriving in Stores


The covenant is the heart of an Ars Magica saga. Each one conceals secrets within its Aegis, secrets that often — over time — become hidden even from their own members. 

Through the Aegis is arriving in retail stores now! It details five fully furnished covenants populated by magi, companions, and grogs. Each represents a covenant in a different season: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, and a renewed Spring. Located all across Mythic Europe, each covenant offers myriad opportunities for adventure and intrigue, either as destinations for curious magi or homes for your player characters. Examples of covenants have appeared in Ars Magica Fifth Edition books in the past, but never have any been presented with such focus on the mysteries and peculiarities of their histories.
Through the Aegis was written by Christian Rosenkjaer Andersen, Mark Lawford, Richard Love, and Christian Jensen Romer. Cover illustration by Christian St. Pierre; interior illustrations by Brett Barkley, Jason Cole, Jenna Fowler, Jethro Lentle, and Christian St. Pierre, with cartography by Matt Ryan.

$163,000: Online Mook Sheet Generator

Our amazing backers unlocked more than 40 stretch goals during our Feng Shui 2 Kickstarter campaign.

At $163,000 raised, we promised to put a mook sheet generator online. With the crack assistance of butt-kicking web developer Steven Hammond, we're releasing that today.

The Feng Shui 2 online mook sheet generator randomizes a snappy, easy-to-download PDF covered with hundreds of pre-randomized mook attacks. With such a magnificent reference in hand, a Feng Shui GM can resolve the attacks of dozens of faceless foot soldiers in no time flat.

KI-YAAAAH!

International Tabletop Day and Atlas Games!

International Tabletop Day is fast approaching on April 11th. Have you plotted where you plan on playing games that day? Maybe hitting the EXCLUSIVE Los Angeles, CA event? Or maybe Level Up Gaming in North Carolina? Let's not forget Texas and East Wind Games? There are thousands of Tabletop Day events everywhere in the US and across the world.

If you happen to live near Saint Paul, MN (our home) stop by Source Comics & Games to try out the new Feng Shui 2 with Cam Banks. Test out the cool new Archetypes and try saving the world. Cam is running Feng Shui 2 from 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM.

Role playing games not your thing? That's okay, Jeff Tidball is running our newest card game, Three Cheers for Master, from 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM. Imagine building a tower with back-stabbing, cut-throat, evil minions all in an effort to get Master to notice us. The winner cheers Master up if only for a moment; the rest... um, well come try it out.

Remember, April 11th, starting at 10:00 AM – meet us at:

Source Comics & Games
2057 Snelling Avenue North

Roseville, MN 55113

Atlas Games is Hiring!

We posted a pair (well, a trio) of job listings to our jobs page this morning. The first is for a part-time web designer and developer. The second and third describe positions for a graphic design intern, and a social media and marketing intern. We're only likely to hire one intern at a time, but we can use help in both of those areas, so we created two separate listings.

If one of these is the position for you, we look forward to hearing from you! If these aren't the opportunities for you but you know someone who might fit the bill, we'd be grateful if you'd spread the word.


     
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