Lexicon of the Pearl

Alyansang Tala
Alternate name for Manila’s Pentacle / Pentakulo. Often preferred by the local Free Council (Ang Sangguniang Malaya).

Ranks of mastery pertaining to the 14 Practica of magic. The journey from initiate to master can take a lifetime, and with deep study of the Ars Mysteriorum and the Fallen World’s Mysteries.

Inisyado: Compelling, Knowing, Unveiling
Aprentis: Ruling, Shielding, Veiling
Disipulo: Fraying, Perfecting, Weaving
Adepto: Patterning, Unraveling
Maestro: Making, Unmaking

An orderless mage who has voluntarily left or been expelled by his or her order. Apostados are often mistrusted by their former brethren who suspect them of sequestering exclusive order secrets.

The Anino or Shadow is the native realm of hilagyo or spirits. It is unseen to the naked eye, and only mages with the proper Spirit Arcana may peer or even enter the Anino.

Slang for Mage Sight to observe magical phenomena.

Ex. “Orfeo, mag-antipara ka. Anong sinasabi ng tadhana?”

Arkadya is one of the Supernal Realms, and holds the Watchtower of Time and Fate. Mages who tread the path of Lunaplatang Tinik (Lunargent Thorn) have an affinity for dealing with Arkadya.

Lupain ng Arkadya, banwa ng Bantayan ng Lunaplatang-Tinik at tahanan ng mga Engkanto – Naluwal at Diwata. Ang mga Namumulat sa Landas ng Tisle ay siyang sumasagot sa ngalang Acantos. Taglay nila ang sining ng Tadhana at Panahon.

The ten Arkana are the bodies of magic emanating from the Supernal Realms. Each Realm features two Ruling Arkana – Napupuna (Gross) at Di-Napupuna (Subtle) – and one weak Arkana. They are the following:


Batas Mahika
Also known as Lex Magica and less formally as Oro, Plata, Mata. Batas Mahika is the codified body of laws governing mages in Manila. Early precepts existed in pre-colonial Manila dictating the rites and courtesies among native Mulat. The modern Batas Mahika traces its roots to the Spanish and American versions of the Lex Magica.

The Camara of the Pearl (Ang Camara ng Hiyas) is an authoritative body of mages based in Manila. The Camara was founded in 1904, and continues as a joint enterprise by the Pentakulo – the metropolis’ alliance of the great orders of magic. Some of the posts within the Camara include:

Herarko (Hierarch)
Pintakasi (Councilor)
Sugo (Provost)
Taliba (Sentinel)
Umalohokan (Herald)
Berdugo (Interfector)

One of the secret societies of magic. Cofradias roughly correspond to local caucuses of magic. The greater cofradias of Manila are the Moriones, Ilustrados, Maharlika, Tanghalang Hiwaga, and Sangguniang Malaya. There are several lesser cofradias, which also abide by the Camara.

The four original cofradias of Manila – Ilustrados, Maharlika, Moriones, and the Tanghalang Hiwaga. The Diamante stem from the social rankings of the ancient Tagalog mages, which evolved during the Spanish Era. By the 19th century, Manila’s Diamante had adopted the tenets of the worldwide Atlantean orders.

Dunong or Wisdom is a mage’s discernment for using responsible magic. Reckless sorcerers with failing Wisdom are seen as a grave threat to greater magical society.

Supernal Realm of the Watchtower of the Golden Key, and abode of angels. A mage that Awakens on Eteria’s Path of the Mighty is commonly known as an Obrimos

_Lupain ng Eteria, lupain ng Bantayan ng Gintong Susi at tahanan ng mga Anghel – Kerubin at Serafin. Ang mga Namumulat sa Landas ng Makapangyarihan ay siyang sumasagot sa ngalang Obrimos. Taglay nila ang sining ng Prima at Pwersa.

Mga Faraon
The Faraones are a sect of mages who worship and abide by the Father, Exarch of Dogma. Their ministry known as the Paternoster seeks to enslave the hearts and minds of Sleepers.

Ginintuang Kris
The cofradia known as the Maharlika of the Golden Kris stem from the warrior traditions of ancient Tagalogs combined with the Masonic rites of the Katipunan. By the late 1800s the Maharlika had embraced the tenets of the Adamantine Arrow. The Sanduguan provides warriors, guardians, and generals to the Pentakulo.

The Herarko leads the Consilium of Manila, and along with the Pintakasi, symbolize the political unity of the orders of magic. Often called on to act as chief arbiter, the Herarko orchestrates Pentakulo activity while also representing the Pearl in the wider Convocations of the Philippines.

The collective information or Pattern of a subject with regards to one of the magical Arkana.

Hilagyo is a local term denoting the spirit denizens of the Anino. Most Hilagyo represent the essences of places, living things, and objects. These entities normally reside in Takipsilim (Twilight)) and abide by complex hierarchies barely understood by the Mulat.

A byword for mages of the La Solidaridad confradia. The term was borrowed from the emerging class of Filipino intelligentsia who received a Western-style education in Europe towards the end of the 19th century. ‘Ilustrado’ denotes sophistication, intelligence, and enlightened thinking – traits valued by the Silver Ladder caucus of Manila.

Istiya is the Supernal Realm of Death and Matter. Mages who Awaken here arrive at the Watchtower of the Leaden Coin, and are known as Moros.

Lupain ng Istiya, banwa ng Bantayan ng Tinggang Sinsilyo at tahanan ng mga Pantasma – Espektro at Apeyron. Ang mga Namumulat sa Landas ng Katapusan ay siyang sumasagot sa ngalang Moros. Taglay nila ang sining ng Materya at Kamatayan.

Alternatively spelled ‘cabal’. A working group of mages that share common resources or interests in a Mystery. Most cabals are sanctioned by the Camara, but there exist groups that purposely breach Lex Magica (Mga Kaliweteng Kabal).

When Mulat exceed their grasp of magic, or allow Sleepers to witness the Ars Mysteriorum, the Fallen World lashes back with Paradox or Kabalintunaan. Also called Paradoks.

The negation of all things Supernal. The ancient Tagalogs simply referred to the Abyss as ‘ang Kailaliman’ – never-ending depths filled with dark entities that fed on the ruin of the Fallen World. Overly ambitious mages might draw from the Kailaliman to empower their spells.

Using Focused Mage Sight (Antipara) to analyze and uncover Mysteries.

Ex. “Gamit ang arkana ng Diwa, kinilatis ni Mandragora ang antigo at nalamang gayuma ito sa mga hilagyo.”

Konsilyo or Consilium is a body of authority that combines judicial and legislative powers (Lex Magical) to resolve issues among the Awakened. The Camara of Manila is a konsilyo, but others operate in Benguet, Taal, Cebu, and Zamboanga.

A broad term for mages who practice ‘Left-handed’ traditions within and outside the Pentakulo.

One of the five paths of magic relating to a mage’s connection to the Supernal Realms. Also formally referred to as ‘Via’.

Ang Landas o Via ang kaugnayan ng isang Mulat sa isa sa mga Banatayan ng Mundong Supernal. Mula sa kanyang Landas din naituturing ang panimulang kaalaman niya sa mga Habi ng Mahika, ang Naghaharing Arkana. Lima ang mga Landas:

Akantos, Landas ng Tistle
Mastigos, Landas ng Pagpaparusa
Moros, Landas ng Pagkawakas
Obrimos, Landas ng Makapangyarihan
Tirsus, Landas ng Kaluguran

Maestra / Maestro
A title of respect used to address a mage’s master or someone of similar status.

Supernal denizens of Arkadya sometimes referred to as the Fae or the Gentry. The Magino-o are fickle entities fond of bestowing blessings and curses on others. Though it is not fully understood, deals can struck with the Magino-o, but always with a price.

Manila’s Faceless Legion commonly known as the Moriones police the Pentakulo, and prevent and punish abuses of magic. Their network of cults prevent unworthy Sleepers from accessing the Sarswela, and test potential Awakened. The Moriones operate from the Babagwa (Spider’s Lair), a hidden compound.

Mundong Lagas
The Fallen World is the ‘reality’ that Sleepers know, separate from the Supernal Realms. The Lie maintains and enforces the Sleeping population’s acceptance of the Fallen World.

Literally ‘Awakened’ in Filipino. The Mulat are people whose souls have ignited with magic, and have visited the Supernal Watchtowers. Other names they go by include: Magos, Ang Gising, Salamangkero (insult)

Formally Nombre de Sombra – a Shadow Name. The identity by which a mage calls herself.

Oro, Plata, Mata
The body of laws followed and elaborated by the Consilium of Manila also known as Lex Magica.

Pandemonium. One of the Supernal Realms, and home to the Watchtower of the Iron Gauntlet. Mages who Awaken on the Path of Scourging visit Pandemonium, and are known as Mastigos. Its ruling Arkana are Space and Mind (Pagitan and Isipan).

Mundo ng Pandemonio, banwa ng Bantayan ng Bakal na Gwantes at lupain ng mga Demonyo – Bangungot at Impyo. Ang mga Namumulat sa Landas ng Parusa ay siyang sumasagot sa ngalang Mastigos.

The alliance between Manila’s Diamante and the Sangguniang Malaya against the Seers of the Throne. Formed in 1953, the Pentakulo involves the five great cofradias of Manila. Its organizing body is the Konsilyo ng Perlas, also known as the Camara.

The Pearl. An alternate name for the city of Manila, and its society of mages. Over time the term has also expanded to accommodate the National Capital Region commonly referred to as Metro Manila. A similar name is Mutya.

Sangguniang Malaya
One of Manila’s six Confradias of magic. The Sangguniang Malaya cultivates and protectis Sleeper cultural practices, which they believe are sources of magic. They are renegades, lone wolves, guerilla mages, and the loyal opposition of the ‘Alyansang Tala’ (Pentakulo)

The Sarswela is the collective magical traditions and esoteric practices, which Mulat hide from Sleepers. These include Adamantine Hand techniques codified into martial arts, Atlantean tales disguised as parables, and Egregore rituals traced in the footsteps of folk dances. The Sarswela overlaps with the Guardian concept of the Veil.

The Sangkagubatan or Primal Wild is the Supernal Realm of Life and Spirit (Buhay at Diwa). Mages who Awaken to the Path of Ecstasy visit the Primal Wild.

Lupain ng Sangkagubatan, banwa ng Bantayan ng Aklatang-Bato at tahanan ng mga Halimaw – Sinaunang Hayop at Pinagdiwa. Ang mga Namumulat sa Landas ng Pagkalugod ay siyang tinatawag na Tirsus. Taglay nila ang sining ng Buhay at Diwa.

Or the Art. A quaint term describing the practice of willworking and spellcasting.

Ex. “Simple lang ang Sining: Isipin mo ang gusto mong mangyari at gagaya ang mundo.”

Sinombre or Walang-Ngalan may refer to mages who refuse membership in any of the great orders, or to Nameless orders themselves. The Sangguniang Malaya emerged from an alliance of Manila’s various Sinombre cabals.

Sukdulang Mundo
A Supernal Realm. A level of supreme reality untainted by the Lie. Five Supernal Realms exist, each with a Bantayan (Watchtower), which mages visit during their Awakening: Arkadya, Eteria, Istiya, Pandemonio, at Ang Sangkagubatan. Sometimes shortened to ‘Ang Sukdulan’.

Ex. Nangongolekta si Mandragora ng mga halaman at damong-gamot galing sa Sangkagubatan, isa sa mga Sukdulang Mundo.

Even when present in the Fallen World, ephemeral entities exist in a natural state of Takipsilim or Twilight, invisible (salikmata) to all except Awakened attuned to the proper Mage Sight.

Tanghalang Hiwaga
A cofradia and religion worshipping the living embodiment of magic called the Egregoria. Henyos of the Hiwaga adhere to the beliefs of the Mysterium, valuing knowledge, insight, and inspiration. Many collect and study magical artifacts and places. They are most well-known for their Atheanea.

Yantras are visual, verbal, and gestural focii that aid Mulat in forming the imago. Yantra come in all sorts of forms. The alternative Spanish-derived term is Signos.

Alay – Objects destroyed or consumed during spellcasting
Larawan – Representational yantras
Nombre – Shadow Names
Orasyon – Spoken formula

Lexicon of the Pearl

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