– An early Human language, Tsath-yo is a Pangean(some say Hyperborean) language of ancient man. While notacknowledged by the archeological community for generations,the language was preserved in both its spoken and written formby those occultists who believed that our forebears held wisdomthat we have lost through the ages. It is not unusual to ﬁnd oc-cultists who are ﬂuent in Tsath-yo – most major universities witha reputable metaphysics program teach it. The written form of Tsath-yo is hieroglyphic, like many ancient languages of man.
As sorcerers quickly discover, the dimensions we perceive in thismortal coil are only part of the greater universe. Together they are called the World of Elements in esoteric tomes. The ﬁrstthree are commonly known as the physical plane: height, weight,and depth. The fourth dimension is not so easy to quantify, andit is primarily known through its effects – this is the dimensionof time and vitality. It is what channels the energy of the universeinto life, as well as what locks it into the cycle of mortality. Sideby side is the dimension of thoughts and emotions – the ﬁfth– where all things exist for eternity. Wrapping around all of thatis the Astral Plane, a place of pure essence, into which those whoare gifted enough can travel in a disembodied state.The higher dimensions are beyond mortal ken, but it is rumoredthat another, higher magic exists that draws its power from andaffects these dimensions. The power this would grant wouldmake the sorcerer who controls it potent and alien – and a demi-god. Those beings who naturally exists in the higher dimensionsare called Outsiders, as they exist outside the World of Elements,and those mortals that have been rumored to harness the pow-ers of the higher dimensions give up their mortality to becomeone of them.There are those mortals who gain an understanding of the great-er nature of the universe – and great power along with it. Sorcer-ers or magicians are those who force their rational mind to com-prehend the complex and alien nature of the universe and learnhow to manipulate it in practiced ways. These practiced waysare called spells, and can, in theory, be developed to manipu-late things in nearly every way conceivable. Those who have anintuitive understanding of this framework manifest para-psychicabilities, which are more set and restricted in their manifesta-tion, but do not require the study and ritual that eldritch magicdoes. Someone so gifted is either a magician or a para-psychic– they are mutually exclusive.
While most major religions still try to force what people nowknow about the universe into their dogma, occultists have dis-covered stories that tell of darker, more ancient gods. They areinhuman, terrifying, and seem to have care little for Humanity.Very little is known about their purpose or desires. According toarcane works, there are three groups of these terrible deities. TheEndless Ones are supposedly made of and control the primalenergies of the universe, the Old Ones are alien gods who onceruled this planet, and the Forgotten Ones, thought by some tobe responsible for the disappearance of the Old Ones, remaina mystery.Of these, several are of importance to practitioners of eldritchmagic. Yog-Sothoth, an Endless One, has been said to be a thingthat exists in all worlds in all times and knows the passings ineach. It is often entreated by those who wish to see the futureor to manipulate the fabric of dimensions. Hypnos, possibly anavatar of the Forgotten One Morfean, is said to be the master of dreams and is beseeched by those who wish to travel intothe land beyond sleep. Gurathnaka, an Old One, is a dark godof nightmares who has purportedly consumed the Dreamlands.Because of him most sorcerers light their homes and work-ing spaces brightly, as it is said to see and inﬂuence the worldthrough shadows. Perhaps the most signiﬁcant is the EndlessOne called Nyarlathotep, who is rumored to have been involvedwith mortal affairs since the dawn of time and often takes spe-cial interest in visionary sorcerers.There are two other gods that have become important to theAeon War. Perhaps the greatest of the Old Ones, Cthulhu is thething the Esoteric Order of Dagon seeks. This deity supposedly reigned hundreds of millions of years ago and will do so againif raised from his sleep of death. The Dead God, the Old OneHastur already walks the Earth and guides the effort of his cult,the Disciples of the Unnamable, from his palace in Central Asia.Few sorcerers dare use his name, as supposedly the mention willdraw his unholy attention.
In days gone by, sorcerers jealously hoarded their knowledgein old and musty tomes. The information age changed all that.Nowadays, ancient eldritch books and magical rituals are foundelectronically. No longer is knowledge lost to decay. No longer are rituals the domain of the lucky or rich. It’s all there, if you justknow where to look for it.Now that’s not to say that all occult books are legal. Many oc-cult books have been declared too dangerous for public con-sumption by the New Earth Government and owning them is aserious offense. Some books have been censored by the govern-ment and re-released in “less harmful” editions. The same goesfor magical rituals. Some spells have been classiﬁed “safe” by theNEG and are readily available. Others require a permit, muchlike those required for guns, and still others are blacklisted. Onecan assume that if a book or ritual contains anything regardingextra-dimensional entities that it’s been blacklisted.To the New Earth Government’s credit, the majority of the oc-cult books and rituals that have been blacklisted are dangerous.The knowledge or power in them, even in responsible hands,might corrupt the user or unleash powerful forces that are easily outside of any mortal sorcerer’s control. But it’s not like thatstops anyone.If a book or ritual is legal, acquiring it is just a question of talkingto the right dealer and ponying up the money. A copy-protectedversion will be downloaded to your PCPU and you’re ready togo. Standard copy-protection gives a user one legal backup andﬁve legal printouts before the ﬁle locks up. Even if it’s legal, allmagical purchases are tracked by the Ofﬁce of Internal Security,so the government knows what you’ve been buying. If a book or