The World of Bellus
On Sorcery and the Veneficii
It is lost to us exactly when the Patronii were able to bestow the gift sorcery upon us. The Patronii know when but that is irrelevant as they do not discuss such things with us. All we know is that it is they who bestow the gift and they (or death) can take away the gift of Sight. Magi is all around us. Think of it as a shallow puddle that covers the entire planet. Almost all of us go about our daily lives never knowing it even exists. To the Veneficii it is the substance they use to create, alter and destroy.
Because it is bestowed by a Patron there are certain rules that must be followed. Each Patron has its own code of conduct but they all boil down to one simple rule. Every bit of sorcery should ultimately increase the Gods influence upon (or over) the land. When a Venefica abandons his/hers Patron’s ways they are known as Furcifer. To become Furcifer is to abandon all hope. You will be hunted consantly by the Aucupatus and helped by very few.
Furcifer first begin to show signs of their Patrons displeasure by the whites of their eyes turning black. Secondly your hair turns pitch black along with your finger and toe nails. The skin becomes sallow and waxy looking. There are other signs also but these are the most apparent. One of the last things to happen is the teeth will fall out. It is possible to repent and ask for forgiveness. Do not save much hope though! Forgiveness has only been granted to a very few. Most are killed as they repent or killed by the Aucupatus.