My technomages need some rules, like all good societies of wizards. I have a challenge finding rules that would be applicable to people whose powers break the law, and unlike most urban fantasy, their enemies are also human. To jump start my brain, I thought I’d research what’s been done. Which is exactly what the technomages would do.
The Knights Code of Chivalry
A specific list never existed, but the rules came up often enough in medieval literature. There are pieces of this that might work for wizards.
Fear God and maintain the Church
Serve the liege with valor and faith
Protect the weak and defenseless
Give aid to widows and orphans
Avoid wanton giving of offence
Live by honor and for glory
Despise pecuniary reward
Fight for the welfare of all
Obey those placed in authority
Guard the honor of fellow knights
Eschew unfairness, meanness and deceit
Always speak the truth
Finish what you started
Respect the honor of women
Never to refuse a challenge from an equal
Never to turn your back to an enemy
Dresden Files’ Laws of Magic
This series got me into Urban Fantasy, and was the jumping off point for “just like it but completely different” that I strove for. Many of these rules are about things that are presumably not possible in my setting.
Don't kill humans via magic.
Don't transform others.
Don't invade somebody else's mind
don't enthrall people
Don't do necromancy, aka raising the dead
Don't do time travel.
Don't try to go beyond the Outer Gates.
What’s the Verdict?
This is not an exhaustive list. I wanted to find rules for secret societies, but those people really like their secrets. By the nature of technomagic, it’s inherently illegal in most modern countries. The ATF has something to say about explosives and fireballs count. Not that we want the technomages to be murder-hobos, but most of what’s on the Dresden Files list sounds pretty handy. On the other hand, the Chivalric code shows us an inkling of how to employ that power wisely.
Since this article is list-heavy, it's important to note what came from where. You can find the original lists from these sites, I'm just collating my notes with this article.
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