LiCense to summon Contents Introduction 3 Chapter Four: Grimoires 57 Grimoires For Traditional Magic 57 Non-Textual Grimoires 58 Chapter One: Computational Demonology 4 Modern Art Grimoires 60 Defensive Bindings 4 Musical Grimoires 61 Destiny Entanglement Geas 5 Computational Sorcery Grimoires 61 Entropy Manipulation 6 Exorcism 7 Gates 8 Chapter Five: Psychics 64 Geas 8 How Psychic Abilities Work 64 Glamour 11 Psychics as Player Characters 65 Prognostication 13 Psychic Abilities 67 Scrying 13 Thaumaturgical Emergency Procedures 74 Sympathetic Magic 14 Summoning 14 Possession 15 Chapter Six: Faustian Research 76 Warding 17 Homo Sapiens Necrosis 76 Banishment 18 GENOA FRACTAL (Polyps) 79 Advanced Traditional Sorcery & Mental Magic 19 NOMENCLATURE PENDING 81 Safer Traditional Sorcery 19 PANDORA WAITING 82 Inefficient Spells 24 Esoteric Alchemy 84 The Power of Traditional Sorcery 26 Unique Traditional Sorcery Spells 26 Chapter Seven: Reality Bleeds 89 Thaumic Resonance 89 Chapter Two: Smartphone +2 of Shiny 30 Resonance Poisoning 92 The Laundry 30 Direction Centrale de la Securitie Extraordinare (DCRI) - France 34 Chapter Eight: Hostile Magics 94 Geheime Sicherheitsabteilung (GSA) - Germany 35 Encounters & Reports 96 National Countersubversive Organization (OCN), Section Five - Spain 35 The Black Chamber - USA 36 Chapter Nine: CASE GOBLIN WILLOW 101 Thirteenth Directorate 39 1. The Briefing 103 The Nameless Bureau (MSSNB) - China 40 2. Welcome to Quaere 103 3. The Field Office 105 4. Project TRANQUIL 108 Chapter Three: The Morpheo Section 42 5. Project WESTMINISTER 111 The Dreamworld 42 6. Optional Horrors 113 Section History 44 7. Moon Farm 114 Executing Dream Operations 46 8. Reality Breach 117 Combat & Manifesting Technology 52 9. Death Spell 118 Waking Up, Recovering Sanity 53 10. A Funeral 118 Sleep Disorders 54 Index 124 22.
intRoDuCtion introduction In trod James Bond had his license to kill. Aa ntwyoisnteed w, mhoa’lsi gbneaennt tihni nthge. Ifit eclodr rkondoews sw thhaet etvruert hy.o Mu adgeific nies uction There’s no such thing in the real world, of course. It’s not as a human soul. There are secrets man was not meant to that the SIS doesn’t carry out the occasional bit of wetwork, know. There are things that should not be.
LiCense to summon Computational Demonology Once they complete their initial certification, all years. A few of you are unlucky enough to have seen exactly computational sorcerers employed by the Laundry have what advanced alien sorcery can do. We’re nowhere close to learned how to perform all of the standard formulae that that, and perhaps that’s a good thing. have been developed and approved by our thaumaturgical researchers. But simply being familiar with these spells is The following are descriptions of alternative methods very different from understanding them, or knowing about and techniques for the various officially sanctioned spells. the various tricks and variants that are available. Several Please note that use of some of the more sensitive occult of these spells have unusual uses and others have minor software will be logged, and operatives may be required to modifications that can significantly expand the capabilities provide detailed reports about the necessity of using certain of the spell. Because many of the variants are either fairly software. Specific variants and techniques can be found specialised or have significant potential for deliberate – or under the listing for each of the common spells; following even accidental – misuse, discussion of and access to these the list are several general sorcerous techniques, as well as a techniques are limited. Only operatives who are being sent discussion of other varieties of sorcery. on missions that require them, and experienced field agents Defensive Bindings who have demonstrated a clear understanding of the ways to use computational sorcery in a manner that is both safe and effective, are given access to these techniques. Becoming temporarily bulletproof isn’t just an option for people. It’s equally possible to use this spell on any target, By virtue of the fact that you are reading this document from a tiny glass figurine to a full-sized lorry. Protecting and your heart is still beating within your chest,1 you are fragile artefacts against kinetic damage should be standard someone that the Laundry considers sufficiently skilled and practice when transporting them into any situation that might sufficiently careful to have free access to these techniques. be considered remotely risky, which means carrying them outside of any Laundry facility. This spell also makes handling However, it is also important to keep in mind that senior ancient and exceptionally fragile manuscripts far safer.2 Most personnel have access to even more advanced sorcerous of the rare occult tomes in the Laundry’s research facilities techniques, as do some of our enemies. More than one should be protected by this spell, but that doesn’t give you field operative has lost his life because he based his plans leave to test how sturdy this spell makes them.
ComPutAtionAL DemonoLoGY that they’d soon be involved in a high speed car chase As a result, R&D has recently developed a more limited succeeded because they took the time to ward their car. version of this ritual that also has the virtue of being an If you have the time, a kinetic defensive binding can even easier-to-cast level two spell. This spell allows a temporary C make rope or handcuffs sturdier and allow you to more linkage between two or more minds that is considerably less om p reliably hold targets that you suspect may have greater than intense and stressful than a standard Destiny Entanglement. uta human strength. Operatives are encouraged to always use this spell rather tion a than the level three destiny entanglement geas unless there l D However, using defensive bindings as a long-term are compelling reasons to do otherwise. emon preventative measure is typically not worth the trouble. olog Remember that the protection that this spell provides is Personal Entanglement Geas y ablative. Placing a defensive ward on your briefcase just in case something might happen at some later date generally Level: Two means that the protection gradually wears away as you set it Casting Time: 5 minutes down too hard, your cat knocks it over, or you bang it into a lamppost when running for the bus. When you actually need To cast this spell, everyone that the sorcerer wishes to it, your fancy level three spell now probably won’t do more connect must be present. This spell can be cast upon more than slow a bullet down a little, provided it’s low-calibre. than two individuals, but when casting this spell, the sorcerer must designate one individual as the central connection, Also, most agents forget that defensive bindings can be most often the sorcerer himself. All other individuals used to stop other sources of damage, such as extremes involved in the spell are secondary connections, who are all of temperature or even ionising radiation. It’s a lot harder directly connected to the central connection, but are only to invoke a compliant Maxwell’s Demon to sort energetic indirectly connected to one another.
LiCense to summon spell (+2 POW Requirement). The central connection laptop, tablet, or smartphone. The spell must be recast each can only have one of these spells active at any given time. time the laser is fired, and has a high probability of frying the Anyone who is part of this spell can communicate with any light source or blowing its fuses.
ComPutAtionAL DemonoLoGY constructs, or from random physical damage caused by rock and then would cause 7 points of damage and reduce the falls, massive avalanches of living alien protoplasm or similar armour to 10 on the second round, and then cause 12 dangers. On a more positive note, this spell can be used to points of damage and drop the armour to 5 on the third C reduce excessive gravity. Unfortunately, it does not provide round, and so on. om p the user with air, water, or food, all of which must typically uta be carried by the dimensional traveller. The spell also does Without enhancement, the spell can affect an area up to tion a not protect the user from extremes of temperature. 20 metres in diameter, and this diameter can be increased l D normally. emon In addition, the user must wear a special suit, covered in olog y conductive mesh, connected to a computational engine The major limitation on this spell is that it is a level five running the spell. This suit provides the user, and the spell and thus very difficult to use. Also, the Laundry frowns conductive mesh, with 2 points of armour. If this mesh on operatives performing acts of urban renewal, or perhaps suffers any significant damage, or if the electronics running more accurately urban removal, by disintegrating entire the program is damaged or runs out of power, then the buildings, even if there is a dangerous cult inside. spell instantly ends. Depending upon exactly how alien the Exorcism dimension is, the user then suffers exposure to the local conditions (with effects ranging from D3 damage every few minutes to instant, horrible, unthinkable agony followed by One procedure we don’t talk to beginners about is destructive – if you’re lucky – death). exorcism. Instead of dealing with large build-ups of thaumic energy by safely grounding it, the operative can instead The user continues to suffer this damage until he either choose to release it in a deliberately destructive burst of repairs the suit and recasts the spell or re-enters his home energy. This process is also a common failure mode for poorly dimension. Also, if the suit takes three or more points of cast exorcism spells, and is most familiar in this context. damage, it has been punctured, and the wearer will also have Destructive exorcism is considerably faster to perform than to deal with the alien atmosphere, or lack thereof. Given that an ordinary exorcism, but it is also, quite obviously, far more almost any dimension of interest is also home to various dangerous. However, destructively exorcising a level one – or, dangerous native inhabitants, keeping this suit intact long in emergencies, a level two – haunting can be an ideal method enough to accomplish a significant goal and then return is of preventing various types of hostile activity, since it can often exceedingly difficult. destroy most sensitive equipment and will wreck any ritual a group of cultists are preparing . And, of course, if performed Level Five Entropy Manipulation in a metropolitan area, the burst of thaumic energy release will very likely be noticed by the concealed thaumometers3 We don’t talk this with recent recruits, and we most especially we are in the process of placing in most cities and large don’t give them the code to use it, but highly dramatic forms towns, and can serve as a signal to draw the attention of other of entropy manipulation are possible. Instead of merely Laundry personnel. transferring energy between one dimension and another, this spell allows the user to temporarily impose the rules Due to safety concerns, using destructive exorcism of one dimension on objects in another. There are several is strongly discouraged for level three and level four ways to use this spell, all of them destructive. By altering hauntings; if targeting either of these as part of a delayed the strength of chemical bonds or even the strong and weak spell, the operative must make certain that no civilians will nuclear force, this spell can be used to disintegrate matter. be harmed. Operatives are strictly forbidden from using The sorcerer draws a conductive circuit around the target, destructive exorcism on any level five haunting. casts the spell, and then the target begins to disintegrate. Destructive Exorcism Rules This process does 4d6+8 damage per turn to every object inside the circuit, and only ends when the circuit is broken Creating a destructive exorcism that releases the thaumic or inactivated or when everything inside the circuit has been energy of a haunting in one violent burst is both quick completely disintegrated. Because of the nature of this and easy. Reduce the POW Requirement for the ritual by damage, armour protects against it, but this armour is also one, and the ritual only requires two turns per level of degraded over time, losing five points of protection each Haunting to perform. The specialised grounding strap used round. For example, a spell inflicting 22 points of damage in conventional exorcisms is not required for a destructive per round to a block of stone with 20 points of armour exorcism. All that is required to perform this spell is a and 30 hit points would cause 2 points of damage to the smartphone with the latest occult software, a small battery, stone block and reduce its armour to 15 on the first round, and a conductive pen. 3: Concealed in household water and electricity meters.
LiCense to summon Gates gateway to a specific location on Earth adds an additional +1 to the spell’s POW requirement. Even so, the gateway Field use of gates is not recommended. Given that we still appears somewhere within 1d100 x 10 metres of the mostly wish to keep hideous things from other dimensions desired location.
ComPutAtionAL DemonoLoGY Obedience Geases On an equally unpleasant note, if someone, like a Laundry operative, is faced with two conflicting geases, he Although Laundry operatives rarely receive authorisation to unfortunately suffers the penalties of whichever geas he C use such geases, a geas can be used to compel generalised disobeys. If enemy sorcerers use a high-level obedience geas om p obedience. The degree of obedience produced depends upon to force an operative to speak Laundry secrets to people uta the level of the spell. A standard level two temporary geas forbidden from learning them, the operative’s only choice tion a can compel someone to perform any action that they would is which geas he wishes to die from. His only hope is if his l D normally be willing to do, or which is required as part of their captors decide they don’t want to kill him and end the geas. emon job. A police officer could be ordered to interrogate someone olog y that he was told was guilty of a crime. However, unless the The Laundry never uses permanent general obedience police officer was already extremely brutal or inclined to geases on humans. The consequences are always horrific. murder by nature, he would not be willing to shoot the alleged All such geases cause the target’s mind, agency, and free will criminal in cold blood despite being ordered to while under to decay, eventually leaving only a shambling servitor who the geas. Similarly, a relatively honest and honourable person obeys all commands to the letter, with limited capacity for cannot be persuaded to steal from or defraud an employer he thought or creativity. Level two general obedience geases likes or respects. A level two geas is essentially equivalent to usually take around a month before they harm the subject’s instantly becoming either the target’s close friend or respected mind, but level three general obedience geases cause the superior, entitled to ask favours or issue orders. subject’s mind to begin to decay within a few days. Silence and Truth geases are more powerful, because they Targeting Geases are also more specific. These geases are specifically tuned to accomplishing those goals. Geases that produce a more The targets of a geas must be placed in clear and general type of obedience lack this focus and so lack this unambiguous sensory contact with a pattern of power. From our perspective, one of the benefits of this information that contains a geas. Clear and unambiguous type of geas is that cultists cannot use a level two geas to sensory contact means that the subject can’t just see force a Laundry operative to betray the Laundry, unless the something out of the corner of his eye or barely hear operative was either already betraying the Laundry of his something over the engine noises and rattles when riding own free will or was on the verge of actively doing so. on the Underground. The subject must be able to see and hear the geas as clearly as he could a person sitting across Increasing the level of the spell by one increases the power a table from him in a quiet café. of the geas substantially, and the effects of a general obedience geas become almost identical to those of a truth Standing on or otherwise touching a summoning grid is the geas. A subject who refuses to perform the request or easiest and most powerful and direct method of attaining who deliberately carries it out in a useless or inept manner this sort of contact. However, touch is not the only type suffers intense pain and must make an opposed POW roll of sensory contact that can be used when creating a geas. vs. the spell’s POW every minute until he obeys the request, Laundry operatives have learned to use three senses for although he suffers no direct physical harm. A subject who delivering a geas: touch, sight, and sound. Touch involves actively attempts to work against the request or to do the contact with a summoning grid, which – since it is also opposite of what is requested first experiences excruciating actively powered – is the most effective option. Other pain for one minute; then, if he persists in his course of touch- or contact-based options are also sometimes used, action, the spell begins to literally crush his bones and rend but encoding a geas in a Braille document or the in thread his muscles, doing 1d3 damage every round. Both damage patterns on a bed sheet isn’t something that comes up very and pain stop the instant the subject ceases to resist and often, and you’d best ask Q Division to create such a thing obeys the geas. This type of geas works on any human, and for you if you really need it. by further increasing the level of the spell by one, it can be made to work on other intelligent entities. Sight also works; all you need do is think back to the first time you had the misfortune to see a Warrant Card and felt the It is always worth remembering that using level three words and designs crawl into your brain. You can manage the obedience geas compels obedience to the sorcerer’s same thing on your own. Creating a static geas that’s printed commands, not the subject’s loyalty. No geas can make on a piece of paper is certainly possible, although it’s also someone want to do something they would normally more difficult, because you’re working in an entirely static oppose doing. Despite more than a few pathetic or insane medium. Working in dynamic mediums is significantly easier. sorcerers who claim otherwise, using a level three obedience geas to make someone fall in love with you merely forces Back in the late 1990s, sorcerers both in the Laundry and him to act like he is in love with you, and inflicts terrible in several prominent cults at the time discovered that the suffering on him if he fails to act in this fashion. flashy animated nonsense like blinking stars found on a 99.