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Written by: Sam Inabinet (Nephandi and Paradox), Kathleen Ryan (Marauders), Steve Brown (Demons), Bill Bridges (Spirits and Spirit Rules), and Mr. 'Fixit-Phil' Brucato (Lots of Everything)
Additional Writing: Cynthia Summers, Jim Moore, Mike Chaney
Developed by: Phil Brucato
Edited by: Cynthia Summers
Art Director: Richard Thomas
Layout and Typesetting: Kathleen Ryan
Art: Mark Jackson, Joshua Gabriel Timbrook, Lawrence Allen Williams, Dan Smith, Alex Sheikman, Mike Chaney, Kathleen Ryan, and Tomm Coker.
Front Cover: Michelle Prahler
Back Cover Design: Rob Dixon
Publisher: White Wolf Publishing, Inc.
Imprint: White Wolf Game Studio
Published: October 1994
Pages: 144
Year: 1994
Publication #: WW04251
Reference #: ISBN 1-56504-137-2
Price: $15.00

The Book of Madness details the alien forces of darkness, chaos and madness which challenge the mages of Earth; specifically the Nephandi, Marauders, Demons, Paradox Spirits and the Umbrood.


From the White Wolf catalog:

The Darkness has Teeth
Beyond the Horizon, dark forces claw at the edges of sanity, battering at the fabric of reality, seeking final night:
Nephandi, the Corrupters
Marauders, the Foot-Soldiers of Chaos
Demons, the Renders of Souls
Paradox Spirits, the Mage's Bane
Umbrood, the Living Mysteries
What are they? Why are they? Can we stand against them all? And what if we cannot?
...And It Hungers!
The Book of Madness is a bestiary for Mage: The Ascension, exploring the darker reaches of magick's touch. It includes:
  • Details about a mage's deadliest foes;
  • Dozens of mystic creatures from the Dark Side;
  • Storyteller hints, cosmology, and more.

Prelude: VulturesEdit

Fiction. A mage named Amanda meets Alexander Gericault, who was her lover in her previous incarnation, and who explains why the other mages of her cabal might not trust her.

Introduction: Elemental HowlsEdit

An overview of the book.

Chapter One: The NephandiEdit

Details the mage servants of Oblivion, including their masters, allies and magic.

Chapter Two: ParadoxEdit

Musings on the nature of Paradox and its manifestations.

Chapter Three: The MaraudersEdit

Stories of the Marauders, told by the Corax Johnny Gore to the Marauder Stephen Warwick.

Chapter Four: Demons and Demon CultsEdit

Rules and background for Diabolists and Infernalists amongst mages.

Chapter Five: The UmbroodEdit

Spirits of the Middle and Upper Umbra.

Appendix: SystemsEdit

New spirit rules, changed from those presented in the original Mage rulebook to be compatible with Werewolf: The Apocalypse. It also contains rules for the Ritualis Infernal (Hedge Magic paths which are learned by Diabolists), Demonic Investments, Magick rituals, and some new Knowledge Abilities. The final page lists some recommended reading.

Background InformationEdit

Memorable QuotesEdit



Corax, Demon, Garou, Magick, Marauder, Nephandi, Paradox, Paradox Spirit, Spirit, Triat


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